Category archives for: Middle East

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 […]

Shipowners Want More Money to Call at Libyan Ports

Shipowners Want More Money to Call at Libyan Ports

Reopening of the Libyan ports Ras Lanuf  and Es Sider that were blocked for about a year by federalist rebels, along with the restart of crude oil transport  will see a spike in Mediterranean Aframax freight rates, according to Platts. The first cargoes have already been shipped from the two ports and more crude is […]

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 […]

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 […]

IMB: Shipping Next Playground for Hackers

IMB: Shipping Next Playground for Hackers

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is calling for vigilance in the maritime sector as it emerges that shipping and the supply chain is the ‘next playground for hackers’. IMB said, “Recent events have shown that systems managing the movement of goods need to be strengthened against the threat of cyber-attacks. “It is vital that lessons […]

Global Containership Fleet Still Too Big

Global Containership Fleet Still Too Big

The number of container ships transporting goods around the world has fallen in the first half of 2014 but the total capacity of the global fleet continues to increase, consulting firm Drewry Maritime Research said in a note on Monday. Drewry Maritime Research predicts a fall in the number of container ships on an annual […]

APM Terminals Records Profit Bump

APM Terminals Records Profit Bump

APM Terminals delivered an increased profit of USD 223m (USD 179m 2Q 2013) and a return on invested capital of 14.2% (12.8%) in the first six months of 2014. Terminals becoming fully operational, as well as new terminals added to the portfolio supported the 8% growth in volume. More than 80% of EBITDA was generated in […]

Ocean Container Sector Cutting Its Carbon Footprint

Ocean Container Sector Cutting Its Carbon Footprint

BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group’s 2014 “Global Maritime Trade Lane Emissions Factors” report—which provides data from more than 2,900 ships, representing around 85 percent of global ocean container capacity—indicates that average carbon-dioxide emissions for global ocean container transport have declined year on year, and by nearly 8 percent between 2012 and 2013. 8 % decrease […]

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