Med ECA remains out of sight

There is no medium-term prospect of the Mediterranean following other seas of the European Union (EU) and becoming a sulphur emission control area (ECA).
While EU countries bordering the Mediterranean might, in principle, be in favour of forming an ECA, Jordi Vila, head of port operations and
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Topaz contracts two OSCVs

Dubai-based offshore oilfield service provider Topaz Energy and Marine has ordered two offshore subsea construction vessels (OSCVs) from Singapore-listed Norwegian shipbuilder VARD Holdings.
The vessels, which are intended for crane operations, will be of VARD 3 08 design, measuring a total length
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Busan completes maritime cluster

South Korean port city Busan has moved closer to its goal of becoming a shipping centre with the completion of a maritime cluster on 25 September.
A 610,000 m² area in the city’s Dongsam district was earmarked as a cluster for the domestic maritime and fisheries industry as part of the Busan
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Tampa dredging benefits rare birds

Multiple projects to both aid the port of Tampa Bay’s navigational safety and enhance wildlife habitats involving its two dredged material disposal islands in Hillsborough Bay were completed in September 2015.
The Florida port is home to some extremely rare birds and its large dredged material
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