Maritime Roundup: 30 July 2019

PortXL Maritime Roundup

Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.

British ships told to avoid the strait of Hormuz

Following Iran’s seizure of the Stena Impero tanker, sailing under the Union Jack, the British government has advised all ships to avoid the strait for an indefinite period. Many shipowners are now discussing quitting the UK ship register, a flag that has already been hard hit in recent months with a significant exodus ahead of Brexit. 

German tech giant supporting subsea compression solution

MAN energy solutions to support front-end engineering and design study of a subsea compression solution for Chevron operated Jansz-Io field off Western Australia. It will be the first gas field outside Norway where the subsea compression technology comes to use.

Oslo to become a zero-emissions port

The Norwegian port of Oslo is looking to expand further while at the same time meeting the ambitious self-imposed targets for reducing GHG emissions. Clear targets are set for 2030, with an 85% reduction in current GHG emissions and following that, the aim is to reduce emissions to zero.

DEME starts deepening works on the Elbe

Dredging works to deepen the river Elbe and enable larger vessels to call at the Port of Hamburg have officially kicked off with the arrival of trailing suction hopper dredger Scheldt River. The necessary works will allow the port to welcome as many as 2,800 large containerships, twice as many as today, according to the port authority.

Largest wind power plant in Africa opens in Kenya

Kenya has unveiled Africa’s largest wind power plant, a project aimed at reducing electricity costs and dependence on fossil fuels and moving the nation to meet its ambitious goal of 100% green energy next year. Kenya has made great strides in renewable energy in recent years and is considered to one of the few African nations making progress toward clean power.