Norsepower Oy Ltd., the developer of the world’s first commercially viable renewable energy-powered vessel technology, has announced that it has received the ‘Innovation of the Year’ accolade at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards’ ceremony, which took place at Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, Netherlands, today.
The United Kingdom has become the first State to formally accept the 2013 marine geoengineering amendments to the 1996 “London Protocol”, the treaty covering dumping of wastes at sea. The amendments support the precautionary approach by providing for specific marine geoengineering activities to be permitted only when the activity is assessed as constituting legitimate scientific research. Currently, only ocean fertilization for research purposes may be permitted.
In its latest weekly review of trends in petroleum, the U.S. Energy Information Agency examined how the new Panama Canal expansion will affect crude and product supplies on the North American market – and forecasts that it will have little impact.
Local media in Sao Paolo, Brazil report that investigators are looking into a fatal accident aboard the bulker Ocean Phoenix. A contractor, Vanderley Ferreira da Silva, was killed by a high pressure water jet, which reportedly penetrated his thigh and severed his femoral artery.
On Thursday, the geared bulker Benita went hard aground on reefs near the small city of Mahebourg, Mauritius – reportedly due to an attempted mutiny and a brawl among her 23 Taiwanese and Filipino crew.
Peru has acceded to the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), the IMO treaty designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has begun testing its newly finished second set of locks with transits by the bulker Baroque on the Atlantic side of the canal. The 115,000 dwt vessel has been chartered for a series of trial runs in advance of the canal’s formal opening June 26.