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South Africa Resumes Citrus Exports to EU After Resolving Disagreement

Published Aug 12, 2022 8:42 PM by The Maritime Executive

South Africa has struck a deal with the European Union (EU) to end an impasse surrounding citrus fruits exports to Europe. For the past two weeks, tonnes of oranges have been rotting in containers stuck at European harbors following a disagreement on import rules between South Africa and EU. According South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, the deal with the EU should the facilitate resumption in processing of citrus fruit reefers held at European ports. "We had a fruitful meeting with the...

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First Cruise Ship Arrives in Auckland as Regional Cruising Rebounds

Published Aug 12, 2022 8:11 PM by The Maritime Executive

The first cruise ship in two and a half years arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on August 11 marking for the industry and the country the end of one of the longest COVID-19 related closures. Coming just a week after New Zealand reopened its borders to international tourists, the arrival of P&O Cruises’ Pacific Explorer was hailed as a key turning point for the industry as it works to rebuild for a full upcoming summer season due to launch in...

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ITF Says Crew Are “Sitting Ducks” on Powerless Ship Off Senegal

Published Aug 12, 2022 6:28 PM by The Maritime Executive

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is once again calling attention to a case of crew abandonment as the union’s representatives work to make sure the stranded crew has ample provisions and water. The case is made worse according to the ITF as the vessel is currently anchored near a busy seaway and by the fact that the ship has had repeated claims of not paying and providing for its crew. Steve Trowsdale, Inspectorate Coordinator at the ITF, is warning...

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Greenpeace targets cargo ship in protest over offshore gas

Greenpeace Targets Oldendorff Ship in Protest of Offshore Gas Projects

Published Aug 12, 2022 5:03 PM by The Maritime Executive

A group of Greenpeace activists in Germany targeted an Oldendorff cargo ship in their efforts to call attention to their demands to stop offshore drilling and gas production. The vessel, the Emma Oldendorff, was preparing to load a cargo of pipe bound for Western Australia as part of a new offshore LNG development being undertaken by Woodside. Greenpeace reports that 20 of its activists boarded four inflatable boats in the port of Brake on the Weser not far from Bremerhaven....

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House Passes Budget Bill With Historic Incentives for Offshore Wind

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of climate, energy and health care funding proposals, drawn in large part from the Biden administration's defeated "Build Back Better Act" budget reconciliation bill. Though much slimmed down from the original multi-trillion-dollar plan, the rebranded Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) will have sweeping effects on the development of the clean-power industry in the U.S. - including the offshore wind industry. President Biden is expected to sign the Act into...

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Shipbuilding

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Forged on Water

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth," opined philosopher and pugilist Mike Tyson. Coronavirus, supply chain woes, workforce turnover, international conflict – you name it, and the last two years have had it. Every business reeled, of course, but the maritime industry, which ties together the economic, defense, commercial and energy interests of nations, was particularly hard-hit with consequential effects on shipbuilding. The havoc has also forced the development and application of new technologies and approaches...

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Environment

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Study: Arctic is Warming Four Times as Fast as the Rest of the World

A new study suggests that the frozen Arctic could be warming four times as fast as the rest of the planet, much quicker than previously estimated. If it is accurate and sustained, the pace of warming could improve the commercial prospects of the Northern Sea Route and hasten the opening of over-the-pole summertime routing.  The study took the past four decades of Arctic climate data, from 1979 through 2021, and calculated that the real-world rate of warming in the Arctic...

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Business

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Zephyr Group Provides World-Leading Parts Service

Through the acquisition of SKV, Zephyr has brought together two of the world’s top independent engine parts distributors in the same group, creating a world-class parts and service resource under one roof. The combination marks a natural evolution for two of the most established names in marine engine parts and service, and it creates synergies that will benefit customers worldwide.  Together as Zephyr Group, Zephyr and SKV stock the largest range of OEM (original equipment manufacturer)...

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