It is not a lot of fun, after a long voyage across endless ocean, to be trapped aboard your ship in port, because the authorities will grant no shore leave to the members of the crew.

Nanotechnology research has resulted in a potential new environmentally-friendly solution to the age-old problem of biofouling.

UK Shipping Minister John Hayes vowed to be a ‘resolute, committed and determined champion’ of the UK ports sector when he spoke at the UK Major Ports Group annual reception on 27 November.

The Hong Kong Shipowners  Association  (HKSOA) urged  the Hong Kong SAR  government to set   up  an  independent,  statutory  maritime  authority  with  sufficient  resources  and  powers  to   respond  to  the  keen  competition  in  the  region  and  to  consolidate  the city's status  as a   global  maritime  centre. 

A welcome sense of optimism on the future of shipping infused the opening day of the 15th biennial Maritime Cyprus conference taking place in Limassol this week, a line-up of heavyweight speakers, record attendance of over 850 delegates and the first of the week’s procession of evening receptions all adding to the positive vibe.

Following a relatively small oil spill off Athens 10 September, that authorities have been accused of handling poorly, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Shipping and Island Policy minister, Panagiotis Kouroumplis, have pledged a shake-up of the Hellenic Coast Guard, the way ship’s seaworthiness certificates are issued, and a review age limits.

The looming IMO regulation to restrict bunker fuel sulphur content to a maximum of 0.5% from 2020 may result in higher ocean transportation costs and profound changes in ship design, industry players have warned.

More than 10 main seaports located in China’s three Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) along the country’s sprawling eastern coastline have implemented the 0.5% fuel sulphur cap, as part of a national effort to curb harmful emissions from ships at berth.

Clean technology engineering firm Genoil has teamed up with two Russian institutions to design a low-cost desulphurisation project aimed at meeting the IMO 0.5% global sulphur cap regulation in 2020.

The use of low sulphur distillates will be the most widely adopted solution for shipowners come 2020 upon the implementation of the IMO Marpol Annex VI regulation, according to physical bunker fuel supplier Bomin Group.

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