France Puts its Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle Under NATO Command for the First Time

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For the first time ever, the French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle’s Carrier Strike Group will be sent on a mission under NATO’s command.

On 22nd April, the French Navy’s Flagship Charles de Gaulle, along with frigates and an attack submarine, will be deployed in the Mediterranean with an air group comprising fighter planes, helicopters, and early warning aircraft.

The mission is called AKILA and involves units from other nations, such as the U.S., Greece, Italy, Portugal, and...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/france-puts-its-aircraft-carrier-charles-de-gaulle-under-nato-command-for-the-first-time/

Maersk Develops Groundbreaking System For Fresh Water Delivery From Vessels To Ports

Maersk Develops Groundbreaking System for Fresh Water Delivery From Vessels to Ports
Image credits: Maersk

The scarcity of fresh water is an increasing issue encountered by regions worldwide.

Four billion people — nearly two-thirds of the world’s population — experience intense water scarcity for at least a month every year, and half of the population might be living in regions encountering water scarcity by 2025.

Given this background, a team of three employees associated with A.P. Moller–Maersk (Maersk), primarily former seafarers, were determined to embark on an innovative...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/maersk-develops-groundbreaking-system-for-fresh-water-delivery-from-vessels-to-ports/

World’s First Ocean-going Ship Design Gets ClassNK Approval Solely With 3D Drawings

World's first ocean-going Ship Design Gets ClassNK Approval Solely With 3D Drawings
Image Credits: NYK Line

On 28 March, NYK obtained approval from ClassNK for its 3D model-based approval of the basic design for an upcoming multi-purpose container vessel.

This marks the first-ever instance of an oceangoing vessel finishing off the basic design procedure, including the classification approval, using 3D drawings, as confirmed by ClassNK and NYK.

Conventionally, the structural design of new vessels is communicated via 2D drawings shared among shipowners, shipping companies,...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/worlds-first-ocean-going-ship-design-gets-classnk-approval-solely-with-3d-drawings/

Denmark Implements Ban On Open-Loop Scrubber Discharge, Starting 2025

Denmark Implements Ban On Open-Loop Scrubber Discharge, Starting 2025
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The Danish government has reportedly joined the growing list of nations taking measures against open-loop scrubbers after hitting a broad political deal to prohibit the discharge of wash water via scrubbers into the waters beginning in 2025.

The ban on vessels with open-loop scrubbers up to 22 km from Denmark’s coasts will take effect on 1 July 2025.

The scrubbers became widespread after more stringent sulphur regulations were introduced in the North and Baltic Sea waters in...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/denmark-implements-ban-on-open-loop-scrubber-discharge-starting-2025/

China Completes Its First-ever Methanol Ship-to-ship Bunkering Operation

China Completes Its First-ever Methanol Ship-to-ship Bunkering Operation
Screengrab from YouTube video posted by New China TV

The Port of Shanghai completed the country’s first-ever methanol ship-to-ship bunkering operation on April 10, 2024, marking a significant milestone for the Chinese maritime industry.

The Shanghai International Port Group is leading this important event, highlighting the city’s rising prominence as a significant worldwide shipping hub dedicated to eco-friendly and sustainable operations.

The Haigang Zhiyuan, China’s first operational methanol...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/china-completes-its-first-ever-methanol-ship-to-ship-bunkering-operation/

Cargo Ship MV Dali’s Electrical System Under Focus In Key Bridge Collapse Investigation

Cargo Ship MV Dali's Electrical System Under Focus In Key Bridge Collapse Investigation
Screengrab from YouTube video posted by NTSBgov

The United States Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues investigating the devastating collapse of the Key Bridge in Baltimore, focusing on the electrical system of the Dali cargo ship involved in the event.

Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the NTSB, briefed Congress on the ongoing activities, including essential developments and areas of concentration.

Homendy revealed during a Senate session that important cargo ship employees had been...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/cargo-ship-mv-dalis-electrical-system-under-focus-in-key-bridge-collapse-investigation/

MSC Cruises & Chantiers de l’Atlantique Achieve Milestones In Innovative World-Class Ship Construction

MSC Cruises & Chantiers de l'Atlantique Achieve Milestones in Innovative World-Class Ship Construction
Screengrab from LinkedIn video posted by MSC Cruises

Shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique floats out the MSC World America and commences building the newly titled MSC World Asia.

French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique has reportedly floated out MSC World America and began constructing the third World-class vessel of the same brand at its yard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

MSC World America was floated out of dry dock on 7 April and will now undergo the final outfitting ahead of its christening...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/msc-cruises-chantiers-de-latlantique-achieve-milestones-in-innovative-world-class-ship-construction/

U.S. Army Corps Share Sonar Images Of Sunken Remains Of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge

U.S. Army Corps Share Sonar Images of Sunken Remains of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge
Image Credits: USACE HQ/Twitter

A new stance of the remains of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge depicts the magnitude of the ongoing salvage and recovery mission in the Patapsco River.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Navy released sonar images of the bridge beneath the surface. These images demonstrated the wreckage in the deepest part of the shipping channel crucial to the Port of Baltimore.

Marine access continues to be restricted to the Port of Baltimore.

Two temporary passages were developed for...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/u-s-army-corps-share-sonar-images-of-sunken-remains-of-baltimores-francis-scott-key-bridge/

U.S. President Vows To Protect Philippines Interests In South China Sea Amidst Tensions With China

U.S. President Vows to Protect Philippines Interests In South China Sea Amidst Tensions with China
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The US commitments to the defence of Japan and the Philippines remain ironclad, President Biden mentioned on Thursday as he hosted the countries’ leaders amid separate territorial disputes with China.

The comments came as Biden was hosting the first trilateral summit between the three nations, welcoming Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Filipino President, to the White House a day after Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida’s official visit.

Biden declared in Thursday’s East Room of the White...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/u-s-president-vows-to-protect-philippines-interests-in-south-china-sea-amidst-tensions-with-china/

Panama Canal Authority Reveals Plans To Fully Normalize Operations By 2025

Panama Canal Authority Reveals Plans To Fully Normalize Operations By 2025
Image Credits: Canal de Panamá/Twitter

As the dry season ends, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is modifying its operations in response to shifting climatic conditions.

On March 25, the ACP increased the number of transit slots daily from 24 to 27 based on Gatun Lake’s current and expected water levels.

This modification comes after the Operational Water Strategy was put into practice and after recent advancements in water-saving projects.

The ACP predicts consistent rainfall by late April, which...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/panama-canal-authority-reveals-plans-to-fully-normalize-operations-by-2025/

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