Maritime

  • Pirates’ Strategies and Countermeasures in the South China Sea

    Jun 19, 2018 — The South China Sea averages about 150 piracy incidents per year but can see spikes of activity that push it up to 550. Almost 30 percent of worldwide maritime traffic travels through the area. This includes all of the European goods to China, and almost all of the oil from the Persian Gulf to South East Asia.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

    Jun 19, 2018 — As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • What is The Future for the Global Container Shipping Industry?

    Jun 19, 2018 — A new report produced by the TT Club and global management consulting firm McKinsey looks at what the future may hold for the container industry over the next 25 years.
  • Port Kembla Reopens After Bulker Blaze

    Jun 18, 2018 — A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours.
  • Congestion and delays at port of Felixstowe expected to continue

    Jun 15, 2018 — The UK’s major container gateway of Felixstowe is expected to continue experiencing severe congestion after the troubled implementation of a new IT system. An advisory issued by MSC said all carriers calling at the port were still experiencing “significant delays”.
  • Containership Abandoned in Bay of Bengal Due to Major Fire

    Jun 15, 2018 — The Indian Coast Guard has rescued all 22 crew member of a containership following a major fire aboard the vessel while about 50 miles off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. The India-flagged SSL Kolkata reported fire just after midnight on Thursday. The fire was reportedly caused by an explosion in one of the shipping containers and later spread to about 60 other containers.
  • Investors Nervous as Doubts Raised Over COSCO Takeover of OOCL

    Jun 14, 2018 — COSCO’s $6.3bn takeover of Orient Overseas International (OOIL), parent of container line OOCL, is now in doubt, according to Alphaliner. The consultant said “doubts remain” whether the acquisition could be completed by the 30 June completion deadline.
  • Australia, Paris MoU Ban Cargo Ships Following Port State Control Detentions

    Jun 12, 2018 — The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship Thorco Luna after it was detained by port state control inspectors for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards. Separately, the Paris MoU on Monday announced it has banned two ships for a period of three months each after they were detained in Russia and the U.K., respectively.
  • Shipowners complain at the burden of environmental regulations, but trade will not grind to a halt

    Jun 12, 2018 — Talk of regulation was never very far away at Posidonia last week with the 2020 sulphur cap dominating, along with the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions question, and the Ballast Water Management Convention.
  • Singapore restricts navigation near Sentosa for Trump - Kim summit

    Jun 11, 2018 — Singapore is imposing restrictions on navigation and prohibited zones next week in the waters around Sentosa Island where the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be held.
  • Panama Canal Sets New Monthly Tonnage Record (Again)

    Jun 7, 2018 — The Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record last month, breaking the previously-held record the third time since the opening of the Expanded Panama two years ago. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the autonomous agency of the Panama Government responsible for the management of waterway, said it recorded a new record of 38.1 million tons after facilitating the transit of 1,231 vessels in May 2018.
  • Philippines secures $173m Korea loan for new Cebu port project

    Jun 6, 2018 — Following Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to South Korea, a $172.6m loan agreement has been signed for the construction of the $199.3m Cebu International Container Port (CICT), local reports cited the Department of Finance (DOF) as saying.
  • Drewry Hits Out at Container Lines as Anger Builds Over Bunker Fuel Surcharges

    Jun 6, 2018 — In the face of increasing anger from shippers over emergency bunker surcharges, shipping consultant Drewry too has hit out at ocean carriers for the “failure to control costs” that left them exposed to a fuel price spike. Drewry said the EBSs were a “desperate move” by carriers that would only partially reimburse them for the surge in bunker prices.
  • FMC Demands Details on PierPass Changes at Los Angeles / Long Beach Ports

    Jun 5, 2018 — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced it has decided to issue a formal Request for Additional Information (RFAI) in response to an amendment filed in April by the parties to the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA). The amendment would change the PierPass fee structure and implement appointment systems for truckers serving facilities at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
  • North Europe ports see decent volumes while concerns linger

    Jun 5, 2018 — The report indicated that total container volumes across the six ports increased by 12.1%, or 414,000 TEU from February to March, the most recent month for which data is available, for a total of 3.84 million TEU, which it said would translate into a 4.6% annual increase.
  • Container Lines Battle Shippers Over Bunker Surcharges

    Jun 4, 2018 — Several of the world's largest container shipping companies have imposed emergency bunker surcharges upon their customers in the past two weeks, seeking to claw back revenues lost to rising fuel bills caused by the jump in crude prices in recent months.
  • Yang Ming Containership Loses 83 Containers in Heavy Seas Off Australia

    Jun 4, 2018 — A Yang Ming containership has lost more than 80 containers overboard while battling heavy swells off the east coast of Australia. The Liberian-flagged ship YM Efficiency was sailing from Tawain to Port Botany near Sydney when the stack of containers collapsed at as the ship was underway off New South Wales’ central coast at around 4 a.m. Friday morning.
  • India relaxes cabotage rules for foreign ships

    Jun 1, 2018 — In a major decision last week, India’s Ministry of Shipping (MoS), relaxed the cabotage law issuing a General Order, under which it is now not required for a foreign flag vessel to obtain a licence under Section 407 of the MSA to carry ex-im containers and empty containers on the Indian coast.
  • Container spot rates react calmly to controversial bunker surcharges

    Jun 1, 2018 — Container spot rates from Asia to Europe this week showed only a modest reaction to the emergency bunker surcharge (EBS) drive by ocean carriers. However, on the transpacific tradelane, the container lines enjoyed greater success.
  • Indonesia, India Plan to Develop Strategic Indian Ocean Port

    May 31, 2018 — Indonesia and India pledged on Wednesday to step up defense and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta.
  • Ocean container shipping operators intend to impose new “emergency” surcharge

    May 31, 2018 — For many global logistics managers, the ocean cargo container shipping industry appears to move from one crisis to another without addressing fundamental supply and demand business practices. Further evidence of this surfaced in recent weeks when the world’s leading vessel operators announced the introduction of “emergency” bunker surcharges in response to rising fuel costs. As a throwback to bygone days of “cartel” action, this tactic was done in unison, placing higher costs on existing bunker surcharges.
  • IMO Takes First Steps to Address Autonomous Ships

    May 29, 2018 — The IMO has officially commenced work to look into how safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) operations may be addressed in IMO instruments. The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) endorsed a framework for a regulatory scoping exercise, as work in progress, including preliminary definitions of MASS and degrees of autonomy. MASS has been defined as a ship which, to a varying degree, can operate independently of human interaction.
  • Will Hong Kong do the necessary to revamp its maritime industry?

    May 29, 2018 — With characteristic candour and acute business acumen, Hong Kong’s latest efforts to revamp and revive its maritime industry actually look like they have a good chance of succeeding. However whether they work or not will depend on another key characteristic of the city – its democratic political process.
  • Trump White House Seeking Public Comment on Which Maritime Regulations to Remove

    May 24, 2018 — The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is seeking public input on how the federal government can reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the maritime sector as part of the Trump Administration’s broad plan to deregulate American industries.
  • Shippers with Cargo on Maersk Honam Face Hefty Bill to Get it Released

    May 24, 2018 — Shippers with cargo aboard the fire-stricken Maersk Honam will have to stump up over half its value if it is to be released under general average arrangements.
  • New Port of Rotterdam app cuts waiting time by 20%, reduces CO2 emissions

    May 24, 2018 — The port said in a press release that the application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at its terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. In addition, Pronto directly contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port, it added.
  • Dwindling Merchant Marine fleet crimps U.S. ability to wage war

    May 17, 2018 — The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America's position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.
  • Blockchain-based app can hold supply chain partners accountable for container damage

    May 17, 2018 — Logistics services provider TCompanies’ newest venture, Photo Equipment Interchange Receipt (PEIR), is an app for logistics companies that aims to digitalize the process of recording damage to containers and trailers. The PEIR app’s interface allows those handling freight at transition points in the supply chain to snap photos of the state of the container or trailer and store the files in the blockchain-encrypted app.
  • The Value of Sustainability in the Shipping Industry Today

    May 7, 2018 — For the past few weeks, we have been witnessing a series of debates and discussions over sustainability in shipping and the importance of cutting down CO2 emissions in order to protect the sea environment from increasing pollution. Last month in London, at a phenomenal four-day deliberation of the IMO delegates, an historic carbon dioxide reduction deal was reached, agreeing that emissions must be cut by 50 percent by 2050.
  • Singapore to set up up maritime cybersecurity centre

    Apr 26, 2018 — Speaking at a Maritime Cyber Security Seminar in Singapore Tuesday, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore chairman Niam Chiang Meng pledged the authority's continued support towards awareness building and capability development to help the industry boost its cyber resilience.
  • U.S. Questions COSCO’s Takeover of Long Beach Terminal -Report

    Apr 23, 2018 — A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The terminal is part of COSCO’s planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • Panama Canal Tugboat Captains Locked in Heated Dispute with Management Over Safe Manning of Tugs

    Apr 19, 2018 — Panama Canal tugboat captains are locked in a heated dispute with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the manning and safe operation of tugboats in the new Neopanamax locks. The dispute escalated in recent days since the ACP announced sanctions against some tugboat captains who the ACP accused of interrupting the performance of the Canal and causing economic loss by refusing to transit vessels on April 12.
  • Shipping Industry Switch to LNG Bunker Fuel Not Enough to Meet Strict Carbon Regulations – Analyst

    Apr 18, 2018 — Switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel ocean-going vessels may not be enough for shippers to comply with long-term emissions regulations and they will have to find additional ways of reducing emissions, JBC Energy said on Tuesday.
  • Malacca Strait security needed by ASEAN

    Apr 17, 2018 — Multilateral cooperation among ASEAN militaries has been successful, but still needs to improve if the vital sea lines of communication of the Malacca Strait are to remain clear, particularly with the rise of two strategic military competitors to the east and west, namely China and India.
  • EU Action on Ship Emissions Helping to Reduce Air Pollution in Ports and Along Coastlines

    Apr 17, 2018 — Air pollution from shipping has been significantly reduced around European coastlines and ports thanks to the concerted action by the European Union and industry to reduce sulphur emissions from ships, the European Commission said in a report released Monday. The report is the first European Commission report on compliance with Directive (EU) 2016/802, more commonly referred to as the Sulphur Directive, which regulates SOx emissions from ships in European waters.
  • U.S. West Coast ports report mixed message for first quarter

    Apr 16, 2018 — The Port of Long Beach has completed its best ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March. The quick start is 19.4 percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever.
  • Iqbal says Gwadar Port to emerge as top sea port of Asia

    Apr 11, 2018 — Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal said that Gwadar Port will emerge as the top sea port of Asia after completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
  • Maersk Considering Female CFO Amid Gender Gap in Top Management

    Apr 11, 2018 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is considering hiring its first female chief financial officer, as the century-old conglomerate seeks to make up for a widening gender gap in top management. Shipping is a traditionally male-dominated industry and Jim Hagemann Snabe, who’s been chairman for a year now, says more diversity would be good for business at Denmark’s largest company, which operates in 130 countries.
  • Morocco’s Tanger-Med port running at full speed

    Apr 10, 2018 — Inaugurated in 2007, the Tanger-Med port complex, not far from the Strait of Gibraltar, handled 51.3 million tonnes of cargo, on a par with the Port of London. Its industrial park, connected to a free-trade zone, is creating jobs at a rate that “exceeds expectations,” port Director-General Jaafar Mrhardy. With 750 companies and thousands of employees, the port generated $6.8 billion of revenue in 2017.
  • World’s First Autonomous Shipping Company Established in Norway

    Apr 5, 2018 — Shipping group Wilhelmsen and technology firm KONGSBERG, both from Norway, have joined forces to establish the new company, named Massterly, which will launch later this year offering the complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.
  • FMC Orders Carriers to Disclose Demurrage Practices

    Apr 4, 2018 — On Monday, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has begun its investigation into terminal operators' and ocean carriers' practices for port demurrage, detention and free time. In its first move, FMC is ordering carriers and terminals to disclose information and documents explaining these practices.
  • Can IT help the shipping industry deep-six the container "no-show" problem?

    Apr 4, 2018 — About one-quarter of all ship bookings never materialize because users find cheaper rates elsewhere, according to the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), which has created a digital capacity-allocation platform supported by real-time market data and binding contracts with incentives for shippers to ship on the contracted vessel and carriers to make the contracted capacity available. No-shows cost carriers about $23 billion a year, NYSHEX has estimated.
  • First post-panamax containership calls PSA-Panama

    Apr 3, 2018 — On Monday the 13,100 teu MSC Renee became the first post-panamax to call PSA-Panama after it completed its expansion early this year.
  • Shipping Industry Confidence at Four-Year High

    Apr 3, 2018 — Shipping confidence reached a four-year high in the three months to end-February 2018, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.
  • Japan’s ‘ONE’ Network Starts Business as World’s Sixth-Largest Container Shipping Line

    Apr 3, 2018 — Japan’s Ocean Network Express kicked off operations on Sunday, marking the official start of business for what is now the 6th largest container shipping company by overall capacity. With the combined operations, ONE controls a fleet of about 240 vessels with a combined capacity of 1,440,000 TEU, ranking it as the 6th largest container shipping company with approximately 7% of global share. The company will offer 85 service loops and a comprehensive network linking more than 200 of the world’s major ports.
  • Suez Canal resumes activities after stability of weather

    Mar 30, 2018 — Suez Canal ports reopened and maritime activities were resumed on Thursday after the weather conditions improved. Villages and towns of Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, particularly those overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, witnessed severe winds on Thursday, which lead to the closure of El Brols port.
  • Australia Bans Cargo Ship Over Maritime Labour Convention Violations

    Mar 28, 2018 — Australia has banned the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora from its ports for three months due violations of international crew welfare laws after the operator failed to pay crew wages in full and on time, in addition to other detainable deficiencies.
  • Containership and Bulk Carrier Collide in Denmark’s Great Belt

    Mar 28, 2018 — Maritime authorities in Denmark are investigation a collision between a containership and a bulk carrier in Denmark’s Great Belt, which caused some containers to fall into the water. Seven containers are reported to have been lost from the containership. At least some of the containers have been recovered.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • China Sparks World Container Traffic Boom

    May 15, 2017 — Preliminary data from Drewry’s Container Trades Statistics (CTS) indicates that world container traffic surged by 10% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, fuelled mainly by spikes in imports and exports from China. The CTS numbers point to intra-regional trade as the primary driver of growth with volumes up by 17%, versus 7% for deep-sea traffic.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.