Maritime Tensions Between Indonesia and...

By The Lowy Interpreter | 01-08-2020 [By Greta Nabbs-Keller] Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Indonesian maritime forces at Natuna,...

Maritime Tensions Between Indonesia and China Escalate
posted on: Jan 9, 2020

Fire Aboard Cosco Boxship Caused...

By The Maritime Executive |01-08-2020 Cosco Pacific (file image courtesy Briyyz / Twitter) The container fire aboard the boxship...

Fire Aboard Cosco Boxship Caused by Container Load of Batteries
posted on: Jan 9, 2020

Three kidnapped and four killed...

Casualties | 07/01/20 | SAFETY4SEA Above image is used for illustration purposes only / Credit: Shutterstock / Andrey Polivanov...

Three kidnapped and four killed after piracy attack in Gulf of Guinea
posted on: Jan 9, 2020

Weekly Vessel Valuations Report, January...

Weekly Vessel Valuations Report | 07/01/2020 Tanker: Tanker values have remained stable. VLCCs Nectar, Nautica and Noble (307,300 DWT,...

posted on: Jan 8, 2020
Shipbreaking Expected to Roar Ahead in 2020, as More Ships Could Head for Demolition

Shipbreaking Expected to Roar Ahead in 2020, as More Ships Could Head for Demolition...

posted on: Jan 8, 2020

in Hellenic Shipping News 08/01/2020 2019 could be characterized as an underwhelming year in terms of demolition activity, at least in terms of the comparison between the initial expectations and the end result. However, 2020 could be the year of… redemption. In its first report of the year, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “as we enter a new decade, it is interesting to recall the vast change to the ship recycling industry over the last 10 years and the positive resolution from India that all recycling yards will be Hong Kong Convention compliant (adopted 2009) within the next 2 years and the expectation that Bangladesh could closely follow suit. Incredible strides have occurred over the last decade by many of the actual ship recyclers themselves to upgrade their yards to a standard that provides a safe and environmentally friendly workplace for the labourers and the local habitat where...

Britain’s Royal Navy to Escort UK-Flagged Ships Through Strait of Hormuz

Britain’s Royal Navy to Escort UK-Flagged Ships Through Strait of Hormuz...

posted on: Jan 6, 2020

January 5, 2020 by Reuters Royal Navy frigate HMS MONTROSE (front) and Type 45 Destroyer HMS DUNCAN (rear) escorting a tanker international shipping lanes in the Gulf. Photo: UK Royal Navy / LPhot Rory Arnold LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s navy will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection after the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani inflamed tensions in the region. Britain’s defense minister, Ben Wallace, ordered the HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to prepare to return to escort duties in the major oil shipping route as Prime Minister Boris Johnson came in for criticism for his silence over the killing. Media reports have said Johnson is on holiday in the Caribbean. “The government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time,” Wallace said in a statement. Britain was forced to defend its ships through the...

Dhaka ICD posts 14pc growth, Ctg port 7.0pc

Dhaka ICD posts 14pc growth, Ctg port 7.0pc

posted on: Jan 6, 2020

The Financial Express | January 04, 2020 The Dhaka Inland Container Depot (ICD), the biggest container terminal in the country, has recorded container traffic of over 95,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2019, which is an all-time high, according to a statement of the ICD. On the other hand, the Chittagong port, the prime sea port of the country, posted a 7.0 per cent growth in container handling last year, port sources said. The port usually registers a double-digit growth year on year. The port handled around 3.1 million TEUs of containers, including import, export and empty ones, in the just-concluded year. The record growth of containers in the Dhaka ICD is marked by a 13.61 per cent rise year on year. People familiar with the development at the Dhaka ICD told the FE that this achievement was due to improvements in rail tracks between Dhaka and Chattogram. The...

Pirates Kidnap Eight from Greek Tanker Off Cameroon

Pirates Kidnap Eight from Greek Tanker Off Cameroon...

posted on: Jan 1, 2020

December 31, 2019 by Bloomberg MT Happy Lady. Photo: MarineTraffic.com/K. Faasse By Sotiris Nikas (Bloomberg) –Five Greeks, two Filipinos and a Ukrainian were abducted by unidentified assailants from the Greek-flagged tanker ‘Happy Lady’ while the vessel was anchored two nautical miles from Limboh port in Cameroon. The attack on the 28 crew-member ship took place in the early hours Tuesday, the Greek Shipping Ministry said in an emailed statement. The Happy Lady is a chemical/oil tanker with a carrying capacity of 51,390 tons and is owned by Athens-based Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “We’re doing everything needed for them to be released and returned home,” Greek Shipping Minister Yannis Plakiotakis said in a social media post. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis asked the minister to take what ever action necessary for the incident to be happily resolved. A sixth Greek sailor was injured in...

Piracy Along Malacca-Singapore Straits Jumps Nearly Fourfold

Piracy Along Malacca-Singapore Straits Jumps Nearly Fourfold...

posted on: Dec 31, 2019

December 30, 2019 by Bloomberg Ships at anchor off Singapore. File photo: Shutterstock/Rasti Sedlak By Ann Koh (Bloomberg) –Piracy has surged this year along Southeast Asia’s straits of Malacca and Singapore, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, according to a watch group that tracks maritime security. Incidents along the shipping choke point have risen to 30, from 8 last year, according to data from ReCAAP ISC, a piracy information group with 20 member nations, mostly in Asia. That’s highest figure since 104 incidents in 2015, according to the group’s data. ReCAAP warned in a Dec. 25 note of the possibility of further attacks as the perpetrators haven’t been arrested and that it’s “seriously concerned” over the increase in piracy incidents. The straits — along peninsular Malaysia’s southwest coast and extending east past Singapore, Asia’s top ship-refueling hub — sees oil and other commodities from the Middle East, Africa...

Iran seizes ship, arrests 16 Malaysians

Iran seizes ship, arrests 16 Malaysians

posted on: Dec 31, 2019

CNA | 31 Dec 2019 File photo of an Iranian patrol boat armed with a Russian-made ZU-23-2, a twin-barreled anti-aircraft cannon. (US NAVY/AFP) TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a ship suspected of fuel-smuggling and arrested 16 Malaysian crew members, state media reported on Monday (Dec 30). The website of IRIB state television said the Guards confiscated 1.3 million litres of “smuggled fuel” from the unnamed vessel 15 nautical miles from Abu Musa island. Advertisement “The ship’s 16 crew who are of Malaysian nationality were arrested,” the Guards’ naval commander for the region, Brigadier General Ali Ozmayi, was quoted as saying. Abu Musa is one of three islands in the southern Gulf that are under Iranian control but claimed by the United Arab Emirates. “This is the sixth ship smuggling fuel that (the Guards’) navy has confiscated,” added Ozmayi. In September, Iran seized a boat and arrested 12 Filipino crewmen...

Strong Shipping Market Hurt Demolition Market During Second Half of 2019

Strong Shipping Market Hurt Demolition Market During Second Half of 2019...

posted on: Dec 30, 2019

Strong Shipping Market Hurt Demolition Market During Second Half of 2019 in Hellenic Shipping News 28/12/2019 The ships’ recycling market has been mixed during 2019, with the first half being rather normal, before plunging by 20% over the second half, mainly as a result of improved freight rate markets. In its latest report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “it has been a year of two halves where the first six months were very encouraging and prices where a shade below the US$ 500/ldt level, with a steady flow of tonnage entering the market. This stopped short and started to become what can only be described as a forgettable second half for the recycling industry with supply down 20% from last year but unlike other years, price levels not rising on the back of the shortage”. The shipbroker said that “the strong freight markets across all shipping sectors performed...

CONGRATULATIONS, INDIA

CONGRATULATIONS, INDIA

posted on: Dec 30, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS, INDIA by F R Chowdhury      30 December 2019 Born in British India in 1945, I came across two more nationality changes automatically. The first was the independence of Pakistan and India in 1947 when I became an East Pakistani. The second was in 1971 when East Pakistan became an independent country named Bangladesh. Then in 1991, I applied for a job in the UK and joined British Civil Service that eventually led to my British citizenship. In my retirement I live in the UK and occasionally write on my life time experiences. For this New Year 2020, I decided to write to congratulate the people of India for what they have finally achieved. India became independent after nearly 200 years of colonial rule on 15-August-1947 when in fact two countries emerged out of original India. Within matter of three years India had its own constitution and became a...

Chabahar Port: US gives ‘written’ assurance to India facilitating banks to fund $85 mn equipment purchase

Chabahar Port: US gives ‘written’ assurance to India facilitating banks to fund $85 mn equipment purchase...

posted on: Dec 29, 2019

Chabahar Port: US gives ‘written’ assurance to India facilitating banks to fund $85 mn equipment purchase P Manoj MUMBAI | December 25, 2019 The Hindu Business Line Chabahar port.   –  Reuters The port is of great strategic importance for the development of regional maritime transit traffic to Afghanistan and Central Asia In a big breakthrough, the United States has given a written assurance to India that will help facilitate global banks to fund the purchase of equipment worth $85 million to be erected at Chabahar port which India is developing in Iran. In November 2018, the United States granted a waiver to the port from the sanctions it has imposed on the Persian Gulf nation. “We have to procure equipment for running the port, but because of the US sanctions, we are not able to procure,” a government official briefed on the issue said. “We have placed the...

Ecuador Concerned Sunken Barge Recovery in Galapagos – Incident Video

Ecuador Concerned Sunken Barge Recovery in Galapagos – Incident Video...

posted on: Dec 29, 2019

December 26, 2019 by Reuters Ecuadoran authorities are seen at the site where a barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel sank at the La Predial dock of San Cristobal, the easternmost island of the Galapagos archipelago, in Ecuador, December 23, 2019. Courtesy of Parque Nacional Galapagos/Handout via REUTERS QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s environment minister, Raul Ledesma, said on Monday that a situation involving a sunken barge in the Galapagos Islands which was carrying 600 gallons of diesel is under control but added that authorities are “very concerned” about the vessel’s recovery. The barge sank on Sunday after a crane at the La Predial dock of San Cristobal – the easternmost island of the Galapagos archipelago – fell while unloading cargo, Ecuador’s navy said in a statement on Twitter. Located around 1,000 kilometers from mainland Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are home to a variety of flora and fauna that famously...

The Maritime Stories That Shaped the Decade

The Maritime Stories That Shaped the Decade

posted on: Dec 29, 2019

December 27, 2019 by Mike Schuler As the 2010’s come to a close, we’re taking a look back at the maritime stories that kept us talking the most these last ten years.  Deepwater Horizon Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21. U.S. Coast Guard Photo For me, the Deepwater Horizon was one of those “I’ll never forget where was when I first heard” kind of events. I was sitting in my home office in San Luis Obispo, probably contemplating how the heck to make gCaptain work, when I got a call from a maritime lawyer friend of ours telling me to check out the forum. When I logged on, I saw the post: “The Deepwater Horizon is on fire and the flames are 200’ tall. All personnel have abandon ship.” Many of you probably don’t realize this, but that was...

Five piracy incidents take place in Singapore Strait in five days

Five piracy incidents take place in Singapore Strait in five days...

posted on: Dec 26, 2019

Credit: Shutterstock Five piracy incidents take place in Singapore Strait in five days ReCAAP ISC issued five incident alerts, focusing on three piracy attacks which took place on December 19 and two on December 23, concerning ships underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait. Security | 23/12/19 The 2019 incidents for the first three quarters included: 95 vessels boarded,10 vessels fired upon,10 attempted attacks, andfour vessels hijacked. -December 19 incidents- #First Incident At about 0532 hours, Jian Fa bulk carrier was sailing through the Singapore Strait towards China when an unknown number of perpetrators boarded the bulk carrier. The Singapore Police Coast Guard notified the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS), and around 0700 hours, the ship informed Singapore VTIS that a search on board the ship was conducted and there was no sighting of the perpetrators. The crew remained safe and there was nothing stolen from the...

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