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  • liquefaction

    Liquefaction testing is inadequate, ABTO says

    The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has called for a complete overhaul of the cargo sampling and liquefaction testing protocols for raw ores and less common cargoes, such as nickel ore, fine wet coal and bauxite, pointing out that the current methods for danger identification are inadequate, specially in ports where conditions are inclement. ...

  • evergreen

    Evergreen unveils sea freight services for members

    Evergreen Line has teamed up with, a wholesale marketplace for global trade under Alibaba Group, to provide site members with the option of booking sea freight services online with guaranteed space and prices. The Taiwanese company has also appointed Evergreen Logistics Corporation, as a provider of logistics solutions for members opting for its sea freight services. ...

  • bulk

    Metro Ports to operate bulk terminal at Port of Indiana

    The Ports of Indiana announced that the country’s oldest stevedoring company, Metro Ports, will become the new bulk terminal operator at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. Starting July 1st, Metro Ports will manage the loading and unloading of shipments along the port’s East Harbor for port tenants and outside companies shipping bulk cargoes. ...

  • abu

    Abu Dhabi inks concession agreement to operate Fujairah port

    Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah signed a 35 year concession agreement, for the establishment of "Fujairah Terminals", a new operational arm wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports. The agreement will grant Abu Dhabi Ports the exclusivity to enhance existing infrastructure and itt further extends this exclusivity throughout the emirate of Fujairah for Container business. ...

  • data

    Shipping industry needs better data sharing and collaboration

    The maritime industry and broader ocean supply chain are suffering from major and costly inefficiencies, due to ineffective data sharing and poor cross-industry collaboration, according to a new report released by the Business Performance Innovation Network, in coordination with Navis and XVELA, both part of Cargotec. ...

Recent Posts


Inmarsat broadens network

Responding to the high demand for the ground-breaking Fleet Xpress service, Inmarsat announced its plans to enhance installation support network by boosting from six to 33 the number of ports where the service installation with a flat fee is now available. Inmarsat’s service which won the 2017 SMART4SEA Excellent Award last January, will now be available at 12 Asia Pacific ports, 11 in the Europe Middle-East and Africa region, and 10 ports in the Americas.

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New merger in the tanker sector

Tanker Investments (TIL) has confirmed its merger with Teekay Tankers, creating the 'world’s largest' publicly-traded mid-sized conventional tanker company with combined total assets of $2.4 billion, operating 62 ships.

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loss prevention

UK Club advises on the benefits of ventilation

The UK P&I Club says that it has received a number of claims concerning damaged grain cargos due to cargo sweat and provides advice on the benefits of ventilation. Cargo sweat can be caused primarily by either cargo heating up or from a vessel transiting from a warmer to cooler environment.

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USCG issues new policy letter on Subchapter M

The USCG announced the release of a policy Letter to provide guidance to the Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection and the marine industry on the applicability of 46 CFR 136.202, Certificate of Inspection phase-in period, to existing towing vessels using the Towing Safety Management System option to obtain an initial COI under 46 CFR Subchapter M.

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NYK containership collides with US warship

On June 17, 2017, the NYK containership collided with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Shimoda in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. On June 19th, US Navy confirmed that all seven missing sailors from the USS Fitzgerald were found dead in flooded berthing compartments.

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ABS shares IMO MSC 98 highlights

ABS has issued a brief bulletin providing highlights of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee’s 98th session, which met from June 7 to 16, 2017. The Committee adopted SOLAS amendments effective from 2020 and discussed about the IGF Code revisions, IMSBC Code amendments, cyber risk and autonomous shipping among many other issues.

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Six missing after oil tanker sinks off Malaysia

Six crewmen are reported missing, after an oil tanker sank in Johor waters, off Malaysia, in early hours of June 15. The ship is believed to have capsized due to explosion. Four boats commenced a search and rescue operation in the area, at 12:30 pm of the same day.

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Load-in of Sewol ferry completed in East China Sea

ALE lifting company announced that it has completed the load-in of the Sewol ferry, as part of a complex salvage operation in the East China Sea. During the operation, a record-breaking 600 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporter was used. At 17,000t, this is the heaviest piece ever to be transported by SPMTs.

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UK Chamber urges for step change in shipping safety

At UK Chamber of Shipping's annual summer lunch, in Edinburgh, the president Dr Grahaeme Henderson presented ideas on how to lead the way in creating a safer and more prosperous maritime sector. In order to create a shipping industry that works for all, he said, shipping needs to undergo a step change to radically improve its safety culture.

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