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Green ship recycling yard planned in South Africa.
A new environmentally friendly ship recycling facility is being planned in South Africa. According to Frost & Sullivan a new certified green ship recycling facility is planned at 34South - located along the West coast of South Africa in the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone. The 34South facility would have ship lift to transfer vessels into an environmentally friendly decommissioning facility rather than the beaching method commonly used in South Asian shipbreakding yards, which has been heavily criticised for causing pollution.
Ballast Equipment Manufacturers Association seeks NGO status with IMO.
The Ballast Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA) has applied for a NGO Consultative Status with the IMO to offer their official, non-commercial and technical voice to the existing regulators, owners and environmental groups currently represented at IMO.
Dr Efi Tsolaki, president of US-based BEMA, said "with the opportunity to gain NGO status at the IMO, BEMA will be able to provide their expertise on the technologies, capabilities, limitations and future R&D opportunities to the IMO discussions that are currently not available through other channels."
Cryopeak and Sumitomo to develop LNG bunkering for western Canada.
Canada s Cryopeak LNG Solutions Corporation and Japan s Sumitomo Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop a LNG bunker fuels supply chain in North America s Pacific Northwest ports.
The ports include Vancouver, Fraser River Port, Roberts Bank and Prince Rupert.
The agreement aims to build an industrial platform for procuring and supplying environmentally-friendly and low-cost LNG for use as a marine fuel globally.
Lines ultra-large containership focus hits ports with limited berth space, draught.
A focus on ultra-large vessels by container lines to manage capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting smaller ports with limited berth and draught.
Speaking at a Saudi Maritime Congress Webinar Tim Power, managing director of Drewry noted container lines had "ruthlessly cut capacity" to preserve freight rates in the face of Covid-19.
Three Weeks After 40 Seafarers Vanished At Sea, Traumatised Families Await Answers.
Three weeks after 40 seafarers vanished at sea when a typhoon destroyed their ship, not knowing is tearing their loved ones apart, says international maritime charity Sailors Society.
The charity, along with other maritime welfare organizations, is due to meet with the families of the seafarers later this week to offer them mental health and practical support.
UAE ranks fourth globally in port infrastructure quality index
The UAE has been placed in the first position among the Arab countries and the fourth globally in the quality of port infrastructure, according to the logistics industry report by Mordor Intelligence.
The UAE has maintained its first position at the Arab level in maritime connectivity with world ports in the past three years.
Meanwhile, the UAE s ports have become a regional hub in attracting international investment.
Japan manning group says 90 ships expected to arrive for crew change .
The International Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) said about 90 vessels will arrive in the Philippines per month, carrying approximately 900 seafarers to be off-signed and on-signed.
IMMAJ Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine has expressed his gratitude to the Philippines for opening its doors for crew change and for making the Port of Capinpin in Bataan one of the crew change hubs of the country.
Fiji: Lack Of Crew Cripples Movements For Goundar Shipping.
Goundar Shipping Limited managing director George Goundar said yesterday business was down by 40 per cent with the shortage of certified seafarers.
"The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is the main issue now as they want all local seafarers to be documented," Mr Goundar said.
"I can t get qualified seafarers offshore from the Philippines because of this COVID-19," he said.
Analysis: Up To 600,000 Seafarers Stuck Aboard Vessels.
The fate of up to 600,000 seafarers trapped aboard vessels in the middle of a global pandemic has been the ongoing sorry. Neither story has a happy ending or the salient lessons for our Pacific island states to pay close attention to in each event.
The other ongoing story is the fate of many of the world s seafarers who can t change over crews at the end of their contracts because of the pandemic.