• A new warning that bauxite may become unstable when carried in bulk on a ship,potentially causing the vessel to capsize, has been issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Bauxite is one of the world’s major sources of aluminium with ...
  • Rolls-Royce has revealed plans for an autonomous, single role, naval vessel with a range of 3500 nautical miles. The vessel concept is capable of operating beyond the horizon for over 100 days, will displace 700 tonnes and reach speeds above 25 ...
  • As of 4pm (Singapore time) 13 September , divers have recovered two bodies out of the five missing crew of JBB DE RONG 19, following the collision between Indonesian-registered tanker KARTIKA SEGARA and Dominican-registered dredger JBB DE RONG 19 ...
  • A number of berths were closed to vessel traffic at India’s Visakhapatnam Port after a general cargo ship started to list badly, according to GAC India. The 10,959 dwt vessel HAI DUONG 09 was being loaded with steel billets when it suffered the ...
  • The fumes emitted by the engines of large cargo ships and tankers are encouraging bigger, more intense oceanic thunder storms. When researchers mapped and analyzed global storm patterns, they found the largest storms tended to form above two the ...
  • SummaryAt 0652 on 8 August 2016, the Marshall Islands registered semi-submersible rig Transocean Winner grounded on the Isle of Lewis following the loss of tow from the Dutch registered tug ALP Forward. The tug and tow was on passage from Stavanger, ...
  • Ship manning costs are set to remain suppressed despite a recovery in cargo shipping markets, as shipowners and operators continue their financial struggles while officer shortfall recedes, shipping consultancy Drewry said. The lack of confidence ...
  • The shipping industry may collectively need to spend around USD 100 billion in order to install the new ballast water treatment systems that will be required by law in order to become compliant with the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention that ...
  • The two major Port State Control regimes – Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU – will focus especially on navigational safety in a so-called Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) which will take place from 1 September until 30 November 2017. The inspection ...
  • Bibby Line’s troubled bulk carrier MV Cheshire, which suffered from overheating in its cargo holds on August 12, will not be heading to Gran Canaria after all. Instead, the ship, which was put under tow on August 21, has been diverted to a port on ...
  • The Danish government proposes to abolish the registration fee on merchant ships. Danish Shipping points out that a serious obstacle to the growth of vessels flying the Danish flag will hereby be removed. The government's new measures for business ...
  • Denmark’s investigation into the sinking of two Maersk offshore supply vessels in December 2016 showed that the incident emerged from a unique conjunction of events and circumstances. The Danish ships Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper capsized on ...
  • The marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd will not be sending ships to fight the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean this year, the organization said. The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance ...
  • Hungry shipyards and shipping companies being eager to be top dog is a toxic cocktail which, combined with market optimism amid higher freight rates, is likely to distort the low ordering activity in the container shipping sector, according to ...
  • The 1975-built general cargo ship Leonardo has split in two while it was anchored off the coast of Kilyos, Turkey. The ship’s eleven crewmembers were rescued following the incident which occurred on August 27 in the Black Sea, according to media ...
  • Many have wondered why HMS Queen Elizabeth has two ‘islands’. Here we consider why she is the first aircraft carrier in the world to adopt this unique arrangement and the benefits it brings. Redundancy and separation can be goodIn a moment of ...
  • Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) intends to test an autonomous containership in the Pacific Ocean in 2019. The ship would sail from Japan to North America with a crew on standby, Hideyuki Ando, a senior general manager ...
  • A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic. The $300m Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of ...
  • Through a partnership with the Regional Maritime University (RMU) in Ghana, Celebrity Cruises is recruiting women bridge officers from West Africa. The first new crew member in the program, RMU cadet Nicholine Tifuh Azirh, will be joining the ...
  • Ten sailors were missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of the Singapore and Malacca Straits, authorities said Sunday. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, off Johor, Malaysia". Five ...
  • Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieri has come out in support of Australia's local shipbuilding workforce, backing in Adelaide workers for the Future Frigates Project, if it is the successful tenderer. Leaked Defence department tender documents for ...
  • Atlantic Coastal Shipping (ACS), a newly-formed shipping company based in Miami, Florida, plans to start trading soon with a domestic RoRo/container vessel. As informed, the vessel is planned to be deployed on a weekly cabotage route along the US ...
  • South Korea’s leading container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) is preparing regular voyages via the Arctic sea, polar maritime passages that can drastically cut trip between Asia and Europe and become more accessible due to global ...
  • LR has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship. The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier, capable of carrying ...
  • The crew of MV Cheshire has been evacuated as the bulk carrier suffered from overheating of the fertilizer being carried on board, Bibby Line, the ship’s owner, confirmed to World Maritime News. As informed, the crew has been taken ashore for ...
  • Only ten years ago, the motto of Dutch-built cargo ships was multi-purpose. A ship had to be versatile to adapt to the market and be suitable for bulk goods, tramp cargo, containers and project cargo. This way, the vessel could always be employed in ...
  • Seafaring has been described as a vital support mechanism for the global economy by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) ahead of the Day of the Seafarer marked last July. However, seafarers across the globe still face various challenges ...
  • Work to extract 750 tonnes of heavy fuel oil from the grounded container ship m/v Kea Trader is now complete and efforts are underway to remove containers from the vessel. The process of removing containers could take several months to complete, ...
  • Seamen must be the first group of people who had an extensive knowledge of the weather. They recognised cloud formations and variations in wind speed that indicated the weather change. At sea, this knowledge could mean the difference between life ...
  • A new global project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation. The GloFouling Partnerships project – a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility ...
  • The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU) has published a questionnaire for the forthcoming port state control (PSC) joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation. The questionnaire will be used by PSC officers for ...
  • How could USS Fitzgerald allow itself to be hit by ACX Crystal in open water, in clear weather conditions and in relatively light traffic? I am as stunned as both experienced mariners and the average person alike and will not claim to know the ...
  • SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, Tuesday announced the addition of three new members to its coalition.Mitsui & Co., Ltd., NOVATEK Gas & Power, ...
  • The full damage extent of the 2017-built containership m/v Kea Trader that got grounded on a reef off New Caledonia two weeks ago is still unknown, according to the ship’s owner Lomar Shipping. The damage extent will only become clearer after the ...
  • The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has successfully supported the crew in three ship abandonment cases in UK waters that show a culture close to modern day slavery in some parts of the shipping industry. “The regulation exists to ...
  • 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 ...