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Europe

P&O to change flag of UK ships to Cyprus ahead of Brexit
Rolls-Royce completes modernization of thruster plant
Rotterdam unveils plan to reduce CO2
Lithuania LNG port aims to be Baltic hub
Eddie Stobart starts rail service from London port as Brexit looms

North Africa

Pirate attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea

Pirate attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea

London - Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest annual piracy report reveals

China’s foreign trade jumps 16%

China’s foreign trade jumps 16%

Beijing - China’s foreign trade jumped year-on-year to €3.4 trillion in the first 10 months of 2018. Imports surged 20.3 percent while exports grew by 12.6 percent

China’s Expo attracts 1,000 firms from Belt and Road countries
ABB tests fuel cells for ship propulsion

ABB tests fuel cells for ship propulsion

Oslo - ABB Marine, part of the Swedish-Swiss robotics, automation and electrical group, and Norway’s research firm Sintef Ocean have undertaken groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for ship propulsion

Egypt purchases 180,000 tonnes of Russian wheat

Middle East

Oman Shipping mulls further ship investments

Oman Shipping mulls further ship investments

Muscat - Following last week’s order for two very large crude carriers (VLCC) placed with South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME), Oman Shipping Company is set on growing its fleet further

Iran discovers oil in Abadan region
A century on, Basra’s British-era shipyard going strong
Germany bans Iranian airline on suspicion of spying, terror
Erdogan: Turkey is ready to take over Syria’s Manbij

Black Sea

At least 10 dead as fire rages on Black Sea ships
Ten crew members dead after two ships catch fire near Crimea
Moscow extends arrest for Ukrainian seamen

Moscow extends arrest for Ukrainian seamen

Kiev - A Moscow court has extended the detention of eight Ukrainian seamen whowere among 24 captured by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. Three Ukrainian vessels and their crews were fired at and seized by the Russians in November

Two dead as coal ship in distress off Turkey

Two dead as coal ship in distress off Turkey

Istanbul - Two people died and another four were missing on Monday after a ship carrying coal sent a distress signal off the northern coast of Turkey, the coast guard and the local governor’s office said. The Panama-flagged vessel, which departed from Russia’s Azov port, sent out a distress signal

Sovcomflot to add three more LNG fuelled vessels

Sovcomflot to add three more LNG fuelled vessels

Moscow - Sovcomflot, a pioneer in adopting LNG as the primary fuel for large-capacity oil tankers, placed an order with Russia’s Zvezda shipbuilding complex in late December for three product carriers of 51,000 dwt each that will also use LNG as their main fuel