ExxonMobil Starts New Unit at Antwerp Refinery to Produce High-Value Transportation Fuels: Will help meet demand for cleaner fuel oil required by the International Maritime Organization

ExxonMobil said that it has started operations of a new unit at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into high-value transportation fuels such as marine gasoil and diesel. The new 50,000 barrel-per-day unit expands the refinery’s capacity to meet demand for...


ASTM Finalizes Program For Autonomous Shipping Workshop

ASTM F25 has finalized the program for the Workshop on Autonomous Shipping, Vessel Automation and Maritime Cyber Security being sponsored by ASTM International’s Committee for Ships and Marine Technology (F25).

The objective of the workshop will be to identify potential new opportunities for standards and related products applicable to advancements in automation, autonomous shipping and maritime-specific cyber security issues.

The event will take place at the Washington, DC Hilton on December 5,...


Paul Bordé, Maritime Executive and Naval Officer, Passes Away

Paul Patrick Bordé passed away peacefully at his home on October 15, 2018 in Ponte Verda, Florida, surrounded by his family. He was 82 years old. 

Bordé graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy with an engineering degree and worked on U.S. merchant marine vessels before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. During his 23-year naval career, he served aboard the USS Preston in Vietnam, worked as the naval attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and served as the executive officer of Naval Support...


Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. Announces Agreements with Leading Dry-bulk Charterers to Install Scrubbers on Fifty Percent of its Capesize Fleet

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced that it has entered into commercial agreements for the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (“scrubbers”) on five of its capesize bulk carriers before the January 1, 2020 implementation date of the IMO sulfur emission cap regulations. Upon...


Live Export Industry Needs “Tough Cop”

Australia's Minister for Agriculture has challenged opposition politicians to support him as he moves to legislate change in Australia's live export industry following the release of the Moss Review which found that his department lacked the skills, resources and technology for effective regulation. The Moss Review is the third damning review of the industry in 15 years, and animal welfare groups, in contrast, challenge him to rally the nations politicians to put an end to the industry.