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Port of Zeebrugge and IDRONECT digitize drone traffic in port area

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Port of Zeebrugge and IDRONECT digitize drone traffic in port area. Image: Port of Zeebrugge
Port of Zeebrugge and IDRONECT digitize drone traffic in port area. Image: Port of Zeebrugge
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The Port Authority of Zeebrugge will introduce a new tool for handling drone requests in the port area with partner IDRONECT on September 1, 2021. The port area is a geographical UAS zone, where specific restrictions apply to drone flights. The digitalization of the applications provides a more efficient handling and a centralization of the data. By incorporating the current EASA regulations into the UTM-software, IDRONECT UTM’s software helps to ensure that each application complies with these regulations. The software also visualizes the planned drone flights and gives the port authority a live view of the active drones in the port area.

In the port of Zeebrugge, the “Regulations Geographical UAS Zone – Geozone PoZ” are in force. This was drawn up in response to the Ministerial Decree establishing permanent geographic UAS zones and access conditions for permanent geographic UAS zones. As a result, drone operators must take into account a number of additional restrictions in the port area.

Submitting an application for a drone flight therefore also means that sufficient information must flow through to the port authority and other parties in good time. This includes, for example, a flight plan, a pilot license, an operational authorisation issued by the Directorate General of Aviation, contact and registration details of both pilot and operator, etc.

The new tool optimizes the flow of information and provides a clear and innovative solution for all parties involved, including concessionaires in the port area, the military, the local police, the maritime police and the MUG helicopter.

Tom Hautekiet, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: “As a port we want to be a driving force in terms of innovation and digitalization. In all our projects we want to set an example and at the same time offer support to our port customers. The cooperation with IDRONECT for the drone traffic in our port is fully in line with these objectives. It is also yet another application that relies on the 5G network we installed in our port area in 2020. Thanks to the 5G network, numerous applications are possible for the port itself, but also for the companies located here.”

Tom Verbruggen, CEO IDRONECT: “With IDRONECT we are strongly committed to safety and innovation. Thanks to the UTM application for the Port of Zeebrugge, we offer drone operators the possibility to prepare and request their flights in a very intuitive way, while ensuring that the port authority knows at all times what is going on in the air above the port area. I am delighted that together, as two Belgian companies, we have been able to shape a future-oriented solution that is both pragmatic and innovative.”

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Maersk invests in electrofuels startup company

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Maersk Growth has made a leading venture investment in Prometheus Fuels, a Silicon Valley-based startup with a promising direct air capture-technology to enable cost efficient, carbon neutral eFuels for shipping.

The minority investment in Prometheus Fuels will support A.P. Moller – Maersk’s work to execute on the strategy to decarbonise marine operations.

Maersk expects several fuels to exist alongside in the future fuel mix and has identified 4 potential fuel pathways to decarbonization; biodiesel, alcohols, lignin-enhanced alcohols and ammonia.

The investment supports Maersk’s efforts with electrofuels which include alcohols produced from renewable energy. Along with biodiesel, alcohols including green methanol are feasible fuel technologies.

“Prometheus Fuels is developing a very exciting and innovative technology to produce carbon based electrofuels from direct air capture of CO2. Electrofuels are expected to play a key role for the decarbonisation of shipping and, if scaled successfully, Prometheus Fuels’ technology will address a key constraint for carbon based electrofuels – namely the cost competitiveness of direct air capture”, commented Morten Bo Christiansen Head of Decarbonisation, A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Maersk expects synthetic alcohols and other electrofuels to play a big role in the decarbonisation of shipping, due to its long-term scalability advantages compared to biobased fuels. Produced from renewable energy and water and ambient CO2 from direct air capture, it has the potential to offer infinite availability regardless of geographic scope.

“Our zero net carbon, zero sulphur electrofuel doesn’t compete with food production – it comes from renewable electricity and air so its feedstock is limitless. Our electrofuel offers a truly viable solution to decarbonise shipping – one that can scale and be implemented in time to avoid catastrophic global warming. We’re excited to partner with Maersk, a global leader in decarbonisation in the transportation and shipping industries, to accelerate this transition”, said Rob McGinnis, Founder and CEO of Prometheus Fuels.

Maersk joins a team of investors which includes BMW i Ventures and Metaplanet. Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen, Partner at Maersk Growth, will join the Board of Prometheus Fuels.

“Decarbonization is a strategic imperative of Maersk, so investing in this space is a natural focus point for Maersk Growth and one where we can offer value beyond capital through the expertise and scale of the Maersk organization. Prometheus’ technology has disruptive potential for the green fuel market, and we look forward to contributing as well as learning from this partnership in the years to come” said, Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen Venture Partner in Maersk Growth.

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Wan Hai Lines holds online ship naming ceremony for new vessels

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Wan Hai Lines Ltd. held ship naming ceremonies for WAN HAI 289 and WAN HAI 290 accompanied by a charity donation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a physical ceremony was replaced by an online one.

WAN HAI 289 and WAN HAI 290 are the 6th、7th vessels in a series of 2,038 teu containerships built by China Shipbuilding Trading Co., LTD., and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., LTD. Ms. Emily Wu, Executive Vice President, Corporate Management of FAR EASTERN NEW CENTURY CORPORATION and Ms. Lily Tan, Executive Vice President of SHENZHEN MUNICIPAL RISING AGRICULTURE I/E CO.,LTD, named these two vessels respectively during the ceremony.

The 2,038 teu series is designed with LOA 175m, deadweight capacity of 23,802 mt on 10.5 m draft and a maximum cruising speed of 20.66 nautical miles. The design of 2,038 teu series takes energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly aspect into account. Moreover, all the ships delivered are certified with “Smart Ship” notations by international well-known classification societies. The newbuildings are part of Wan Hai Lines efforts to ensure their continuous pursuit of fleet upgrade in order to provide most quality service to customers.

WAN HAI 289 will be delivered on September 30th at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard. After delivery, she will join Wan Hai Lines’ Japan Kansai-Vietnam Service to provide efficient delivery service among the corridor.

In addition to naming the newbuildings, Wan Hai Lines also made charity donations to Sunflower Social Work Services of ZhongShan and Dongguan Social Donation Receiving Station, two local welfare organizations focusing on care for children in difficulty, people with disabilities and the disadvantaged group. The charity donations represent part of Wan Hai Lines motto, “WE CARRY, WE CARE.”, as the company is committed to fulfill its corporate social responsibility, providing quality service to customers and bringing love to the society.

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Samskip acquires Sea Connect UAB in strategic Baltic Sea investment

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Samskip acquires Sea Connect UAB in strategic Baltic Sea investment. Image: Samskip
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Acquisition of Baltic shortsea operator once again extends regional links into Samskip’s pan-European multimodal network. European transport group Samskip has broadened its Baltic operations by acquiring shortsea specialist Sea Connect. The Klaipeda-based shipping company, which will be renamed Samskip Sea Connect, offers shortsea services connecting Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

Sea Connect operates three 1A Ice Class container vessels calling twice a week at St. Petersburg and Rotterdam, weekly at Hamburg and at Aarhus sub inducement.

“This acquisition strengthens our position in Russia, in the Netherlands and across a range of key Baltic ports in between,” said Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Chief Executive Officer, Samskip. “It enhances services for Samskip’s shortsea customers focusing on growth opportunities in Russia and adds opportunities for importers and exporters within the region to secure cost-efficient and sustainable multimodal connections farther afield.”

“Sea Connect has emerged as an exceptionally lean, robust operation offering reliability in quay-to-quay and door-to-door services,” Laaksonen added. Its acquisition consolidates Samskip’s commitments to the Baltic region, following its acquisition of Norlines in 2017 and the founding of a separate Finnish entity earlier this year.

Both Sea Connect Managing Director, Viacheslav Puzemskij and SCS-Russia Managing Director, Anton Larkin remain to play full roles within the new organization, working with Johan van der Pijl, Samskip Regional Director Baltics and Russia.

“This is a win-win for our customers which brings together Sea Connect’s route-specific focus with the opportunities created by Samskip’s extensive multimodal network and values,” said Viacheslav Puzemskij. “Integrating our company with Samskip aligns with the strategic goal we set ourselves in forming Sea Connect to evolve as a trusted partner and grow to serve the full range of customer needs in the Baltic and Russian markets. We assure our present and future clients that a customer-orientated culture will remain in the company, as our most important value.”

Laaksonen anticipates particular growth in unitized volumes connecting Russia and the Baltic states through Rotterdam by rail, barges, vessels all over the Europe, and also greater deployment of Samskip’s expert refrigerated cargo services in St Petersburg. “Russian exporters and importers are likely to be attracted by new possibilities to penetrate markets to the west and south using Samskip’s network of shortsea, rail, inland barge and road services,” he added. Sea Connect’s feeder links with deep sea carriers would also remain.

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