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More oil pumped from stricken bulk carrier Wakashio

MOL says it is doing everything possible to support the efforts of owner and manager, Nagashiki Shipping and their appointed teams in mitigating they effects of the oil spill from the bulk carrier Wakashio, which grounded after hitting a reef off Mauritius last month.

Time charterer MOL says it deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.

The vessel had around Read More…

CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal Launches New Direct Services to Europe and Indian Subcontinent

Khalifa Port Terminal to Connect with Rotterdam, Hamburg, London, Antwerp, Le Havre, Karachi, Nhava Sheva, and Mundra

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 10 August, 2020: CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, the first overseas greenfield project of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (CSP), has announced the start of a direct, weekly service to several ports across Europe and the Indian Subcontinent.

Operating from Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship deep-water port, Khalifa Port, where the Read More…

London Has Over 80% Share of the Global Maritime Arbitration Market

Research by global, sector-focused law firm HFW has found that London continues to dominate the market for international maritime arbitration, accounting for more than 80% of all cases globally.

London handled 1,737 maritime arbitrations in 2019 – up 14% on the previous year – which equates to around 83% of all international maritime arbitrations that year, according to HFW’s analysis of data from major arbitral institutions around the world.

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Jamaica takes steps to enable crew changes and repatriations

In order to enable crew changes, the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) has listed seafarers among the class of “essential workers” under its Disaster Risk Management Act and has put in place measures to speed up the transit of registered seafarers through its borders.

An estimated 600,000 seafarers are waiting for crew changes – 300,000 on vessels and 300,000 waiting to embark – according to the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).  Many Read More…

Ecochlor receives IMO BWMS Code Type Approval

Ecochlor has received Type Approval from the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for the IMO BWMS Code (MEPC.300(72) / revised 2016 G8) standards.

The new certification applies to the entire range of Ecochlor ballast water management systems (BWMS), with flow rates of between 500 m3/hr. and 16,200 m3/hr., meaning that vessel owners may continue to install Ecochlor’s BWMS after the IMO BWMS Code October 28, 2020 deadline. The Company completed the Read More…

Newport Shipping appoints new MD

As part of the Group’s growth strategy Ingmar Loges has joined Newport Shipping as Managing Director, Germany to further develop the Group’s business activity capability.

Mr Loges will support Newport Shipping in Group financial strategy and marketing strategy for the German market and comes with over 30 years of leading industry experience in domestic and international marketplaces. His previous roles included Global Head of Ship and Offshore Finance for the Read More…

IMO Secretary-General expresses condolences after huge explosion rocks port of Beirut

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has issued a statement following the huge explosion which rocked the port of Beirut yesterday evening (Tuesday).

A huge search, rescue and relief effort has begun in the aftermath of the chemical explosion which is known to have killed at least 78 people and caused extensive damage for miles including the port. The blast sent shockwaves across the city, shattering windows, collapsing roofs and destroying homes. Read More…

Malta’s role in ship recycling and its impact on environmental protection

Jotham Scerri-Diacono, Partner, GANADO Advocates and Rachel Genovese, Regulated Industries Advisor, CSB Group discuss Malta’s role in ship recycling and its impact on environmental protection.


Ship recycling has recently taken a front seat both from a commercial perspective and a legal perspective. With an increasing number of ship owners choosing to recycle their vessels, recycling regulations continued to receive more attention.

The regulation of ship recycling in Europe has Read More…

Guidance issued over resuming safe cruise operations in the EU

Guidance on the gradual and safe resumption of operations of cruise ships in the European Union in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic has been circulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Cruise shipping has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with most sailings stopped. To facilitate the gradual and safe restart of cruise ship operations, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Read More…

Ship recycling in Bangladesh leaps forward with third phase of key project signed

The third phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh has been given the go-ahead, with Norway committing approximately $1.5 million (14 million Norwegian Kroner) to support improved ship recycling in Bangladesh.

The agreement between IMO and the Government of Norway to support Phase III of the project on Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) was signed on 24th July Read More…

Inmarsat, Thetius and Shell Shipping and Maritime launch ‘Crew Welfare Open Innovation Challenge’

Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has joined forces with Shell Shipping and Maritime and maritime digital consultancy Thetius to launch a new ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Challenge aims to identify technology that can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea at a moment when COVID-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.

The six-week Open Innovation Challenge is Read More…

KPI Bridge Oil and OceanConnect Marine complete merger

KPI Bridge Oil and OceanConnect Marine have announced that the two companies have formally completed a merger to create a new brand and entity, KPI OceanConnect.

The merger, first announced in February 2020, now has full regulatory approval, and creates one of the largest and most experienced independent marine energy service and solutions providers in the world. KPI OceanConnect has a 170-strong team operating across 15 locations globally, and an Read More…