• 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 ...
  • Latest IFSMA  Newsletter available here:   IFSMA April ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rolls-Royce yesterday announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality and reap the benefits of increasing digitalisation in the marine industry. The company is looking to develop ...
  • The world’s first ship tunnel under a mountain is to be built on the remote western coast of Norway after a national debate lasting more than a century. Ministers have given the green light for the Stad tunnel that will be blasted through a mile of ...
  • The combination of power, size and new innovations make mega cutter ‘Spartacus’ a new benchmark in the dredging industry.‘Spartacus’ will be built at Royal IHC in the Netherlands and will be delivered to DEME in the summer of 2019. With a total ...
  • Turkish general cargo vessel Erdogan Senkaya struck berthed Italian general cargo vessel Luca S at Porto Nogaro, Italy, in the morning Feb 27, while maneuvering in harbor. Luca S forecastle starboard area was seriously damaged and breached, with ...
  • The People’s Court in Hanoi has sentenced Tran Van Liem, former director general of Vinashin Ocean Shipping, and Giang Kim Dat, the state-run shipping company’s former sales manager, to death after finding the two men guilty of embezzling a total of ...
  • Norwegian ferry operator Color Line has signed a contract with compatriot shipbuilder Ulstein Verft for the construction of the world’s largest hybrid vessel. In January this year, the duo inked a letter of intent (LOI) for the construction of the ...
  • Some ships in northern Europe have been using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their fuel source for over a decade, with an extremely good safety record. But as the use of LNG-fuelled vessels spreads to other parts of the world and many more parties ...
  • The Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia have seen a significant increase in kidnapping incidents in 2016, according to data released by UK’s maritime intelligence and operations company Dryad Maritime. The 2016 figures show that 62 people were ...
  • A total of eight seafarers were kidnapped by pirates from their vessel BBC Caribbean in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria, according to the Embassy of Russian Federation in Nigeria. The pirates abducted seven citizens of Russia and a citizen of Ukraine ...
  • SummaryOn 3 December 2015 the Panama registered pure car carrier City of Rotterdam collided with the Danish registered ro-ro ferry Primula Seaways on the River Humber. Both vessels were damaged but made their way to Immingham without assistance. ...
  • Seafarers on board the chemical tanker, Sea Emperor that was held at Fawley Port, the UK, were found to be without warm clothing for days and their wages unpaid for three months,  according to Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). The ...
  • The US Navy decommissioned the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier in a ceremony in Virginia on Friday, officially bringing the storied 55-year career of a ship affectionately known as "The Big E" to a close. The Enterprise had been removed from active ...
  • In January 2017, the Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record of 36.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), with the transit of 1,260 ships through both the expanded and original locks, the canal authority announced. The previous record was ...
  • The UK MCA has announced that the masters of two vessels that collided in the Humber during thick fog in May last year have been fined £3,000 each, plus costs. David Carlin, the master of the World War II motor launch Peggotty and Thomas Neilsen, ...
  • A sinkhole has opened up at the Port of Liverpool’s £400m Liverpool2 container terminal. The ECHO received reports of a “large sinkhole” opening at the port complex, which opened in November and is designed to welcome the world’s biggest container ...
  • Despite a massive scrapping spree of classic Panamax containerships, the sector remains under pressure as up to one hundred further Panamaxes will need to be scrapped before the segment can regain its footing again, according to Alphaliner. A total ...
  • Dutch AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings Business and the UK-based companies Barrier Group and DroneOps have teamed up to develop a drone capable of remotely inspecting ballast water tanks in an effort to improve “accuracy, efficiencies, as well as the ...
  • Norsepower Oy Ltd, the leading provider of low maintenance, software operated, and a verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail ...
  • You've got the bespoke leather jacket and personalized Rolls-Royce, with many millions to spare. Now what? Fraser Yachts is one of the brokerage companies dealing with the construction, sale, and customization of luxury Benetti boats bigger than 30 ...
  • UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal. The Department for Transport has this week published a study to ...
  • Following the bankruptcy of Hanjin, Taiwan’s Yang Ming is now the container line in the greatest financial danger, according to a research paper published today. Drewry Financial Research Services (DFRS) says the line has the industry’s most ...
  • A convoy of two bulk carriers and two icebreakers which got stuck in the ice off the coast of the town of Pevek on Chukotka Peninsula has food and fuel reserves, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's Directorate for the Chukotka ...
  • The following has been received from IFSMA Dear Supporter, ISWAN is excited to announce the launch of our 2017 Photo Competition for seafarers. We are inviting all seafarers to send us photos of a typical day in seafaring life, including work, ...
  • IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force Wednesday (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as ...
  • George Devereese, Loss Prevention Executive at UK P&I Club, discusses issues of potential reliance on ECDIS, and advises that seafarers undergo the necessary navigational training. While Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) have ...
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  • A state-of-the-art facility to ensure the safety of the Group’s seafarers, fleet and customers’ cargo as well as route optimizationCMA CGM Group, a leading worldwide shipping group, announced the opening of its Navigation and Port Operations Center ...
  • Japan rescued 26 North Koreans after they abandoned their sinking cargo vessel in the East China Sea, the coast guard said Thursday. Japan Coast Guard patrol boats plucked the ship’s entire crew out of the water in the early hours of the morning ...
  • Five more shipbreaking workers were killed and one injured in yet another fire that took place in the shipbreaking yards of Gadani, Pakistan, Monday morning. The deadly fire broke out on board of the beached vessel GAZ FOUNTAIN (IMO 8406054). The ...
  • 9,000 teu containership Gustav Maersk grounded early this morning while transiting in the Strait of Messina, Southern Italy. According to the local coast guard reported, the ship owned by Maersk departed from Rijeka, Croatia and was en route ...
  • Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Wind Power has presented the world’s first heavy cargo Roll on/Roll off  (RoRo) vessel custom designed to transport wind turbine components at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark. The 141-metre long Rotra Vente, ...
  • With more and more ships navigating in polar waters, IMO has moved to address international concern about the protection of the polar environment and the safety of seafarers and passengers with the introduction of new regulations that all ships ...
  • Oil spill containment and clean-up efforts are being carried out in Singapore’s waters following the collision of container vessels Wan Hai 301 and APL Denver off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor, Malaysia. As of January 5, 2016, a total of 17 vessels and ...
  • The world’s largest container shipping line Maersk has teamed up with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to cut out the middleman. Chinese companies wanting to transport goods are now able to reserve space on Maersk vessels directly with Alibaba ...
  • German shipping company Hansa Heavy Lift has transported the first-ever ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route (NSR), relocating them from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Vostochny, spanning both the European and Far East ...
  • A collision between a Singapore registered container vessel off Pasir Gudang Port, Johor Malaysia on Tuesday (Jan 3) resulted in about 300 tonnes of oil spillage in the surrounding waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on ...
  • The December edition of Sidelights - the newsletter of the Council of American Master Mariners Inc is now ...
  • The 180 meter long, 34613 dwt cargo vessel Cabrera ran aground and sank in the Aegean Sea off the northern coast of Andros Island, Greece. The Cabrera was headed to Tornio, Finland from Larimna with a cargo of 3400 tons of ferronickle  in bad ...
  • When celebrating a centennial anniversary, it is tempting not to look back. But the National Institute for Shipping and Shipbuilding (NISS) in the Netherlands resisted and instead took a look at the future of the maritime industry. The result is ...
  • Two Maersk Supply Services offshore vessels, anchor handlers Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper, have sunk while being towed to a Turkish scrapyard for recycling. The vessels sunk yesterday around 60 miles off the French coast, while under tow from ...
  • During a repair stop on the Atlantic, the Hapag-Lloyd's container ship Bremen Express (8,750 TEU) experienced rolling for reasons yet to be determined. As a result, some containers fell overboard. The ship, which operates in the CEC service and was ...
  • European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) has adopted a position paper endorsing a number of actions by the European Union that are expected to improve polar shipping conditions. Earlier this year, European shipowners welcomed the adoption ...
  • The 13,000-TEUs container ship MSC Regulus collided with the Ecuadorian fishing vessel Don Gerardo II Saturday morning local time (Dec 17). According to Captain Armando Elizalde, commander of the Ecuadorian Navy's Guard Corp, the incident occurred ...
  • Maersk Line has sent eight of its Panamax containerships to be recycled in shipbreaking yards in India and China. The decision to scrap the eight vessels was in part driven by an ambition to enhance flexibility in the 4-5,999 TEU network, where ...
  • The race is on to develop the first autonomous vessel before the end of the decade, but how choppy will the waters ahead be? The famous nautical rallying cry of “all hands on deck” could soon be redundant – at least on the seas. That’s because ...
  •   Nineteen crew members rescued from a Greek bulk carrier, which flooded following a fire at sea, are to arrive in Cape Town harbour on Monday, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said. A fire broke out in the engine room of the ...
  • In a major accident the day after Navy Day celebrations, two sailors died and 14 others were injured when a guided missile frigate, INS Betwa, tipped over and hit the ground while being undocked at the Naval Dockyard in south Mumbai at around 1.50 ...
  • Both Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd like to wear their brands on their metaphorical sleeves, eschewing normal black hulls in favour of light blue and bright red respectively on their liner fleets. This distinctive branding comes as part of marketing ...
  •   Princess Cruise Lines will pay a US$40m penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship’s use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters.Miami US attorney ...
  • BAE SYSTEMS’ near monopoly on constructing Royal Navy warships will be ended under proposals made in a heavy­weight report on the future of British shipbuilding. Industrialist Sir John Parker’s independent report on naval shipbuilding wants to see ...
  • The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to open the docket for its investigation into the sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro on December 13, 2016. The El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, and all 33 ...
  •   The November edition of the CMMC newsletter "From the Bridge" is now available  on this link:       From the ...
  • The Master of the Danny F II went down with his ship. His elderly, grieving parents passed away without a detailed understanding of what went wrong on board the vessel that day because they died before the flag state’s investigation was finalized ...
  • Dick Welsh from the Isle of Man ship registry laments today’s accommodation blocks on ultra large boxships.I wonder what ships might look like if we asked architects, rather than naval architects, to design the living accommodation.Looking at the ...
  • 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 ...