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Slow steaming, a solution to reduce CO2 emissions?


Emissions from shipping have come under fire once again thanks to the recent climate change protests in London and Sweden that have put further pressure on governments to take swift and decisive action on the environment. 

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UK Chamber of Shipping: Speed reduction regulation would hamper low-carbon transition


As the 2020 sulphur cap is getting closer and closer, the UK Chamber of Shipping takes a look at a proposal to reduce emissions, which is speed reduction. The Chamber comments that this idea is not new to the IMO, but until now it has not been accepted, as it would directly impact worldwide trade.

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New Italian terminal set to start operations in December


The first stage of the new semi-automated container terminal in Vado Ligure in Italy will launch on December 12 capable of handling the largest boxships afloat today. It is expected to increase competition among ports in northern Italy.

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Three updated marine regulations you need to know about in 2019


2019 is a busy year in terms of adopted International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation with the forthcoming SOLAS amendments, significant milestones for the fuel oil consumption data collection system (DCS), along with the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation, and the MARPOL Annex VI global sulphur limit coming into force in January 2020. Andrew Sillitoe explains why these regulations are important to shipowners and operators.

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Ocean governance is an important issue rising in shipping industry


The Inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage, that was conducted on March 13-15, addressed current issues concerning ocean governance mechanisms, both from how the oceans have been used as a pathway to project governance systems on land, and as well as governing the oceans themselves. The Congress discussed the important role of the shipping industry in the world, the oceans and sustainability.

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Port of Thessaloniki joins Green Award scheme


The Port of Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest container port, became the first Greek port to enter the Green Award certification program and will be providing an incentive to Green Award ships calling at the port. The move comes as part of the port authority's broader plan to keep pace with the governmental and society efforts to combat climate change.

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Greece’s Piraeus port lifts economic gloom, shines into future


As Greece exited its eight-year bailout last summer, the Piraeus port shined with rising throughput and revenues.

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Shell Marine launches new lubricant ahead of IMO 2020


Shell Marine launched a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) as IMO's 2020 sulphur regulation is approaching. The 'Shell Alexia 40' will be available for use in Singapore from June 1, 2019.

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Archaeology could consign Cosco Shipping’s Piraeus port plans to history


While Cosco Shipping’s massive investment plan for the port of Piraeus is not yet ancient history it is certainly under threat of becoming part of Greece’s modern history.

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