Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas . . .
I have been a really, really (or sort of) good girl this year!! It has not been an easy year in the marine industry, but we push forward delivering 90% of the world’s goods and energy.
What I really want for Christmas this year is the end of the crew change crisis. I want to see mariners able to embark and disembark from their ships in a safe and timely fashion. Despite the challenges getting to this point, I want countries to recognize them as “key workers” so they can either go home to their families or board their ships so they can provide for them.
I want them to know they are appreciated and valued for the service they are providing. A few years ago, IMO Secretary General Efthymios Mitropoulos said if it were not for shipping “Half the world would starve and the other half freeze.” Without our mariners, we would have no shipping, and hence, no global trade. I hope they realize how much we depend upon them.
There are groups that are working to make sure seafarers know how much they are appreciated. I am humbled to be the Honorary Chair of Heroes at Sea 2020 which invites participants to walk, jog, cycle or swim distances which collectively result in circumnavigating the globe. The culmination of the event is a virtual global concert on December 21st. The Heroes at Sea program is a tribute to the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 crisis, the world’s mariners, who have continued their mission of delivering food, medical supplies, energy, and goods without pause.
Join me in letting mariners know we care about them and appreciate their efforts to keep global society running. Be a part of this initiative so that we can all have a healthy and happy holiday season!
Carleen Lyden Walker
Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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December 9, 2020 click on topic to jump to that sectionDecade of DecisionsDeep Dive: Energy AlternativesDecade of DigitalizationDeep Dive: Safety on the High SeasDecade of DecarbonizationDeep Dive: Regulatory Compliance ChallengesDecade of DisruptionDeep Dive: Fuel and BunkeringSHIPPINGInsight updates
|Decade of DecisionsABS publishes sustainability guide2020-12-02- Classification society ABS says its new Guide for Sustainability Notations will help marine and offshore operators meet the environmental, social and governance (ESG). . . READ MORE|
Environmentalists and Politicians Call for Accelerating MedECA2020-12-02- A group of environmentalists and politicians is calling for accelerated efforts to develop a Mediterranean Emission Control Area similar. . . READ MORE
BIMCO: 47% of newly constructed dry bulkers, fitted with scrubbers2020-11-18- According to recent data issued by BIMCO, approximately 47% of all newly built dry bulkers delivered during 2020, are installed. . . READ MORE
Deep Dive: Energy AlternativesWaterfront Shipping Orders Eight More Methanol-Powered Tankers2020-12-01- Vancouver, British Columbia-based Waterfront Shipping has placed an order for eight new methanol-fueled tankers to be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. . . READ MORE
Investors Sought for ‘Green Ammonia’ Plant Upgrade in Norway2020-12-07- Yara International ASA plans to convert a plant in Norway to produce green ammonia in a bet the chemical will become a go-to fuel for emission-free shipping. . . READ MORE
Decade of DigitalizationQ88 LLC and SEDNA Announce Partnership to Streamline Shipping Data and Communications2020-12-01 – Q88 LLC, information management and software solutions, and SEDNA, smart team communication software, have partnered up to make managing communications and data within. . . READ MORE
Port of LA, IBM to develop first-of-its-kind cyber resilience center2020-12-08 – Security major IBM along with the Port of Los Angeles shake hands and inked an agreement in order to develop and operate a Port Cyber Resilience Center (CRC). . . READ MORE
Deep Dive: Safety on the High SeasUN Adopts Seafarer Resolution as Union Calls for Home for the Holidays2020-12-01 –The plight of seafarers caught at sea or unable to reach their ships to start work due to the travel restrictions and regulations related to the pandemic remains. . . READ MORE
Decade of DecarbonizationPacific Basin to become carbon neutral, starting from 20202020-12-03 –In an effort to reduce shipping emissions and become climate-neutral, the dry bulk shipping companiy Pacific Basin, has pledged to offset all carbon. . . READ MORE
Deep Dive: Regulatory Compliance Challenges and SolutionsHSFO demand increase as more vessels choose scrubbers2020-12-02 –An increase in ships retrofitted with scrubbers and strong demand for container shipping is boosting HSFO demand. . . READ MORE
Decade of DisruptionUNCTAD review of maritime transport: Shipping trade to plunge by 4.1% in 20202020-12-02 –Global maritime trade will plunge by 4.1% in 2020 due to the unprecedented COVID-19 disruption, according to UNCTAD Review of Maritime. . . READ MORE
Deep Dive: Fuel and BunkeringARACON: SHIPOWNERS EXAMINE THE FUTURE OF SHIPPING2020-12-04 –Ardmore Shipping COO Mark Cameron and Lavinia Bulk’s Managing Director Brian Nixon took a retrospective. . . READ MORE
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