China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid S.China Sea tension

Beijing - China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.


The Port of Venice launches two new maritime services

Antwerp - The return of Ocean Alliance’s direct line with the Far East and the new Neptune Line service dedicated to motor vehicles departing from Fusina’s terminal.


Somali pirates engage in shootout with cargo ship crew / VIDEO

London - A cargo ship said ahoy to Somali pirates with a hail of gunfire. Video posted Thursday shows a private security crew fighting off two skiffs of high-seas bandits.


Canary Islands battles two-mile oil slick after ferry crash

Madrid - Emergency teams in the Canary Islands raced on Saturday to contain a three-kilometre oil slick caused by a ferry crashing into underwater fuel pipes, the regional government said in a statement.


Troubled Taiwan shipping line Yang Ming cuts Iran service

Taipei - Taiwan’s troubled Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp is halting its container service to Iran, becoming the first foreign shipping line to abandon the route a year after international sanctions on Tehran were lifted, according to a company source.

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