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Reliefs extended to affected seafarers amidst COVID-19 impact till June 2021 Maritime Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) MaritimeSG Together package was introduced in May 2020 to assist companies and individuals during the pandemic, originally expiring on 31 December 2020. The $27 million package provides financial support to companies and seafarers, with emphasis on seafarers’ upgrading and employment. Singaporean seafarers who ...

LNG Marine Fuel Institute changes name to Clean Marine Fuel Institute In early December 2020, the non-profit organisation, LNG Marine Fuel Institute (LNG MFI) changed its name to the Clean Marine Fuel Institute (Clean MFI) to reflect the global maritime industry’s aim to decarbonise marine fuels. When the institute was first established in 2017, Clean MFI CEO Margot Matthews said ...

CrewSafe audit programme developed to facilitate crew change in Singapore An audit programme, CrewSafe based on Singapore’s crew change model, has been developed by the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Research (SG-STAR) Fund Taskforce (SFTF) to establish safe and scalable ‘corridors’ for crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme will help ensure quality checks on quarantine/holding, medical, and swabbing facilities ...

14 world leaders of the ocean panel has called for sustainable ocean management by 2025 World leaders of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economic (Ocean Panel) have proposed a new ocean action agenda to manage their national waters by 2025 sustainably. They are from Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau, and ...

HPC and Roland Berger to undergo study on the restructuring of Port of Beirut Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) has joined Roland Berger, the Munich-based international management consultancy, to initiate a study for the restructuring, construction, and operations of Beirut port following the recent chemical explosion incident. They aim to achieve better integration of the Port area into the city of ...

The inconclusive meeting held last week at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) resulted in shipowners reevaluating their plans. A major shipbroker, Gibson said, “This week, the IMO agreed on short-term measures to address climate change. For many, it felt that these measures lacked the ambition needed to reach the IMO’s goal of reducing total GHG emissions by 50% and carbon ...

Shell becomes test oil partner for technology group Wärtsilä The technology group Wärtsilä has appointed Shell to become its test oil partner for engines during the factory testing process. This further strengthens their partnership since August 2011 to promote and accelerate the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The Wärtsilä engines are widely used in the marine and ...

The maritime industry has been facing the issue of handling benefits for crews at sea for decades. Top management at Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) took the initiative to allow the industry to better handle crew benefits at sea. CSM has launched ColumbiaCrewCare, a benefit package that offers crew life insurance and an investment plan for medical costs, disability provision, pension planning, ...