Category archives for: Africa

Global Liner Reliability Drops

Global Liner Reliability Drops

A global decline in performance of shipping lines has been recorded in July for the first time since February, according to SeaIntel’s latest Global Liner Performance report. The drop amounts to almost four percentage points from 75.6% in June to 71.6%, the report shows. Shipping giants Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd and Hanjin are still the most reliable liners, […]

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Keeping Shippers on Their Toes

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Keeping Shippers on Their Toes

African shipping may be hit hard by the Ebola outbreak as shipping agents start to refuse to call at West African ports for security reasons or ask for higher rates to do so. Freight rates for clean tankers heading from the UK continent to the West Africa could see an increase due to the Ebola crisis […]

Evelyn Maersk Rescues 352 from Sinking Vessel

Evelyn Maersk Rescues 352 from Sinking Vessel

The crew of Evelyn Maersk, a container ship en route from Suez to Algeciras, participated on Saturday, August 30, in a search and rescue operation launched in an effort to find a fishing boat sinking off Sicily, carrying hundreds of immigrants on board, Seanews reports. One of the Mediterranean’s RCC centers sent a request to the container ship to head towards the […]

U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes off Djibouti

U.S. Navy Helicopter Crashes off Djibouti

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at 2:00 p.m. (GMT), September 1, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde, the U.S. Navy reports. All 25 persons aboard the helicopter; 17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were […]

Grimaldi Beefs Up Southern Express

Grimaldi Beefs Up Southern Express

Grimaldi Lines, the Italian RoRo ship owner represented by Niels Winther in Denmark, is expanding its Southern Express route with weekly departures from Europe to West Africa. As of September, Grimaldi Lines is increasing the frequency of its Southern Express line, providing weekly departures from Europe to West Africa and back. The Italian ship owner will incorporate […]

Have Your Say on Green Agenda

Have Your Say on Green Agenda

Growing concerns about the state of the world’s oceans and the impact that shipping has on quality of the air has led to ever more legislation on emissions. The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and Colfax Fluid Handling, are working together to investigate perceptions of the ‘Green Agenda’ and whether shipping companies […]

First MOAS Rescue Mission Bears Fruit

First MOAS Rescue Mission Bears Fruit

Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) successfully coordinated two rescues at the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, August 30, under the guidance of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre of Rome. On Saturday morning, MOAS was directed by MRCC Rome to a vessel in distress: a wooden fishing boat carrying 227 Syrians and Palestinians. The group consisted […]

Heroin Laden Ship Blown Up

Heroin Laden Ship Blown Up

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta oversaw the operation to blow up the ship caught with the heroin haul worth over USD 11.3 million on Friday, August 29. The President – aboard a Kenya Air Force chopper, and the Kenya Navy in the warship KNS Jasiri – led journalists, security personnel and anti-narcotic officials as the ship and the drugs were […]

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Aug 25-29, 2014)

Readers’ Picks of the Week (Aug 25-29, 2014)

Plastic Main Propellers Making Debut Plastic Main Propellers Making Debut Japanese classification society ClassNK and Nakashima Propeller Co., Ltd., have installed the world’s first carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) propeller on a main propulsion system of a merchant vessel.…Read more Deadliest Week in Mediterranean More than 300 people died while trying to make irregular sea […]

Dry Bulk Shipping Earnings Set for Comeback

Dry Bulk Shipping Earnings Set for Comeback

Despite weak freight rates so far this year, dry bulk shipping earnings are forecast to recover as demand for both major and minor bulk commodities rises, according to the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. Freight rates have been depressed due to a continuing oversupply of vessel capacity, despite recent moderation in […]

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