Fortnightly maritime news for the industry and PortXL community.

China to Hungary in one freight train

A new freight train service has been launched  linking Jinan, capital of east China’s Shandong Province, and Budapest, capital of Hungary, making it the newest China-Europe freight train route. Jinan will increase the frequency of the cross-border trains and plans to open more routes to Poland and Germany in the near future, the office said.

Shipping divided on Macron’s go-slow movement

Macron said ahead of hosting the G7 summit in Biarritz over the weekend that getting world shipping to commit to slower speeds would be at the top of his environmental agenda. Shipping – like other sectors – urgently needs to reduce emissions. Regulating ship speed is a good measure that can be implemented in the short term, in anticipation of the roll out of zero-carbon ships that will take some more time.

Maritime targeted by Cyber Criminals

Maritime sector and the oil and gas sector have been victims of cyber campaigns targeting several different sectors since June this year, according to the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM). NSM NCSC has urged ship owners and employees within the maritime sector “to show increased

First North Sea Route Voyage for large LNG-fueled Tanker

Korolev Prospect, Sovcomflot’s LNG-fueled Aframax crude oil tanker, began a transit of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) on August 26, 2019.

The 123,492 cbm vessel will become the first such large-capacity crude oil tanker to travel the entire length of the NSR using only clean-burning LNG fuel, Sovcomflot said.

US Offshore Wind Pipeline tops 25.8 GW

The US offshore wind energy project development and operational pipeline grew in 2018 to an estimated potential generating capacity of 25,824MW, according to a report issued by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

The overall size of the US offshore wind pipeline grew by 1.4% in 2018, from 25,464MW to 25,824MW.

Maritime Tech Test Centre opens on Heligoland

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) and the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) aim to develop and test complex robotic systems that operate autonomously and intelligently under water, on the water surface, and in the air. The systems are meant to be able to carry out inspections, maintainance, and repair works on the high seas.