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The European Commission supports global regulation of the shipping industry, but divided thoughts leaves the EU lacking proper clout at the IMO.

The ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam have declared their opposition to the proposed postponement of tighter NOx emission regulation in the North Sea and English Channel.

APM Terminals handled a total of 36.3m teu last year, representing 3% growth in volumes over 2012.

Two Hansa Heavy Lift vessels, HHL Lagos and HHL Hong Kong, have successfully navigated the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in advance of its winter closure.

Recently-bought-out Helsinki-based shipyard Arctech has launched a new icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Russian Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport.

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is seeing a boost in business coming from the growing interest in shipping via the Northern Sea Route and the development LNG and offshore projects in the Arctic region.

Russia’s Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Korean Register (KR) for technical co-peration on icebreakers and LNG.

When Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) announced the buyout of the remainder of Finland’s Arctech Shipyards, USC’s head of communications Aleksei Kravchenko stated that it was not worried about the yard’s shaky finances. Kravchenko added that it would be easier to secure orders from Russian businesses and Government agencies once production was under full Russian control.

As Greece prepares to assume the rotating six-month European Union presidency on 1 January 2014, an unlikely issue is becoming a focus point for the country and Europe as a whole. Developments in the energy sector are always watched with interest but if sea transportation is not involved, the energy sector is one few would associate with Greece.

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) will participate in Kormarine 2013 in Busan, Republic of Korea, one of the largest international exhibitions of maritime industry. On 22-25 October the foremost exhibition of the maritime industry in Asia will gather leaders of shipbuilding industry. RS will undertake a scaled-up participation in this event.

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