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 Your monthly digest Issue 4, May ’17

This month’s stories include:

  • A look at how cargo owners can control their carbon footprint
  • How the Welsh government is investing into their own ports
  • How digitalisation is changing the transport of containers
  • Potentially good news for shipping lines as demand grows

‘GoodShipping Program’ hands cargo owners control of their carbon footprint

A new ground-breaking initiative will hand cargo owners the opportunity to control and greatly reduce the carbon footprint of their ocean freight. The ‘GoodShipping Program’ enables ocean cargo owners with a quick, transparent, and convenient way to reduce their carbon footpring – from the industry itself, and not from alternative mitigation schemes – by driving ‘purchasing’ biofuel in an initiative that is designed to accelerate low-carbon fuels in the marine fuel mix.

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‘Enough is enough’ – CMA CGM unveils cancellation fee for no-show boxes

CMA CGM will levy a cancellation fee on European shippers and forwarders that do not deliver their containers for booked services to Indian subcontinent, Middle East Gulf and Red Sea ports.

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Marshall Islands becomes the world’s second largest ship registry

The Marshall Islands have overtaken Liberia to become the world’s second largest ship registry boosted by Greek and Chinese owners.

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Welsh gov to invest £2M into developing Welsh ports 

Economy secretary Ken Skates has invited ports across Wales to bid for a share of £2m of government funding to develop Welsh ports.
The Welsh Government’s Ports Development Fund aims to support the growth of Welsh ports, helping ensure they continue being a key contributor to economic growth and providing opportunities for new jobs within the industry.

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Ballast water convention dates likely to slip

The flag states Brazil, Cook Islands, India, Liberia, Norway and the U.K. are calling for IMO to delay implementation of the ballast water management convention.

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Underwater Drone Deployed for Hull Inspections

A Norwegian technology company has developed an underwater drone that allows ship-owners, vessel crew, and shipyards to perform hull inspections without the need for divers or ROVs.

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Container carriers heading to profit

The majority of container shipping lines lost money in the first three months of 2017, but higher rates and fast-growing demand will soon show on the bottom line, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.

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On-demand container shipping

Digitalisation will eventually mean that ocean transport of containers will be organised in a much more efficient manner. If the ‘liner’ part of container shipping has no place in a modern digitalised world, where does this leave the operators?

Image Line’s MD Sue Terpilowski OBE has recently been speaking on shipping 4.0, logistics 4.0 and ports 4.0 at Mare Forum Poland and Plymouth University. If you would like her to speak at your event please contact us.

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3 Impressive Instagram Accounts to Follow

  • Ships & Seas – Images of ships, seas, and maritime life
  • Humans At Sea – Images collected by travellers at sea
  • Life Of Sailors – A collection of marine photographs


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