Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.


Digital Container Shipping Association welcomes five more carriers
MA CGM, Evergreen, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Yang Ming and ZIM have joined the new Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) as members, following in the footsteps of Maersk, Hapag Lloyd, MSC and ONE.

Schulte debuts venture capital unit for maritime startups
Hamburg’s Schulte Group has launched INNOPORT, a dedicated venture capital unit to identify high-potential early-stage maritime and logistics startups predominantly in Europe and Asia.

UAE has ‘no objection’ to open loop scrubbers
The UAE Federal Transport Authority has publicly confirmed it has ‘no objection’ to ships using EGCS/scrubbers in its waters.

Shell plans more VLSF trials with shipowners
The oil major Shell has undertaken 19 trials of its 0.5% sulphur fuel with shipowners at key ports globally ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, and will be carrying out further trials in New Orleans, Rotterdam, and Singapore.

Wilhelmsen joins the fight against plastics, wants vendors to follow suit
Norway’s Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has outlined a new plan for all existing and new vendors supplying spare parts, stores and consumables – who will be required to demonstrate that they have a viable plan to reduce plastic usage on the products delivered.

IMO partners with Norway in international project to cut GHG emissions
The project is a collaboration between the IMO and the Government of Norway with more than 50 countries in 14 sub-regions across the globe are expected to participate. Norway is providing $1.1m in funding for the project.

Iceland called to take leadership on black carbon
When emitted in the Arctic, black carbon particles fall on snow, on glacier ice and sea ice, reducing reflectivity and increasing the absorption of heat. As multi-season sea ice recedes due to climate change, Arctic waters will open up to increased shipping – which could lead to increased black carbon emissions, fuelling an already accelerating feedback loop.

Oysters and beer carried in landmark autonomous shipping trials
The voyage, which lasted 22 hours, represents the first commercial crossing of the North Sea by an autonomous vessel, and marks a significant breakthrough in uncrewed ocean transit.