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U.K.-Flagged Tanker Held by Iran to Be Released ‘in Days’: Iran

Iran plans to release within days a U.K.-flagged tanker it has held since mid-July. The judicial process is almost finalized and the Stena Impero will be freed after bureaucratic procedures are completed, said Abbas Mousavi, spokesman at the foreign ministry in Tehran, on Monday. Iran seized the ship shortly after the U.K. detained a vessel in Gibraltar that was allegedly carrying Iranian crude to Syria. Last month, Gibraltar released that ship, which has been renamed the Adrian Darya 1. Source: Bloomberg

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Game-changing VIKING LifeCraft™ gets 100% approval

VIKING’s entire LifeCraft™ system has now obtained flag state approval as a novel life-saving appliance to be installed on passenger ships for the utmost safety in evacuation emergencies. VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S, the leading global safety products manufacturer and service provider, has announced the first flag state approval of its entire VIKING LifeCraft™ system, meaning the world-first inflatable and electrically powered evacuation solution is now cleared for installation on ships around the world. The stamp of approval was issued by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) on August 23, 2019. This ...

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Dan Sten Olsson donates peace symbol to Belfast

The City of Belfast has been warmly welcomed into an illustrious group of locations around the world that have embraced The Knotted Gun sculpture and its supporting organisation, the Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF). The bronze sculpture has been gifted to Belfast and its citizens by the Olsson Family, owners of ferry company Stena Line, from Sweden and was accepted on behalf of the City by Lord Mayor John Finucane at an unveiling ceremony held on Friday September 13th at Girdwood Community Hub in North Belfast, where it will be on ...

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U.S. Ambassador Commends Engro Elengy on World’s Fastest 250 Ship-to-ship Transfers

U.S. Ambassador Paul W. Jones, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., was welcomed by Engro Corporation President Ghias Khan when he visited Engro Elengy Terminal Limited, accompanied by the U.S. Consul General and Chairman Port Qasim Authority, on Monday, September 16. There, Ambassador Jones came aboard the country’s first Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), brought to Pakistan in 2015 as part of Engro Elengy Terminal – a collaboration between Engro and American company Excelerate Energy, and investment partners World Bank Group and Royal Vopak of the Netherlands. Excelerate Energy is an American ...

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Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Takes Delivery of M/V Sydney Eagle

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc., one of the world’s largest owner-operators within the Supramax / Ultramax segment, today announced that is has taken delivery of the second of six Ultramax drybulk vessels, it has recently agreed to acquire. The ship, which has been renamed the M/V Sydney Eagle, is a 2015-built, high specification scrubber-fitted SDARI-64 Ultramax vessel built at Jiangsu New Hantong Ship Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. Proforma for the four remaining acquisition vessels, which have yet to be delivered, the Company’s fleet will total 50 ships, including 20 Ultramax drybulk ...

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Green Award And Shipserv Ltd Have Joined Forces

ShipServ, the world’s leading e-procurement platform for the marine industry, and Green Award, a certification and incentive program for waterborne transport, held a ceremony to celebrate ShipServ joining the program as an incentive provider. The organisations announced their cooperation on Friday September 13, 2019. Green Award certifies seagoing and inland navigation ship, which can meet requirements beyond the industry’s regulation standards. In particular, Green Award pays attention to safety, quality and environmental aspects. Ships and ship managers can join if they demonstrate their performance greatly benefits the environment, industry and ...

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Saudi Aramco swaps crude on tanker to heavy from light grade: source

Saudi Aramco has changed the type of crude loading onto a tanker due to go to Asia to Arab Heavy from Arab Light, a source familiar with the matter said. The source said it was unclear what was behind the change. Consultancy firm Energy Aspects said on Sunday that the quality of Arab Light and Arab Extra Light may have been affected by excess hydrogen sulphide. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Julia Payne; editing by Jason Neely)

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Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre presents breakfast seminar on marine casualties

EMAC kicks off its first breakfast after the summer period with a presentation on marine casualties from an insurance perspective. Speakers, Bengi Yuceer, Regional Head of Marine Claims and Vivek Sharan, Regional Marine Client Director both from Howden Insurance Brokers LLC focused the talk on recent casualties and events in shipping, the status of the insurance market and future outlook, as well as casualty management in insurance claims. “Marine Insurance, is one of the oldest forms of insurance. Insurance brokers are faced with a multitude of shipping claims on a ...

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Wärtsilä simulators provide advanced training at newly inaugurated Portuguese facility

The technology group Wärtsilä has supplied advanced technology simulators providing realistic hands-on training at a new facility in Portugal. The training centre is developed and run by the Port Authority for the ports of Douro, Leixōes and Vano do Castelo (APDL), and was inaugurated in the end of July at a ceremony headed by Portugal’s Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino. The order was placed in October 2018. The centre is the country’s largest and most advanced maritime training facility. It features a Wärtsilä Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator ...

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LNG tanker Mekaines set for the UK, Clean Vision due for the Netherlands

Liquefied natural gas tanker Mekaines is due to arrive at Britain’s Milford Haven terminal on Sept. 21, according to Refinitiv Eikon data. The tanker has a capacity of around 261,000 cubic metres and is coming from Qatar. Liquefied natural gas tanker Clean Vision is due to arrive at the Dutch port of Rotterdam on Sept. 24, according to Refinitiv Eikon data. The tanker has a capacity of around 162,000 cubic metres and is coming from Russia. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Lefteris Karagiannopoulos, editing by Terje Solsvik)

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Sustainable autonomous shipping: a step change in open ocean transport

With its wave motion-propelled Jospa Tug, Irish SME Jospa Ltd has developed a sustainable autonomous shipping solution. Having worked in wave energy research and development for some years, Jospa Ltd discovered a novel way to propel a tug that produces significant bollard pull, using wave motion only. So we parked our promising wave energy convertor (WEC) projectto concentrate on developing the tug opportunity for sustainable autonomous shipping. The growing efforts to combat pollution are incurring massive costs down the line; and this project addresses both the economic and environmental cost ...

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Iranian supertanker’s oil sold to private entity: official

Iran’s ambassador to the UK has said that his country’s decision to deliver oil to a private company in Syria by Adrian Darya-1 supertanker was in no contrast to an agreement to not sell the cargo to a country under European Union sanctions. Hamid Baeedinejad’s remarks came after Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said that Iran had announced that its oil would not be transferred to countries under EU sanctions. Iran had not undertaken any commitment, so by selling Iranian oil to private company even if it is transferred to ...

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Malaysia encourages gender diversity in the maritime industry

The 2019 World Maritime Week kicked off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (10 September), with an opening session dedicated to “Encouraging gender diversity in the maritime industry” in recognition of this year’s IMO World Maritime theme. During the session, IMO showcased its Women in Maritime gender programme. The primary objective of the IMO Women in Maritime programme is to encourage IMO Member States to open the doors of their maritime institutes to enable women to train alongside men and acquire the high-level of competence that the maritime industry demands. Made up ...

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Prime Minister pledges to bring shipbuilding back to the UK

Thousands of jobs in the British shipping industry will be created over the next decade, the Prime Minister will announce on Thursday, as he pledges to bring shipbuilding back to the UK and strengthen the Royal Navy. During a visit to a ship in the Thames for London International Shipping Week the Prime Minister will announce which bidder’s design has been selected for new Type 31 warships. The UK Government has committed to buying at least five of these cutting edge vessels for the Royal Navy, with more expected to ...

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Saudi Aramco ‘lynchpin’ of OPEC cuts as US briefly takes producer top spot – IEA

Saudi Arabia remains the driving force of OPEC production cuts, keeping domestic output down as other signatories to the deal start to breach compliance levels and helping the US briefly become the world’s largest oil exporter, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. Overall OPEC production cuts were at 116% in August, but three major signatories to the deal, Russia, Nigeria, and Iraq, produced 600,000 bbl/day above their allocations, while Saudi Arabia kept output 600,000 bbl/day below what it is allowed to produce. Saudi Arabia’s discipline comes at a ...

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