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Shipowners call on IMO members to comply with sulfur regulations

Shipowners in associations including World Shipping Council and Bimco call on the IMO member states to ensure complete compliance with the new sulfur regulations set to come into force next year. The calls come after several countries have flirted with the idea of not enforcing the regulations in their territorial waters.

Follow Hapag-Lloyd and J. Lauritzen's preparations for IMO 2020

ShippingWatch has been granted exclusive access to the internal considerations being made by pace-setting shipping companies Hapag-Lloyd and J. Lauritzen ahead of Jan. 1, 2020, and the decisions that need to be made in order to ensure that everything is ready for the new sulfur regulations. Follow the series in the months to come.

"It's regrettable that many think a speed limit is a perfect cure"

A speed limit for ships must not become a pretext for doing nothing in the search for efficient climate initiatives, says Danish Shipping. Instead, there is a need for investments in green technology if shipping is to reach its climate targets, says the association.

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Video footage emerged Monday showing the hours ahead of two Maersk ships sinking while under tow. Maersk stakeholder KLP also expressed concern about the shipping company's shipbreaking partners in India after a yard worker died.

China buys large amount of soybeans from US

Chinese companies have bought ten ship cargoes of soybeans from the US, the biggest purchase since June, Reuters writes. This occurs a few weeks before China and the US once again meet for negotiations in the ongoing trade war. Updated.

ECSA pleased with pick for new transport commissioner

The European Community Shipowners' Association "warmly welcomes" the nomination of Romanian Rovama Plumb as new commissioner for transport. The association also praises the nominations of Margrethe Vestager, Phil Hogan and Frans Timmermans.

India considers dropping new sulfur regulations

India considers not enforcing the new sulfur regulations for ships sailing on inland routes and along the coast. Indonesia has previously aired a similar idea but had to quickly withdraw it.

Iran may release Stena vessel "within days"

A spokesperson from Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says vessel Stena Impero may be released "within days". The ship was detained by Iran on July 20 and has since then been docked at the Port of Bandar Abbas.

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