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  • 2021 February 2 18:04

    The leading international maritime trade event SMM DIGITAL starts work

    Today marks the beginning of the leading international maritime trade event, SMM DIGITAL, for the first time held as a fully digital conference this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Port of Hamburg said in its release. At the online opening press conference for SMM DIGITAL, leading industry stakeholders will examine the current situation in times of COVID-19 and explore future perspectives, in particular in connection with digitalisation and climate protection. SMM DIGITAL is centred around a multifaceted conference programme featuring top-flight international participants. All conferences of SMM DIGITAL are free of charge for viewers.
    On the eve of SMM DIGITAL Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation IMO, has published a welcome address. In his statement on occasion of the online opening press conference he described the current pandemic-induced challenges facing the industry, highlighting the importance of the shipping sector and seafarers for a functioning supply chain. Lim also emphasised the positive aspects of the emissions abatement measures the IMO member states agreed on at the end of October. These steps lend fresh impetus to the industry on its way towards a carbon-free future, he said, further pointing out that the development of alternative fuels will play a key role in this scenario.
    A view shared by the eminent industry expert Dr Martin Stopford, President of the maritime consultancy Clarkson Research Services. He stressed that enormous efforts are necessary to achieve the climate protection goals. Making the existing fleet more emission-friendly will not be enough, he said. Developing zero-carbon propulsion systems is essential: “These strategies are crucial to the world economy. But they will only succeed if the industry devotes major resources to building the teams and organisation structures needed to make them work,” said Stopford. “This is not an industry strength today, so major thought is needed, not just by ship-owners.”
    Engine manufacturers such as Rolls-Royce Power Systems play a key role in this respect. CEO Andreas Schell highlights his company’s focus on sustainability: "This year's motto of SMM, ‘Driving the maritime transition’, indicates the right course for our industry. As a provider of energy and propulsion solutions for a climate-neutral future, we are consistently pursuing this course. Even the last, difficult year has not changed the fact that climate protection targets remain at the top of the maritime industry's agenda. We support this and are doing everything we can to drive forward the maritime energy transition with new technologies,” said Schell.
    In the same context, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of the leading classification and consultancy company DNV GL – Maritime, pointed to the importance of close cooperation along the entire value chain: “Collaboration is key to achieving the IMO’s 2050 goals.” Progress is being made on an unprecedented scale, he adds. Ørbeck-Nilssen is confident that “we are entering into a decade of innovation and collaboration, fuelling a maritime renaissance.” He considered both as twin pillars and the watchwords of the industry’s progress.
    According to Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, Chief Operating Officer of Hapag-Lloyd, the Hamburg-based liner company is on the right track.

    “The past year was quite a challenge but we and the entire container shipping industry coped well by reacting flexibly to the changes in demand.” Now the industry has to show the same ambition when tackling its ‘overarching goal’, Rothkopf added: reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    The chairwoman of the European industry association SEA Europe, Kjersti Kleven, outlined how shipbuilders and suppliers can support these trailblazing efforts: “Covid-19 has had adverse consequences for Europe’s shipyards and maritime equipment industry, at a time that the sector was already suffering from growing trade protectionism and worsened state aid,” she pointed out. But she believes the current situation also harbours an enormous opportunity: “With prompt and adequate sector-specific policies in support of the industry, Europe’s shipyards and maritime equipment may have the tools to overcome the current challenges from the pandemic, as well delivering new technology to meet climate change and untap the promising potential from digitalization, automation and the Blue Economy.”
    The host of SMM DIGITAL is likewise looking forward to the next four days with great anticipation: “We are pleased that more than 160 outstanding industry representatives and experts have agreed to be part of our multifaceted online conference programme at SMM DIGITAL, and we expect to witness inspiring discussions, especially in view of the current situation which is so unusual for all of us,” said Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
    Participation in the digital specialist conferences is free of charge for viewers this year. This is how the leading international maritime trade fair demonstrates its commitment to the maritime sector in these challenging times. The conferences of SMM DIGITAL as well as additional sessions and interviews for the maritime industry are live-streamed online on four consecutive days.
    Viewers are welcome to submit questions for the panellists using the digital Q&A feature in the Conference Stream. The moderators will collect the questions and present them to the speakers at the end of each session. In addition, viewers will be able to communicate with other stakeholders of the maritime community using a chat feature. What is more, the organisers of SMM DIGITAL have created a supplementary communication platform. Interested parties can use MariMatch@SMM to meet up digitally with potential business or research partners and expand their own maritime networks.

2021 October 21

16:30 Proman and Stena jointly develop methanol as the pathway to sustainable shipping
16:14 APM Terminals and ZPMC enter into strategic alliance
15:33 MPC Container Ships ASA secures new financing facility, agrees on sale of six vessels and provides update on charter fixtures
15:32 Okskaya Shipyard lays down lead ship of Project RSD71 for Volga Shipping Company
15:03 NYK and Japan Marine Science to introduce and promote new mooring system to Japan ports together with Trelleborg Marine Systems
14:45 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 42, 2021
14:03 NYK delivers new LNG carrier LNG Endeavour to TotalEnergies
13:49 Global Ports Investments published its Q3 and 9m 2021 operational results
13:28 Seaspan Ferries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through using carbon-neutral Renewable Natural Gas in LNG-powered vessels
13:18 Consolidated cargo turnover of NCSP Group for 8M 2021, year-over-year
12:34 Dmitry Pankov appointed as new CEO of Management Company Delo
12:11 Port of Los Angeles cargo volume exceeds 903,000 TEUs in September 2021
11:53 Hydrographic Company installs first buoys with AIS receivers on the Northern Sea Route
11:32 Challenges and optimism: Mixed views from ports industry on business outlook
11:09 DP World is officially named Port Operator of the Year at 2021 Multimodal Award
10:39 Yara Marine’s FuelOpt offers IMO EEXI compliant Shaft Power Limitation solution
10:08 The Ocean Cleanup starts removal of plastic from Great Pacific Garbage Patch with System 002
09:52 MABUX: Bunker prices may demonstrate slight upward changes on Oct 21
09:50 Contract signed for Phase 2 of the Bagayevsky hydrosystem construction project
09:35 Crude oil market sees downward price correction
09:18 LR Digital Twin approval for Samsung Heavy Industries
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of October 20
08:01 Aker Solutions wins FEED for Wisting FPSO

2021 October 20

18:51 Intellian and Inmarsat launch industry’s newest FleetBroadband terminals
18:31 Oceangate’s 2021 titanic survey expedition connected by Inmarsat satellite communications
18:11 P&O Ferries launches comprehensive Customs Clearance Service
17:46 Kongsberg launches new Kognifai Marketplace
17:06 Rolls-Royce plans to partner the Indian Navy for its ‘Fleet of the Future’
16:35 MAN Energy Solutions signs MoU with Mitsui E&S and Mitsui O.S.K.
16:23 “K” LINE successfully separates and captures CO2 from exhaust gas in world’s first CO2 capture plant on vessel
16:02 Seanergy Maritime announces acquisition of its 17th Capesize vessel
15:44 Rates for container transportation expected to decrease in 2022
15:25 ENI and Fincantieri sign an agreement for initiatives to support the energy transition
15:02 Wärtsilä and Solvang to collaborate on retrofitting carbon capture and storage system on Clipper Eos
14:20 Port of Rotterdam appoints Allard Castelein for a third term
13:52 Kawasaki Heavy Industries announces delivery of bulk carrier BBG GUILIN
13:20 Port of Oakland sees no backlog on docks, calls for cargo
12:52 Japanese company Kubota chooses port of Rotterdam for Northern European distribution
12:39 Crowley participates in Saildrone Inc’s $100M Series C round to advance ocean intelligence products
12:02 Global Ports terminal In Helsinki increases number of container services
11:54 Port Houston container volumes up 11% to 281,500 TEUs in September 2021
11:40 Sibanthracite Group acknowledged as best supplier of coal to China for second consecutive year
11:16 MPA and DMU signed MoU to drive talent and academic exchange in the maritime sector
10:51 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding successfully separates and captures CO2 from exhaust gas in world’s first marine-based CO2 capture system project
10:28 Modernization of border checkpoint completed in Kavkaz seaport
10:06 RF President gives instructions on permanent environmental monitoring in areas of handling dry bulk cargo and cargo emitting dust
09:45 MABUX: No firm price trend on Bunker market on Oct 20
09:35 Crude oil prices decrease on US reserves growth
09:19 Baltic Dry Index as of October 19

2021 October 19

18:24 Ocean Yield ASA sells two LR2 tankers
17:44 Klaveness Combination Carriers sells a 21-years old CABU vessel
17:22 Oboronlogistics delivers cargo for the construction of a cultural cluster in Kaliningrad
16:58 North Sea Port, Zeeland Regional Safety Board and Central Fire Response Zone join forces for cross-border incident response in the port area
16:35 European shipowners support the uptake of clean fuels but fear FuelEU may become missed opportunity due to enforcement loopholes - ECSA
16:20 9M’2020 throughput of Taganrog Sea Commercial Port grew by 6% Y-o-Y
16:05 Fuelling the Industry: LNG as a fuel and its infrastructure at the 8th International Congress
16:04 Empire Offshore Wind selects Vestas as its preferred supplier for wind turbine generators for Empire Wind I and Empire Wind II
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15:13 Bollinger celebrates commissioning of 45th Fast Response Cutter USCGC Emlen Tunnel
14:51 RF Government and Rosatom instructed to organize regular transportation of transit cargo by NSR