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This week's top stories on ShippingWatch

Norway's Government Pension Fund Global blacklisted carriers for using beaching yards, the new ECSA chairman presented a notable new proposal, Norden raised its forecast and Maersk established a company with IBM. These were all among this week's top stories on ShippingWatch.

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Several carriers are now being penalized for scrapping their vessels on beaches in South Asia under hazardous conditions for workers and the environment. The world's largest largest investment fund, Norway's Government Pension Fund Global, has blacklisted five carriers for using beaching yards, where vessels are sailed directly onto the beaches in the tidewater zone and dismantled there.

 

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Why the Norwegian oil fund blacklisted carriers for beaching

Shipowners support blacklisting of carriers for beaching

 

New ECSA chairman: Slow down

A speed limit for ships is a quick and efficient way to reduce shipping's pollution, says the new chairman of the European Community Shipowners' Association, ECSA. In an interview with ShippingWatch, Panos Laskaridis explains that a speed limit would reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly.

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New ECSA chairman on speed limit for ships: "It would work wonders"

Nordic shipowners see multiple problems with speed limit

 

Maersk and IBM launch new company

Maersk Group and IBM announced Tuesday that they plan to establish a joint venture. "The aim of the new company will be to offer a jointly developed global trade digitization platform built on open standards and designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem. It will address the need to provide more transparency and simplicity in the movement of goods across borders and trading zones," they wrote.

Maersk and IBM to launch blockchain joint venture

Why Maersk did not choose Copenhagen for new firm's HQ

 

Norden heads for first profit in six years

Six years have passed since Norden last delivered a profit on the bottom line in 2011 – but the carrier announced Tuesday morning that Norden will return to a positive bottom line for 2017. "This is a major move for us, when we think about where we're coming from with years of losses," says CEO Jan Rinbdo.

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Norden raises profit guidance for 2017

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Hapag-Lloyd negotiating with staff to avoid layoffs

Hapag-Lloyd has launched a comprehensive efficiency process that could result in layoffs in the weeks to come, confirms the liner company to ShippingWatch. The company is currently negotiating with staff through its Work Council.

Lawyer warns of risk of ballast water falsification

There is a risk that some seafarers could resort to falsification of ballast water records in the US if shipowners fail to train them properly, warns a lawyer with extensive experience in environmental matter. This could result in large fines and prison sentences.

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