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NAT takes delivery of suezmax tanker from SHI

South Korean company Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has delivered a newbuild suezmax tanker to Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT).

The vessel is nearly 150,000 tonnes in weight and will serve ASYAD Shipping Company of the Sultanate of Oman under a six-year contract.

Source: Ship Technology

MOL invests in new marine exhaust treatment system for car carriers

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed a contract to finance a ship-auxiliary generator exhaust treatment company, Clean Air Engineering Maritime, for the development of a new marine exhaust treatment system.

The company will use the new system on its operating car carriers from 2025 to prevent air pollution in California, US.

Source: Ship Technology

Hapag-Lloyd JV to develop new terminal in Egyptian port

A joint venture (JV), named Damietta Alliance Container Terminal SAE, has been formed to develop and run a new terminal at the port of Damietta in Egypt.

Hapag-Lloyd Damietta has a 39% stake in the JV while Eurogate Damietta and Contship Damietta each hold a 29.5% interest.

Source: Ship Technology


Wärtsilä Voyage has secured an order to supply radio and integrated navigation systems for ten icebreaking liquefied natural gas tankers, which are to be built for the Arctic LNG-2 project. The new contract, which was placed in January, will now be implemented in partnership with Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard.

Source: Ship Technology


Following the UK Government announcing requirements for ferry operators who regularly call at UK ports to pay workers the equivalent of the UK Minimum Wage, transport Secretary Grant Schapps said:

“We will stop at nothing to make sure seafarers in UK ports are being paid fairly. P&O Ferries’ disgraceful actions do not represent the principles of our world-leading maritime sector, and changing the law on seafarer pay protection is a clear signal to everyone that we will not tolerate economic abuse of workers.   

“We will protect all seafarers regularly sailing in and out of UK ports and ensure they are not priced out of a job. Ferry operators which regularly call at UK ports will face consequences if they do not pay their workers fairly.”  

Mark Dickinson, vice chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s Seafarers’ Section, comments on the ruling for the right to mandatory social connectivity for crews –including internet access:

“We’ve learned a lot during the Covid-19 period and that has been driving us to improve the maritime labour convention (MLC). Working for long periods at sea can be isolating and a lack of contact with the outside world can have profound implications for seafarers’ wellbeing — which we saw the worst effects of during Covid-19.”

“Being able to keep in touch with family and friends isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a basic human right. That’s why we fought so hard for seafarers to be given internet access and to have a mandatory provision in the MLC.”