Expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has partnered with Norwegian startup company Brim Explorer to introduce battery-powered catamarans, custom built for polar water exploration.
Set to debut in spring 2020, the 24m (78ft) vessels will operate sustainable and silent ocean excursions from the port of Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard under the Hurtigruten Svalbard brand.
The European Union’s (EU) new initiative to support the Pacific Region's preparation and effective participation in the negotiations on Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reduction from international shipping held at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has been commended by The University of the South Pacific (USP).
According to the EU, the new initiative will provide capacity building and support to the Pacific IMO delegations during the 2019 and 2020 periods.
A first delegation of 15 Pacific participants has just returned from London where they participated in the Marine Environment Protection Committee and the Intersessional working group on the reduction of GHG emissions.
High-tech mapping over Tuvalu in the last week is expected to provide comprehensive data which will help it adapt to rising seas.
The geotech firm Fugro is using a small plane to map the coastal seafloor and the elevation of the land using sophisticated sensors.
The plane has been flying out of Funafuti and, like a harvester over a field of wheat, it slowly goes over the entire island in parallel lines collecting data and high resolution photos.
The 2019 Joint Ministerial Forum was held on Aitutaki and included Cook Island Prime Minister Henry Puna, his deputy Mark Brown and ministers Vaine Mokoroa and Robert Tapaitau.
The New Zealand delegation included deputy prime minister Winston Peters, cabinet minister Stuart Nash and foreign affairs undersecretary Fletcher Tabuteau.