Category archives for: Asia Pacific

20,000 People Risked Their Lives in Sea Crossings

20,000 People Risked Their Lives in Sea Crossings

A new UNHCR report on irregular maritime movements in South East Asia estimates that 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the first half of this year. Many were Rohingya who fled Myanmar and arrived in the region suffering the effects of malnutrition and abuse during the journey. Several hundred people were also […]

HRAS to Investigate Fishermen Murders

HRAS to Investigate Fishermen Murders

Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has announced the commencement of its own international investigation into the murders of seafarers in international waters, following the airing of the chilling YouTube footage showing fishermen being shot at and eventually murdered off Fiji. HRAS is being supported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce, Quintel Intelligence, Globus […]

Bulker Carrying Australian Iron Ore Runs Aground

Bulker Carrying Australian Iron Ore Runs Aground

Panamanian flagged bulk carrier Garima Prem ran aground on August 18th, off Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, according to the local Maritime Safety Agency. The vessel, carrying 72,555 tons of iron ore on board, was heading from Australia’s Port Hedland toward the Port of Lanshan when the grounding occurred, MarineTraffic data shows. According to Xinhua, the […]

CMA CGM Joins Forces with Box Trio

CMA CGM Joins Forces with Box Trio

French liner company CMA CGM S.A. announced a co-operation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade commencing from Shanghai in early of November. The new service will be operated with 7 vessels of 4,250 TEU nominal […]

Annual Global Cost of Piracy Measured in Billions

Annual Global Cost of Piracy Measured in Billions

The global cost of piracy, including the cost of piracy off eastern Africa, remains uncertain, with existing assessments providing divergent estimates and conclusions. Studies carried out by RAND Institute and the IMB have estimated piracy costs to range between US$1 and US$16 billion per year, according to the latest UNCTAD report on maritime piracy. The […]

Sino-Global Swoops on Longhe

Sino-Global Swoops on Longhe

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd., an international shipping agency and logistic services provider, has executed an agreement to acquire all of the equity of Hong Kong-based  Longhe Ship Management  Co., Limited in a move to broaden Sino-Global’s service platform and gain expertise in the ship management business. Sino-Global’s agreement to acquire all of the equity of […]

Strike at Ningbo Port Turns Violent

Strike at Ningbo Port Turns Violent

A massive strike by as many as 10,000 truck drivers at Ningbo’s Beilun Container Port erupted into violence on August 20, as protestors clashed with riot police and smashed the windshields of trucks crossing the picket line, according to China Labour Bulletin. Truck drivers, unhappy at haulage rates which had remained unchanged for the past eight […]

Maersk Line Keeps the Lead

Maersk Line Keeps the Lead

Danish shipping giant Maersk Line has cemented its top rating as most reliable line company, according to  maritime analyst SeaIntel’s midyear review. According to the review, during the second quarter, the overall industry reliability has improved. However, there is a widening gap between industry players. Maersk Line scored an above-industry rating of 86.1%,  which was […]

Ice Crusts Melting Faster Than Ever

Ice Crusts Melting Faster Than Ever

Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), have for the first time extensively mapped Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice sheets with the help of the ESA satellite CryoSat-2, and have thus been able to prove that the ice crusts of both regions momentarily decline at an unprecedented rate. In […]

VIDEO: Life on the High Seas

VIDEO: Life on the High Seas

The International Labour Organisation ILO marks a year since the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 entered into force worldwide on August 20, 2013. The MLC, 2006 provides comprehensive protection at work for seafarers. ILO TV travelled on board a container vessel to hear first-hand from seafarers what it’s like to spend months at sea and what […]

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