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|China COSCO, Russian Majors Ink Arctic Shipping Deal|
Russian shipping major Sovcomflot, along with compatriot gas producer Novatek and Silk Road Fund have signed an agreement with China COSCO Shipping related to transportation of hydrocarbons from Russia s Arctic zone.
Under the deal, signed on June 7 in respect of the Maritime Arctic Transport LLC (MArT), the parties would establish a long-term partnership providing for the joint development, financing and implementing year-round logistics arrangements for cargo shipping from the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation to the Asia-Pacific region.
The companies would also organize transit cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route between Asia and Western Europe.
"The Agreement represents an important milestone in developing the transportation of LNG produced by our Arctic projects along the Northern Sea Route," Leonid Mikhelson, NOVATEK s Chairman of the Management Board, said.
"The development of MArT will facilitate the rapid transformation of the Northern Sea Route into a global and commercially effective transportation corridor between the Pacific and Atlantic basins, as well as in the implementation of the decision made by the leadership of the Russian Federation to increase Northern Sea Route annual cargo traffic to 80 million tons in 2024".
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|Construction Begins on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Third Hanseatic Unit|
Construction of the third unit in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Hanseatic series is officially underway, the Germany-based company has announced.
Hanseatic Spirit, as the ship will be named, started construction after a contract for its design and construction was awarded to Vard in July 2018.
The hull for the expedition cruise vessel will be built by Vard in Romania and the ship is scheduled to be delivered from Vard Langsten in Norway in May 2021.
Unlike its two sister ships, Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration, the third ship in the series will offer adults-only cruises.
Featuring a length of 138 meters and a width of 22 meters, the ships will also be equipped with environmentally-friendly technologies.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises earlier said that all expedition ships operated by the company would start using marine gasoil (MGO) from July 2020.
According to Vard, the vessels are specially designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as operations in warm water destinations such as the Amazon.
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|Flex LNG Receives Flex Constellation From DSME|
LNG carrier owner and operator Flex LNG has received the 173,400 cbm carrier Flex Constellation from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and arine Engineering (DSME).
According to the Oslo-listed company, Flex Constellation was delivered three weeks ahead of time as it is fixed for a maiden voyage from the yard.
The 96,000 dwt carrier is the fifth unit in the company s fleet and the fourth to be built by DSME. Flex LNG has three more units on order at DSME and two 174,000 cbm carriers at Hyundai Samho Heavy, according to VesselsValue data. The ships are set to be handed over in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The company said that in connection with delivery, USD 125 million of the new USD 250 million bank facility was utilized securing the ship a cash break-even level of about USD 45,000 per day.
Flex Constellation features high pressure MEGI two stroke propulsion and is equipped with a partial reliquefaction system bringing the boil off rate in laden condition down to 0.075%.
With three MEGI LNG carriers and two X-DF LNG carriers, Flex LNG is poised to become the largest operator of the 5th generation LNG newbuildings.
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|MSC Introduces War Risk Surcharge on Shipments to Venezuela|
Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has decided to implement a war risk premium surcharge on cargo coming from worldwide destinations into Venezuela.
The surcharge will be applied with immediate effect, according to the company.
By imposing this supplementary charge, the carrier can recover potential extra costs it is going to bear. These charges are often applied in regions where piracy incidents are prevalent and in case of events that may escalate toward war.
As explained by MSC, the move comes "amid the imposition of sanctions related to Venezuela, and the ongoing political volatility in that country".
Venezuela is in the midst of a political, social and economic crisis due to the illegitimate regime of the country s government and the president Nicolas Maduro.
In response to corrupt practices of the Venezuelan government and individuals, a number of countries including the United States have imposed sanctions on the country. These are related to terrorism, anti-democratic activities and human rights violations in Venezuela.
The US sanctions include the ones targeting the oil sector and Venezuela s state oil and natural gas company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
"The United States will continue tightening sanctions on oil and its derivatives until freedom and democracy are restored in Venezuela. International companies that continue doing business with sanctioned PDVSA are on notice," John Bolton, Advisor for US National Security Affairs, said on Twitter today.
Related: US Sanctions Nine Ships, Four Owners for Venezuela Ties
Earlier this week, the US government unveiled new restrictions for US travel to Cuba, including banning cruise ship stops in the island country. The restrictions are meant to tighten the economic pressure on the Cuban government which is supporting the Maduro regime in Venezuela.
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|Volume of cargo transshipment from Azerbaijan via Turkish ports announced|
In April 2019, 142 tons of cargo were transshipped from Azerbaijan through the Turkish ports, Trendreports referring to the Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Ministry.
The ministry stressed that the entire volume of transit cargo from Azerbaijan was transshipped in April 2019.
Some 17,976 tons of cargo were transshipped from Azerbaijan via the Turkish ports by ships sailing under the flags of other countries in 2018.
"In 2019, 2,409 tons of cargo were transited through the Turkish ports to other countries," the ministry said.
In April 2019, 4,510 ships arrived at Turkish ports, according to the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
The gross registered tonnage of all vessels in April 2019 amounted to 66.944 million tons.
In April 2019, 1,720 ships sailing under the Turkish flag and 2,790 ships sailing under flags of other countries arrived at Turkish ports.
The gross registered tonnage of ships which arrived at Turkish ports sailing under the Turkish flag in April 2019 amounted to 10.309 million tons, and the gross registered tonnage of ships sailing under flags of other countries was 56.635 million tons.
According to the ministry, in January-April 2019, Turkish ports received 16,200 ships, the gross registered tonnage of which amounted to 257.295 million tons.
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|Barcelona port is worst in Europe for cruise ship air pollution|
The port of Barcelona, a city already The port of Barcelona, a city already overwhelmed by mass tourism, has topped a list of 50 European ports for the amount of air pollution produced there by cruise ships, according to a report.
In 2017 cruise ships emitted 32.8 tonnes of sulphur oxide (SOx) in Barcelona, according to the research. Palma de Mallorca was the second most polluted, with 28 tonnes, followed by Venice with 27.5. Southampton, with 19.7 tonnes, was fifth on the list.
Barcelona also leads in the amount of carcinogenic nitrogen oxide (NOx) particles the ships emit. Cruise ships account for 15% of the NOx emitted by all of Europe s passenger vehicles.
"Cities are, and with reason, banning diesel vehicles but at the same time are allowing free entry to cruise ship companies whose ships emissions cause immeasurable damage," said Faig Abbasov, maritime coordinator of the NGO behind the report, Brussels-based Transport and Environment.
Ships run on fuel oil, which contains about 2,000 times more sulphur oxide than ordinary diesel. The report claims that cruise ships docking in European ports produced 10 times more sulphur emissions than all the 260m cars in those countries combined. In the case of Barcelona, in 2017 cruise ships emitted nearly five times as much SOx as all the city s cars.
A recent report by the environmental group Ecologists in Action said toxic particles from the ships were detected as far as 249 miles (400km) from Barcelona s port. The impact is exacerbated by ships leaving their engines running while in port.
The city is Europe s busiest cruise ship destination, with some 2.7 million passengers disembarking from 800 ships in 2017. On a single day last October, seven ships with 18,000 passengers and 6,000 crew were docked in the port.
Environmental groups and residents associations in the city have campaigned for years for the numbers to be curbed. Last year, the Symphony of the Seas, the world s largest cruise ship, was met by protests when it arrived in Barcelona for its maiden voyage.
Campaigners argue that not only are the ships endangering residents health, especially those who live near the port, they are a form of tourism that brings few benefits to the city.
Most passengers visit the city for around five hours, spending an average of €57 each, and return to their ships at night.
Gala Pin, a Barcelona councillor who represents the old city that adjoins the port, raised a few eyebrows last year when she compared cruise ship tourists to locusts.
"In my opinion, we shouldn’t have this kind of tourism," she said. "It s like a plague of locusts. They devour the public space and then they leave."
While the city authorities have tried to limit the number of ships, they are good business for the port, which is managed by central government, not the city council.
The International Maritime Organization limits the amount of sulphur in fuel oil to 3.5% and in 2020 a new limit of 0.5% will come into force. However, under the European Union s clean air policy, the limit in the Mediterranean may be reduced to 0.1%.
Under current rules, there is a policy of zero emissions while ships are docked in Baltic, North Sea and Channel ports, and there are plans to extend this to the Mediterranean.by mass tourism, has topped a list of 50 European ports for
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|Dunkerque-Port rewards clean port calls on its terminals to improve air quality|
For more than 10 years, Dunkerque-Port has pursued a genuinely proactive policy in favour of sustainable development of the port. Implemented in 2014 by the roll-out of the Structural and Sustainable Development Plan (PA2D) which defines and supervises more than 150 operations in that respect, it has resulted in the use of good environmental practices especially in terms of dredging sediment management and preserving biodiversity. The mature strategy recently developed into an environmental management system, which obtained Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification in 2018 as part of the ECOPORT network.
Marking the European Sustainable Development Week from 30 May to 5 June, and in order to accentuate the efforts made to reduce atmospheric emissions, in particular through the Regional Climate, Air and Energy Action Plan (SRCAE) backed by the Dunkerque Urban Community (CUD), Dunkerque-Port has launched an environmental reward system for low-emission vessels calling at Dunkerque. The initiative will help to improve air quality.
Air quality and a reduction in the emissions of sulphur, nitrogen and other fine particles have become international priorities. This is evidenced by the regulatory changes initiated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The maritime transport sector, a contributor to atmospheric emissions, is making positive progress in this direction by offering ever more efficient, energy-efficient vessels and using fuels that have less impact on the environment.
To encourage this change, Dunkerque-Port has joined forces with the Environmental Ship Index initiative (ESI) initiated by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the principle of which is to assign a score to ships based on their atmospheric emissions. The higher the ship’s rating, the cleaner its air quality.
Companies and charterers that call at Dunkerque are invited to join this responsible initiative by signing a charter. The latter is intended to underline the willingness of companies and charterers to use more efficient, low-emission vessels for their port calls in Dunkerque. In return, Dunkerque-Port undertakes to pay a financial reward at the end of each year. The latter is calculated on the basis of the number of clean port calls made by the company or the charterer, in proportion to the total number of clean port calls recorded in the port over one year. An annual envelope will be distributed among the signatories of the charter.
Dunkerque-Port is one of the 50 or so volunteer ports in the world that have already approved the initiative.
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