• Ardent salvage crews successfully used a parbuckling method to right and refloat the cargo vessel, M/V Sternö. The vessel was loaded with 1,400 tons of grain when it suffered a collision and rested on a jetty structure with a 54-degree ...
  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of DWT. International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) have provided ...
  • Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB, to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system.Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by ...
  • There are numerous risks of technical nature not being considered when opting to construct the ever bigger containerships that are being overshadowed by the luring economies of scale, the Nordic Association of Marine Insurers (Cefor) ...
  • South Korean shipbuilding major Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) held a naming ceremony today at its Geoje shipyard for the largest containership built so far, thus breaking global shipbuilding records. The newbuilding is the first of four 20,150 TEU ...
  • Norsepower’s fuel-efficient technology expected to save approximately 10% in fuel consumption and associated emissions on 109,647 DWT product tanker vesselNorsepower Oy Ltd. in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute ...
  • Rolls-Royce yesterday announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality and reap the benefits of increasing digitalisation in the marine industry. The company is looking to develop ...
  • The world’s first ship tunnel under a mountain is to be built on the remote western coast of Norway after a national debate lasting more than a century. Ministers have given the green light for the Stad tunnel that will be blasted through a mile of ...
  • The combination of power, size and new innovations make mega cutter ‘Spartacus’ a new benchmark in the dredging industry.‘Spartacus’ will be built at Royal IHC in the Netherlands and will be delivered to DEME in the summer of 2019. With a total ...
  • Turkish general cargo vessel Erdogan Senkaya struck berthed Italian general cargo vessel Luca S at Porto Nogaro, Italy, in the morning Feb 27, while maneuvering in harbor. Luca S forecastle starboard area was seriously damaged and breached, with ...
  • The People’s Court in Hanoi has sentenced Tran Van Liem, former director general of Vinashin Ocean Shipping, and Giang Kim Dat, the state-run shipping company’s former sales manager, to death after finding the two men guilty of embezzling a total of ...
  • Norwegian ferry operator Color Line has signed a contract with compatriot shipbuilder Ulstein Verft for the construction of the world’s largest hybrid vessel. In January this year, the duo inked a letter of intent (LOI) for the construction of the ...
  • Some ships in northern Europe have been using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their fuel source for over a decade, with an extremely good safety record. But as the use of LNG-fuelled vessels spreads to other parts of the world and many more parties ...
  • The Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia have seen a significant increase in kidnapping incidents in 2016, according to data released by UK’s maritime intelligence and operations company Dryad Maritime. The 2016 figures show that 62 people were ...
  • A total of eight seafarers were kidnapped by pirates from their vessel BBC Caribbean in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria, according to the Embassy of Russian Federation in Nigeria. The pirates abducted seven citizens of Russia and a citizen of Ukraine ...
  • SummaryOn 3 December 2015 the Panama registered pure car carrier City of Rotterdam collided with the Danish registered ro-ro ferry Primula Seaways on the River Humber. Both vessels were damaged but made their way to Immingham without assistance. ...
  • Seafarers on board the chemical tanker, Sea Emperor that was held at Fawley Port, the UK, were found to be without warm clothing for days and their wages unpaid for three months,  according to Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). The ...
  • The US Navy decommissioned the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier in a ceremony in Virginia on Friday, officially bringing the storied 55-year career of a ship affectionately known as "The Big E" to a close. The Enterprise had been removed from active ...
  • In January 2017, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the expanded and original locks, the canal authority announced. The previous record was ...
  • The UK MCA has announced that the masters of two vessels that collided in the Humber during thick fog in May last year have been fined £3,000 each, plus costs. David Carlin, the master of the World War II motor launch Peggotty and Thomas Neilsen, ...
  • A sinkhole has opened up at the Port of Liverpool’s £400m Liverpool2 container terminal. The ECHO received reports of a “large sinkhole” opening at the port complex, which opened in November and is designed to welcome the world’s biggest container ...
  • Despite a massive scrapping spree of classic Panamax containerships, the sector remains under pressure as up to one hundred further Panamaxes will need to be scrapped before the segment can regain its footing again, according to Alphaliner. A total ...
  • Dutch AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings Business and the UK-based companies Barrier Group and DroneOps have teamed up to develop a drone capable of remotely inspecting ballast water tanks in an effort to improve “accuracy, efficiencies, as well as the ...
  • Norsepower Oy Ltd, the leading provider of low maintenance, software operated, and a verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail ...
  • You've got the bespoke leather jacket and personalized Rolls-Royce, with many millions to spare. Now what? Fraser Yachts is one of the brokerage companies dealing with the construction, sale, and customization of luxury Benetti boats bigger than 30 ...
  • UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal. The Department for Transport has this week published a study to ...
  • Following the bankruptcy of Hanjin, Taiwan’s Yang Ming is now the container line in the greatest financial danger, according to a research paper published today. Drewry Financial Research Services (DFRS) says the line has the industry’s most ...
  • A convoy of two bulk carriers and two icebreakers which got stuck in the ice off the coast of the town of Pevek on Chukotka Peninsula has food and fuel reserves, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's Directorate for the Chukotka ...
  • The following has been received from IFSMA Dear Supporter, ISWAN is excited to announce the launch of our 2017 Photo Competition for seafarers. We are inviting all seafarers to send us photos of a typical day in seafaring life, including work, ...
  • IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force Wednesday (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as ...
  • George Devereese, Loss Prevention Executive at UK P&I Club, discusses issues of potential reliance on ECDIS, and advises that seafarers undergo the necessary navigational training. While Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) have ...
  • IFSMA Newsletter issued 13 January ...
  • A state-of-the-art facility to ensure the safety of the Group’s seafarers, fleet and customers’ cargo as well as route optimizationCMA CGM Group, a leading worldwide shipping group, announced the opening of its Navigation and Port Operations Center ...
  • Shipping giant China Cosco Shipping Group (Coscocs) has entered into a CNY 180 billion (USD 26 billion) financing agreement with China Development Bank (CDB), according to information provided by the company. The financing deal, which will cover ...
  • Japan rescued 26 North Koreans after they abandoned their sinking cargo vessel in the East China Sea, the coast guard said Thursday. Japan Coast Guard patrol boats plucked the ship’s entire crew out of the water in the early hours of the morning ...
  • Five more shipbreaking workers were killed and one injured in yet another fire that took place in the shipbreaking yards of Gadani, Pakistan, Monday morning. The deadly fire broke out on board of the beached vessel GAZ FOUNTAIN (IMO 8406054). The ...
  • 9,000 teu containership Gustav Maersk grounded early this morning while transiting in the Strait of Messina, Southern Italy. According to the local coast guard reported, the ship owned by Maersk departed from Rijeka, Croatia and was en route ...
  • Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Wind Power has presented the world’s first heavy cargo Roll on/Roll off  (RoRo) vessel custom designed to transport wind turbine components at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark. The 141-metre long Rotra Vente, ...
  • With more and more ships navigating in polar waters, IMO has moved to address international concern about the protection of the polar environment and the safety of seafarers and passengers with the introduction of new regulations that all ships ...
  • Oil spill containment and clean-up efforts are being carried out in Singapore’s waters following the collision of container vessels Wan Hai 301 and APL Denver off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor, Malaysia. As of January 5, 2016, a total of 17 vessels and ...
  • The world’s largest container shipping line Maersk has teamed up with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to cut out the middleman. Chinese companies wanting to transport goods are now able to reserve space on Maersk vessels directly with Alibaba ...
  • German shipping company Hansa Heavy Lift has transported the first-ever ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route (NSR), relocating them from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Vostochny, spanning both the European and Far East ...
  • A collision between a Singapore registered container vessel off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor Malaysia on Tuesday (Jan 3) resulted in about 300 tonnes of oil spillage in the surrounding waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on ...
  • The December edition of Sidelights - the newsletter of the Council of American Master Mariners Inc is now ...
  • The 180 meter long, 34613 dwt cargo vessel Cabrera ran aground and sank in the Aegean Sea off the northern coast of Andros Island, Greece. The Cabrera was headed to Tornio, Finland from Larimna with a cargo of 3400 tons of ferronickle  in bad ...
  • When celebrating a centennial anniversary, it is tempting not to look back. But the National Institute for Shipping and Shipbuilding (NISS) in the Netherlands resisted and instead took a look at the future of the maritime industry. The result is ...
  • Two Maersk Supply Services offshore vessels, anchor handlers Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper, have sunk while being towed to a Turkish scrapyard for recycling. The vessels sunk yesterday around 60 miles off the French coast, while under tow from ...
  • During a repair stop on the Atlantic, the Hapag-Lloyd's container ship Bremen Express (8,750 TEU) experienced rolling for reasons yet to be determined. As a result, some containers fell overboard. The ship, which operates in the CEC service and was ...
  • European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) has adopted a position paper endorsing a number of actions by the European Union that are expected to improve polar shipping conditions. Earlier this year, European shipowners welcomed the adoption ...
  • The 13,000-TEUs container ship MSC Regulus collided with the Ecuadorian fishing vessel Don Gerardo II Saturday morning local time (Dec 17). According to Captain Armando Elizalde, commander of the Ecuadorian Navy's Guard Corp, the incident occurred ...
  • Some years ago, the general feeling was that ro-ro shipping was losing ground and more and more freight would be transported in containers. But the future for wheeled cargo at sea now looks brighter than it has done for long time. Volumes are on the ...
  • Maersk Line has sent eight of its Panamax containerships to be recycled in shipbreaking yards in India and China. The decision to scrap the eight vessels was in part driven by an ambition to enhance flexibility in the 4-5,999 TEU network, where ...
  • The race is on to develop the first autonomous vessel before the end of the decade, but how choppy will the waters ahead be? The famous nautical rallying cry of “all hands on deck” could soon be redundant – at least on the seas. That’s because ...
  •   Nineteen crew members rescued from a Greek bulk carrier, which flooded following a fire at sea, are to arrive in Cape Town harbour on Monday, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said. A fire broke out in the engine room of the ...
  • The cost of operating cargo ships has fallen for two successive years amid weak freight rates, declining asset values, eroded profitability and denuded cash balances, according to shipping consultancy Drewry. As 2016 was another very difficult year ...
  • In a major accident the day after Navy Day celebrations, two sailors died and 14 others were injured when a guided missile frigate, INS Betwa, tipped over and hit the ground while being undocked at the Naval Dockyard in south Mumbai at around 1.50 ...
  • Both Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd like to wear their brands on their metaphorical sleeves, eschewing normal black hulls in favour of light blue and bright red respectively on their liner fleets. This distinctive branding comes as part of marketing ...
  •   Princess Cruise Lines will pay a US$40m penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship’s use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters.Miami US attorney ...
  • BAE SYSTEMS’ near monopoly on constructing Royal Navy warships will be ended under proposals made in a heavy­weight report on the future of British shipbuilding. Industrialist Sir John Parker’s independent report on naval shipbuilding wants to see ...
  • The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to open the docket for its investigation into the sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro on December 13, 2016. The El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, and all 33 ...
  •   The November edition of the CMMC newsletter "From the Bridge" is now available  on this link:       From the ...
  • Maersk Line has announced that it has reached an agreement with Oetker Group to acquire German line Hamburg Süd. While financial details of the transaction are yet to be revealed, Hamburg Süd has a fleet of around 130 boxships totaling some 600,000 ...
  • The Master of the Danny F II went down with his ship. His elderly, grieving parents passed away without a detailed understanding of what went wrong on board the vessel that day because they died before the flag state’s investigation was finalized ...
  • The trade union Nautilus International has called for assurances from the UK government that the UK will remain in the European Union Naval Force (EUNavfor) counter-piracy operation following an attack on a British-registered chemical tanker off ...
  • Dick Welsh from the Isle of Man ship registry laments today’s accommodation blocks on ultra large boxships.I wonder what ships might look like if we asked architects, rather than naval architects, to design the living accommodation.Looking at the ...
  • A seven-year-old containership has set a new unfortunate record.The 2009-built  India Rickmers built in China is being sent for scrap. Owned by Rickmers Shipmanagement, brokers report the 4,250 teu ship managed to get a very firm price of $325 per ...
  • Dry bulk shipowners are not feeling the positive impacts of a surge in China’s coal imports due to a change in the coal trade patterns which brought around shorter sailing distances influenced by the proximity of exporters, according to ...
  • The Master of an oil tanker who says she was “just doing her job” has received the highest IMO bravery recognition for saving the lives of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat during a tumultuous storm in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015. “It ...
  • As part of a major initiative to promote hazard awareness throughout the shipping industry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and The Standard Club have issued free safety posters to shipping companies worldwide. The release of the posters ...
  • The 1996-built general cargo ship Saga Sky was anchored at Dungeness after it suffered damage when it collided with a rock barge three miles south west of Dover due to harsh weather conditions caused by Storm Angus. After it experienced an engine ...
  • Weakness in freight rates will increase tanker shipping demolitions over the next two years, with the trend accelerating in later years as a result of the IMO regulation on ballast water, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, ...
  • Introduction Interim guidelines for addressing cyber related risks in the shipping industry have been approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Published as Circular MSC.1/Cir.1526, the interim guidelines are aimed at addressing ...
  • In the near future, the Ecodelta – a hyper-modern, LNG-powered dredging vessel currently being built at the Barkmeijer shipyard in Friesland – can be found working in the port of Rotterdam. The ship is a key component of the new contract entered ...
  • Brexit could provide the United Kingdom with new economic freedom if the country exits the EU Customs Union, a new report by UK’s Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) says. The report, entitled The Free Ports Opportunity, calls on the country’s ...
  • The UN Security Council has renewed its authorization for international naval forces to join in fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia for another year, stressing that while the threat of such crime had declined, “it still remained a matter of ...
  • The container ship OOCL Charleston arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday carrying mining waste A shipping company has heeded demands to return 123 containers of hazardous mining waste to Romania – its port of origin – as Hong Kong environmental ...
  • The maritime industry is gearing up for exciting times in an expanding sector The next 30 to 40 years will see the full-scale removal of the North Sea oil and gas industry’s production infrastructure. To say that this will be a considerable task is ...
  • The UK's Automated Ships Ltd (an M Subs Ltd subsidiary) and Norway's Kongsberg Maritime have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the world's first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. In January 2017, Automated ...
  • In picturesque Cromarty Firth, where dolphins can be seen leaping between blue-gray waves, giants of twisted metal sit waiting to be used. The price of crude oil is steadily declining, and in Scotland as in many other countries, this means the ...
  • With Finland’s accession of the International Ballast Water Management Convention, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said that the remaining condition for entry into force has been met and therefore the BWM Convention is scheduled to ...
  • At the SMM trade fair today, Peace Boat, the Japan-based international non-profit NGO, and classification society DNV GL signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) forming a partnership to develop the Ecoship cruise ship. The MOU will see the ...
  • The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship departed on its final voyage on September 1 as it sailed to a dry dock in Genoa for final dismantling operations, according to the Ship Recycling Consortium. With the removal of the last two sponsons in ...
  • What goes on below the waterline stays below the waterline when ships are not maintained properly. But now a Japanese company has developed a special barnacle-busting paint that dramatically affects a ship’s performance at sea. When barnacles, ...
  • Malaviya Twenty has been moored in Great Yarmouth docks since December. To look at, it’s no rustbucket, kept in good shape by its Indian crew – but when I visited a week ago, they hadn’t been paid by the ship’s owners for all those months. This is a ...
  • The state of California has taken another step towards blocking construction or expansion of coal export terminals by banning state transportation funding for such projects, according to the Associated Press. It is part of the state’s continued ...
  • India is now the fastest growing significant economy in the world – 7.6% growth last year and roughly the same expected this year – but still gets surprisingly little coverage compared to the fluctuating United States, troubled Europe or slowed down ...
  • Not for the first time India’s Varun Shipping has been shamed by its failure to look after its crew. Reuters is reporting that crew on the Amba Bhakti tanker, stranded off Shanghai, have not been paid since February. The crew hail from India and ...
  • Almost 26 hours of audio recordings have been recovered from the doomed El Faro cargo ship's data recorder, shedding light on the ship's final moments.National Transportation Safety Board investigators have been examining the recordings.        In ...
  • Helsinki-based provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems Norsepower Oy will receive EUR 2.6 million (USD 2.9 million) in funding to further its research and development of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution technology. The new models of the ...
  • Allseas’ dynamically positioned single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit has successfully executed its first heavy heavy lift project offshore Norway. The US$2.7 billion mega-vessel, built to lift 48,000-tonne ...
  • The recently grounded oil rig Transocean Winner was refloated at 10 pm on Monday in Dalmore Bay, more than two weeks after it ran aground due to severe weather at the site, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency said. After the authorities refloated ...
  • "From the Bridge" the newsletter of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada is now available with the link below August 2016 "From the ...
  • Shipping is moving closer to adopting unmanned ships, and catching up with other maritime industries on autonomous vessels. As can be read in the upcoming August/September issue of Marine Electronics & Communications, commercial shipping is ...
  • In highly challenged shipping and salvage markets, Svitzer delivered an underlying profit for Q2 2016 of USD 23m (USD 30m). In the first 6 months of 2016, Svitzer expanded its market share in key markets. It is also in the midst of implementing ...
  • Drilling rig Transocean Winner has run aground on the Isle of Lewis off Scotland after a towline attached to a tugboat became detached in heavy weather conditions. The semi-submersible unit was being towed by anchor-handling tug supply vessel Alp ...
  • New TSIB will conduct investigations into marine accidents and make safety recommendations. Singapore has restructured its maritime and aviation accident investigations into a new combined unit, the Ministry of Transport (MOT). The establishment ...
  • The Finnish Safety Investigation Authority has released the United States Coast Guard’s Report of Investigation (ROI) on the grounding of Arctia’s multipurpose icebreaker Fennica. The grounding occurred near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on July 2nd 2015. A ...
  • At about 2301 hrs on 3rd Aug 2016, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was notified of a collision involving Dream II VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) and MSC Alexandra (Container Ship) in the Singapore Strait, about 3 km South-East of ...
  • Allseas’ has successfully completed commissioning of the Topsides lift system and the major part of the harbour test programme of the single-lift installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit in the Alexia harbour, Rotterdam, at ...
  • The 117 meter long, 1215 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Panagia Tinou suffered water ingress while berthed in Piraeus, Greece. The Panagia Tinou had been docked in Piraeus since 2015 when it had been seized by authorities for unpaid debts.   The ferry ...