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News round-up: Upbeat on LNG, tough times for Chinese shipbuilders and leveraging on technology

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After several lean years prospects are looking good for the LNG sector again, Cyprus set out plans to grow a quality maritime sector, and the IMO agreed a ban on the carriage of heavy fuel oil come 2020.

Double-digit annual growth in the LNG trade and fleet growth slipping to just 6% see good times ahead for LNG shipping:

LNG – Stepping on the gas

Prospects are not quite so rosy though for Chinese shipbuilders with a tough road ahead predicted by Yangzijiang boss Ren Yuanlin:

Tough road ahead for Chinese yards: Yangzijiang

Definitely upbeat in an interview with Seatrade Maritime News was Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, Natasa Pilides, talking about building a quality maritime cluster:

Cyprus Deputy Shipping Minister stresses quality and sophistication in growing maritime cluster

The IMO agreed a ban on the carriage of high sulphur fuel under the 2020 sulphur cap unless vessels are fitted with scrubbers:

IMO agrees to ban on carriage of high sulphur fuel in 2020

Meanwhile demand for scrubbers from shipowners continues to be strong:

Scrubbers boost Wärtsilä’s marine solutions orderbook

Columnist Michael Grey asked a lot of questions about a recent collision between a ro-ro ferry and empty containership:

How on earth did they manage that?

Ship manager OSM told Seatrade Maritime News how it is leveraging on technology:

OSM leveraging on technology to drive efficiencies and provide transparency

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