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New Bill Would Exempt Alaska Cruises From U.S. Cabotage Laws

Published Sep 24, 2021 3:56 PM by The Maritime Executive

After creating an exemption from the U.S. cabotage regulations in 2021 for large cruise ships sailing to Alaska, Senator Lisa Murkowski is now seeking to extend the exemption for large cruise ships sailing to her state. Two weeks after announcing her intentions that Alaska tourism should never again be controlled by Canada, the senator introduced new legislation, the Cruising for Alaska’s Workforce Act, to provide a permanent exemption from the Passenger Vessel Services Act for large cruise ships sailing between...

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Diana Wihelmsen Fined $2 Million for Concealing Oil Dumping 

Published Sep 24, 2021 2:33 PM by The Maritime Executive

A U.S. judge yesterday ordered Cyprus-based Diana Wilhelmsen Management to pay a $2 million fine and serve four years probation after pleading guilty to charges of concealing unlawful discharges of oily water into the Atlantic Ocean. The company will also be supervised under an environmental compliance plan. The charges stemmed from an incident in 2020 aboard the Protefs, a 40,230 gross ton, bulk carrier operated by Diana Wilhelmsen Management, a joint venture between Greece’s Diana Shipping and Norway’s Wilhelmsen Ship Management....

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Protesters Block Port Sudan, Crippling Operations

Published Sep 23, 2021 11:44 PM by The Maritime Executive

Protestors have crippled operations at Sudan’s main port as the country sinks deeper into political and socio-economic crisis. The situation has been exacerbated by what the Sudanese transitional government describes as an attempted coup by military officers and civilians on Tuesday. Demonstrators have blocked the main road connecting Port Sudan with the rest of the country since Friday last week, paralyzing operations at the main container and oil export terminals. They contend that they were locked out of a peace deal signed in...

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Investigative Expedition Seeks Evidence at MS Estonia Wreck Site

Published Sep 23, 2021 11:00 PM by The Maritime Executive

Relatives of the Estonia ferry disaster have organized a privately-funded expedition to look for clues into one of the maritime industry's deadliest peacetime tragedies. Over the weekend, 46 people set off from the Dutch port of Eemshaven on board research vessel Sentinel, headed for the wreck site off the Finnish island of Uto. “We have been preparing for the expedition for three months now and we remain optimistic. Our goal is to map all the damage suffered by the vessel, photograph and scan instances...

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Offshore

Design for Jones Act wind installation vessel hydrogen ready

Jones Act Hydrogen-Ready WTIV Receives AIP from ABS

Designs for a next-generation wind installation vessel designed to work with the larger 15-20 MW wind turbine installations have been awarded an Approval in Principle (AIP) by class society ABS. The vessel is designed to be hydrogen-ready and also uses a unique vertical load for monopiles to enhance the installation process. The NP20000X ULAM design developed by naval architects by NED-Project working with GPZ Energy is intended to be Jones Act compliant and able to meet future offshore wind market demands....

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Shipbuilding

world's largest LPG carrier to be built in China

World’s Largest Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGCS) Ordered in China

Sinogas, the Singapore-based gas shipowner, has placed a firm order for two of the 93,000 cbm VLGCs, with options for three more vessels. On delivery, these ships will be the largest VLGCs in the world and they will be powered by liquefied petroleum gas. According to the Jiangnan Shipyard, part of state-owned CSSC Group, the new vessels mark a further technological advancement in the development of gas carrier concepts in collaboration with Bureau Veritas. The design is an evolution of...

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Environment

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Maersk Invests in California-Based Electrofuel Startup

Maersk Group has announced that it is investing in a new electrofuel startup based in California, Prometheus Fuels. It joins BMW's venture capital arm, which has already committed to funding Prometheus' novel technology. Maersk is looking at four different decarbonization pathways, including biodiesel, alcohols, lignin-enhanced alcohols and ammonia. Prometheus' modular equipment can produce green alcohols like methanol - the fuel for Maersk's first zero-carbon shipbuilding initiative.  "Electrofuels are expected to play a key role for the decarbonisation of shipping and,...

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Business

Lloyd's acquires data company to expand analytic services

Lloyd’s Expands Advisory Services Buying Machine Learning Data Company

Lloyd’s Register continues to follow a strategy design to evolve its business following the changing dynamics of the maritime industry. In the latest move, LR has acquired GreenSteam, a marine data intelligence company specializing in improving vessel efficiency through machine learning. The world’s first marine classification society, created more than 260 years ago, said the transaction is part of a strategy to expand its fleet optimization offering as it builds its advisory services for the maritime industry and broader ocean...

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