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France’s Total is readying to make 0.5% sulphur content fuels available at major bunkering ports from the fourth quarter of this year ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation, and the state oil firm is projecting a gradual global uptake of LNG as a marine fuel.

CMA CGM has approached China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) to build ten new 15,000-teu containerships, including five LNG-powered and five fitted with hybrid scrubbers.

Port of Dunkirk officials classified 2018 as “a good year” with overall throughput up 3% year-on-year from 50.2m tonnes to 51.6m tonnes, and predicted 2019 would be “a very good year”, at a press conference held in regional capital Lille yesterday.

CMA CGM founder Jacques R Saadé has died at the age of 81.

Dunkerque Port, France’s largest gateway for non-hydrocarbons traffic, achieved throughput of 50.4m tonnes in 2017, an increase of 3% over the previous year.

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) is a launching a new service that connects the French port of Le Havre with Iranian, Middle Eastern and Asian ports.

ClassNK is continuing its expansion with the opening of a third exclusive survey office in France.

DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has met with the President of France, Francois Hollande, at a Paris investment summit.

Wärtsilä is equipping a new icebreaking Polar logistics vessel being built at Chantiers Piriou shipyard in France with main engines, exhaust treatment systems and thrusters.

China’s ICBC Leasing has entered into financing deals worth a total of $1.1bn with France’s Jaccar Holdings and Belgian reefer firm Seatrade for the construction of 10 ships.

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