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Norway’s Eksfin tops NOK 10bn in offshore wind financing as Dogger Bank C reaches financial close

Export Finance Norway (Eksfin) has reached a new milestone of NOK 10.3bn (EUR 1.04bn) in loans and guarantees for offshore wind projects worldwide. Its latest loan guarantee relates to a converter platform contract awarded to Norwegian supplier Aibel for the third phase of the Dogger Bank mega-project in the North Sea (pictured), which reached financial close today with a group of lenders comprising 28 banks and three export credit agencies.

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Oceanbird wind propulsion technology accelerates its way to market with JV company

Alfa Laval and Wallenius have finalised the 50/50 joint venture that will take Oceanbird wind power solutions from cutting-edge marine concept to commercial reality. With Niclas Dahl as Managing Director, the partnership will make good on the promise of sustainable wind-assisted and wind propulsion.

Through the joint venture, formally named AlfaWall Oceanbird, the two companies will intensify the development of Oceanbird wind power technology. Conceived by Wallenius, this innovative system Read More…

ATPI Marine & Energy and Qatar Airways share sustainability best practices at Hamburg Maritime Forum

Reducing the environmental impact of crew travel are among the key topics being explored at the 2021 edition of the Hamburg Maritime Forum taking place this week. Specialist travel management business ATPI Marine & Energy is joining forces with Qatar Airways to share best practice and expertise with attendees in order to support shipping businesses in their quest towards decarbonisation.

Speaking at the live event in person, Pippa Ganderton (pictured), Read More…

Nor-Shipping marketing head Kristiansen joins communications agency Blue-C

Oslo-based communications, PR and content agency Blue-C has recruited Kent Erik Kristiansen, Nor-Shipping’s Head of Communications and Marketing, as its new Managing Director. Kristiansen joins the firm, which specialises in delivering services to Norway’s key maritime and energy business sectors, as it looks ahead to its “next chapter of development” at home and overseas.

“There’s arguably no person with a better maritime and ocean business network here in Norway than Read More…

Høglund to supply integrated automation and hybrid-electric system for two Tipco asphalt carriers

Integrated automation and energy specialist Høglund has been commissioned to supply advanced, fully integrated hybrid, automation, and digital solutions to two asphalt carriers to be built in Wuhu shipyard, China, for owner Continental Bitumen. The technical manager and operator of the vessels is Tipco Asphalt.

The central part of this delivery is the hybrid electric system, which will be integrated into, monitored, and controlled by Høglund’s IAS (Integrated Automation System) Read More…

ICS urges WTO Director General to prioritise maritime transport in trade talks

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called for maritime transport to be prioritised in multilateral trade negotiations ahead of high-level WTO meetings to take place this week.

In a briefing session with the business community, ahead of this week’s meetings, ICS urged WTO Director General, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (pictured), to pay closer attention to maritime transport in WTO trade initiatives and negotiations. Formal discussions on the liberalisation of maritime Read More…

Jurong Port joins the Castor Initiative

Joint development project for deepsea ammonia-fuelled tanker now has seven partners

The Castor Initiative – the multinational coalition consisting of MISC Berhad (MISC), Lloyd’s Register (LR), Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), MAN Energy Solutions (MAN), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Yara International ASA (Yara) welcomes a new partner – Jurong Port to the global partnership that is committed to make zero emission shipping a reality.

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World’s first methanol-fuelled towboat to launch in 2023

Maritime Partners in cooperation with Elliott Bay Design Group, e1 Marine and ABB, announces that the M/V Hydrogen One, the world’s first methanol-fuelled towboat, will launch and be available for charter in 2023 to meet the pressing demand for sustainable towboat operations.

Decarbonising towboats – squat, powerful vessels used to push barges – poses substantial challenges, particularly due to their inherent size, space, and weight limitations. Batteries are only suitable Read More…

ePropulsion secures funding to advance R & D in innovative technology

ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, has today announced that it has secured hundreds of millions of RMB in B+ Series funding, equating to tens of millions of US dollars.

The funding was acquired from investors including Lightspeed China Partners and other existing shareholders who believe in the potential of ePropulsion and its industry-leading innovations. ePropulsion has now sold over 12,000 units Read More…

Ingolf Sætrevik joins Dualog to boost initiatives, bringing ship and shore closer

Leading maritime software provider Dualog has called on shipowners and managers to embrace the integrated ship as part of their business processes. A major challenge has been to standardise and being able to efficiently share data.

This is why the company has invested more than €5 million in developing new software which will enable the shipowners and managers to implement their digital strategies in a maritime cloud environment.

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Boers staff vaccinated as Covid cases surge in Europe

Boers has confirmed that all employees at the Dutch crew services specialist are vaccinated against Coronavirus, having voluntarily decided to get jabbed as cases across Europe surge, partly because of the low vaccine take-up in several countries.

Each staff member chose to get double jabbed to cut the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 at maritime ports in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium where Boers operates. The Dutch company transports Read More…

New guidance published for container loading on bulk carriers

The Korean Register (KR) has published guidance outlining the technical measures necessary to safely load and carry containers on bulk cargo ships.

With the recent unprecedented boom in the maritime transport market, demand from shipping companies wanting to load and transport containers on bulk cargo ships has increased significantly as a way to resolve the shortage of container ships.

Bulk cargo ships are used for the transport of unpacked cargo Read More…