Covid

Pandemic forces virtual safety checks for oil tankers

Ship assessors are resorting to virtual inspections of oil tankers to keep vessels afloat, as the coronavirus pandemic makes physical visits to check for seaworthiness tougher and a slump in fuel demand increases the need for ships as storage

Coronavirus

Virgin Voyages cancels cruises through October 15

Miami - Virgin Voyages, the new adults only cruise line that was originally scheduled to debut this spring, will now sail its first cruise on October 16, 2020. Virgin Voyages has canceled all cruises through October 15, 2020. The cruise line has also rescheduled the Richard’s Birthday Bash sailing for July 14th, 2021

The interview

Post-virus, ONE is optimistic: "We have strong cash reserves and a resilient workforce"

"I agree with what our CEO Jeremy Nixon said: quarantines and lockdowns in many parts of the world have created new ways of working, asking our industry to adapt to keep the management level of our business high - says Angelo Chiarlo, Italy Country Head of Ocean Network Express (ONE) - Today we must guarantee minimal interruptions to our daily operations through excellent e-commerce and e-payment tools"

Statistics

China-Europe rail freight services buck falling volumes trend

Duisburg - China-Europe rail freight is bucking the pandemic-wide trend of falling air and ocean volumes, boasting double-digit growth this year. According to China Railway Group, 2,920 trains ran between January and April, carrying 262,000 teu, up 24% year on year. Last month alone, westbound volumes were up 58% and eastbound 29%, totalling 88,000 teu

Project cargo

Recent critical shipments handled by Wilhelmsen UAE

Dubai - Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is continuing to handle critical shipments within GCC countries during the COVID-19 lockdown of land borders by utilising different sea freight solutions. Their team in Dubai recently handled 1,706mt of steel plates from Hamriyah Free Zone Port in Sharjah to Shuwaikh Port (Kuwait

Statistics

Port of Piraeus sees marginal container volume growth in Q1

Piraeus - Greece’s largest port – Piraeus – saw marginal increase in the number of containers handled in the first quarter of 2020. Despite the great decline in international trade due to COVID-19, Piraeus managed to marginally increase the number of containers handled on an annual basis

Development

Investment in railways connect dry ports in Africa / FOCUS

Il Cairo - In 1970, many African countries had been independent for barely 10 years and their economic development agenda, which was still in its infancy, included ambitious plans to develop inland ports. These ports were to serve as intermodal nodal points with the aim of achieving a seamless network of railway lines and roads linked to the region’s seaports

Close to Port Canaveral

SpaceX ship rescues boater

Port Canaveral - The crew of the SpaceX Fleet ship "Go Searcher" performed a good Samaritan rescue on Friday while practicing recovery of the Crew Dragon astronaut capsule. The 54-year-old man was rescued by the Good Samaritan vessel near Port Canaveral

The Covid 19 effect

Alang, 70% of the workforce at home

Dubai - There has been a slow and cautious easing of restrictions in ship recycling sectors across the Indian subcontinent markets as certain yards get back to work in Alang and a few vessels waiting for special permissions in Bangladesh have finally been allowed to beach this week.

Freight rates

Crude oil tanker earnings drop 68% in nine days

Copenhagen - Crude oil tanker earnings have come down sharply in recent weeks with Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) earnings from the Middle East Gulf to China dropping 68% in just nine days (from USD 222,591 per day on 22 April to USD 71,885 per day on 4 May)

The best practices are applicable to commercial and naval vessels, as well as drilling units, production installations and other offshore units

ABS Launches Guidance Aimed at Sanitizing Marine and Offshore Assets Exposed to COVID-19

Response Measures to COVID-19 for the Marine and Offshore Industries provides best practice guidelines for sanitizing assets exposed to COVID-19 and helps maritime leadership address the many challenges the virus brings.

The international fair

SMM falls victim to COVID-19, postponed to 2021

Hamburg will be much less busy this September after it was announced that SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, has been postponed to 2-5 February 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its global impact

Covid-19

Meyer shipyard in Finland to cut up to 450 jobs

German shipyard Meyer Werft’s Finnish subsidiary on Tuesday started statutory talks to lay off up to 450 of its roughly 2,000 employees because of a hit to business from the coronavirus pandemic

Portugal

Port of Sines receives tanker powered by LNG

On this trip, the ship “Eagle Brasilia”, coming from the port of Sullom Voe, in the United Kingdom, docked at the Liquid Bulk Terminal to unload 100 thousand tons of crude to the Sines refinery

After lockdown

European shipyards resume work

Genova - Several of Europe’s leading shipbuilders have announced plans to slowly resume operations after more than a month of disruptions. During the peak of the coronavirus, shipbuilders in Italy, France, Spain, and Germany were each forced to suspend operations