• General cargo ship VTB 26, carrying 4,700 tons of coal and 13 crew members on board capsized and sank on Monday, July 17 in Cua Lo anchorage, Gulf of Tonkin, amid relentless waves caused by typhoon Talas. According to the latest update from ...
  • Is it possible for ships to sail faster through rough water and keep the safety of the crew a priority? Lex Keuning, Associate Professor at the Technical University (TU) Delft, asked himself this question after he had broken both of his kneecaps in ...
  • Combi Dock III has successfully loaded the steel-hulled, four-masted barque Peking in New York City this morning. The historic windjammer will be carried home to Germany on-board the Combi Lift vessel.On an overcast Friday in New York’s inner ...
  • According to UKHO, 72 percent of cargo ships over 20,000 gross tonnage are ECDIS ready, following deadline on July 1, 2017; 9,680 cargo ships over 20,000 gross tonnage using an ENC service Almost three-quarters of cargo ships over 20,000 gross ...
  • The cruise ship fleet is set to grow by 50 percent in the following ten years as cruise liners are expected to resume their ordering spree especially for the mega cruise ships. The current orderbook value stands at USD 47 billion, with 75 ships due ...
  • Out of 210 ships, which were broken in the second quarter of 2017, a total of 158 ended up on South Asian beaches for breaking, according to the latest report by NGO Shipbreaking Platform. The worst dumping country this quarter was Germany with 16 ...
  • The commander of the guided missile destroyer that was struck by a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel last month off Japan was temporarily relieved of command for medical reasons, a U.S. 7th Fleet spokesperson told USNI News on Tuesday. Cmdr. Bryce ...
  • The World Shipping Council (WSC) estimates that the average number of containers lost each year has dropped since 2014 by 48 percent. Based on the most recent survey results, an average of 568 containers are lost at sea each year, not including ...
  • An alliance of three partners – Welhunt, Oldendorff Carriers and Haivan - will position a Floating Transfer Platform (FTP) in South Vietnam capable of discharging and loading all bulk carriers up to and including Newcastlemax (210,000 tdw) at a ...
  • China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) have made a pre-conditional voluntary general offer to acquire all issued Orient Overseas International Lines’ (OOIL) shares at an offer price of HKD 78.67 (USD 10.07) in ...
  • China's first operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has arrived in Hong Kong. Its first trip outside mainland China is part of the events marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain to China. It follows Xi Jinping's ...
  • The UK Chamber of Shipping has warned that Brexit would have a wide impact on European ports saying that “the dangers to major EU ports has been understated.” The Chamber informed that the return of border controls would lead to increased ...
  • Seven more foreign flagged vessels were detained in UK ports during June 2016 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. The new detentions included the Panama-flagged ...
  • Low freight rates should be the best incentive for owners to take the bitter pill and scrap some of the outdated tonnage in order to bring the necessary ease to the heavily oversupplied market, according to BIMCO’s Chief Analyst Peter Sand. Freight ...
  • The first half of 2017 saw a total of 87 incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre compared with 97 for the same period last year, indicating a continuing decline in the number of reported incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery ...
  • The collision happened 15 miles north east of Dover at 02:00 BST, the coastguard said. The 183m (600ft) tanker Seafrontier, which is loaded with petrol, has a hole above the waterline and damage to the superstructure, the RNLI said. The 225m ...
  • The Danish owner of the world’s largest container shipper Maersk Line said its computer systems were among those hit by the global Petya cyber attack, causing it problems processing orders and delaying cargoes. A.P. Moller-Maersk said the cyber ...
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  • President Donald Trump has been consistent in his argument that the U.S. Navy has shrunk to a woefully inadequate size. The Republican has repeatedly said he wants the service to expand, including a fleet of a dozen aircraft carriers. That plan ...
  • MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and ESL Shipping Oy, part of Aspo Plc, have agreed to jointly develop and test an autonomous discharging feature on MacGregor bulk handling cranes. It is designed to offer safety and efficiency advances. The cranes will ...
  • Barely six percent of seafarers have sufficient internet connectivity for video calls when at sea, despite often being away from their families for months, based on a Nautilus survey of nearly 2,000 seafarers and shipping industry leaders. By ...
  •   Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced earlier today an agreement with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) to jointly develop next-generation vessel monitoring and support systems for practical applications and ...
  • Every ship, regardless of nationality or purpose, is required to carry one terse book . This book is titled the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions but is better know by its acronym “COLREGs”. The chapters are short and to the point ...
  • Research and technology company VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been developing safe steering for the remotely monitored and controlled ships of the future. As explained, the new technology has been created for navigation systems and ...
  • Rolls-Royce and global towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark. Earlier this year, one of Svitzer´s tugs, the 28m long Svitzer Hermod, safely ...
  • Greek companies continue to lead the way in vessel ordering this year, followed closely by Chinese firms, according to data provided by Alibra Shipping Limited. Around 146 firm vessels have been ordered so far this year across the bulker, tanker ...
  • Commodore Jim Scorer is Secretary-General of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA). Established in 1974 to uphold International Standards of Professional Competence for Seafarers, IFSMA is a federation with a policy to ...
  • Seven US sailors are missing and the commanding officer of a US destroyer is among the injured after the warship collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan, the US Navy said. The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe ...
  • Shaky catapult system, arresting system issues on $13B ship keep pumping up pricetag The USS Gerald R. Ford, the $13 billion aircraft carrier the Navy accepted in May, is not scheduled to be sent on its first full-fledged deployment for at least ...
  • Accident Investigation Report 13/2017 SummaryA deck officer suffered severe head injuries when he was struck by a parted HMPE mooring rope during a berthing operation at South Hook LNG terminal, Milford Haven on 2 May 2015. The area where the ...
  • Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, largely driven by the development of a more robust safety environment by shipowners, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety & Shipping Review ...
  • Rolls-Royce has revealed a radical overhaul of its vessel design philosophy which aims to optimise construction and operations without reducing the use of space on board. In the process it will ensure that a Rolls-Royce designed vessel, whether it ...
  • Based on a preliminary analysis, an explosion aboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Tamar in late April was caused by a methane gas leak. The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed that the likely ...
  • Italian cruise liner company Costa Group and its parent Carnival Corporation revealed plans to hire approximately 4,500 Italian crew members by 2022 to provide support for existing and primarily new ships currently on order. With over 5,000 Italian ...
  • At the opening ceremony of the Nor-Shipping exhibition today, the ‘Color Hybrid’ plug-in hybrid ship was announced the winner of the Next Generation Ship Award. The vessel has been designed by Fosen Yard and is being constructed by Ulstein Verft for ...
  • The current orderbook for dual-fuel vessels shows some considerable growth in shipowners’ investment in LNG-powered vessels, Gibson Shipbrokers says in its weekly tanker market report. Some significant orders have been Sovcomflot’s 4 ice class ...
  • The shipping industry will have to commit to more ambitious policies, and fast, if it wants to get on track with the adoption of clean technologies and meet the energy efficiency design index (EEDI) requirements, the International energy Agency ...
  • Ahead of international maritime trade event Norshipping 2017 which will be held in Oslo from May 30 to June 2, VesselsValue presents an infographic looking at Norway as a shipowning nation. The country’s top five owners are Frederiksen Group, ...
  •  IFSMA strategic plan 2017-2022 - link below : IFSMA Strategic Plan ...
  • Twenty-eight of the 187 people aboard the KM Mutiara Sentosa I ferry were still reported missing as of Saturday morning, after the vessel caught fire in the waters off the Masalembo Islands in Sumenep, East Java, late on Friday afternoon. While ...
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloaded approximately 18.5 tons (16,856 kilograms) of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades worth an estimated $498 million wholesale seized in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The ...
  • The Japanese-based organization, which works to promote peace, human rights, sustainable development and respect for the environment, will be taking one of the largest spaces in the leading maritime event week’s exhibition Hall A, dedicated to the ...
  • Recently the company Fleet Cleaner has made its innovative ship hull cleaning service available to all ports in the Netherlands. The extended availability was directly utilized with the hull cleaning of the Chiquita België vessel in the port of ...
  • The OOCL Hong Kong was christened at Samsung Heavy Industries on Friday. The Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) vessel will be a titan among container ships with a carrying capacity at 21,413 TEU. “While our industry seems to have the knack to ...
  • The first steel cut on May 9, 2017 marks the official start of the construction of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ first of two new-build expedition ships. At the VARD shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, Karl J. Pojer, CEO of the luxury cruise operator, gave the ...
  • The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by Italy's highest court for his role in the 2012 shipwreck, which killed 32 people off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio. Francesco Schettino was ...
  • Greek shipowners placed the highest number of newbuilding orders so far this year, as these companies ordered a total of 35 new bulkers and tankers since the start of 2017, according to VesselsValue. Globally only 119 orders have been placed. ...
  • North P&I Club is encouraging its shipowner members to consider the importance of internet access on their ships to ensure they continue to attract, recruit and retain high quality crews. The issue of internet access, part of a campaign by North to ...
  • The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour ...
  • Cracks have been found aboard another Polaris Shipping-operated very large ore carrier (VLOC), the 1994-built Stellar Queen, following an inspection of the ship which was conducted in Sao Luis, Brazil. A representative of Holman Fenwick Willan ...
  • The container ship Southern Phoenix half-submerged and lost several units at Suva harbor in Fiji, reported local media Fijivillage. The vessel was loading cargo at the local dock, when suffered cargo shift or lost balance, which caused tilting to ...
  • April 26, 1956 is widely regarded as a key date in the history of container shipping. That day, standardised containers were first used to transport cargo by sea. The converted tanker — Ideal X — sailed from New York to Houston in the US, carrying ...
  • In the last two years, the Dubai-based team of the Mission to Seafarers (MtS) welfare charity dealt with 298 vessels which had significant welfare issues involving more than 1,600 seafarers, the organization said. As informed, the number of cases ...
  • Pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers in the first quarter of 2017, slightly more than the same period last year, according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) piracy report. The global report ...
  • A Russian naval ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a merchant vessel, the Turkish coast guard and the Russian military have confirmed. All 78 Russian crew members were rescued, the Turkish coast guard said. The ...
  • On Friday, the sale and purchase agreement for Maersk Line's acquisition of Hamburg Süd was approved by the boards of Maersk Line and the Oetker Group, owner of Hamburg Süd. The acquisition still remains subject to regulatory approvals.Maersk Line ...
  • Before the end of the year, the most advanced – and indeed one of the largest – maritime training centres in the world will be opening in Barendrecht: Simwave. A total of 59 simulators will be installed at the 5,000m² location, including life-size ...
  • The container operator MSC suspected misdeclaring of hazardous cargo to be the root cause for the fire, which erupted on board of the large boxship MSC Daniela off Colombo in Sri Lanka. The information was revealed by the spokesman of ...
  • In a time dominated by smart technology and automation being applied across the board, from industrial production to our homes and smart phones, we are witnessing an advancement of this technology in the marine sector as well aimed at making even ...
  • There are 56 container ships of 18,000 + TEU on order slated for delivery from April, 2017 till June, 2020. The mega boxships are intended predominantly to sail on the North Europe-Far East trade dominated by carrier alliances that have been freshly ...
  • The 22 crewmembers aboard the 1990-built reefer Pacific Breeze, owned by BSBS Ltd Moscow, have won the full back pay before they were repatriated earlier this week, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) informed. The Russian crew ...
  • Demolition activity at Alang yards in the Indian state of Gujarat decreased by 34 percent from January to March 2017, according to NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s data. During the quarter, only 69 ships were sold to Indian shipbreaking yards, compared ...
  • The Uruguayan Navy has designated new search areas for the missing crew of the ill-fated ship Stellar Daisy having found ship remains that gave different indications about the possible location of the last life raft. The navy said that six ships ...
  • UK MINISTERS are privately urging Theresa May to double the Government’s “paltry” support for the shipping industry to help it make the most of Brexit. The UK Chamber of Shipping – which represents 175 shipping firms in the UK and around the world ...
  • ELEVEN days have passed and 22 seafarers are still missing after the Polaris Shipping-owned very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy sank in the South Atlantic. Another Polaris Shipping-owned very large ore carrier, Stellar Unicorn, has been held off ...
  • Maersk Line has taken delivery of the world's largest containership on Tuesday, dubbed the Madrid Maersk, surpassing the prior record set by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines' MOL Triumph, which was delivered March 27.   While the MOL Triumph held the record for ...
  • An unknown number of pirates attacked and boarded the 1999-built bulk carrier OS 35 while the vessel was sailing in the Gulf of Aden in the evening hours of April 8. The ship’s crew of 19 seafarers, including the Captain of the bulker, had locked ...
  • Stellar Daisy: The speed of sinking and the high loss of life mirrored tragedies related to liquefaction of cargoes. Six serious deficiencies were found in the vessel this February but it was allowed to sail without any detention With 22 of the 24 ...
  • Rising energy claims against a reducing premium base; and the increased cargo accumulation risk onboard vessels and in port continue to challenge marine insurers.Statistics released at the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Annual Spring ...
  • A new report from the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Monday predicted significant and damaging impacts from the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) 30 proposed revisions on the enforcement of the Jones Act on issues relating to oil ...
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  • The fire which broke out onboard the 13,798 TEU containership MSC Daniela some 120 nautical miles off Colombo harbor, Sri Lanka, on April 4, has been extinguished, the ship’s owner, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said in a statement to World ...
  • Rescuers say they have made little headway in finding survivors from a huge South Korean ship that sank in the South Atlantic. Only two sailors have been rescued from the Stellar Daisy, which is believed to have broken apart on Friday. Search ...
  • The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) arrested the ship Malaviya Seven on Wednesday, March 29 on behalf of its crew. The ship has been abandoned in Aberdeen, Scotland by its owners, and detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency ...
  • A recently published report entitled “Study on the Analysis of Market Potentials & Market Barriers for Wind Propulsion Technologies for Ships” highlights the future potential for wind power in the shipping industry. The report’s principle author, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The December edition of Sidelights - the newsletter of the Council of American Master Mariners Inc is now ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...