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CLIA: cruise lines extend suspension of operations from US ports until mid-September

Miami - “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations,” the association said in a statement. “It is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.”

Troubles in the Med

Libya releases 14 Ukrainian seafarers after three years in jail

Tripoli - 14 Ukrainian seafarers who were arrested off Libya in 2017 have finally returned home. None of them were ever formally charged with a crime, but officials in Tripoli held them for more than three years. The Ukrainian crew and their ship, the product tanker "Ruta", were intercepted by Libyan Navy forces in April 2017 and detained for allegedly smuggling a cargo of diesel

Covid

Bremen does not suffer from the pandemic

Last April, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on maritime traffic seem to have affected only marginally the activity of the German port of Bremen/Bremerhaven

On-board systems and equipment

ABS strengthens its presence in Genoa

The historic American classification Society based in Houston with over 5,500 employees and two hundred offices worldwide, has chosen Genoa as the head quarter for the European MED certification

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Autonomous drone inspections move step closer after successful test

Trondheim - A drone has successfully inspected a 19.4 meter high oil tank on board a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel. The video shot by the drone was interpreted in real-time by an algorithm to detect cracks in the structure. It is the latest step in a technology qualification process that could lead to tank inspections becoming safer and more efficient

Arctic Ocean

DSME wins order for two LNG facilities from Russia

Seoul - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) announced on June 8 that it has won an order for two 360,000-square-meter LNG-barges from a Russian client for about 901.3 billion won. An LNG-barge is a floating LNG terminal in the sea. It is a facility that receives and stores LNG from icebreaking LNG carriers at sea and unloads it onto regular LNG carriers

A global issue

Singapore works with shipping to solve the crew change challenge

The off-going nineteen members of the Liberty's crew will now return home via a chartered flight from Singapore to Colombo, then on to India. Their colleagues - 14 Sri Lankans and four Indian seafarers who arrived from Sri Lanka early Saturday on the same chartered plane - have signed on aboard the ship