Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has partnered with Abu Dhabi Ports to open a new container freight station at Khalifa Port.

The facility will reduce EGA’s truck movements within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) by more than 290,000km/year, resulting in reduced costs and environmental emissions.

To be located near EGA’s Al Taweelah site, the facility will decrease the trucking distance of each consignment by 17km.

Based in United Arab Emirates (UAE), EGA is one of the world’s biggest producers of premium aluminium.

Through 20 different shipping lines, EGA exports its metal to clients in more than 60 countries and to more than 70 ports worldwide.

EGA shipped approximately 600,000t of aluminium from Khalifa Port in 2017, involving 17,000 truck movements from its site to the quayside.

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Fincantieri and Grimaldi Group have signed a letter of intent to upgrade two cruise ferries, namely Cruise Roma and Cruise Barcelona.

The upgrade works will include the lengthening of the ships to approximately 254m and refurbishment of the existing public areas, along with the construction of a thematic restaurant.

Each ferry will have a gross tonnage of 63,000t, feature a 3,000m² car deck, and 3,700 linear metres for heavy vehicles. They will accommodate 3,500 passengers.

The lengthening of the ships will add 600 additional linear metres for heavy vehicles, 80 sleeping rooms in new passenger cabins, two public spaces with a total capacity of 450 Pullman beds, and a 270-seat ‘Family self-service’ restaurant.

“The LPG-powered ME-LGIP engine reduces 10% of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 90% of particulate matter.”

The upgrades will also involve the installation of a scrubber system and lithium battery-based propulsion system to reduce the use of diesel-powered generators.

The ferries currently serve the Civitavecchia-Porto Torres-Barcelona route in Italy on a daily basis.

Scheduled for completion next year, the upgrades will be carried out at Fincantieri’s Ship Repair and Conversion facility at the Palermo shipyard.

Kongsberg has joined forces with Wilhelmsen to create an autonomous shipping joint venture (JV), which is expected to become operational from August.

To be named Massterly, the JV is set to monitor and operate autonomous ships in Norway and globally through the established land-based control centres.

Massterly will provide solutions for autonomous ships, including design and development, control systems, logistics services, and vessel operations.

It will manage the ships’ operations using Kongsberg’s technological solutions and Wilhelmsen’s experience in logistics.

In May 2017, Kongsberg partnered with Yara for building Yara Birkeland, the world’s first autonomous and fully electric container vessel, which will become operational in 2020.

MacGregor has been contracted for upgrading and optimising the container stowage systems of seven Hapag-Lloyd C-class (Samsung 9,300TEU series) container vessels.

The upgrades are being performed with Cargo Boost service, which improves the cargo-carrying efficiency of the vessels.

MacGregor will also update relevant documentation, co-ordinate loading computer revisions, as well as provide project management and complete supervision during the modification.

The upgrades form part of two contracts received by MacGregor in December 2017 and January 2018, respectively.

MAN Diesel and Turbo has received a contract to supply MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engines for two very large gas carriers (VLGCs) of Exmar.

Once operational, the two 80,000m³ VLGC vessels will be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries and will be chartered to Statoil.

The LPG-powered ME-LGIP engine reduces 10% of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 90% of particulate matter when compared to marine diesel oil (MDO) powered operation.