Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. to Build Two CO2 Carriers for Norwegian Northern Lights Project





 October 11, 2021

Credit: Northern Lights

Chinese shipbuilder Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. has won a contract to build two CO2 carriers for Northern Lights, a Norwegian carbon capture and storage project.

Under the contract awarded by the Northern Lights JV, owned equally by Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies, the Chinese shipbuilder will build two CO2 carriers, each with a cargo size of 7,500 m3 and a length of 130 meters.

The two vessels, designed to transport liquid CO2 with purpose-built pressurized cargo tanks, are expected to be ready for delivery by mid-2024. 

The primary fuel for the ships will be LNG, keeping emissions low. Other innovative technologies, such as a wind-assisted propulsion system and air lubrication will be installed to reduce carbon intensity by around 34% compared

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Reino Unido galardona a dos integrantes de la marina mercante británica

Reino Unido galardona a dos integrantes de la marina mercante británica por la promoción de los derechos LGTB+ y de la mujerMinistro de Asuntos Marítimos destacó la diversidad como clave para el éxito en cualquier sector

Dos activistas pioneros que promueven los derechos de las mujeres y de los miembros LGBT+ de la comunidad marítima fueron reconocidos el 3 de septiembre por sus méritos por el Gobierno del Reino Unido.

El primer caso es el del suboficial Paul Owen, quien se convirtió en el primer galardonado con la prestigiosa Medalla de la Marina Mercante por sus esfuerzos en la promoción de los derechos LGBT+ en el sector marítimo.

Paul, de Blackpool, se une a otros 15 marinos premiados por su destacado servicio y contribución al sector,

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Maersk posts $3.7 billion profit in Q2 2021, expands logistics service





Danish shipping and logistics giant A.P. Moller – Maersk has continued to deliver strong growth and profitability with profit going up to $3.7 billion in the second quarter of 2021.

Revenue was up almost 60% to $14.2 billion compared to the same quarter last year and EBIT amounted to $4.1 billion, which is up more than five times.

With a net profit of $3.7 billion in the second quarter of 2021, the net result for the first half of 2021 went up to $6.5 billion, the company revealed in its financial report.

“The results benefitted both from the exceptional circumstances in Ocean, where congestions and bottlenecks continued to

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Itf.-Flags of convenience










Seafarers are vital to all of us. They travel the globe with everything we need, from bananas, oil, gas and building materials to cloth, grain and frozen meat. They are also an invisible labour force. What goes on at sea is often out of sight of regulators. This allows rogue ship owners to get away with abusing seafarers' rights without detection.



The ITF has a powerful influence on the wages and conditions of seafarers working on ships flying flags of convenience (FOCs).


What are flags of convenience?


A flag of convenience ship is one that flies the flag of a country other than the country of ownership. For workers onboard, this can mean:


IMO Warns of Rising Number of Seafarer Abandonment Cases






File image courtesy IMO


The IMO's Legal Committee has reported an alarming uptick in the number of seafarer abandonment cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Between January 2020 and this April, the ILO/IMO joint database on abandonment recorded 111 new cases. 85 of these  cases in 2020 and the balance of 26 cases occurred in the first quarter of 2021. Only 46 have been resolved since, and 27 more have been reported since April. 

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) reported a slightly lower number, with 53 vessels and about 850 seafarers affected in 2020. Going by the IMO's 85-vessel count for the year, more than 1,300 seafarers

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