IMO adopts amendment to support implementation of 2020 sulphur cap

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a complementary amendment to support consistent implementation of its upcoming 0.50% limit on sulphur in ship fuel oil.

To be executed under IMO’s MARPOL treaty, the regulation on 0.50% sulphur fuel limit is expected to come into force on 1 January 2020.

The regulation mandates ships across the globe to use fuels with 0.50% sulphur content, compared to the current 3.50%.


Government of India to start $84m Gogha-Dahej Ro-Pax Ferry service

The Government of India commenced the Gogha-Dahej Ro-Pax Ferry service on 27 October.

The Rs6.15bn ($84m) project is part of the Ministry of Shipping’s Sagarmala programme, which will connect Gujarat’s Dahej and Gogha across the Gulf of Cambay via sea.

Introduction of the service follows a recent trial run that involved the transportation of 12 loaded trucks by a Ro-Pax ferry using the Gogha-Dahej sea route.


Wärtsilä to power Ponant’s new polar cruise ship

Wärtsilä secured a contract to provide its 31DF dual-fuel engine to French operator Ponant’s new polar ice-class luxury cruise vessel.

The 150m-long vessel is currently being built at Vard Søviknes in Norway and will run primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the environmentally sensitive Arctic and Antarctic regions.

As part of the new contract, Wärtsilä will deliver four 14-cylinder and two ten-cylinder 31DF engines, as well as the fuel gas supply system.


Switch to cleaner fuel in Arctic may increase passenger fare by 6%

A new report from Transport and Environment (T&E) revealed that eliminating the use of highly polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO) by cruise ships in the Arctic region would only cost passengers the price of a glass of wine a day.

The report is based on an analysis of the impact of cruise ship MS Rotterdam if it operated on marine gas oil (MGO) during three mid-year trips to the Arctic this year.

It also found that prohibiting the use of HFO in the Arctic last year would have increased the prices of tickets on MS Rotterdam by an average of 6%.


Genco Shipping to install scrubbers on 17 Capesize vessels

Genco Shipping and Trading unveiled plans to install exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) on 17 of its Capesize vessels in order to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) upcoming 0.5% sulphur fuel regulation.

The plan also includes options for installation of scrubbers on 15 additional minor bulk vessels.

The remaining vessels in Genco’s fleet are expected to run on compliant, low-sulphur fuel beginning in 2020, when the new 0.5% sulphur fuel regulation comes into effect, to reduce the sulphur content in fuel to 0.5% from the current limit of 3.5%.


Port of Rotterdam signs investment agreement for Port of Pecém

Port of Rotterdam Authority signed an investment agreement with the Brazilian state of Ceará to outline a roadmap for its participation in the development of the port of Pecém.

The agreement will help Port of Rotterdam Authority to explore the areas of its investment of around €75m in Pecém’s port-industrial complex, which accounts for a 30% share in the project.

As part of the deal, Port of Rotterdam Authority will also have a joint right in strategic and investment decisions, as well as representation in the port of Pecém executive board, supervisory board and management.


Austal launches new high-speed ferry for Molslinjen

Australian shipbuilder Austal launched Molslinjen’s new high-speed ferry, Express 4.

The 109m-long catamaran’s hull and superstructure were joined in August.

Austal is currently conducting final preparation works to start its sea trials as part of the acceptance and handover process.


Norled selects Sembcorp Marine to build three hybrid RoPax ferries

Norwegian shipping company Norled placed an order with Sembcorp Marine for the design and construction of three identical hybrid plug-in roll-on / roll-off (RoPax) passenger ferries.

Sembcorp Marine subsidiary LMG Marin will design the vessels, which will be specially tailored to cover Norled’s shortsea Hella-Vangsnes-Dragsvik route in Norway.

Sembcorp Marine Specialised Shipbuilding head Tan Heng Jack said: “Sembcorp Marine’s project with Norled marks our entry into the RoPax ferry design and construction segment.


E2open to acquire ocean shipping solution provider INTTRA

US-based software company E2open agreed to buy shipping network, software and information provider INTTRA for an undisclosed sum.

INTTRA was formed in 2001 and currently operates a multi-carrier network in 177 countries with more than 35,000 shippers, 60 carriers and 150 integrations with transportation management and port system software partners.

The latest deal will combine INTTRA’s ocean carrier and shipper network with E2open’s business network to create an integrated global logistics and supply chain network.


Carnival Cruise enters final phase of $2bn fleet upgrade programme

Carnival Cruise Line entered the final stage of a $2bn fleet enhancement programme with the drydocking of its Carnival Victory vessel.

The dry dock will be carried out over a period of 38 days in Cadiz, Spain, and will see the renaming of Carnival Victory to Carnival Radiance.

Scheduled to enter service by 2020, Carnival Radiance will be upgraded to provide speciality dining, shopping and personal care, youth and family entertainment, as well as theatre and live entertainment.