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Russian developers have launched a scheme for a unique technological platform that will allow testing in a virtual environment of unmanned surface vessel navigation. The project will be presented by the working group MariNet of the National Technological Initiative (NTI) on the sidelines of the prestigious international exhibition NEVA-2017 in St Petersburg, from September 19-21.

Shanghai International Shipping Institute
Shanghai International Shipping Institute recently published Global Port Development Report of Q2 2017. According to the report, the World Bank forecast a global GDP growth rate of 2.7% in Q2, the growth rate remaining stable on the whole. Thanks to the positive trend of global economy, the recovery of international trade and the high-rising prices of staple commodity, the cargo throughputs at major ports around the world continued the rising trend of Q1. On the whole, port production in Q2 2017 maintained a satisfactory upward trend.

A team of Russian engineers will develop a concept and build a multitask composite autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) equipped to collect and transmit different data. The project described as unique will be presented by MariNet, the National Technological Initiative (NTI) working group, on the sidelines of the International Exhibition NEVA-2017 in St Petersburg, September 19-21.

The Baa2 issuer rating and senior unsecured rating of Danish shipping and oil major Maersk have been placed on review for downgrade, according to Moody's ratings agency.

South Korean shipyards, led by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., are still struggling to cut costs through unpaid leave for their workers and shutting down dry docks idled amid a lack of orders, industry sources said Sunday.

At the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia, Mrs. Julie De Nul released the self-propelled Cutter Suction Dredger Willem van Rubroeck in the sea today by cutting the traditional ties of the rope. The delivery of the vessel will take place in 2018.

Today, at about 11 am, the A11 highway was opened in West Flanders (Belgium) by Flemish Mobility and Public Works Minister Ben Weyts. Within a couple of days, the first cars will take the new A11, which connects the port of Zeebrugge and its hinterland. The opening also marks the end of six different project site areas.

Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) intends to test an autonomous containership in the Pacific Ocean in 2019.

HHLA subsidiary CTD Container-Transport-Dienst, which carries out a large proportion of the container transfers between the different terminals and depots at the Port of Hamburg, is increasingly using inland water vessels. In May 2017, it transported 1,058 of its 14,469 containers using these vessels. This amounts to 7.2 percent, a record high for the company. Of all of the transfers it completed in the first half of 2017, an average of 6.4 percent utilised inland vessels, 4 percentage points higher than in the first half of 2016.

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