News Bulletin – 2 June 2018

1. Wartsila solutions chosen for new environmentally-friendly dredger

1 June 2018 : The technology group Wartsila will provide the engines, propellers, and control system for a new, large-size hopper dredger being built by the Netherlands-based shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group. The vessel has been ordered by Cemex UK, a leading supplier of building materials. The order with Wartsila was booked in March.

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2. 20,000 TEU COSCO Shipping Virgo Delivered

31 May 2018 : Chinese container shipping major COSCO Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of its fifth 20,000 TEU containership, COSCO Shipping Virgo. Built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the ship is 399.8 meters long and 58.6 meters wide. It boasts a deck area equivalent to almost four standard football fields and can achieve a speed of 22.5 nautical miles per hour.

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3. Chennai port vies to become major fuel hub for ships

31 May 2018 : Chennai Port, located strategically between Singapore and Fujairah, the world’s first and second largest bunker fuel suppliers, has plans to make the south Indian city a bunker capital on the East coast. Efforts are underway to construct a dedicated bunker berth inside the port to accommodate bunker tankers, a move which is expected to swell the port’s revenues.

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4. India must invest in connectivity, not in more ports: World Bank expert

30 May 2018 : India needs more investments in multi-modal connectivity to existing ports than new deep-sea ports, the World Bank has said, flagging concerns on the country’s ambitious plan to build new ports as part of the Sagarmala programme.

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5. Fire-Stricken Maersk Honam Berths, Starts Discharging Cargo

30 May 2018 : Maersk Line’s ultra large containership Maersk Honam, which suffered a serious fire on March 6, berthed at Jebel Ali port on Sunday, May 27, after a two-month long ordeal at sea. The remaining hotspots on board were extinguished last week and the vessel is reported to be stable.

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6. IMO takes first steps to address autonomous ships

28 May 2018 : The International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the global regulatory body for international shipping – has commenced work to look into how safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) operations may be addressed in IMO instruments.

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7. Spotlight on women in maritime security

28 May 2018 : The bottom line is that doubling your talent pool just makes sense”, said Chris Trelawny, IMO’s special Adviser on Maritime Security, as he opened the Women in Maritime Security conference held at IMO Headquarters (24 May).

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