• 01 Oct, 2020
Maersk takes cold ironing concept out to sea

Maersk Supply Service and Danish utility Ørsted have joined forces to test a prototype buoy that will act as both a mooring point and a charging station for vessels. The solution, developed by Maersk Supply Service, will be tested on one of Ørsted’s offshore wind farms in 2021.

The charging buoy will be able to bring green electricity to offshore wind farm service vessels and potentially to a wide range of maritime vessels if the project takes off. The buoy can be used to charge the smaller battery- or hybrid-electrical vessels and to supply power to larger vessels, enabling them to turn off their engines when laying idle.

The prototype buoy, which has received significant funding from the Danish state, has been developed by Maersk Supply Service while Ørsted is responsible for the buoy’s integration with the electrical grid at the offshore wind farm. The charging buoy will be tested in the second half of 2021, where it will supply overnight power to one of Ørsted’s service vessels.

Upon technical validation and commercial ramp up, the electrical charging buoy has significant potential, the two partners claim, to contribute positively to reduce emissions for the maritime industry. This will happen through displacing tens of thousands of tons of fuel consumed every year in the wider maritime sector by enabling inactive vessels to turn engines off and replace energy consumption and charge batteries with renewable electricity. Within five years of global operation, Maersk Supply Service has the ambition to remove 5.5m tons of CO2, additionally avoiding particulate matter, NOx, and Sox.

Ørsted intends to make any intellectual property generated in designing the integration of the buoy into the offshore wind asset publicly available to maximise the uptake potential of this carbon reduction innovation across the offshore wind sector.

“The charging buoy tackles a multitude of problems; lower emissions, offering a safe mooring point for vessels, better power efficiency and eliminating engine noise. This is also a solution that can be implemented on a global scale, and one that can be adapted as the maritime industry moves towards hybridisation and electrification,” said Jonas Munch Agerskov, managing director for offshore renewables at Maersk Supply Service.

“Ørsted has set the ambitious target of having carbon neutral operations in 2025, which includes the operations of our offshore wind farms. Technical and commercial innovation is central to Ørsted’s ability to provide real, tangible solutions to achieve our operational ambitions – and we need our partners’ support,” said Mark Porter, head of operations at Ørsted Offshore.

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  • 30 Sep, 2020
Information Seminar “Maritime Spatial Planning in the R...

On September 23, Scientific and Research Institute of Maritime Spatial Planning Ermak Northwest jointly with MIREA – Russian Technological University held the information seminar “Maritime Spatial Planning in the Russian Federation. Why It's Necessary for Russia” for federal and regional authorities. The seminar was held in a mixed mode, combining in-person and online participants. Venue — RTU MIREA Campus, Moscow.


The seminar participants discussed the prospects for promoting Maritime Spatial Planning in Russia, national circumstances of water area management system, and the coastal component in the regional socio-economic development strategies. Welcome addresses were given by: Stanislav Kuj, Rector of RTU MIREA; Nuretdin Inamov, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation; Igor Kapyrin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.


The discussion on promoting Maritime Spatial Planning in Russia will be continued at the round tables “Russia’s Strategic Planning System for the Development of Maritime Activities, and the Maritime Spatial Planning” and “Multilateral Regional Cooperation in the Black Sea Based on the Maritime Economy: Opportunities and Prospects” to be held as part of the Strategic Planning Leaders Forum 2020, October 27.


Website : https://forumstrategov.ru/eng/news156.html

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  • 30 Sep, 2020
Credit Suisse raises $212m for 'world's first' ocean he...

Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has partnered with Rockefeller Asset Management to launch an impact fund that will finance projects improving ocean health, raising $212m pre-launch. The businesses claim that the ‘Ocean Engagement Fund’ is the first impact fund of its kind, in that it is solely dedicated to and fully aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water. The Goal includes targets to address issues such as overfishing, marine pollution and acidification, and to boost conservation and restoration. READ MORE


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  • 30 Sep, 2020
Members of the new EU4Ocean Platform on ocean literacy

The EU4Ocean Platform connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean and aims at uniting the voices of Europeans to make the ocean everyone’s concern. Explore the Map of the Month to discover who the > 100 members are, where they are located and what their field of work is.



Website : https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/atlas/maritime_atlas/#lang=EN;p=w;bkgd=1;theme=354:0.8;c=3171518.3832054734,8063071.86330463;z=5


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  • 30 Sep, 2020
New booklet: Next Generation Climate Science for Oceans...

On 30 September 2020, four transnational projects on climate-ocean interactions funded under the framework of JPI Climate & JPI Oceans held a successful joint kick-off webinar. Marking the occasion, a new booklet “Next Generation Climate Science for Oceans – Research projects 2020-2023” features the projects.



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  • 29 Sep, 2020
Euronews Ocean season 2, episode 8: Maritime transport

The EU's maritime transport industry strives to reduce its impact on the environment with innovative solutions like battery-operated vessels, wind-powered ships and carbon-neutral shipping. The industry sets new environmental goals — but can it deliver?


Website: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/press/euronews-ocean-season-2-episode-8-maritime-transport_en


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  • 29 Sep, 2020
Mission Starfish 2030: Restore our Ocean and Waters

Inspired by the shape of the starfish, the Mission has five overarching objectives for 2030: Filling the knowledge and emotional gap, regenerating marine and freshwater ecosystems, zero pollution, decarbonising our ocean, and waters revamping governance. These five objectives are mutually supportive and taken together, the Mission Starfish 2030 will enable the restoration of the water cycle as a whole.

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  • 25 Sep, 2020
EU4Ocean Thematic Workshops

: On 25 September 2020, the EU4Ocean thematic workshops on Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean or Healthy and Clean Ocean, discussed and gathered ideas for effective Ocean Literacy actions.

The EU4Ocean workshop “Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe” built momentum for collective actions and knowledge sharing. At the three parallel thematic workshops, it was discussed and gathered ideas on how to help citizens in European landlocked or inland areas become Ocean Literate. The three themes of the parallel workshops were:

  • Climate and Ocean,
  • Food from the Ocean, and
  • Healthy and Clean Ocean.

More info could be found here.

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  • 22 Sep, 2020
Maritime Informatics: an emerging discipline for a digi...

The maritime industry recognises there is a need for smarter collaboration to enhance operations, satisfy clients’ expectation of transparency and predictability and respond to societal concerns. Maritime Informatics, originally defined as “the application of information systems to increase the efficiency, safety, and ecological sustainability of the world’s shipping industry” was developed by data scientists to meet the needs of practice and to be applied cooperatively by practitioners and data scientists

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  • 19 Sep, 2020
#EUBeachCleanup: The ocean starts with you

Saturday 19/9 is World Cleanup Day. To raise awareness about the challenge of marine litter and encourage citizens worldwide to take action, the European Commission and the European External Action Service is organising the third edition of the #EUBeachCleanup campaign. In 2019, the campaign mobilised over 40,000 volunteers at events in nearly 80 countries.


Website: https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/press/eubeachcleanup-ocean-starts-you_en

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  • 16 Sep, 2020
Follow the lead of EU Commissioner Sinkevičius and #Exp...

With the newest release of the European Atlas of the Seas today, citizens from all around Europe now have access to stunning marine maps and interactive oceanic information in their own language, making the atlas an even more accessible and useful educational tool.


Website : https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/press/follow-lead-eu-commissioner-sinkevičius-and-exploreyourocean-24-languages_en

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  • 15 Sep, 2020
Sustainable Ocean for All

The new OECD publication brings together unique statistical sources to support developing countries in the implementation of a sustainable ocean economy.

Adopting more sustainable ways of managing the ocean is a global priority: protecting its health will bring benefits to all. Developing countries face specific challenges, as many depend heavily on ocean-based industries and are overly exposed to the consequences of ocean degradation. Enhancing their access to science, policy advice and financing would allow them to tap better into the opportunities of a more sustainable ocean economy, including more decent jobs, cleaner energy, improved food security and enhanced resilience, while contributing to the protection of the world’s ocean.

This report provides policymakers in developing countries, as well as their development co-operation partners with a wealth of fresh evidence on (i) the latest trends in selected ocean-based industries; (ii) policy instruments, including economic incentives, to promote ocean sustainability in various contexts; (iii) the first review of development finance and development co-operation practices in support of more sustainable ocean economies, including a discussion of how development co-operation can help re-orient private finance towards sustainability.



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