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New Guidance Released on Seafarer Mental Health

ART1October 14, 2016 — A new publication Managing Traumatic Stress – Guidance for Maritime Organisations aims to provide top-level guidance to senior management to help improve the mental health of seafarers. It offers education and evidence-based approaches specifically designed for the maritime industry.

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Wärtsilä to Power Mediterranean’s First LNG Ferry

art2October 14, 2016 — Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry being built for Spanish owner Baleària, an operator serving the Balearic Islands. There is also an option for a second vessel.

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California’s Proposed Ballast Water Fee Hike

art3October 13, 2016 — Ships entering California ports might face larger fees.

A fee increase has been proposed for ships entering California ports. The fee will be collected by the State Lands Commission for the California Ballast Water Program. This Program, managed by the State Lands Commission, has been in existence for 13 years since the passage of the California Marine Invasive Species Act. The current fee is $850 with a proposed increase to $1,000 per ship call. The 45 day public comment period for this fee increase started with a public notice on September 23, 2016 and will end on November 7, 2016.

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Ferus Smit to build LNG fueled coastal tankers for Thun

art4October 16, 2016 — Dutch shipbuilder Scheepswerf Ferus Smit B.V. reports that it is to build four LNG-fueled coastal oil/chemical tankers for Sweden’s Erik Thun A.B.’s Thun Tankers.

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