Maritime Roundup: 31 January 2019

PortXL Maritime Roundup

Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.

MARITIME NEWS

World’s 1st digital survey carried out on containership

Classification society DNV GL and Klaveness Ship Management (KSM) performed a digital survey — claimed to be the world’s first — on board the containership MV Badru.

Steps to achieving zero emission vessels outlined in new study

The new ‘Zero-Emission Vessels Transition Pathways’ study has been released by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS), showing what is needed for shipping as it heads toward the IMO 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction strategy.

BP invests 5 million in AI platform ‘Sandy’

Aimed at accelerating project lifecycles, from exploration through to reservoir modelling, the technology targets a 90% time reduction in data collection, interpretation and simulation.

Scrubber lobby hits back at open-loop scrubber bans

Reacting to the latest ban by the United Arab Emirates port Fujairah, the Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Association (EGCSA) urges ports to consider before making ‘hasty’ decisions on open loop scrubber bans, claiming it will do more harm than good.

Design for liquid hydrogen bunkering vessel unveiled

Following debate on the adoption of alternative fuels like ammonia and hydrogen to meet IMO 2030 and IMO 2050 targets, a group of industry stakeholders has unveiled the design for a Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) bunkering vessel.

Sulphur 2020 tank cleaning challenge could cost billions

The scale of the challenge facing ship operators as they prepare bunker tanks for new low-sulphur fuels ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap may have been underestimated, according to some marine fuel experts.

MSC secures $439m financing for 86 scrubbers

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has secured $439m of Sinosure-backed financing to equip 86 scrubbers on its ships.

Port of Amsterdam launches cybersecurity program

The programme comprises two elements, a hotline and the Cyber Resilient North Sea Canal Area (CYREN) network, which collects information about cyber threats and shares this with the affiliated companies.

U.S. blacklists Venezuelan state-run oil firm

The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA as part of further pressure on the government of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. Venezuela, the world’s fifth largest oil exporter and OPEC member, depends largely on its oil export revenue.

U.S. West Coast ports hit by congestion ahead of tariff deadline

With the approaching tariff deadline, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are being overwhelmed with unprecedented import volumes as larger vessels are being deployed to accommodate increased cargo volumes.