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Hawaii Braces for Hurricane Douglas

By The Maritime Executive 07-26-2020 10:55:20

Residents of Oahu and Kaui braced Sunday for the arrival of Hurricane Douglas, which passed north of the Big Island and Maui on a westerly track. The Category 1 storm's track shows potential for making landfall, a rare occurrence in Hawaii.  In advance of the storm, the U.S. Navy sortied all moveable vessels out of Pearl Harbor. "We have been carefully tracking this storm, and based on the current track, we have decided to begin plans to sortie," said Rear...

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Storm Hanna Prompts Port Closures at Brownsville, Corpus Christi

By The Maritime Executive 07-26-2020 09:10:20

Hurricane Hanna weakened to a tropical storm before making landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday. As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition Zulu (closed) for the ports of Brownsville and Corpus Christi, and the closure remained in effect Sunday while damage assessments were under way.  Prior to the storm's arrival, the Coast Guard encouraged small craft operators to monitor weather forecasts and stay off the water. For larger recreational vessels, the service recommended moving to...

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Naval Dome: Cyberattacks on OT Systems on the Rise

By The Maritime Executive 07-26-2020 07:18:37

The maritime industry’s operational technology (OT) systems are vulnerable to a rising number of cyberattacks, with incidents expected to reach record volumes by the year's end. Attacks on maritime stakeholders have already increased by 900 per cent over the last three years, according to Israeli cybersecurity firm Naval Dome.  In 2017 there were 50 significant OT hacks reported, increasing to 120 in 2018 and more than 310 last year. 2020 is expected to end with more than 500 major cybersecurity...

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Long-Range Electric Ferry Completes First Year in Operation

By The Maritime Executive 07-26-2020 04:51:39

Wider adoption of electric shipping and a drastic cut in carbon emissions may be round the corner with the Danish electric ferry Ellen successfully completing her first year of operations. Launched in August 2019, the electric ferry has been making regular 40 kilometer return-trips between two Danish Baltic Sea islands. Carbon emissions and pollution have been a big challenge for the shipping industry. While there has already been a shift towards using hybrid diesel-electric engines in ships, Ellen is powered...

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New Technology Needed to Commercialize Floating Offshore Wind

[By Susan Gourvenec] Since 2010, wind energy has seen sustained growth worldwide, with the amount of energy generated by offshore wind increasing by nearly 30 percent each year. Countries around the world need to ramp up renewable energy supply quickly to meet growing demand and rapidly reduce emissions. Despite this urgency, offshore wind currently provides less than one percent of the world’s electricity supply. Many of the prime shallow-water locations for building wind farms are being developed. But the potential...

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Shipbuilding

Koren JV to develop design for container ship without use of ballast water or ballast discharge

Korean JV to Develop Container Ship Without Ballast Water

[Brief] A new project is being launched in Korea to develop environmentally sensitive ships that operate with minimal or no ballast water and no ballast water discharges. According to the JV, the project will be an important step to help minimize the use of ballast water that threatens the world’s coastal and marine environments. The project, which will be undertaken jointly by the Korean Register of Shipping, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, and the Korea Marine Transport Co. will explore the stability, suitability, and validity...

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COLREGS: Still Fit for Purpose?

There has been much debate about the COLREGS over the last 12 months or so, with many suggesting that it is now time for not just some amendments but a total revision of the Rules. So are the COLREGS still fit for purpose? The future: autonomous ships Many believe that in the not so distant future, the fundamental changes in the way in which ships will be operated will render the current COLREGS unworkable. This is primarily a reference to...

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Petrofin: Shipping Lending Declines to Lowest Level in a Decade

The shipping industry is expected to remain constrained for finance in 2020-21 in the absence of new positive factors. This continues a trend from the beginning of 2020, when lending by the world’s top 40 ship financers was already its lowest level in more than a decade, according to Athens-based Petrofin Research The COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact upon the global economic activity, international trade, and the price of oil has further aggravated the situation in in 2020.  A recent...

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