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Belgium Bans Exports of “Dirty Fuels” to West Africa

Published May 24, 2024 4:39 PM by The Maritime Executive

  The Port of Antwerp will no longer be used by oil companies and traders to export so-called dirty fuels to West Africa. The Belgium government banned the export of toxic motor fuels that are highly harmful to public health and the environment. Belgium’s Minister of Environment Zakia Khattabi announced the country has banned the exports of toxic fuels that are domestically prohibited but continue to be shipped to West African nations including Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon. This comes following...

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pirates

Climate Change May Be Fueling a Resurgence of Piracy Across Africa

Published May 24, 2024 4:07 PM by The Conversation

[By Selina Robinson]  In the churning waters off Nigeria, armed pirates in small skiffs speed towards a cargo ship. They clamber aboard, seizing control of the vessel and its valuable cargo. This isn’t a scene from a swashbuckling film; it’s a stark reality for seafarers in many parts of the world. Piracy poses a threat to global shipping, trade and the safety of seafarers. In 2020 alone, there were 135 maritime kidnappings, with the Gulf of Guinea off...

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hydrogen tugs

Damen and Saverys to Build Four Large Hydrogen Dual-Fuel Tugs

Published May 24, 2024 3:42 PM by The Maritime Executive

  Shipbuilder Damen and CMB.TECH are partnering to build some of the first hydrogen-powered tugboats. The project expands Damen’s repertoire after the company added an electric tug also in the ASD class and in keeping with the Saverys' declared strategy to lead the industry to decarbonization alternatives. The collaboration calls for four tugs built by Damen and using CMB.TECH’s dual-fuel hydrogen technology. It is also the latest step in the companies’ collaboration as CMB.TECH is also working with Damen for...

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capsized barge

Mysterious Tug That Caused Tobago Oil Spill May Have Been Found in Angola

Published May 24, 2024 1:49 PM by The Maritime Executive

  After three months of searching, government officials in Trinidad and Tobago may have finally located the mysterious tug thought to have caused the disastrous oil spill off the coast of Tobago in February. International sources and independent researchers have all been working to confirm the identity of the tug and to locate it after it went dark at the beginning of February. “The government has received information that the tug Solo Creed may have been detained by the authorities...

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Offshore

Offshore energy platform Thailand

"Mixed Bag" Outlook for Offshore Energy

The “energy transition." You know the term, but where did it come from? While interest in alternative energy sources can be traced back to the oil crisis of the 1970s, it was during the 2015 Paris Agreement that the first hard goals were placed toward limiting global warming to below 2oC compared to pre-industrial levels.  “Energy transition” refers to a shift from fossil fuels — including oil, natural gas and coal — to renewable energy sources like wind and solar...

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Shipbuilding

hydrogen tugs

Damen and Saverys to Build Four Large Hydrogen Dual-Fuel Tugs

  Shipbuilder Damen and CMB.TECH are partnering to build some of the first hydrogen-powered tugboats. The project expands Damen’s repertoire after the company added an electric tug also in the ASD class and in keeping with the Saverys' declared strategy to lead the industry to decarbonization alternatives. The collaboration calls for four tugs built by Damen and using CMB.TECH’s dual-fuel hydrogen technology. It is also the latest step in the companies’ collaboration as CMB.TECH is also working with Damen for...

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Environment

Scientists from Peru’s national parks agency take samples from a dead sea lion suspected of falling victim to bird flu, 2023 (Peruvian government handout)

Bird Flu is Now a Major Threat to Marine Life

  [By Fermín Koop]  A deadly strain of avian influenza is spreading across the global ocean. Scientists estimate that it has caused the death of tens of millions of poultry and wild birds around the world. Officially called A(H5N1) clade 2.3.4.4b, it has also been detected in at least 48 mammal species and is strongly implicated in mass die-offs of sea lions and seals. Bird flu was previously considered primarily a threat to poultry and secondarily a potential human pathogen. But it has...

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Business

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Allianz: Shipping Losses Continue Decline Hitting All-Time Yearly Low

  The global shipping industry is recording a continuing decline in large vessel losses despite the sector facing growing risks. Global insurer Allianz released its Safety and Shipping Review 2024 which shows shipping losses hit an all-time low, maintaining a trend that has been developing in recent years. The review contends that despite the global fleet grappling with growing volatility and uncertainties from war and geopolitical events, climate change, and the resurgence of piracy among other risks, the sector lost...

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