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Russian shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has signed a set of agreements with Rosneft, Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex and VEB Group, placing orders with Zvezda for a series of two next generation large-capacity Aframax tankers.

One of the largest leasing companies in Russia, VEB-Leasing, will finance the construction of the tankers, while a subsequent 20-year time-charter for them has been agreed with compatriot petroleum company Rosneft.

The vessels will feature 114,000 dwt and [...]

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Danish shipping giant Maersk has unveiled its plans to install exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) on a part of its containership fleet. 

In an email sent to Reuters, Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, a division of Maersk, said that the shipping major decided to invest in the scrubber technology on a limited number of vessels in its fleet of around 750 container vessels.

Lindegaard added that the investment in [...]

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Russian shipping firm Sovcomflot has entered into a cooperation deal with the Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank) and VEB Leasing related to shipbuilding projects.

Under the trilateral agreement, which was signed on September 12, 2018, the parties would jointly participate in the implementation of shipbuilding projects at Russian shipyards and import substitution projects.

The deal provides for the possibility of financial support for the implementation of innovative and [...]

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Maran Tankers, part of Greek shipping major Angelicoussis Shipping Group, has hired Sembcorp Marine for the installation of marine scrubbers and ballast water management systems on 13 vessels.

Under the contract, four Suezmax tankers will be fitted with marine scrubbers and ballast water management systems between the third quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019, while a further nine Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) will have marine scrubbers installed between May [...]

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Swedish tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime has signed a contract to charter out the P-MAX tanker Stena Provence for another year.

The undisclosed oil and gas major has been employing the vessel since 2014 for niche transportation of refined petroleum products, mainly in the Asia Pacific region.

“It’s always pleasing to be given a renewal of confidence. This customer has a specific transport need, for which the large load capacity [...]

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China is the top international shipping nation according to a new report presented by DNV GL and Menon Economics at SMM trade fair in Hamburg on September 5. 

The study, entitled “The Leading Maritime Nations of the World”, benchmarks the 30 leading maritime nations around the world in four key maritime pillars: shipping, finance and law, maritime technology and ports & logistics, in an attempt to understand the key drivers behind [...]

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Spanish ferry operator Baleària Eurolineas Maritimas has decided to convert two of its RoPax ferries to liquefied natural gas (LNG) operation. 

The conversion of two sister ships to dual-fuel operation is said to be the first of its kind in this shipping segment.

The company has inked a contract with MAN PrimeServ, part of MAN Energy Solutions, to carry out the works.

The vessels, Nápoles and Sicilia, are currently each powered by [...]

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Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed a technology consulting agreement with Professor Tomoharu Naga, a creator of the next-generation AI advanced machine learning and the percolative learning method.

The MOL Group has worked with Professor Nagao from the Yokohama National University Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences since 2016 to forecast the dry bulk market by analyzing data related to economic issues and maritime affairs.

In 2016, [...]

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Belgium’s crude oil shipping company Euronav has taken delivery of Cap Corpus Christi, a 156,000 dwt tanker newbuilding. 

The Suezmax is the final of four Ice Class vessels ordered by Euronav from South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Featuring a length of 277 meters and a width of 48 meters, the ship has a market value of USD 58.82 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.

The first three vessels from [...]

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Terminal operator HHLA, container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and technology supplier Becker Marine Systems have successfully tested alternative power supply for ships while on layovers in the Port of Hamburg. 

Over the past few weeks, the parties have been testing a prototype of the mobile power generator multiple times with some of Hapag-Lloyd’s giant 20,000 TEU containerships.

This is said to represent a further step toward improving air quality at the [...]

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