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IMO has taken first steps to address Autonomous Ships

  The International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the global regulatory body for international shipping – commenced work to look into how safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) operations may be addressed in IMO instruments. The Organization’s senior technical body, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), endorsed a framework for a regulatory scoping… Read more »

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Roundtable of Port Organisations to pool resources and prioritise efforts on meeting IMO regulations on safety, environment and operations

London, United Kingdom, October 2018 At a recent meeting in London at the Baltic Exchange, heads of the world’s leading associations for the world port community met to establish a roundtable with the view to establishing a stronger, unified voice of the port sector in the maritime industry as a whole. Each association drew up… Read more »

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Sea Traffic Management (STM): an effective tool for decarbonisation and safety of navigation

In recent years, the transport in line with communication, liberalization, and international standardization known as the four pillars of globalisation. Maritime transport known as the backbone of the global trade as more than 90 percent of world cargo, in volume, in carried by sea. Among all transport modes, shipping is the most cost-effective way of… Read more »

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EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on the European Union’s own experience of enhancing connections between its Member States,… Read more »

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CYBER LEGISLATION MAKES DEMANDS OF PORTS

FW’s Matthew Gore examines the implications of new virtual security regulations The importance of cyber security to the maritime transport sector was brought into sharp focus in June 2017 when the ‘NotPetya’ malware attack struck organisations in more than 60 countries worldwide, including many prominent organisations within the maritime transport sector. Incidents such as this… Read more »

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The Transport Committee of the European Parliament supported yesterday the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth. The Ertug report on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU which was voted by the Transport committee pointed out that taxation has a… Read more »

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European Commission to review the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan

 The European Commission is reviewing the Atlantic Strategy Action Plan in cooperation with the five countries involved (Spain, Portugal, France, UK and Ireland). A series of working sessions are being organized to promote the consultation on the future of the Atlantic Strategy and the corresponding Plan of Action.   The working session in Portugal is jointly… Read more »

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BLOCKCHAIN PROJECT TO IMPROVE PORT EFFICIENCY

Associated British Ports (ABP) will be working with a digital logistics enabler to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programmes to use blockchain technology to improve port connectivity.   The agreement with Marine Transport International (MTI) will see ABP participating a blockchain solution to improve shipments efficiency. “This MOU with MTI is a demonstration… Read more »

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Ukraine’s Yuzhny port is readying itself for larger bulk carriers with the aid of Chinese-led dredging-Chasing Economies of Scale and Silk Ties

Yuzhny port is readying itself for larger bulk carriers with the aid of Chinese-led dredging. Stevie Knight reports. Ukraine’s Yuzhny port is targeting a draft that will make it the deepest facility in the whole of the Black and Asov seas region.   The long-term aim of Yuzhny is to be a hub on a competitive,… Read more »