• 2018 February 21 17:06

    Project to map ocean floor by 2030 now operational

    At a press conference, the Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, has announced that The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is now operational. The Project will realise Mr Sasakawa’s vision to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by 2030. The Nippon Foundation, which has a long history of supporting maritime issues, has pledged $2 million US dollars per year as seed money – and is calling on the resources of the international maritime community for additional support.

    As discussed at the press conference by a panel of leading ocean-mapping experts, understanding the bathymetry of the global ocean is imperative, not only for improving maritime navigation, but also for enhancing our ability to predict climate change and monitor marine biodiversity and resources. The project will make a significant contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14: ‘to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’.

    The challenges facing the oceans have recently been brought into sharp relief. The world is now aware of the threat posed by plastic to marine ecosystems, exacerbated by climate change. The need for bathymetric data was also highlighted by the disappearance in March 2014 of Malaysian Airlines flight, MH370.  A comprehensive map of the seafloor will assist global efforts to combat pollution, aid marine conservation, forecast tsunami wave propagation, and help inform the study of tides, wave action, and sediment transport.

    Just seven months after he launched The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project in New York, Mr. Sasakawa introduced its first Director, Mr. Satinder Bindra. Mr. Bindra, who has been appointed after an exhaustive global search, brings a wealth of experience to the project, having previously worked for the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and UN Environment, where he promoted key environmental initiatives and sustainable development. He will lead and coordinate the efforts of the international project team.

    The Regional Centers are based at The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany, covering the Southern Ocean; The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, covering the South and West Pacific Ocean; The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA, covering the Atlantic and Indian Oceans; and Stockholm University, Sweden, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, USA, for the North Pacific and Arctic Ocean. The Global Center, which is responsible for centralised data management and products, is based at the UK National Oceanography Center, Southampton.

    The Nippon Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation, was established in 1962 for the purpose of carrying out philanthropic activities, using revenue from motorboat racing. The Foundation’s overall objectives include social innovation, assistance for humanitarian activities and global ocean management. Its philanthropic ideals embrace social development and self-sufficiency, and it pursues these principles by working to improve public health and education, alleviate poverty, eliminate hunger and help the disabled.
    The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) partners The Nippon Foundation in the Seabed 2030 Project. GEBCO is a joint project of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO – the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. It is the only organisation with a mandate to map the entire ocean floor. It has its origins in the GEBCO chart series initiated in 1903 by Prince Albert I of Monaco, and aims to provide the most authoritative, publicly-available bathymetric datasets for the world’s oceans.




2019 March 20

18:00 Insight Into Contemporary Seafaring workshop held at Azerbaijan State Maritime Academy
17:43 Damen Cruise inks first contract with SeaDream Yacht Club
17:34 Fire on Costa Smeralda under construction at Meyer Turku Shipyard not to affect building schedule
17:34 Wärtsilä prepares solutions for new state-of-the-art Wasaline ferry
17:08 NOVATEK BoD recommends payment of RR 16.81 per ordinary share as 2018 dividend
16:46 Ukrainian seaports increased cargo handling by 2.5 million tons in January-February
16:22 ABP’s Hull Dry Bulks Terminal marks milestone handling biggest shipment
16:03 IMSSEA hosted “Maritime training and research activities” workshop
15:40 EU NAVFOR supports Somali / Ugandan maritime leadership training exercise course
15:21 Port of Long Beach Survey Director named
14:59 Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications appoints steering group to support reform of Act on Transport of Dangerous Goods
14:35 11 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
14:12 Nauticor and Destination Gotland start LNG bunkering in the port of Visby for MS “Visborg” with the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos”
13:57 DNV GL has joined RAO/CIS Offshore 2019 as Sponsor of a conference session
13:32 TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract for the Equinor Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development
13:11 BC Ferries reveals 25-year vision for Swartz Bay Terminal
12:49 RF Government approves implementation plan for construction of Kamchatka LNG terminal
12:30 Havyard delivers the third battery-run ferry for the Hareid–Sulesund route to Fjord1
12:04 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S announces the completion of the sale of ordinary shares in Total S.A.
11:48 Draft law on amendments to crab harvest quota distribution submitted by RF Government to State Duma
11:30 Brexit: Port of Rotterdam starts leafleting campaign at ferry-terminals
11:03 PD Ports welcomes Offshore Wind Sector Deal
10:44 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $67.81, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $59.33
10:26 NYK signs Japan’s first ESG management support loan
10:10 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:47 AS Tallink Grupp extends vessel charter agreement
09:22 Baltic Dry Index is down to 712 points
09:08 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.20.

2019 March 19

18:25 Navigation support tool receives 2018 Hydrographic Technology Encouragement Award
18:05 NYK holds conferences to improve the safety of its dry bulk fleet
17:36 Abu Dhabi Ports collects over 120 tons of floating sea debris
17:05 JAXPORT sets record with largest container ship to call Jacksonville
16:35 NYK introduces its market analysis initiatives using AI and big data
16:10 BigLift Shipping and Chung Yang Shipping cooperate in heavy transport
15:53 BW Group purchases a majority stake in Epic Gas from key shareholders and launches unconditional tender offer
15:23 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:12 Royal IHC to design and deliver dredge installations for Van Oord
15:02 CMA CGM updates THC in Lithuania ports
14:31 Wight at the forefront of environmental stewardship – Hybrid Explorer Vessel
14:02 Maersk has announced FAK rates from Far East Asia to Mediterranean
13:31 GC Rieber Shipping: Shearwater GeoServices awarded acquisition and processing contract in Turkey
13:01 PIL starts new Middle East service – China Straits Gulf
12:41 V.Ships Leisure teams up with Mystic Cruises to provide crew services for the first expedition vessel, World Explorer
12:20 Global cruise industry meets at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2019
12:01 Global Ship Lease agrees three-year charter with Hapag-Lloyd
11:30 ICTSI upgrades Lae unit ahead of schedule
11:19 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 18-19
11:00 ABS expands Best Practices for Ballast Water Management Systems
10:41 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted about 6,000 ships in navigation season 2018-2019
10:22 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.12% to $67.62, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.08% to $59.38
10:04 Draft Decree of RF Government foresees allocation of RUB 4.1 billion for reconstruction of Zhatai Shipyard
09:58 Panama Canal and Maersk to join the IMO-supported Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping
09:46 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning March, 19
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 721 points

2019 March 18

18:26 American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier loads Army aviation unit cargo in Thessaloniki
18:16 Wagenborg SPMTs to relocate giant MV-piling rig at the port of Rotterdam Maasvlakte
18:05 RF President launched Balaklavskaya and Tavricheskaya TPPs and Port substation in Taman
18:00 Indian Register of Shipping wins 5-year contract to provide Emergency Response Services for 33 vessels of The Shipping Corporation of India
17:36 Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers bulk carrier Divinegate for Indigo Marine Shipping
17:30 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for January 2019 increased by 3.3% to 12.063 million tonnes