Six Dutch multi-nationals, including Shell and Heineken, have teamed-up with AP Moller – Maersk for the largest ever maritime biofuels pilot on a Triple-E containership between Rotterdam and Shanghai.

United European Car Carriers (UECC) has  inked a contract with China’s Jiangnan Shipyard to build two new generation pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) plus options for two additional vessels. 

The second session of China’s 13th National People's Congress was opened in Beijing on 5 March and Premier Li Keqiang delivered the government work report and stated national plans for several industries in the meeting.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) secretary-general Kitack Lim has called on all sectors of the maritime industry to be involved in achieving the ambitious Greenhouse Gas (GHG) cuts set for the industry last year.

Marine fuel is too cheap for the environmental damage that it causes and sea transport does not reflect the true cost of bringing goods to market. These are the views of Euronav’s forthright ceo, Paddy Rodgers, who recently surprised the shipping community when he revealed his plans to step down later this year.

K Line and Kobe Steel are trialling a system that converts waste heat from the engine exhausts to generate electricity.

Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) has called on the government to conduct a detailed review of practices in the bunkering industry to assess its impact on public health.

Whilst many people believe that the IMO’s ambition to reduce shipping’s 2050 carbon emissions by at least 50% compared with 2008 levels appears to be an almost impossible target, shipping economist Martin Stopford does not agree.

Russian shipowner Sovcomflot has continued its switch to using LNG as marine fuel ordering three gas powered product tankers from Zvezda shipbuilding complex.

New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland is aiming for zero emissions by 2040 and is looking to hydrogen power as an alternative to batteries to power terminal equipment.

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