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Wartsila misses Q4 expectations

Finnish ship technology and power-plant maker Wartsila reported on Thursday lower-than-expected quarterly profit, burdened by slower demand

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Fincantieri enters the nuclear project ITER

Fincantieri has been awarded a prestigious order, worth almost 100 million euros, for a number of high-profile equipment furniture and installations as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

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Fimer acquires ABB solar activities

Milan - Fimer, a company active in the market of inverters for renewable energy for «utility steps», has signed an agreement with ABB for the acquisition of the solar inverter business of the Swedish-Swedish multinational group

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Ports of Genoa propose incentives on cold ironing

Genova - «From the economic point of view the cold ironing is a bloodbath: for shipowners, ports, terminal operators ». Believe it, if a say it is Davide Sciutto, responsible Technological systems of the Port System Authority Genova-Savona (Ports of Genoa)

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Wärtsilä supports Italy in reaching energy targets

Rome - Embassy of Finland in Italy and Wärtsilä Corporation hosted a “Smart Energy Future Seminar ” in Rome, Italy on June 18, 2019. The event focused on analysing how renewable energy is changing the existing electricity market in Italy

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France and Germany commit to European electric battery industry

Paris - France and Germany agreed on Thursday to jointly invest in the European production of electric vehicle batteries, taking on the United States and China in what is emerging as one of the world’s most competitive industries.

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Corvus supplies first all-electric workboat

Bergen - Corvus Energy will supply a 550kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) for a new all-electric skimmer workboat. The ESS will allow the boat to be in full working mode for four to five hours, and a full battery charge will take just two hours. In addition, the vessel has solar panels on board

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Floating nuclear plant “Sturgis” dismantled

Galveston - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the decommissioning and dismantling of the “Sturgis”, the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, on Friday. The Sturgis was being built in the 1940’s as a World War II Liberty Ship

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New opportunities in Ukraine for power plants

Kiev - On 10 December 2018, the Ukrainian President signed Law No. 2628-VIII dated 23 November 2018 “On Amendment to the Tax Code and Certain Other Legal Acts of Ukraine in Relation to Improvement of Management and Revision of Certain Taxes” (the “Law”)

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West Africa, electronic data exchange for vessels

Malabo - Ships and ports will need to be able to exchange arrival and departure data electronically from April 2019, under International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Facilitation Convention said. There requirements also encourage the use of a single window in which all the many agencies and authorities

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Euronaval, military programs on stage in Paris

The autumn days of October represent an opportunity for the French capital to live intensely the biennial event with Euronaval, an international event reserved for professionals.

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“More needs to be done for LNG bunkering”

Singapore - LNG bunkering demand could rise with stricter environmental rules in shipping, but more needs to be done to help shipowners overcome implementation hurdles in the longer term, industry experts said during a panel discussion at the 20th Singapore International Bunkering Conference 2018

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Containership tries bunkering with vegetable oil

Amsterdam - Low-carbon shipping group GoodShipping has announced its first carbon-free shipment - a voyage of the container feeder Samskip Endeavor fueled by vegetable oil. Prior to the voyage, the “Endeavor” took on 22,000 liters (about 20 tonnes) of hydrotreated used cooking oil

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Kongsberg wins contracts for nine hybrid Ro-Ro Vessels

Naples - Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded significant contracts with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co., China to deliver power and hybrid systems to nine (9) Roll on – Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels ordered by Grimaldi Group.

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Wärtsilä sold 33 engines for COSCO contracts

Trieste - The technology group Wärtsilä has received a series of notable orders for the upgraded version of its Wärtsilä 20 engine. A total of 33 engines have been ordered for merchant auxiliary power application in three major shipbuilding projects

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Stock market opens for Bio-Uv Group

Paris Bio-Uv Group, the France-based manufacturer of the BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system and other ultraviolet-based water treatment technologies, has announced its initial public offering (IPO) has been approved on the Paris Euronext Growth market

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Coast Guard icebreaker runs aground in House bill

Washington - The future of the U.S. Coast Guard’s mission in the Arctic could be in jeopardy, as a draft House spending measure approved today wouldn’t fund a new polar icebreaker that had received backing from President Donald Trump

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Smart ships and smart… crews? / ANALYSIS

The new technologies wave of digitalization, Internet of Things, Big Data, etc has radically changed the paradigm of a deck officer or engineer role onboard ships.

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Heroes of Giglio Island besieged by creditors

Ravenna - Silvio Bartolotti says he predicts a “grand future” for his salvage company. What is certain is that his firm, the long-established Ravenna-based Micoperi, is facing a less-than-ideal present. Micoperi gained notoriety for having carried out the process of righting the wreck (parbuclinkg) of the “Concordia” shipwreck

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Australia, Fincantieri and Cetena sign the alliance with Flinders

The project, expected to last one year, will be coordinated by prof. Karl Sammut and will make use of a loan of 310,000 Australian dollars (about 200,000 euros) offered by Fincantieri Australia as part of the Maritime Innovation Challenge programme.

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China: a battery to store renewable energy

Beijing - Chinese scientists have developed a lead carbon battery for storing power generated from solar panels and windmills and claimed that with such devices, the electricity supply is stable for use. An energy storage system with the batteries was piloted in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in northeast China

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Giant cages for deep sea fish farming in China

Beijing - Shandong Wanzefeng Fishery said a fully submersible ocean fish farming net cage called “Deep Blue I”, the world’s biggest, was delivered to the shipyard of state-owned Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry on Friday

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U.S. could reach goal of 355 ship Navy in 2030s

Washington - The U.S. Navy could build its strength to 355 ships over a decade earlier than previously thought due to an increased shipbuilding budget and tempo as well as extending the service for some ships in the current fleet, a Pentagon official told a Congressional panel on Thursday

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Class, industry and regulators to study lithium battery

Hamburg - On Friday, DNV GL announced a joint partnership to study the safe use of lithium-ion batteries in shipping. The class society’s partners in the effort include flag states, research institutions, battery and propulsion suppliers, fire system manufacturers, shipowners, vessel operators and yards

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Tesla’s autonomous semi truck spotted on highway

San Francisco - Tesla’s all-electric semi truck isn’t supposed to go into productionuntil 2019, but multiple prototypes have already been spotted driving around California. The first on-road sighting was in January, near Sunnyvale

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Piaggio drones: go-ahead from Italian Treasury

Genova - As required by the Military Procurement Code, Italy’s Economy Ministry (MEF) has sent Parliament, for its consideration, a draft ministerial decree for the “approval of a multi-year programme for the acquisition of Medium Altitude Long Endurance remotely piloted aircrafts.”

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IIT produce biodegradable packaging from artichokes

Berlin - The Smart Materials research team at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), led by Athanassia Athanassiou, in collaboration with Genoa’s Wholesale market management company (SGM), and Ascom Confcommercio, presented in Berlin a circular economy project

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UAE mulls investment in Indian equipment

Dubai - The UAE is exploring investments in defence equipment manufactured in India, the country’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said last week. Speaking to journalists in New Delhi, she said the relationship between the two countries has developed from a commercial one to a strategic partnership in critical areas

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Small town models waste disposal on ships

Genova - Rovegno,a small town near Genoa, is modelling itself on a cruise ship, as the mayor, Giuseppe Isola, explained: “Summing it all up, we want to create a waste treatment plant similar to what’s used on large cruise ships”

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Russia to acquire 10 minesweepers

St. Petersburg -The Russian Federation Navy is planning to acquire 10 Alexandrit-class (Project 12700) minesweepers by 2027 and 30 by 2035, according to Deputy Chief of the Naval Shipbuilding Directorate Captain Mikhail Krasnopeyev

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NCL Holdings migrates to IB’s InfoSHIP Evo-Ers

Genova - Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has just stated its intention to migrate from the current InfoSHIP version, covering the Event Reporting, Ship Certificates and Audit & Inspection Processes, to the new web-based platform by IB

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Training of seafarers, new technologies and regulations

Genoa - The forum was held in Rome at the headquarters of the Coast Guard last November 8th and witnessed high-level interventions raising the interest of the over one hundred professionals in the maritime sector who were present.

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HHI to Preempt LNG-Powered Ship Market

Seoul - HHI announced that the company held a technology briefing session on an LNG-powered bulk carrier of its own development for nine major Korean shipping companies including Polaris Shipping, SK Shipping, Korea Line and H-Line Shipping.

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Lithuania emerges as blockchain gateway to Europe

Vilnius - Hot on the heels of issuing of the Europe’s fastest e-money (EMI) license to the numerous global tech companies, Lithuania has announced it will host Europe’s first international Blockchain Centre. The Centre’s mission: to unlock economic and social value by applying blockchain technology

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ABB Turbocharging tops industry efficiency

Baden - ABB Turbocharging has raised the industry benchmark for low-speed turbocharging efficiency to achieve an additional turbocharger efficiency increase of 2% by performing the measurement on an actual engine on an engine testbed.

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Glimmer of hope for Cyprus to export its gas to Egypt

Texas-based Noble Energy, Shell and Israel’s Delek Group own the deposit in Cyprus’ offshore, estimated to hold 4.5 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas. It also contains nine million barrels of condensate.

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Safety in our ports / ANALYSIS

THE VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) is a maritime traffic service created after the Second World War to make shipping in and out of Northern European ports (such as those in Great Britain, the Netherlands, and the Baltic Sea) safer and more efficient.

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“International competition to save Genoa Power Station”

Genova - The Futur-E project is an initiative that began two years ago,and involves the 23 ENEL plants across Italy that are no longer operational. The goal is to re-appropriate these facilities: there is no particular restriction on the final use, but rather criteria to be followed

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China EximBank interested in LNG newbuilds

Shanghai - The Export-Import Bank of China (China EximBank)has affirmed its interest in the financing of Chinese-built LNG newbuilds, following the completion of an eighth vessel under the bank’s portfolio. Shanghai Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding launched the new 174,000 cu m LNG carrier “Cesi Tianjin”

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VW’s Scania fined $1.03 Billion by EU

Wolfsburg - Volkswagen AG’s tarnished reputation suffered another blow after its Scania unit was slapped with a 880.5 million euro ($1.03 billion) fine for fixing truck prices, a year after other members of the cartel reached a record settlement with the European Union

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Boero moves towards delisting after 35 years

Milan - After 35 years, Boero Bartolomeo is moving towards leaving the Stock Exchange. Tender offer and delisting for the Genoese company: the company’s board of directors, which is controlled by six groups of shareholders, and announced that it is united in a shareholders’ agreement for 97.4% of the capital

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La Spezia to get a submarine museum

La Spezia - In La Spezia,the city where the first Italian submarine was built in 1889 (the “Delfino”, which was one of the first and most advanced of its time), many consider it a joke that now there isn’t even one that you can visit

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Students become “guardians of the shoreline”

Genova - In order to raise awareness for coastal habitat protection among the young, Italy has launched a grass roots research project sponsored by the Costa Crociere Foundation; called “Guardians of the Shoreline”. 225 Italian high schools have already joined the free-to-join project

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ADSB delivers to Kuwait on schedule

Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has reached another key landmark in its ongoing project to build vessels for the Kuwait Navy, with the formal acceptance of the landing craft Sabhan into service as part of the agreement signed with Ministry of Defense of Kuwait in 2015

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India has a new super-submarine

New Delhi - Watch out China, India has a deadly new weapon. After years of delay, India’s navy is preparing to take delivery of one of the world’s stealthiest and deadliest fighting tools: the “INS Kalvari”, an attack submarine named after a deep-sea tiger shark

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AS.FO.R: go-ahead for smart logistic

Genoa - The new training operation for unemployed youth in the maritime cluster -ports and logistics - was introduced at Genoa Smart Logistic. The operation was financed by the Region of Liguria through European Community funds (European Social Fund)

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Plastic algae to repopulate the seas

La Spezia - Global warming not only increases the temperature of the oceansbut also contributes to their acidification, compromising the efficiency of the calcium skeleton processes of many animals, such as corals and molluscs

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Prysmian aboard the “Energy Observer”

Milan - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announced its partnership with the “Energy Observer”, the world’s first catamaran powered solely by renewable sources, at the Paris Air Show today

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Seal Forum, neuroscience and Best Practices for Safety

Rome - “One of the conditions of the ISM code requires that a ship’s commander must motivate the crew in terms of safety. That’s the sole requirement that cannot be simply added in a list of procedures, it’s a matter of principles,” noted Bruno Di Lascio, owner and administrator of Azimuth Consulting

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Uber’s trucking ambitions in lower gear after Otto deal

San Francisco - Uber Technologies Inc’s drive to become a major player in the trucking business is off to a bumpy start, with analysts and industry executives questioning what exactly the company can bring to the sprawling $700-billion industry.

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Boeing works on large underwater drones

Long Beach - Boeing and Huntington Ingalls Industries are teaming on the designand production of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) in support of the U.S. Navy’s Extra Large UUV program: “This partnership provides the Navy a cost-effective, low-risk path to meet the emergent needs that prompted the Navy”

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Leonardo, net profits climb to 78 million

Rome - Defence and aerospace giant Leonardo concluded its first quarter of the yeargaining €78 million in operating profit (equal to a 39% rise, or 21.9% not including special transactions), and its orders gained €2,647 billion, a 3% rise compared to the same period in 2016. Order intake rose by 25% compared with March 2016