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The latest environmental legislation on shipping and the looming 2020 rule on bunkers will be a central point of discussions which are expected to be held in Athens over the course of the next couple of weeks. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Intermodal noted that “among several hot topics that will be discussed during the Posidonia week, the International Maritime Organization regulation that will be enforced on Jan 2020 and calls for ships to reduce the maximum sulphur content of their fuels to 0.5 percent, will definitely be on the spotlight. The fuel discussion becomes even more interesting following the recent oil rally that drove global benchmark Brent to the highest level late 2014, near 80usd last week before settling back to around 75usd.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:55

Kalmar installing final diesel engines

Kalmar has said that the latest-generation Stage 5 diesel engines it is installing in container handling products "will be some of the last diesels [it] will install on new equipment, anywhere" following the company's announcement last week that all its products will be electrified by 2021.

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St. Petersburg, Russia based Container Terminal St. Petersburg (CTSP) between January and March of 2018 handled 168,500 TEUs, which represents a 7-percent growth on the same period a year earlier. The quarter results appeared to be the best ever for CTSP in terms of container traffic.

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French container shipping company CMA CGM has added to its fleet a second 20,600 TEU containership.

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Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World has closed the acquisition of Cosmos Agencia Marítima (CAM), a logistics company in Peru.

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Taganrog, Russia based AO Taganrog Sea Commercial Port (TagSCP, part UCL Holding) in the first three-month period 2018 handled 333,000 tonnes of cargo, which represents a 4-percent increase, year-on-year.

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed on a definition of so-called Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) as well as on a framework for analyzing the applicable IMO regulations.

These are said to be important first steps towards international regulation.

At the meeting of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), held in London from May 16-25, a framework for analyzing applicable IMO regulations was developed to shed light on the possible gaps between current regulations and the technological development.

Until the next meeting of the committee in December this year, this framework will be tested on a select few rules under the supervision of the Finnish delegation.

Furthermore, a Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship has been defined as a ship which, to a varying degree, can operate independently of human interaction.

Speaking at the opening of the MSC meeting, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted the importance of remaining flexible to accommodate new technologies, and so improve the efficiency of shipping, "while at the same time keeping in mind the role of the human element and the need to maintain safe navigation, further reducing the number of marine casualties and incidents".

Separately, commenting on the recent move, Andreas Nordseth, Director-General in the Danish Maritime Authority, said: "International regulation within this area is paramount and it is good to see that the IMO has taken up the challenge. We look forward to continuing our active contribution to this work and we are optimistic about sticking to the ambitious roadmap aiming at completing the analytical work by 2020".

May 27, 2018 by World Maritime News

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The world's first autonomous and electric container vessel, Yara Birkeland, will use a fully digitalized container handling system from Kalmar to complete the Kongsberg project.

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Total cargo throughput of UCL Port, a UCL Holding's stevedoring division in the first three month period of 2018 decreased by 3.9% on the same period a year earlier to 9.4 million tonnes.

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On 17 May 2018, Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard (Shipyard "OKA", a company of UCL Holding) delivered the first non-self-propelled tank barge of Project ROB20, Belmax 1, to the Customer, PAO STLC.

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