• Armed pirates boarded a drifting bulk carrier around 17 nautical miles south-southwest (SSW) off Bonny Island, Nigeria on November 11 and kidnapped ten of its crew members. The pirates reportedly entered the bridge and fired their weapons damaging ...
  • The UK Ship Register has signed its first-ever unmanned vessel to the flag. As explained, the move shows how the register “is adapting to the changes of the maritime industry.” ASV’s C-Worker 7 will be used for work such as subsea positioning, ...
  • Seafarers today are increasingly attracted to sophisticated training, professional development, and long-term employment, a study by MSC Shipmanagement, a part of Mediterranean Shipping Company, showed. The results of the biannual crew engagement ...
  • Maritime trade union Nautilus has urged the UK government to clamp down on the operation of so-called Red Ensign Group (REG) ship registries from the same locations. In letters to foreign secretary Boris Johnson and shipping minister John Hayes, ...
  • The pilot and the captain of the Panama-flagged car carrier City of Rotterdam, which was involved in a collision with a ferry in December 2015, have received suspended sentences of four months in prison each. Judge Jeremy Richardson of The Crown ...
  • 2017 has seen US owners top the list of buyers of distressed tonnage, snapping up vessels sold at bank sales and at auction deals, VesselsValue said. Asset values reached a 25-year low for bulkers, containers and offshore vessel types in 2016, with ...
  • The grounded containership Kea Trader developed a crack and split on the Durand Reef over the weekend, according to New Caledonia’s government. “Four months of continual pounding in sometime storm-force seas and the stress of sitting hard aground a ...
  • The UK Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) has launched an investigation into the loss of over 40 containers from the 2006-built containership Ever Smart. The incident occurred while the UK-flagged vessel was sailing some 700 nautical miles ...
  • The introduction of autonomous ships, often described as the next step for the maritime industry, is looming as projects have already been launched to make the smart ship concept a reality. One of the examples is the construction of the world’s ...
  • Two officers of the container ship MSC Giannina have been arrested in the port of Genoa on suspicion of involvement in the death of the ship's master, Capt. Yuri Kharytonov, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on the night of October 19. ...
  • Gadani’s shipbreaking plot no. 54 was sealed off on November 8 after a fire broke out on-board the ship ACES again, according to the NGO Shipbeaking Platform. No workers got caught in the flames of the fire, which occurred on the same floating oil ...
  • SummaryAt 1108 on 5 December 2016 the high-speed passenger catamaran Typhoon Clipper and the workboat Alison collided adjacent to Tower Millennium Pier on the River Thames. Alison sank and its two crewmen were rescued out of the water by Typhoon ...
  • Over 100 ships loaded with coal were stationary off the southern and eastern coasts of China as at October 31, up sharply from around 36 in mid-September, Platts’ C-flow vessel tracking software showed. The stationary coal ships include ten that ...
  • Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin hosted a ‘Ship Tease’, where key details were revealed about what sailors can expect on the first of three ships, coming to the high seas in 2020. Live from ...
  • Increased consolidation among carriers driven by a continued oversupply of vessels could bring some order to the market, however, the recent mergers and mega alliances may lead to oligopolistic structures, UNCTAD warned in its latest report on ...
  • Bulk carrier GLORY AMSTERDAM was pushed aground by storm Herwart on eastern Langeoog coast at around 1730 UTC Oct 29, notwithstanding tugs assistance. GLORY AMSTERDAM was anchored at DW anchorage, Helgoland, at around 0600 LT Oct 29 anchor dragged, ...
  • SummaryIn the early hours of the morning on 22 August 2016, the 399m long ultra-large container vessel CMA CGM Vasco de Gama grounded on the western side of the Thorn Channel whilst approaching the Port of Southampton. The vessel was the largest ...
  • A new insurance solution has been launched by the Swedish Club providing upfront cover for the uninsured losses that are expected to be recovered from a third party following a collision. Following a serious incident at sea, shipowners can find ...
  • Heavy weather in the Bay of Biscay causes troubles and cargo shift on board reefer Baltic Performer The refrigerated cargo ship Baltic Performer got into difficulties in heavy weather off southwest of the tip of Brittany, 112 miles south of ...
  • Six crew members, including the captain, were kidnapped from the Liberian-flagged containership Demeter while the ship was sailing some 50 nautical miles south-west of Bonny, Nigeria on October 21st. An armed group of eight pirates managed to board ...
  • SummaryIn the early hours of 3 December 2016, the bulk carrier Muros ran aground on Haisborough Sand, 8 miles off the Norfolk coast and the master’s attempts to manoeuvre the vessel clear were unsuccessful due to a falling tide. The vessel was ...
  • Norwegian oil and gas powerhouse Statoil has announced that Hywind Scotland, the world's first floating wind farm, has started to send electricity to the Scottish grid. The 30-megawatt project is set to be officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon, the ...
  • A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime ...
  • Royal Navy divers have destroyed a test torpedo which had been speared by the anchor of a merchant vessel ( Chemical/Oil Products Tanker Skaw Provider) – that was also carrying fuel - in Portland. The historic ordnance had been pierced by the fluke ...
  • SummaryAt 1812 on 5 October 2016, a Port of London Authority sea pilot was in the process of boarding the Bahamas registered general cargo vessel Sunmi from the pilot launch Patrol when he fell and was crushed between the two vessels. He died at the ...
  • The giant boxship MSC Ines which got grounded on Tuesday due to heavy weather in the entrance of the Port of Durban has been refloated, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) informed. The heavy weather has seen winds reach the strength of up to ...
  • To get a job as a member of kitchen staff aboard a luxury cruise liner, 23-year-old Daniel paid a hiring agent more than US$6,000

 An increasing number of young Chinese are aspiring to become crew members on luxury cruises, even as some of them ...
  • Seafaring could see a transformation amid the new generation of high-tech vessels, which are likely to operate with increasingly reduced crew levels, Nautilus International’s UK branch seminar on maritime automation heard. “Where there are ...
  • Following the earlier article of 5 September a new photo released by Spanish Maritime Search and Rescue Society shows just what can happen when 50,000 tons of fertilizer overheats during transit. The photo shows the 56,000 dwt British bulk carrier ...
  • St Helena Line is planning to withdraw the passenger cargo Royal Mail Ship St Helena from service in February 2018. “With the start of scheduled passenger flights to St Helena on 14 October 2017 providing the main passenger access to the Island, ...
  • The 2017-built containership Kea Trader, which ran hard aground on a reef off New Caledonia on July 12, will have to be recycled, the ship’s owner Lomar Shipping said. The decision was made following the recent damage assessments that have shown ...
  • Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Google to develop further its intelligent awareness systems which are making existing vessels safer and are essential to making autonomous ships a reality. The agreement, believed to be the first in the marine ...
  • Two years after the sinking of cargo ship El Faro, the US Coast Guard has released a report into the incident, which finds the captain of the ship most responsible for the tragedy. The Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) concluded that the primary ...
  • As the nearshore locations for offshore windfarms grow scarcer, new developments are situated ever farther from the coast. Larger turbines, stronger winds and the absence of advocacy groups make this a solid business proposal, with the latest ...
  • SAL Heavy Lift, Hamburg-based carrier specializing in heavy lift and project cargo transport, informed that six of its vessels will fly the German flag by the end of 2017. Having started with MV Svenja on September 22, MV Trina, MV Anne-Sofie, MV ...
  • The NYK Group (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, MTI Co., Ltd.) and Norwegian Partner Dualog have entered into a collaboration with the NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, NTT DATA Corporation), on a proof-of-concept experiment for a ...
  •     Following the fatal collisions between US Navy ships and merchant vessels and the loss of 17 sailors since the beginning of this year, the Navy’s ships will become more visible in high traffic areas so as to avoid such incidents occurring in ...
  • The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid powered coastal ferry. This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...