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Debris from missing El Faro cargo ship washes ashore

Debris from the Tote Maritime’s cargo ship El Faro, which disappeared during Hurricane Joaquin, washed ashore in the Bahamas.

A refrigeration unit from the cargo ship floated up on a beach in San Salvador and Exhuma, Bahamas, reported WJAX.

Syringes, toiletries, tennis shoes, shaving cream and containers filled with a coloured liquid were also found on the beach, reported the publication.

Swedish and Finnish ports collaborate to reduce environmental impact on Baltic Sea

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Three Finnish Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) core ports, Turku, Naantali and HaminaKotka announced plans to invest €8.1m in cooperation with shipping companies Ports of Stockholm and Viking Line to improve the condition of Baltic Sea.

With the investment, the companies expect to reduce the environmental impact that shipping has on the Baltic Sea.

Representatives from the ports met with the shipping companies in October to begin an EU-funded joint project aimed towards improving the maritime links between Sweden and Finland.

Eleven port operators set to bid for Port of Corozal

The Panama Canal Authority reportedly announced that a total of 11 port giants have shown interest in engaging in a public bidding for the Port of Corozal.

The port will have a handling capacity of more than five million TEUs within a 120ha area owned by the Panama Canal and include the construction of a 2,081-linear-meter-dock, a container yard, offices and warehouse facilities.

Panama Canal administrator Jorge L. Quijano was quoted by media sources as saying: "We are thrilled at the sizeable interest we have received so far."

South Korea eases ban on LPG carrier construction at DSME

The South Korean Government reportedly eased the ban on the construction of the five liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’s (DSME) Okpo shipyard.

The government imposed the ban to pressurise the yard to improve staff safety when working on these complex ships, according to the Yonhap news agency.

However, it is not yet clear if the shipbuilder has introduced any measures for the safety of its workers.

Crowley begins construction on terminal expansion project in Puerto Rico

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Crowley Puerto Rico Services started construction works on a terminal expansion project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Valued at $48.5m, the project will involve building a new 900ft-long, 114ft-wide concrete pier apart from carrying out the associated dredging works.

The entire $500m project includes the construction of two new ships, the new pier, three new container cranes, new truck access gates, reefer plugs, new containers and container handling equipment.

Fincantieri to build two cruise ships for Viking Ocean Cruises

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri entered into an agreement with Viking Ocean Cruises to build two more cruise ships.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fincantieri will design the new ships while the layout of the interior will be assigned to the study Rottet of Los Angeles and the SMC Design in London.

The two new builds will be delivered in mid-2018 and the end of 2020 respectively.

Damen Marine Components opens new facility in China

Damen

Damen Marine Components (DMC) opened a new facility in Jiangyin, China.

The new 11,000m² facility is nearly double the size of the current facility located in Suzhou, and will service Asia, the Middle East and the US west coast.

The facility will feature renewed production systems that include its own spinning systems for propeller nozzles besides grinding and sanding robots.

CMA CGM and Moeller-Maersk in talks to acquire NOL

France’s CMA CGM and Denmark’s AP Moeller-Maersk are engaged in separate talks to acquire Singapore-based container group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL).

Confirming the discussions, NOL issued a statement on its website that read: "From time to time, NOL enters into discussions on possible combinations involving NOL, while remaining focused on returning its core liner business to sustainable growth and profitability."

However, the company emphasised that there is no guarantee the discussions will result in any definitive agreement or transaction.

Wessels Reederei to launch world’s first dual-fuel container ship conversion

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German shipping company Wessels Reederei unveiled plans to convert one of its containerships to a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable propulsion system, marking the first of many anticipated projects.

As part of the project, the company has awarded a contract to MAN Diesel & Turbo to retrofit the four-stroke 8L48/60B main engine of its container ship Wes Amelie to dual-fuel operation.

MAN Diesel & Turbo-MAN PrimeServ Four-Stroke head of upgrades and retrofits Dr Thomas Spindler said: "We are very excited about the signing of this contract and view its potential for broader adoption within the maritime sector as significant.