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Scrubber manufacturers are increasingly adapting their technologies to move into the broader carbon capture domain. To that effect, South Korean HMM has just signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with compatriot Panasia to collaborate on developing onboard carbon capture systems.

Under the terms of MoU, HMM and Panasia will perform a feasibility study, economic analysis and risk assessment. In addition, the handling process of captured CO2 is one of the vital areas of study. Based on research findings, HMM is expected to install the carbon capture system and perform an operational test on its vessels.

Kim Gyou-bong, HMM Chief Maritime Officer, said, “Carbon capture technologies are one of the alternatives in support of the net-zero ambitions of the global community” and added, “We will continue to participate in collaborative partnerships to develop onboard carbon capture solutions on our pathway to carbon neutrality.”

As an environmental initiative, HMM unveiled its target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions across its entire fleet by 2050. HMM explores various sustainable energy sources to achieve the target, including biofuels, LNG, hydrogen, and green ammonia. 

Source: HHM



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US-based owner Eagle Bulk Shipping has expanded its fleet with the purchase of a 2015-built scrubber-fitted ultramax bulk carrier for $27.5m.

The vessel, built at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan, will be renamed Tokyo Eagle and deliver to the company during the fourth quarter of 2022.

After delivery, the Nasdaq-listed company’s fleet will consist of 53 ships, 91% of which are scrubber-fitted and with an average age of 9.5 years.

Eagle Bulk has executed 51 sale and purchase transactions since the commencement of its vessel renewal and growth programme, acquiring 30 modern vessels and divesting 21 of its oldest and least efficient ships. The company most recently closed the $15.5m sale of its 2004-built non-scrubber fitted supramax Cardinal.



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The first crew member from one of the two Greek tankers seized by Iranian authorities in May arrived safely in Athens on Tuesday, Greek officials said.

Iran has agreed to release the crews of the MT Prudent Warrior and Delta Poseidon, which it seized in May in response to the confiscation of oil by the United States from an Iranian-flagged tanker in Greece.

“The second captain of Delta Poseidon has arrived home, in Athens,” a shipping ministry official told Reuters.

The crew member is the first to return home from the total of about 48 seafarers – Greeks, Filipinos and a Cypriot – who are expected to be gradually released and replaced in the coming days, a second Greek official told Reuters.

The months-long diplomatic impasse has strained relations between Athens and Tehran as tensions grow between Iran and the United States.

Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization said in a statement the crews of the two Greek vessels were not detained and could be rotated, Iranian state media reported.

The release of the tankers is expected to take longer than the replacement of the crews, a Greek coast official said on Monday.



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Jordan on Tuesday detained a cargo ship arriving from Egypt that was towed away after it strayed close to a natural coral reef reserve near the beach of the Red Sea port of Aqaba, port officials said.

Any possible environmental damage caused by the drifting of the vessel, named Lotus, away from its route and into shallow waters near the 7-km-long marine reserve was being assessed, they said.

“Its route has been corrected and it has been towed to the pier and is safe,” a port official told Reuters, adding that the ship was banned from leaving the port pending an investigation into why it strayed from its route and any damage caused.

The cargo vessel had arrived earlier on Tuesday to load a shipment of potash from the city’s fertilizer pier, an official said.

The city of Aqaba’s pristine coral reef – with its many species of fish and dozens of formations that lie in shallow waters – is a main tourist attraction at Jordan’s only outlet to the sea.



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Five people lost their lives on Saturday in New Zealand after a small charter boat they were on capsized, the authorities reported, in what could be a collision with a whale.

Another six individuals who were on the boat were rescued.

Police mentioned that the 8.5-meter boat overturned when it was close to the Island town of Kaikōura in the South. Police said they were continuing to inspect the actual cause of the accident.

A Kaikōura Police Sergeant named Matt Boyce mentioned it was a devastating event.

The thoughts are with all those involved, including the deceased and their beloved family members, the local communities, and the emergency services staff, Boyce mentioned.

He mentioned that the police divers were able to recover the bodies of the deceased individuals. He added that all six survivors were examined, and they are stable. One was transferred to a hospital in Christchurch as a precautionary measure.

Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle informed The Associated Press that the water at the accident site was dead calm when the accident happened, and it was assumed that a whale had surfaced from underneath the sailing boat.

He said there were a few sperm whales in that area and some humpback whales that travel through.

He said that the locals had helped with the ongoing rescue efforts all through the day, but the mood in the town was “sombre” as the water was so cold, and they feared for the outcome of any victim who had fallen overboard.

Mackle said he had previously thought about the possibility of a boat colliding with a whale, given the significant number of whales found in that region.

He said it plays on one’s mind that it could happen, adding that he had not heard of such accidents earlier.

Mackle informed me the boat was a charter vessel typically used for fishing. News agency Stuff‘s report mention that the passengers belonged to a group of bird enthusiasts.

Kaikōura is a trendy destination for whale watching. The seafloor is known to drop away precipitously from the coast, making for deep waters close to the shore. Several businesses offer helicopter or boat trips so that the tourists can spot the whales, dolphins, and other kinds of sea creatures up close.

Police said they were still trying to inform the relatives of those who lost their lives in the accident and could not yet publicly name all the victims.

Vanessa Chapman informed Stuff that she and a group of friends had watched the rescue efforts progress from Goose Bay, located close to Kaikōura.

She further added that as she reached the lookout spot, she saw an individual atop an overturned boat waving arms.

She reported that two rescue helicopters and a third local one circled before two expert divers jumped out. She informed Stuff that the individual atop the boat was successfully rescued, and a second individual appeared to have been pulled from the water.

The compliance agency dubbed Maritime New Zealand said it had sent two investigators to the scene and was expected to conduct a thorough investigation once the recovery operations were over.

Tracy Phillips, the Principal Investigator, reported that the agency offers heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who have passed away.

References: VOA News, ABC News


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Officials at the Port of Long Beach, one of the busiest ports in the nation, have approved a $170 million channel deepening project that will improve navigation and safety for bigger vessels.

Following an extensive environmental review process, the Long Beach Harbor Commission has now greenlit the project, which will also allow the port to welcome newer and more efficient ships.

“By improving navigation in Long Beach Harbor, goods will speed faster around the supply chain, yielding enormous economic benefits for our city, region, and the nation,” said Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman. “At the same time, it will make operations safer and help lessen environmental impacts on our community.”

The Port of Long Beach and the federal government will share in the costs of the project, estimated at almost $170 million. The port’s portion is estimated at $109 million.

Among other features, the project includes deepening the Long Beach Approach Channel from 76 feet to 80 feet deep, easing turning bends in the Main Channel to deepen a wider area to 76 feet, deepening parts of the West Basin from 50 to 55 feet, constructing an approach channel and turning basin to Pier J South with a depth of 55 feet, improving the breakwaters at the entrance to Pier J, and depositing dredged material in nearshore sites for refuse or in federally approved ocean disposal sites.

According to a multi-year federal study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and completed last October, deepening and widening channels in the harbor would lead to improved vessel navigation, safety, and national economic benefits of almost $21 million annually.

This past July, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a Record of Decision concluding the federal environmental review process for the project. The milestone opens the way for projects to compete for federal funding.

In January, Long Beach was awarded $8 million through the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help initiate and complete the preconstruction, engineering and design phase

“We already accommodate some of the largest ships in the world here,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Deepening and improving our waterways will give these vessels more room to maneuver, and to do so more efficiently by taking on more containers, reducing the number of ship calls and associated emissions.”



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Marco Molica Colella, Senior Innovation Consultant at CiaoTech (PNO Group) looks at the autonomous shipping industry and the journey it will take to improve its sustainability

Autonomy has been in the R&D roadmaps for over a decade, and it is getting serious. Contrary to common- places, it is not a goal by itself, but it can have a terrific impact on the shipping sector’s sustainability, safety, and environmental targets. As a matter of fact, recent and famous projects like Yara Birkeland and ASKO show that environmental targets have driven investments into autonomous shipping vessels by cargo owners.

For sure, the technology behind autonomy inherently supports cost efficiency, but not only or necessarily by replacing crews: differently, it can certainly ease a part of their job. Constrained operations under human supervision can – in fact – limit risks and decrease seafarers’ labour. On the other hand, with increasing personnel in remote control centres, smaller crew accommodations can enable new designs, allowing for more cargo holds and increasing cost efficiency, supporting demand growth. In contrast, smaller vessel fleets can change logistics and improve routes between smaller ports.

Shipping infrastructure and the value-chain

Overall, a more competitive and reliable fleet can generate new seamless and resilient logistics, gaining traction against road transport and supporting the EC targets to decongest them. This may be the case as far as Inland Waterways are concerned, but there is not one business case fitting all scenarios. Looking at the infrastructure and the value-chain, autonomy eventually supports resilience, providing new instruments to withstand contingencies, from pandemics to climate crisis events.

In any case, the picture is complex, and great attention must be kept considering all instances and societal counterparts in the process. We are just at the beginning, although the first use cases are real.

First movers: an R&D stakeholders’ outline

Aiming at better, more efficient, and sustainable operations through digitalisation and automation, the autonomous ships technology perfectly merges into the smart logistics scenario, involving ports and the water transport infrastructure. The liaison between the two areas has just started to be explored. Indeed, the full development of the technology does require automatic mooring, Shore Control Centres and different sensing and telecommunication technologies “off board”. In the EU-funded project AUTOSHIP – Autonomous Shipping Initiative for European Waters, a technology-based Stakeholder Analysis has been performed based on a systematic investigation of the last year’s R&D efforts and investments. Innovators and Investors have been mapped by looking, among other sources, into national and EU funded R&D, start-ups and IP portfolios using multiple databases.

A total of 75 – EU and national – R&D Funded Projects were analysed, with a view also to CEF and TEN-T programmes. They uncovered that only a few emerging initiatives have been looking together at autonomous transport and logistics in the same picture. The R&D has been focussing on building blocks that have been studied separately.

Projects addressing autonomous vessel technology have been developed with a vibrant core in Norway and Germany: like Autoship, they have been implementing and demonstrating key enabling technologies, including sensing and remote control, while relevant regulations are under discus- sion by competent authorities. On the other hand, e-infrastructure and automation in ports have not been directly related to autonomy. Still, they are connected to the requirements that autonomy demands for developing Vessel-to-Shore interfaces.

Emerging market leaders of maritime transport

Correspondingly, by analysing the expertise of 335 involved organisations and mapping their role in the maritime transport and logistics value chain, a prominent number of Technology Providers/Developers (198 organisations) can be found, including emerging market leaders.

The next step is the definition of integrated business cases: the presence of relevant clients (e.g. cargo owners /shippers) has still been limited up to the recent past. However, this trend has rapidly been changing. With the Technology Readiness Level rising, progressively larger and more integrated projects have been developed where the autonomous technology seamlessly connects to cargo-owners, smart ports, and longer value-chains, including the “last-mile” representatives. It is highly likely that this integration will eventually provide the optimal definition of the autonomous/smart shipping market.

Knowledge is key, no matter what industry you are looking at

CIAOTECH S.r.l. is AUTOSHIP’s coordinator. We are the Italian branch of the PNO Group: Europe’s largest independent public funding and innovation consultancy with more than 30 years of hands-on expertise. In AUTOSHIP, our R&D Advisory team is involved in developing the Stakeholder and Market analyses, in a Cost-Benefit-Analysis for autonomous vessel use cases and in shaping the project business and exploitation plans, facilitating communication and outreach.

Every year, PNO supports more than 3.000 clients in their R&D processes, realising original data-driven and expert-driven analysis and creating over 300 cutting-edge R&D projects – changing the world for the better. We identify where technologies and business are heading, analysing relevant trends, highlighting the focus of innovation leaders and anticipating changes.



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With the assistance of approximately 300 applicants, including Officers, Cadets and Seafarers, the call made to Panamanian seafarers interested in embarking, ended up successfully, organized by the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), through the General Directorate of Seafarers (DGGM), in a joint effort with the leading international maritime transport company in the field of general cargo in Colombia, the shipping company NAVESCO, S.A.

This call, according to what was indicated by the shipping company according to its requirements, was directed mainly to First Officers (Deck and Engine), Chief Engineer, AB, Fitter, Cook, with previous experience, however other positions present during the appointment, were also interviewed.

The Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, Noriel Arauz, and the Deputy Administrator of the AMP, in charge, Elvia Bustavino, welcomed the attendees, who from early hours came to the facilities of the General Directorate of Seafarers, in the PanCanal Plaza building, Albrook.

The Director of the DGGM, Captain Juan Maltez, indicated that he is very satisfied with the great attendance, since it is a sign of the interest of the Panamanian seafarers to embark and perform functions on board, which will have a positive impact on their families and it will boost the national economy by attracting fresh foreign exchange; in turn, this brings us closer to the goal established in this Administration, that of creating mechanisms to facilitate the hiring of Panamanian seafarers who need to work on board ships, in this case general and bulk cargo.

The General Manager of the shipping company NAVESCO, Guillermo Solano, accompanied by the Director of the Operations Department, Norman Jimenez Espinel, were in charge of interviewing the personnel for the shipments.

Manager Solano expressed that his visit reinforces the bond created with the AMP, through an Agreement made in March 2020 and that they are pleased with the professionalism and competence shown by the Panamanian seafarers hired on board their ships, being so far, around 40 of them, sailing in their fleet, a figure that they wish to increase, which is why they requested this call.

The President of the Panamanian Association of Naval Officers (APOM), Captain Alberto Herrera, and the Prosecutor of the Association, Captain Aurelio Dutari, were also present, as were the Secretary General and the National Director of Employment of the Ministry of Labor and Work Development (MITRADEL), Winston Ivan Sanchez Aparicio and Alfredo Miter, respectively, who supported the work and reiterated the message to the Panamanian seafarers, that in addition to technical knowledge, it is urgent to strengthen command of the English language as the official language of the maritime industry for security, commercial and labor purposes.

The visit of the top management of the shipping company NAVESCO to Panama, includes a tour of the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) and Columbus University, in order to interact with the teaching staff and cadets, to learn more about to the directors, students, teaching staff, as well as the training that is given in these houses of higher education.
NAVESCO is an international company founded in 1980, dedicated to international sea transport and cabotage of solid bulk such as cement, lime, salt, fertilizers, coal, sugar and general cargo such as steel and pipes.

Its activity is mainly carried out in the American continent, especially in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, both on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the area of operations includes ports in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru , Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States, for which it uses two (2) vessel sizes: 8,000 DWT and 14,000 DWT, it has twelve (12) vessels, of which nine (9 ) are owned and the others long-term chartered, by English, Dutch and German shipowners.



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The decision by Ukraine late in August to exempt its seafarers from mandatory service in the armed forces, and to be allowed to leave the country to work on ships internationally, would free up manpower for both Ukrainian grain exports and the wider global shipping industry, reported Reuters, citing major industry figures.

The move was a concession by Ukraine that its merchant shipping workforce, one of the largest worldwide, would be able to serve the nation better in both economic and military terms by working on ships.

Ukrainian seafarers make up 4% of the total global mariner workforce of 1.89m sailors.

It was first announced in late August by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and was decreed into law by his cabinet last Friday September 2nd, according to a copy of the order published on Monday evening.

Ukraine is looking to maximize its grain shipments via the Black Sea Grain Corridor agreed in late July and scheduled to run until at least late November/ early December. Viktor Vyshnov, deputy head of Ukraine’s Shipping Administration, told Reuters that “we understand that the grain corridor depends on them (seafarers) and the world of international logistics also depends on them”.

Shortly after the grain export deal was agreed it was noted that it would be difficult to find the seafarers to crew the estimated 80 vessels stuck in Ukrainian ports since the end of February. Most of the crews on board had long been evacuated, leaving the port-locked vessels with a minimum tick-over crew.

Able-bodied Ukrainian men aged 18-60 are barred from leaving the country, but Ukraine’s government has now waived the ban for qualified seafarers and those studying for a mariner qualification.

“According to the decree, all seafarers, whether they are leaving from Ukrainian ports or are going abroad to fulfil their contracts, can obtain the possibility to leave Ukraine,” Vyshnov said.

Shmyhal had said in August that the decision would be good for the Ukrainian economy, as it would “allow thousands of sailors to get jobs and (state) budget receipts to grow.”

Natalie Shaw, director of employment affairs at the International Chamber of Shipping, said that “the (ICS/BIMCO) report predicts that there will be a need for an additional 89,510 officers by 2026 to operate the world merchant fleet, and Ukraine supplies over 76,000 of the current workforce.”

The staffing situation on ships arriving in Ukraine was complicated by a lack of clarity on the status of Russian merchant sailors. The grain corridor deal made no comment on the status of Russian mariners aboard ships that entered Ukrainian ports.

Ukraine border agency spokesperson Andriy Demchenko told Reuters that, while he did not know of any cases of Russian seafarers receiving visas to enter Ukrainian territory during the invasion, this did not theoretically stop them from sailing into Ukrainian ports if they remained aboard their ship. “If these people are refused entry … then they must remain aboard the ship until it leaves the port.”

The International Transport Federation’s Stephen Cotton said that “common sense says Russian-owned ships and Russian-crewed ships should be very careful about visiting Ukraine. At the moment I would not recommend it.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday September 7th at an economic forum in Vladivostok that Russia and the developing world had been “cheated” by the UN-brokered Ukrainian grain export deal. He said that he would look to revise its terms to limit the countries that can receive shipments. This could mean that any continuation after the end of the original 120-day term would be at risk, or could mean that a revision would be sought even earlier than this. However, Putin said that Russia would carry on with the deal in the hope that its aims would still be achieved, indicating that the corridor was safe, for now.

“What we see is a brazen deception … a deception by the international community of our partners in Africa, and other countries that are in dire need of food. It’s just a scam,” Putin said.

Putin warned of a global food crisis if the situation was not addressed and said he would contact Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss amending the deal to restrict which countries can receive shipments.

“It is obvious that with this approach, the scale of food problems in the world will only increase … which can lead to an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe,” he said.

“Almost all the grain exported from Ukraine is sent not to the poorest developing countries, but to European Union countries,” claimed Putin.

According to UN data, Turkey, which is not part of the EU, has been the most frequent single destination for shipments from Ukraine, with cargoes also going to China, India, Egypt, Yemen, Somalia and Djibouti.

Putin also said some restrictions on Russia’s fertilizer exports had been eased, but “clever sanctions” were still complicating Russian trade.

“There are no direct sanctions against products, but there are restrictions related to logistics, freight, payments and insurance. Many of these elements of restrictions remain,” Putin said.

Ukraine responded by saying that Russian complaints about the deal were “flabbergasting” as the deal gave Russia no role in determining where the grain goes.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Wednesday that “the agreements signed in Istanbul … concern only one issue, and that is the transfer of cargo ships through the Black Sea. Russia can’t dictate where Ukraine should send its grain, and Ukraine doesn’t dictate the same to Russia”.



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The foundation phase of a project to bring stakeholders together from the global north and global south to tackle maritime emissions is moving towards its final stages, following a series of technical workshops across the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific. IMO Coordinated Actions to Reduce Emissions from Shipping (IMO CARES) will support coordination to accelerate demonstration of green technologies and their deployment globally in a manner that facilitates blue economic growth in developing regions.

The preparatory phase of IMO CARES is funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and undertakes all the preparatory activities to develop and design a sustainable global CARES programme, which is expected to be a long-term initiative.

As part of the foundation phase, workshops were organized between June and August in collaboration with Maritime Technology Cooperation Centers for Caribbean, Africa and Pacific, part of a global network of MTCCs. Gathering feedback from stakeholders in the respective regions was a major step towards the establishment of a multi-stakeholder coalition with a view to the launch of the full IMO CARES Programme in 2023.

Building on from the success of the workshops, meetings were undertaken with R&D Centres, International financial institutions, UN agencies and others to identify their needs and how stakeholders might collaborate under an IMO CARES framework.  “Future advancements in maritime technical cooperation depend upon continued close collaboration between member states, the IMO, maritime organisations as well as financial institutions,” said Mr. Essam Al Ammari, Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization for Saudi Arabia.



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