• Dutch ship owner Holland Maas Scheepvaart Beheer II BV has been fined 780.000 EUR and paid a settlement of 2.2 million EUR - totaling to a price tag of almost 3 million EUR - for having beached a ship for scrapping in India. In 2013, Holland Maas ...
  • Both companies have reached an agreement for CNCo to acquire RAO, Furness Withy Chartering and the bulk activities in Alianca NavegacãoHamburg Süd and The China Navigation Company (CNCo), a subsidiary of the Swire Group, today announced an agreement ...
  • Bunker fuels’ availability and compatibility remain a concern for shipowners and operators as they prepare to shift to 0.5 percent fuels to comply with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap. Once the new regime comes into ...
  • With all those plastic-trash haters filling the Internet with images of garbage-choked oceans and demanding bans on everything from drinking straws to grocery bags, chemical companies are beginning to get alarmed. Their solution: A public pledge by ...
  • Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, according to a report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded ...
  • The ultra large containership Maersk Honam, which suffered a major fire in March 2018, was cut in two and would be shipped to South Korea for rebuilding. Following the incident, which claimed the lives of five seafarers, the vessel was moved ...
  • The fire-stricken car carrier Sincerity Ace was taken under tow on January 8, the vessel’s owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha confirmed. The company added that the 650-foot unit is being towed by the salvage tug Koyo Maru heading to a yet-to-be-determined ...
  • Ferry company Norled AS and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration signed an agreement on Tuesday for the construction of the world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry. The newbuilding is expected to become operational in 2021, connecting the ...
  • Maritime powers need to increase their presence and expand their collaboration with local states to curb piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, according to BIMCO.Around 40 ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in the past 12 months. Most recently, ...
  • A series of human errors caused the collision between the Tunisian Ro-Ro ship Ulysse and Cyprus-flagged containership CLS Virginia that took place in October 2018,  approximately 28 kilometres north-west of Cape Corsica, according to preliminary ...
  • Tugboat Maersk Mobilizer will help tow Yantian Express, Hapag Lloyd’s disabled containership, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the US Coast Guard said. On January 7, 2019, the 95-meter-long tugboat was en route to the 7,506 TEU boxship which was some 1,015 ...
  • At least one person has died and two others are still missing after an oil and chemical tanker caught fire off the coast of Lamma Island in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Authorities said the blaze, which began at around 11.30am and was finally put out at ...
  •   MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company informed on Saturday (Jan 05) that the Company reassures authorities and members of the public in the Netherlands and Germany that the company will pay the full costs of the clean-up of the 2 January MSC Zoe ...
  • Pacific Breeze, a 182,000 cu. m. capacity LNG carrier, is the world’s largest MOSS type LNG carrier ever constructed, built at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Japan (KHI). This capacity was achieved by extending the equatorial ring section of No. 3 ...
  • Orbital Marine Power has revealed the designs of its upcoming commercial production tidal turbine, the Orbital O2 2MW, which is targeted to be deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney in 2020. Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital ...
  • Shipping is the lifeblood of global commerce — more than 80 percent of world trade goes by water. But the industry is also an environmental menace, producing as much carbon dioxide annually as Germany. The International Maritime Organization has ...
  • Spain’s Supreme Court in Madrid upheld the ruling that the insurer and the captain of the Prestige oil tanker are to pay EUR 1.6 billion (USD 1.8 billion) in compensation. Under the final ruling, handed down on December 20, the captain of the ...
  •   The most often quoted reason for a mishap in the shipping industry is ‘human error’, followed closely by rough seas or bad weather. However, researchers have assessed that a combination of both have led to disasters, and more often, it is the ...
  • Turkish coastal emergency teams have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours. The Comoros-flagged ship, Natalia, ran aground in rough seas early ...
  • Old ships never die or so we’re told; the reality is that in 2017 more than 800 of them were recycled, which means a final voyage, the right certification from the flag and a choice of ultimate destination. Whatever form it comes back in, the truth ...
  • The world’s largest cruise liner company Carnival Corporation & plc will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its global brands – Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, and Princess Cruises. Carnival Cruise Line will debut its new ...
  • Emerging and developing countries could be the source of economic growth that would spur shipping demand in the next five years, BIMCO said citing the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Additionally, data from the IMF showed that advanced ...
  • The Havyard project with Havila Kystruten on hydrogen-powered coastal route operations is to receive NOK 104.3 million (USD 12 million) in funding from Pilot-E. The company said that the initiative could result in vessels with up to five times ...
  • The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee approved the framework and methodology for the regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) during its 100th session held on December 3-7, 2018. A MASS has been defined as a ship which, ...
  • A crewman from the Liberian registered general cargo vessel, SMN Explorer, died when he was crushed by a falling hatch cover. The crewman was part of a working party stowing cargo slings used for the discharge of the ship’s cargo. The accident ...
  • One year after signature of the technological partnership between VPLP Design and CNIM, Oceanwings®, a new wind propulsion method, is coming to industrial maturity. Energy Observer, the first hydrogen-powered vessel aiming to achieve energy ...
  • Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), founded by blockchain technology and governance companies BLOC and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, has established a consortium that will pilot a blockchain-based seafarer certification system. The project aims to ...
  • Ports and coastal infrastructure need to be prepared urgently for the projected impacts of the climate change, according to UNCTAD. “The hardest hit areas, coastlines, will affect us all since the lion’s share of trade itself is managed through ...
  • Singapore-based owner of gas carriers BW LPG revealed that the crew of its LPG carrier BW Frigg thwarted a pirate attack on October 29. As World Maritime News reported, a group of armed pirates attacked the LPG tanker while it was carrying out ...
  • Forty crew members, of whom 30 Indian nationals, have been stranded at the Port of Sharjah in the UAE for over two years on three separate vessels, all owned by the same shipping company, the Dubai-based Elite Way Marine Services EST. The crew ...
  • The Department of Transportation (DOT) is still finalizing the national maritime strategies that were called for in two separate mandates by Congress in 2014. According to DOT officials, DOT has been working on a single draft maritime strategy to ...
  • Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) have established a joint venture aimed at developing a system that would enable transporting containers at high speed through a tube to and from the Port of ...
  • Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad seem to have been unaware of the inbound Sola TS tanker before it was too late, preliminary marine accident report from Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIS) indicates. The two ships collided on November 8, ...
  • The newly launched carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) expects its teething problems to have a USD 400 million impact to the company’s bottom line for the fiscal year of 2018. The teething problems, which mostly relate to booking reception and ...
  • UK has unveiled the first images from a new satellite which can see through clouds and image the Earth round the clock to help stop oil spills and illegal shipping. NovaSAR-1, the first Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite made in the UK, can ...
  • On November 21, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) revealed the world's first application of solvent-free coating, jointly developed with a Norwegian paint manufacture, Jotun, to a 7,500㎥ LNG carrier. Backed by the fact that there is virtually no ...
  • Twelve shipwrecked Indians were on Tuesday rescued by a French Navy Cassard-class anti-aircraft frigate, part of Task Force (TF) 55 in the Persian Gulf. This is the Cassard’s second rescue mission in less than seven days in the Indian Ocean maritime ...
  • Seafarers across the globe can look forward to higher wages as international bodies reached an agreement on an overall increase of 4.5 percent of minimum wage for an able seafarer. Following two days of negotiations, the International Transport ...
  • Experts have succeeded in separating two freighters that were wedged together following a collision near the island of Borkum in the North Sea, a spokesperson of the German governmental command for maritime emergencies (CCME) said on Friday. On ...
  • The U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) office led a joint team to successfully remove 229,000 gallons of oil from the sunken World War II vessel ex-Prinz Eugen located in the Kwajalein Atoll. The project, led by Stephanie Bocek ...
  • Five container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry. IT executives from CMA CGM, A.P. Moller – Maersk, ...
  • Finnish Meyer Turku shipyard cut the first steel today for Carnival Cruise Line’s newest 180,000-ton ship set to debut in 2020. The new vessel will be the first-ever ship operating in North America to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as ...
  • Robots could soon take over and simplify the laborious and, at times, dangerous and time-consuming, process of cleaning cargo holds of dry bulk vessels. Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden has recently tested and participated in the ...
  • On a passenger vessel, two members of crew were preparing a lifeboat for lowering as a drill. The lifeboat’s doors were opened and the two locking pins were inserted in the dedicated slots. The lifeboat was lifted slightly from the stowed position ...
  • The hull of the Color Hybrid, the world’s largest battery-hybrid ship, owned by Color Line, has arrived at Ulstein Verft in Norway for completion.It measures 160 meters in length, and has a capacity of 2,000 passengers and about 500 cars. The ...
  • Eight people sustained minor injuries and 137 people have been evacuated from Norwegian frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad, which collided with Sola TS oil tanker at the Sture terminal in Øygarden, Norway, on Thursday morning. The Norwegian coast guard ...
  • Nine ocean carrier majors and terminal operators signed today a formal statement of intent for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a blockchain consortium. The consortium, named the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), includes CMA CGM, ...
  • 3rd November the Stena Imperial reported a suspected pirate approach whilst on northbound passage through the Red Sea west of Yemen on her way from Far East to Rotterdam for discharge. The story in short:  Two suspicious skiffs were found ...
  • Celebrity Cruises has taken delivery of its brand new 117,000 gross ton cruise ship, Celebrity Edge, after 23 months of construction. “Today (October 31) is a very special day for all of us as we have been eagerly anticipating this moment for more ...
  • Underwater repair and maintenance specialist, Hydrex, has recently removed a bow thruster, that needed to be overhauled, from a 300-meter container ship. This was done during a stop in Italy. Hydrex team mobilized from the Antwerp fast response ...
  • German shipping company Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST) was yesterday sentenced pay a $3.2 million criminal fine and serve a four-year term of probation after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and maintaining false ...
  • Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has signed contracts with the Shanghai City’s District of Baoshan to set up a cruise hub dedicated to support the shipbuilding and maritime activities in the cruise sector. The hub builds upon the agreements between ...
  • The Murmansk Shipping Company (MSCO) and Sibanthracite Overseas AG, affiliated with Russia’s biggest coal holding VostokCoal, will make one of the biggest transport projects in the Arctic - the companies have inked an agreement on coal deliveries ...
  • • A 40-foot shipping container exploded at the Port of Los Angeles at 5:58 p.m. on Tuesday inside the Evergreen Terminal when a combustible substance ignited, according to a statement from the port. The port was evacuated and there were no injuries. ...
  • During the morning of 1 March 2018, the UK registered general cargo vessel Celtic Spirit started to drag its anchor in heavy weather on the River Humber, UK. The watchkeeper did not immediately identify this and Celtic Spirit subsequently collided ...
  • A passenger ferry Excellent collided with a loading crane in bad weather in Barcelona's port on Wednesday morning causing a fire. The port authorities said that there were no injuries reported and that the fire has been controlled. As a result of ...
  • Pirates have seized 11 crewmembers from the container ship Pomerenia Sky off the coast of Nigeria. The Liberia-flagged vessel was headed for the Nigerian port of Onne on Saturday morning when the attack occurred, reports ship manager Midocean ...
  • The MV Tasmanic Winter finished its voyage from China to Rotterdam with 24 new vessels onboard built at Damen yards in Changde and Yichang. In line with its standard practice, Damen is transporting these in batches to the Netherlands where most of ...
  • Sovcomflot’s Aframax crude oil tanker Gagarin Prospect completed its first voyage across the Baltic and North Seas from Primorsk to Rotterdam powered by LNG as fuel. The ship delivered a cargo of 104,815 tonnes of crude oil on October 22, 2018, ...
  • A ship which spent two years stranded in an English port because of legal problems has finally set sail. The Malaviya Twenty was impounded in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in June 2016 over unpaid port fees and crew wages. At one point the crew were ...
  • BW LNG, part of Singapore-based BW Group, has appointed its first female captain. Captain Tatjana Pletena is at the helm of the Singapore-flagged LNG tanker BW GDF Suez Everett, since being promoted in April 2018. Captain Pletena began her career ...
  • The Stena Jutlandica has now completed its first month of operation as a battery hybrid vessel. Experiences from these first weeks have exceeded expectations. “It's really exciting to be running with electrical power on the Stena Jutlandica. This ...
  • Following the two fires at Gadani shipbreaking yards reported last week, NGO Shipbreaking Platform blasted owners for selling their vessels to cash buyers that bring their ships to Pakistani yards, notorious for poor work safety record. As World ...
  • On October 14 2018, Dutch flag Heavy Transport Vessel BigLift Barentsz arrived in Rotterdam from China by way of the Northern Sea Route. The vessel is specially designed and built for polar waters. The route, when open, considerably reduces the ...
  • At 1137 on 4 May 2017, the UK registered container ship CMA CGM Centaurus made heavy contact with the quay and two shore cranes while executing a turn under pilotage during its arrival at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. The accident resulted in the ...
  • A total of 64 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during January-September 2018, according to Asia’s piracy watchdog ReCAAP. Of the 64 incidents, comprising 50 actual incidents and 14 attempted incidents, three ...
  • A large bulk carrier was approaching a laden oil tanker in a traffic lane of a traffic separation scheme. With a speed of 16kts, the bulk carrier was the overtaking vessel, and as both vessels were heading for a turn in the lane, the bulk carrier’s ...
  •  There will be no shortage of jobs for seafarers, especially officers, in the next two decades, as a result of the introduction of autonomous ships, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) reassured, citing data from a new study. The study was ...
  • A laden container ship was heading into an increasingly heavy sea when an alarm sounded on the bridge indicating a fire in the forecastle store. As the chief officer was the OOW on the bridge, the master and the bosun went forward to investigate; ...
  • The second wave of scrubber ordering has seen over 1,000 scrubber projects confirmed over the past six months, according to the data from DNV GL. The scrubber boom ordering this summer was mainly driven by the upcoming enforcement of the 2020 ...
  • A small bulk carrier grounded on a sandbank. The vessel had been following a planned track in the ECDIS but the ECDIS alarms had been turned off. The ship remained aground for 6 days and was refloated by salvors. The second officer had taken over ...
  • After five days of being entangled in the Mediterranean, the Tunisian Ro-Ro ship Ulysses has been separated from the hull of Cyprus-flagged containership CLS Virginia, the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the Mediterranean informed. The two ...
  • US-based cruise ship major Carnival Corporation & plc is facing an EUR 100,000 fine after it was accused of deliberately exceeding European air pollution limits. Namely, the French prosecutors called for the fine against the captain of the cruise ...
  • A vessel was secured alongside in port undergoing scheduled maintenance. Part of the work included deployment of the marine evacuation system (MES) in the presence
of an MCA surveyor, to satisfy a statutory certification requirement. In addition to ...
  • 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 ...