EMSA chief claims the crew shortage is already affecting ship safety

The shortage of crew coupled with the rapid promotion of unsuitable officers is already having repercussions on the safety side and it is up to the shipping industry to do more and to change its thinking on the issue, according to Willem de Ruiter, Executive Director of The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). In an […]

US slowdown hits Panama Canal transits

 The decline in the US economy has taken its toll on Panama Canal transits in the second quarter of the year but movements of passenger and dry bulk vessels increased significantly, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). These metrics are based on operations from January to March 2008, the second quarter of the ACP’s […]