The Briefing on the maritime industry

The news, views and numbers you need to know this month

News in numbers


Global average happiness rating across seafarers after a survey of thousands of maritime professionals worldwide, according to the latest Seafarer Happiness Index report


Median amount of time spent by containerships at port during a stop globally, according to an UNCTAD report


The size of the MSC Gulsun, the world’s largest container ship, which passed through the Suez Canal for the first time in August


Crew members – who are Russian, Indian, Latvian and Filipino – were aboard the British-flagged Stena Impero tanker seized in the Gulf this year

May 2020

Month when the International Maritime Organization will report findings from its maritime autonomous surface ship (MASS) trials


All new ships being ordered for UK waters from this year should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies, according to Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani

In quotes

UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani, announcing new plans to cut UK shipping’s carbon footprint:

Our maritime sector is vital to the success of the UK’s economy, but it must do everything it can to reduce emissions, improve air quality and tackle climate change. The Clean Maritime Plan sets an ambitious vision for the sector and opens u exciting opportunities for innovation. It will help make the UK a global hub for new green technologies in the maritime sector.

Iranian Vice-President, Eshaq Jahangiri on the need to create an international coalition to protect shipping in the Gulf:

There is no need to form a coalition because these kinds of coalitions and the presence of foreigners in the region by itself creates insecurity. And other than increasing insecurity it will not achieve anything else.

Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, after Canada announced plans to export LNG to Asia as early as 2024:

The government of Canada is proud to support this historic C$40 billion project that will get our resources to new markets, diversify our trade, grow our economy and create middle-class jobs for Canadians.

Electrification – maybe that’s a black swan. Maybe by 2050 we will have found a way to include decarbonized electricity within the maritime sector. That would be transformational.

Top stories

Shell Ventures, the venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell, has acquired an undisclosed stake in Canadian-Norwegian battery maker Corvus Energy to support the development of its maritime energy storage solutions (ESS). The British-Dutch oil and gas company said that the investment is part of its plan to cut the carbon footprint of energy products by nearly 20% by 2035 and almost 50% by 2050.

Source: Ship Technology

Trafigura Group is joining forces with shipping firms Frontline (FRO.OL) and Golden Ocean (GOGL.O) to set up a company to supply shipping fuels ahead of a shake up in regulations next year which could disrupt fuel delivery and cause prices to spike. The three companies early in August that subject to agreement on final terms, the joint venture is expected to start operating in the third quarter.

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US-based ARES Security has rolled out a new multi-tenant, Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for seaports in the US.The company is now providing its Avert C2 (formally CommandBridge) system as a SaaS platform for small and medium-sized ports.ARES Security claims that the Avert C2, which has been used by more than a third of the largest seaports in the US since 2006, will enable ports to improve their security.

Source: Ship Technology