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  • As digitalization is penetrating in the shipping industry more and more, operators can benefit from its use. One aspect of this is the digital twin concept. This provides a virtual model of a physical ship, producing valuable insights from data.

  • A total of five ships collided in the Suez Canal, on July 15. Namely, the container ship 'Aeneas' experienced an engine failure and stopped, causing three bulk carriers Panamax Alexander, Sakizaya Kalon and Osios David to collide as they weren't able to stop. A little later, the container ship NYK Orpheus hit Panamax Alexander.

  • The multinational public transport company Arriva Danmark has recently contracted Damen Shipyards Group for five fully-electric ferries, to be operated for the Danish public transport agency MOVIA, in the country's capital city Copenhagen, as the city strives to meet its target of zero emissions in public transport in the years to come.

  • U.S.-based offshore supply vessel companies Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) and GulfMark Offshore (NYSE: GLF) announced Monday that their respective Boards of Directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine the two companies.

  • A fire which broke out on board an oil tanker at a shipbreaking yard in Gadani, Pakistan, on July 16, has been put under control.

  • During the 20th Summit between the European Union and China, on 16 July, the two parties signed an ocean partnership agreement. EU an China will cooperate to improve international governance of the oceans in all its aspects, including by combating illegal fishing and promoting a sustainable blue economy.

  • The RRS Sir David Attenborough, the new polar research ship for Britain, was launched into the River Mersey, on Saturday July 14. The ship is being built at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, near Liverpool.

  • Singapore is considered as the top world's shipping centre for the fifth year in a row, followed by Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Dubai. The outcome is based on the International Shipping Centre Development Index (ISCD) issued by Baltic Exchange and Xinhua news agency.

  • Ten people are missing after a cargo ship sank off China's east coast near Shanghai, on Sunday July 15, as Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center announced the same day.

  • The port of Antwerp had an excellent second quarter with May as the best month ever. During the first six months of the year the port handled 118,648,143 tonnes of freight, an increase of 6.5% compared with the same period last year. The main driver continues to be container freight which grew 8.2% compared with the first six months of 2017.