TBS receives strategic investment from Mitsubishi Corporation and Lars T Ugland

TBS Ocean Logistics Inc. (TBS), a leading dry bulk shipping company and dry bulk pool operator, is pleased to announce Mitsubishi Corporation and Lars T Ugland have made a strategic investment in the company. As part of the strategic investment, the company’s pool fleet and the company’s global cargo platform will also expand.

NAMEPA’s Annual Safety at Sea Seminar and AMVER Reception being held on National Maritime Day

The American Club’s Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced the lineup for this year’s “Safety at Sea” seminar being held on May 22nd at the National Press Club in Washington DC beginning at 1330hrs for registration.  The seminar will be followed by the United States Coast Guard AMVER Awards Reception, and 60th Anniversary Recognition.

All aboard the shipping industry’s climate change agreement

Much of our attention these past few weeks has been focused on the “what” needs to be done in order to meet the MEPC guideline for ship emission reductions of ½ by 2050 over 2008 levels.  Now we need to address getting to the “how”.  We must work collaboratively to identify and implement strategies for achieving this goal.

This Video Will Make You Want to Become a Houston Harbor Pilot

What a wonderful overview of the challenges and complexity faced by the Houston Pilots.  We are proud they are NAMEPA members, and thank them—and all pilots—for the vital role they play in the safe seaborn transportation of commerce!

How Ports Can Help to Cut Shipping CO2

Delighted to see the report by the International Transport Forum outlining ways in which ships and ports can work together to reduce CO2.  We can no longer work in silos, with ships not understanding the challenges ports face, and vice-versa.  We need collaboration to decarbonize the entire transportation chain.

SUNY Maritime Will Fit Training Ship With Digital Compliance Solution

Total Marine Solutions is partnering with SUNY Maritime College to host TMS’ Ocean Guardian environmental compliance platform on Maritime College’s T/S Empire State VI for this year’s sea term.  It is critically important that tomorrow’s officers have the tools they need to embrace compliance.  Ocean Guardian facilitates compliance by overlaying the vessel’s location with the corresponding regulatory components.

The Race Against Time

Diane Gilpin, the founder of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance, makes the business case for change as delegates continue to debate shipping's future at the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 72) in London this week.

Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System submitted for USCG Type Approval

The technology group Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval (TA) after successfully completing all the testing procedures required. The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS utilises proven filtration and electro-chlorination technology, while maintaining a high degree of safety, operability and reliability. It ensures compliance with regulations, even with varying levels of water quality. Safety has been a fundamental consideration in the design, and hazard analyses aimed at eliminating installation and operational risks have supported its development.

Decarbonize Maritime by 2035

For the past few years, we have been talking about decarbonization by 2050.  Now the date being suggested is 2035.  I was in Copenhagen last week where the primary topic of conversation was decarbonization and strategies to achieve that. As an industry we have the opportunity to be proactive, rather than reactive.  It won’t be easy—but nothing in shipping IS easy.  We need to agree on a global strategy to move forward as an industry committed to Save Our Seas.

1,000 Port Partners Sign Sustainable Development Goals

A tremendous show of support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was demonstrated with the creation of the World Ports Sustainability Program.  It is crucial that all stakeholders engage in decarbonization efforts in order to meet global, and societal, demands for cleaner practices.

IMO Video Explains Global Technology Initiative

IMO has unveiled a global initiative to establish centers around the world, mostly in developing areas, to study implementation strategies for reducing GHGs and improving shipping’s performance on emissions.  This is an excellent step forward towards our much-needed goal of lowering our industry’s impact on the environment.  It is to be hoped that this initiative will be accompanied by action at IMO to streamline its processes and accelerate our sector’s movement towards decarbonization before societal/governmental forces take unilateral action against our industry.

NAMEPA Partners with LISCR and ProSea to Launch Environmental Training Program

The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Netherlands-based ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services (MTS) of Seattle, Washington, have jointly developed a ground-breaking marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and shoreside staff.

The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment

IMO Bans Non-Compliant Fuel

IMO is taking a significant step forward in banning the use of fuel that exceeds the .5% sulphur limit as of 2020 unless an operational scrubber is in place.  This helps level the playing field in discouraging those endeavoring to benefit by not using compliant fuel.  Also necessary will be enforcement of this amendment. 

Cargill Fosters Shipping Sustainability

Commodities and chartering giant Cargill is teaming up with four NGOs to boost shipping sustainability.  The idea is to back initiatives and increase accountability across the sector.  

Kudos to Royal Caribbean- Plans to Eliminate Plastics

A round of applause for RCCL and their plans to eliminate single-use plastics from its fleet operations on its three lines

Maritime Global Technologies Innovation Center to Host “Reverse Pitch”. Industry’s Challenges Meet Solutions—and Funding

The Maritime Global Technologies Innovation Center (MGTIC) will be hosting a “Reverse Pitch” at SUNY Maritime College on Thursday, March 15th from 10:30-1:30.  The format will be representatives from the Maritime, Port, Logistics, and land-based industries will present challenges to those with the talent, desire and passion to dream and conceive possible solutions (innovators). This type of presentation helps expose real needs, inefficiencies and pain points ripe for an innovation, creativity, and solution.  Also in the room will be investors looking for incubator companies.

Reducing Offshore Drilling Regulations is Shortsighted

BSEE’s recent proposal to reduce regulation, including third party oversight, is shortsighted to say the least.  The argument that the oil and gas industry will save $22.8 million per year over the next 10 years is not convincing