Enforcement of Emission Reduction Rules Will Start at Major Ports in China

Last year, three emission-controlled areas were established in China - the Yangtze River delta, Bohai Bay, and the Pearl River Delta. All vessels entering or operating within these parts are subject to the new regulations which specify that they must use fuel with low-sulfur content while berthed at major ports found within the specified areas.

Egypt’s Ailing Economy Likely to Get Boost from Developments in the Suez Canal

There might still be hope for Egypt’s ailing economy, despite it not being clear to many. In fact, it could enjoy the same benefits as Dubai’s Jebel Ali, with the now dual carriage waterway on the Suez Canal. Suez Canal today may seem at a disadvantage, what with the competition from the Panama Canal, lower bunker prices, and the turtle’s pace in the global trade. But it has all the potential to transform Egypt’s ailing economy. The $8bn expansion of the Canal will maintain its primary role as the lifeblood of the Egyptian economy, which has been going on for the last 150 years or so.

Smart Shipping: Demand for Training in the Use of Shipboard IT Technologies Increased

There might be a need to bring the smart concept in the shipping industry, but group CEO of Elektrans Group, Capt. Michael P Elwert, is quick to admit that the slow-paced training, or the lack thereof, is costing the industry a new generation of seafarers. When asked if the industry is doing enough to train tech savvy newcomers, during the UAE Maritime Leaders’ Summit, Elwert bluntly said no. “A pure, pure answer to your question is no, we are not doing it well…I think it is something we [the industry] have to recognize we don’t do very well.”

Cost and Cybersecurity: Major Hurdles to Smart Shipping Success

Speaking to attendants of the UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar, which kicked off the Dubai Maritime Week, Coles voiced out his concern that the cost of real-time transfer essential to smart shipping is too expensive. Price of mobile satellite air-time has to come down to facilitate connectivity necessary to transfer large amounts of data from ship to shore in real-time. Otherwise, there will be no ‘smart’ in the shipping industry. If there is, it will be too costly to implement and maintain.

SGX Reprimands Swiber over the Lack of Transparency of the $710m West Africa Project

Global offshore industry Swiber received a public reprimand from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) on the grounds of the lack of transparency. Apparently, Swiber failed to disclose all information pertaining to a $710m deal in West Africa. This has led to the company being under judicial management.

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- 10th March 2016

Plastic Pollution and Plankton

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- 14th October 2016

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