• In terms of fuel, the shipping industry is becoming more and more aware of its impact on the environment. Considering the long-term, what sustainable fuels present viable and realistic possibilities for the maritime sector? One option that is just ...
  • Construction began on a world-class offshore salvage vessel in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao on Saturday and was hailed by Chinese experts as a milestone in the country’s deep-sea exploration development. The 13,280-ton, 177.1-meter ship, ...
  • Losses the likes of Deepwater Horizon, Costa Concordia and Tinjin port explosion prove that there is a need to manage the ‘unthinkable’ risks, according to the President of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Dieter Berg. Speaking at ...
  • TREASURE hunters will shortly set sail to search for £300 billion worth of British gold after identifying 700 war wrecks. Extensive research over many years has identified the locations of hundreds of the 7,500 merchant ships lost in both world ...
  • Marine archaeologists believe they have finally identified the resting place of HMB Endeavour, the ship James Cook commanded to Australia on his first voyage of discovery, an achievement that would solve one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all ...
  • MSC, the Swiss ocean carrier, is not liable for the explosion and losses related to the MSC Flaminia fire from July 2012 that claimed the lives of three crew members and destroyed thousands of cargo containers, New York District Court said in a ...
  • Halfway between Hawaii and California, an enormous mound of garbage measuring twice the size of Texas floats in the Pacific, menacing the marine ecosystem and steadily accumulating man-made debris. This isle of plastic, better known as the Great ...
  • Launching a new business in a traditional industry such as container shipping can be very tough regardless of the promising potential of the untapped market you are targeting. Johannes Schlingmeier and Christian Roeloffs launched their startup ...
  • As a central part of Stena Line’s efforts to reduce fuel consumption and minimise environmental impact, the company is now running a pilot study where artificial intelligence technology is implemented on board vessels. In close collaboration with ...
  • China is the top international shipping nation according to a new report presented by DNV GL and Menon Economics at SMM trade fair in Hamburg on September 5.  The study, entitled “The Leading Maritime Nations of the World”, benchmarks the 30 ...
  • A year and a half after the sinking of Stellar Daisy, the Korean Government has approved a budget for a deep sea search for the ship’s voyage data recorder. The 266,100 dwt vessel sank on March 31, 2017, some 1,700 miles east of the Port of ...
  •   I last visited the ship two years ago, already long marooned at its berth. Returning last week, Great Yarmouth had become a near-prison for its Indian captain and crew, waiting for their back pay that never came. The Malaviya Twenty is a silent ...
  • Two Norsepower Rotor Sails have been installed on board Maersk Pelican, a Maersk Tankers Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel. The project is the first installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel. The sails, ...
  • Hull losses recorded in the first half of the year stood at their lowest level since 1996, according to a report from The Nordic Association of Marine Insurers (Cefor). Major claims impact continued to be low in the first half of 2018, despite one ...
  • A Russian-flagged passenger vessel that went aground in the Canadian Arctic last week has been refloated and is in stable condition. The 117-meter, 6,230 gt polar expedition cruise ship Akademik Ioffe had about 160 people on board when it ran ...
  • Port of Antwerp reached a new milestone with the introduction of a fully automatic sounding boat that employs unique technology. The vessel, named the Echodrone, is a prototype that is currently being developed to supplement the other operational ...
  • Twelve Indonesian crew members of the grounded cargo ship Jin Hua have been evacuated from the stricken vessel, Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau informed today. The ship ran aground on August 23 due to stormy weather and has been stuck outside ...
  • Seven ships are stranded outside the Kaohsiung Port in Taiwan having succumbed to heavy winds and violent waves caused by a strong storm that hit Taiwan. All 88 crew members of the seven ships are reported to be safe, according to Taiwan’s Maritime ...
  • The Panama-flagged tanker Pantelena, which went missing on August 14, has been found in the waters of Congo, the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Friday, August 24. The ministry said that the 17 Georgian sailors on board are ...
  • Eight foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during July 2018, after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Namely, during July, there were three new ...
  • A UK Court convicted the Dutch company Friendship Offshore BV of conducting an unlicensed salvaging operation on a sunken merchant vessel named 'SS Harrovian' in 2016. The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court on the 26 July 2018, in a prosecution ...
  • Maersk’s second generation Triple-E vessel Mumbai Maersk has loaded 19,038 TEU, setting a world record for highest-ever load for a single containership and surpassing the 19,000-mark for the very first time for any vessel in the world. The world ...
  • Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way for wireless communication to circumvent the water-air barrier and enable direct data transmission between underwater and airborne devices. Called “translational ...
  • AIDAnova, the world’s first cruise ship powered with LNG, has left Meyer Werft’s building dock in Papenburg, Germany. It took almost two hours to float out AIDA Cruises’ newbuilding in the evening hours of August 21. The 180,000-ton vessel will now ...
  • Water levels on the Danube dropped to record lows on three sections of the river in Hungary on Wednesday due to a recent drought, hindering passenger cruise ships and causing losses to freight shipping companies. In Budapest the Danube receded to ...
  • Indian authorities detained two crewmembers and the Master of the VLCC Desh Shakti, after concluding that this ship was likely responsible for the hit-and-run collision with a fishing boat off Kerala earlier this month. Four vessels were sailing in ...
  • Rising temperatures from global warming have made a northern commercial shipping route possible, and Maersk is setting sail with the first container ship to take the Northern Sea Route. The Danish shipping goliath will launch the Venta Maersk this ...
  • The government of Georgia says that 17 of its citizens are missing after an oil tanker fell silent in the Gulf of Guinea, a notorious global hotspot of piracy and ship hijackings on Africa’s western coast. All contact has been lost with the ...
  • The world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel is one step closer to launch, as YARA signs a deal with VARD worth appr NOK 250 million to build the vessel. VARD will deliver Yara Birkeland for launch in early 2020, and the vessel will ...
  •  SCI’s tanker vessel, M.T. ‘Desh Vaibhav’ on her way to Fujairah, UAE, reportedly suffered an explosion in one of her cargo tanks at around 0935 hours IST on 14th August 2018, off Oman coast. As per preliminary information available with the ...
  • The illustration shows a hybrid system for tugs Rolls-Royce is launching a lithium-ion based energy storage system for ships. The gain for the ship owners is a clean, safe and cost-efficient complete system. Energy storage is a major green ...
  • A UK-registered containership and an Italian LPG tanker were damaged in a collision off Gibraltar on August 4. According to the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), the 52,000 dwt boxship ANL Wyong and the 5,312 dwt tanker King Arthur ...
  • Global container terminal owner and operator DP World has agreed to buy Aarhus-headquartered feeder and shortsea container line Unifeeder. The sellers in the deal worth around $760m are Nordic Capital and certain minority shareholders. The private ...
  • More than one ton of cocaine hydrochloride has been seized on board a Singapore-flagged boxship in the waters near   Barranquilla, the Colombian Navy said.  The 9,814 TEU Cap San Tainaro left the Port of Cartagena on August 1, 2018, heading for the ...
  • General cargo ship BBC Lagos (IMO 9570668) ran aground at Råå, south of Helsingborg at the Swedish Øresund coast, on the evening of Aug 3rd. Shortly after 23:00 local time the Maritime and Air Rescue Centre noted that the ship was sailing on a ...
  • European shipowners have welcomed the EU’s decision to extended the Operation Atalanta until the end of 2020. On July 30, the European Council decided to extent the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia’s operation until December 31, 2020. The objectives ...
  • MOL, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Akishima Laboratories today announced that on July 25, their proposed joint demonstration project related to the safety of vessels' auto berthing and un-berthing was selected for Japan's ...
  • Christophe de Margerie, the icebreaking LNG carrier owned and operated by Sovcomflot (SCF Group), has crossed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in a new record time, for a merchant ship without icebreaker support, during the month of July. The vessel ...
  • China will donate warships to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in the latest effort to boost its military influence in the Indo-Pacific region. The gift of a frigate to Sri Lanka was announced last week by Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei, military attaché ...
  • Celebrity Edge left the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique yesterday evening for its first sea trials with 470 persons on board.The ship will undergo about 60 tests while at sea to check all the systems under real conditions. The 117,000 ...
  • Underwater inspection of the hull of Makassar Highway, the car carrier that ran hard aground off Sweden earlier this week, has shown that the extent of damages on the stricken ship is worse than expected. There has been no oil leak detected from ...
  • COSCO Shipping Lines confirmed that it has been hit by a cyber attack impacting its internet connection within its offices in America. As such, local email and network telephone were not working properly and the company decided to shut down the ...
  • The number of crew members taken hostage increased from 63 in the first half of 2017 to 102 in the first half of 2018, the second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows. The report says that all 2018 crew ...
  • The Panama-flagged car carrier Makassar Highway ran aground in the Tjust archipelago, off the coast of Loftahammar, Sweden in the morning hours of July 23. An undisclosed amount of oil leaked from the vessel following the incident, the Swedish ...
  • The South Korean Government also shoulders the responsibility for the Sewol tragedy that took the toll of over 300 lives back in 2014. As such, a local court has ordered the government and the shipping company Cheonghaejin Marine to compensate the ...
  • The European Union should step up its assessment of Asian shipbreaking yards to allow the effective implementation of the Hong Kong Convention, according to independent research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI). As ...
  • A salvage company has located the remains of a Russian warship lost during the the Russo-Japanese War. The battle-damaged cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi was scuttled off the coast of Korea in 1905, reportedly carrying a cargo of gold worth an estimated ...
  • The Suez Canal, Egypt’s busiest waterway, has been experiencing traffic mayhem over the past two days as multiple groundings and collisions brought the canal to a standstill. The drama started with the grounding of a containership on July 15, which ...
  • There were 94 total losses reported around the shipping world in 2017, down 4 percent year-on-year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2018. The report indicates that large shipping losses have ...
  • Singaporean shipping company Hai Soon Ship Management was sentenced to pay a fine of USD 1 million and serve a two-year term of probation related to water pollution. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, District of Hawaii, the company ...
  • The more we move into an age of technology driving the shipping industry, the less we will need seafarers and the more we will come to rely entirely on IT to keep the ships sailing. Now pick the truth from the fiction in that lot and then decide if ...
  • The Port of Amsterdam will soon get a new factory that will be able to convert unrecyclable plastic into fuel for ships. The processing of plastic waste is expected to cut CO₂ emissions by 57,000 tons per year, compared to today’s manner of waste ...
  • Cost growth returned to seafaring in 2018 and is projected to accelerate moderately on recovering vessel earnings and continued shortfall in officer numbers, shipping consultancy Drewry said. Manning costs have risen moderately in 2018 following ...
  • Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Friday announced that the Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier Vladimir Rusanov, which is jointly owned by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), has successfully arrived at the Bering Strait. The ...
  • It is as efficient as a nuclear-powered icebreaker, says the oil company Gazprom Neft as it raises the flag on its new vessel. The “Aleksandr Sannikov” is 121 meter long and able to break through two-meter thick ice. It will assist tankers shuttling ...
  • U.S. carrier Matson christened the largest containership ever built in the United States in a ceremony at the Philly Shipyard on Saturday, June 30. The new vessel is named ‘Daniel K. Inouye’ in honor of Hawaii’s late senior U.S. Senator, who was a ...
  • The ongoing trade war between the major world powers led by the United States and its new tariff policy is a speeding train, accelerating with every trade-restrictive retaliatory measure imposed and becoming ever more difficult to stop, BIMCO ...
  • In the early morning hours of Thursday, June 28th, a longeshoreman and a chief mate died at the Port of Longview. The accident happened as one of the vessel lines of the 'MV ANSAC Splendor' snapped and was thrown back toward both the dock and the ...
  • The ordeal of the fire-stricken merchant vessel SSL Kolkata, operated by Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Limited, is far from over. Namely, following the explosion and a fire that took place on June 13 in the ship’s cargo area, forcing its 22 crew ...
  • Concern about ballast-mediated bio invasions into freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats is not limited to biodiversity, but extends to its broader socioeconomic impacts on agriculture, forests, fisheries, aquaculture, and other human activities ...
  • Skangas has supplied Furetank’s chemical/product tanker M/T Fure Vinga with liquefied biogas (LBG), representing the company’s first delivery of this renewable and environmentally friendly fuel to a marine company. The fueling took place at the ...
  • Maersk Line’s containership, which picked up 113 migrants in international waters between Libya and Malta on Friday, has berthed at Pozzallo, Italy, disembarking distressed people. Following the instructions by the Maritime Response Coordination ...
  • With the presentation of the RSD Tug 2513, on the 25th June at the ITS 2018 in Marseille, France, Damen introduces its next generation ship-handling tugs. Composed of a mix of new designs and a further evolution of existing designs, this next ...
  • Scots ship owner who steered his firm through choppy waters      SIR IAN DENHOLM, who has died aged 91, was the scion of a famous British shipping family and a world leader in good ship management. John Ferguson Denholm, always called Ian, was ...
  • The Paris MoU Committee has adopted new performance lists for flags and recognized organizations (ROs), moving Ukraine to the Black List from the Grey List. In addition, the Republic of Korea has been moved back to the White List after one year on ...
  • An autonomous ship model has been successfully tested in Aker Arctic's ice model test laboratory in Helsinki, Finland. In the demonstration test, the ship model was able to detect obstacles in the ice tank utilizing onboard sensors, maneuver around ...
  • Twenty two sailors were rescued from a burning ship in the Bay of Bengal after a massive, coordinated effort by the Indian Coast Guard, the Navy and Kolkata Port Trust. The ship, called MV SSL Kolkata, has been abandoned and is currently adrift and ...
  • Poor safety culture and ineffective implementation of safety management system were identified as the probably causes of the 2016 fire aboard the RoRo vessel Caribbean Fantasy. The vessel’s main engine room was hit by fire in the morning hours of ...
  • Wilhelmsen Ships Service is partnering with Airbus to shore-to-ship drone delivery to one of the busiest ports in the world, Singapore. Launching at Singapore port's Marina South Pier in third quarter 2018, the Agency by Air project will pilot the ...
  • The shipping sector recently took a giant leap toward decarbonisation as the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) member states agreed on the requirement which would see the industry reduce its emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to ...
  • Greek ship owners saw a major fleet development in the ten years from the financial crisis and today operate a fleet valued at USD 99.8 billion. These owners expanded their control of the world fleet from a 13% to a 17% share, representing some 218 ...
  • An EU-funded research project which aims to create conditions for autonomous vessel navigation is in its Concept Definition phase and will move on to the Technology Adaption and Integrations Work Package (WP03) this summer, Kongsberg said. Hull to ...
  • Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman have filed two wrongful death cases from the Norwegian Cruise Line lifeboat collapse that took place in the summer of 2016. Almost two years ago, the crew aboard the Norwegian Breakaway was ...
  • US Senator Roger Wicker, Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee and a member of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, today introduced the “Energising American Shipbuilding ...
  • Today 22 May is National Maritime Day ­– a day that has been celebrated for the past 85-years. The United States is, and always has been, a maritime nation. From the very founding of our country, the American maritime industry has served a critical ...
  • The remaining crew members of the abandoned tanker Qaaswa were finally repatriated in late April after spending almost a year off Tunisia. According to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the seafarers and their vessel were ...
  • Shipping containers. Typical ones are a standardized size of 40ft (12.2m) by 8ft by 8.5ft and have the name of the owner painted in enormous lettering on the side. So hard to miss. The question, then, is how do you lose a million of them? That’s ...
  • A total of fifty-three bulk carriers over 10,000 dwt have been identified as total losses over the past ten years, according to the latest edition of International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners’ (Intercargo) Bulk Carrier Casualty Report. A ...
  • KLAW LNG said, “LNG Bunkering is the practice of providing liquefied natural gas fuel to a ship for its own conumption. The key advantage of LNG as a fuel is the vast reduction in pollutant caused by the more traditional method of fuelling ships ...
  • The cause of the fatal collision between Iranian tanker Sanchi and the Hong Kong-flagged bulker CF Crystal in January this year was the bulker’s changing of direction minutes before the crash, the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) ...
  • At 0304:40 on 1 July 2017, two Hong Kong registered vessels, the bulk carrier Huayang Endeavour and the oil tanker Seafrontier, collided in the Dover Strait approximately 5 nautical miles to the west of Sandettie Bank. Both vessels were damaged in ...
  • Norwegian cruise ferry operator Hurtigruten has signed a letter of intent with Rolls-Royce for a major environmental upgrade programme to LNG and battery hybrid power. The main engines on up to nine cruise ships will switch from diesel to gas ...
  • 16 crew members of the Bahrain-flagged containership Avonmoor have received their wages and returned home to Ukraine after being abandoned for four months in Morocco, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said. The seafarers were ...
  • Panama-flagged bulk carrier Ever Judger is likely to have caused the breakup of the undersea pipe which resulted in the massive oil spill in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, on March 31. Before the incident, the 82,000 dwt bulk carrier was the only ...
  • Eco Marine Power (EMP) unveiled today its plan to widen the scope of the Aquarius Eco ShipTM project and invite other companies to join this innovative low-emissions ship design initiative. As part of this plan a wider range of technologies will be ...
  • Each year roughly 60,000 ships vital to the global economy sail through the Indian Ocean past a Chinese-operated port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Almost none of them stop to unload cargo.The eight-year-old Hambantota port -- with almost no ...
  • Viking Line’s passenger ship M/S Viking Grace has been fitted with a rotor sail for the utilization of wind power, becoming the world’s first passenger ship to feature the technology. The Rotor Sail Solution, developed by the Finnish company ...
  • The Bosporus Strait was closed to maritime transit traffic after a 225-meter-long Malta-flagged bulk carrier crashed into a historic waterfront mansion in the Anadoluhisarı area on Saturday after its rudder got stuck, causing substantial ...
  • A 187m long passenger/ro-ro cargo ferry carrying in excess of 400 passengers and crew was approaching a regular port in daylight. The bridge team were preparing to commence their arrival manoeuvre, which, once inside the breakwaters, involved ...
  • Wilhelmsen and KONGSBERG are joining forces to take the next step in autonomous shipping by offering a complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations. "As a ...
  • As vanishing Arctic ice makes it increasingly difficult to uphold research activities in the highest Arctic, Russia moves ahead with plans to build a research platform for the region. The projected self-propelled platform will have top-level ice ...
  • The Government of India has blacklisted two companies from United Arab Emirates (UAE) for seafarer abandonment. The companies in question are shipping and management firm Shah Al Arab Marine Agency and M/s Alco Shipping Services LLC, the ...
  • Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Nautilus) announces that its production support vessel was today launched at the Mawei shipyard in China. The vessel will be used by Nautilus and its partner, Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited at the Solwara 1 Project site, in the ...
  • The Danish Coast Guard has published images showing the extent of damages sustained by the two ships that collided on Tuesday, March 27, in the Great Belt strait in Denmark. The ships involved in the collision have been identified as 1,924 TEU ...
  • South Korean Polaris Shipping, which was in the center of media attention after several of its converted bulkers reported hull deficiencies last year, has been found to have made 22 unauthorized modifications to one of its ships. Namely, a special ...
  •     •    Symphony of the Seas was handed over by French shipbuilder STX to US giant Royal Caribbean International    •    The ship cost £959m ($1.35bn), weighs 228,000 tonnes and is 362 metres (1,188 feet) long    •    Built over two years, the ...
  • One crew member was found dead and 14 others, most of them Chinese, were missing Wednesday after a sand-dredging vessel capsized off Malaysia, with some believed trapped alive inside the sunken hull. The Coast Guard said authorities in the southern ...
  • More Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean than before, making it increasingly dangerous for ships to navigate those waters in late spring, according to new research. The new research finds ocean passages typically plugged with ice in ...
  • For centuries shipping depended on wind, but the industrial revolution changed that. Vessels were no longer stuck in the doldrums. However, with the Paris Climate Agreement in mind, shipping companies are looking at wind again for efficiency ...
  • A cruise for non-cruisers that's "an epic sea change" from what's currently available: that's what Virgin Voyages -- the latest brand helmed by business mogul Richard Branson -- aims to offer when it launches in 2020. During the State of the ...