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Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden

Additional Container Weighing Legislation Adds to the Burden

  Additional legislation will not have any significant effect on container safety in transport overseas, the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) said with respect to the issue of the proposed weighing of containers.   The proposition comes as ever growing number of shipping accidents are caused by overweight containers, incorrect declarations of the loaded container weights, […]

Cruise Liners Scratching Israel off Itineraries

Cruise Liners Scratching Israel off Itineraries

Following the recent surge of violence in the Gaza Strip, sister companies Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises have decided to steer clear of Israel, Asia Cruise News reports.   The decision is also based on the close shave the German AIDAdiva had when caught amidst a rocket attack at the Israeli Port of Ashdod, with […]

VIDEO: HMS Queen Elizabeth Floated Out

VIDEO: HMS Queen Elizabeth Floated Out

The lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier, the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth has been successfully floated out of the dock in Rosyth.   Capable of carrying up to forty aircraft, the 65,000-tonne warship was officially named by the Queen Elizabeth earlier this month. The official […]

US Coast Guard Reports Multi-Million Drug Bust

US Coast Guard Reports Multi-Million Drug Bust

The US Coast Guard seized more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana with an estimated wholesale value of USD3.5 million, and detained five suspected smugglers during a drug interdiction in the Caribbean Sea, southwest of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.   While on patrol July 8, the Coast Guard Cutter Northland,  a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, detected […]

Demand for Ultra-Large Vessels Changes Course

Demand for Ultra-Large Vessels Changes Course

Demand for newbuild containerships has dwindled during the month of June, as European traffic demand began to increase, heralding a changing course in the industry.   The slowdown in growth of the orderbook, particularly amongst ultra-large vessels, marks a positive sign that improving demand could catch-up with the projected vessel supply by 2016, said Irish […]

Chinese Export Boom Beneficial to Shipping

Chinese Export Boom Beneficial to Shipping

Strong Chinese exports for the month of June triggered an increase in shipping and port operations worldwide.   Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) reports that the analysts expect favourable export tides to flow over to the second half of 2014, with some analysts projecting a double-digit improvements year-on-year. The latest customs data reveal that the […]

Promising Times Ahead for Abu Dhabi Ports

Promising Times Ahead for Abu Dhabi Ports

General cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial Ports has increased by 37% this year.   ADPC’s commercial ports (Musaffah, Khalifa and Zayed Ports) have handled 6.4 million FT of general cargo, compared to 4.7 million FT in the first half of 2014. This is an increase of 1.74 million FT (freight tonnes) compared with the […]

EU Adopts Maritime Activities Planning Legislation

EU Adopts Maritime Activities Planning Legislation

The EU’s General Affairs Council has adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.   Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki welcomed the […]

Ireland, Belize Ratify ILO Maritime Labour Convention

Ireland, Belize Ratify ILO Maritime Labour Convention

Ireland and Belize have ratified International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. This means that from July 8, 2015 and July 21, 2015, Belize and Ireland respectively will be parties to the Convention and will implement the requirements contained therein, both for ships sailing under their flags, and for international ships calling at their ports.   […]

Rising Demand for WTS Inert Gas Systems on Japanese Market

Rising Demand for WTS Inert Gas Systems on Japanese Market

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has secured multiple orders to supply its Maritime Protection Dry Inert Gas Generator (DIGG) systems for installation on LNG carriers under construction at Japan Marine United’s Tsu shipyard.   Two DIGG units will be installed on two gas carriers under construction for Japanese owners Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd./Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd […]

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