Author: Yakup Can Sekmen

The World’s First Zero Emissions Freight Carrier

For decades, the principle of “doing good for the world” has been the cornerstone of Norwegian foreign policy. However, with the announcement from YARA (a Norwegian Chemical Company) and Kongsberg (a long-established marine solutions company of Norway), the “doing good for the world” principle found its match in commerce. Last October, Kongsberg, in collaboration with the Norwegian government and scientific institutes, launched the world’s first test site for autonomous shipping vessels at Trondheim Fjord. Only eight months after the site’s operations began, the “YARA Birkeland” project was born. The YARA and Kongsberg partnership announced their plan to build world’s...

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U.S. Coast Guard to Honor Hamilton

On Thursday, the United States Coast Guard announced a honorary ceremony for their founder, Alexander Hamilton, via a news bulletin. The ceremony is scheduled to take place today, May 26th, at his grave site on the grounds of Trinity Church. As a part of Fleet Week New York, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton will honor the Coast Guard founder and the namesake of their vessel, with a wreath laying ceremony. The presentation of the wreath will be by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team. The National Anthem will be performed by Coast Guard Auxiliary Member, professional musician...

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Ice, Ice Baby – Safety of Shipping Vessels on the Icy Seas

Since the beginning of transatlantic voyages, icebergs have threatened the safety of the vessels. However, it was only after the disastrous and tragic sinking of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, that the United States Coast Guard established the International Ice Patrol. As of Monday, there were about 450 icebergs near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, up from about 37 a week earlier, which is 370 more than the season average, per the IIP in New London, Connecticut. A high density of icebergs in the North Atlantic shipping lanes forces vessels to take detours, adding up to 400 miles, and...

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Rising LNG Ship Traffic in the Mediterranean

Rising demand for natural gas from suppliers among Mediterranean countries, where pipelines are not a possible means of transportation, has led to an increase in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) traffic in the region’s waterways. The Mediterranean Sea is among the world’s busiest waterways. From container ships to bulk carriers, many vessels sail through these waters, steadily increasing the transit activity over time. Within the ten-year period between 2006 and 2016, transit activity in the Mediterranean Sea grew by 23%. A relatively small share of this growth came from LNG. However, due to the rapidly increasing demand of natural gas among...

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In 2017, Maersk Line Returns to Iran

As a result of the historic move to lift sanctions and restrictions on Iran in early 2016, ship lines have started to pursue reinstitution and expansion in the country. Iran is the second largest country in the Middle East, with a population of 80 million. It has the second largest gas reserve and the fourth largest oil reserve in the world. As of 2016, with an estimated GDP of 435 billion USD, expected growth of 5.8% to 6.7% in the next two years and gateway to a massive market of CIS countries of 400 million in population, Iran holds...

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