Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.
Danish shipowner Norden has set up a new dedicated decarbonisation position within the company in order to meet its emission reduction targets. The company is committed to taking a leading role in decarbonisation of the shipping industry in order to meet the ambitious targets set by IMO to at least halve the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.
The not-for-profit think-tank Carbon Tracker has released a report analysing the degree to which oil and gas companies are continuing to invest in climate-threatening projects. The report finds that $50 billion worth of approved projects in the last year are incompatible with global climate goals.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said that its Cruise Lines have invested more than $22 billion in ships with new, energy-efficient technologies and cleaner fuels and achieved substantial progress. The cruise industry is a pioneer in maritime environmental protection and has made a fleet-wide commitment to reduce the rate of carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2008.
Regulators and ports need to ‘meet in the middle’ to make port call optimisation a reality and build an environment with greater collaboration and trust – this was the consensus from leading maritime experts at an interactive panel discussion on port call optimisation hosted by IHS Markit and the International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) as part of London International Shipping Week.
It’s an association born as much out of a sense of frustration as well as a need to have a trade representation within the industry. The Zero Emission Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs) was formed earlier this year, and already boasts more than a dozen member, all selling, developing and collaborating on the technologies that will be part of the answer to one of the toughest challenges the International Maritime Organization has ever set: The partial and then complete decarbonisation of the shipping industry.
Spire Global announced a new weather forecast tool specialized for maritime companies, providing information to help ports, ships and shipping companies. The information from its constellation of dozens of small satellites is supposed to help firms navigating tricky areas such as the Red Sea’s Tokar Gap. It will also help companies conserve fuel and run their routes more efficiently.
Japanese shipowner NYK and a subsidiary of French oil major Total have signed a charter contract for a newly-built LNG carrier, scheduled to be delivered in 2021. This brings the total chartered carriers to four as NYK noted it was looking to secure stable freight rates through long-term contracts through its medium-term management plan dubbed “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green.”
Two Antwerp-based freight forwarders, Aneka and Edmond Van Dyck & Sons, are merging their operations to create Steelduxx, a new entity fully operational in 2020. Together, they handle approximately 1.2 million tonnes of steel per year.