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Britannia announces its new chairman

London - Britannia has a new president. Former Hapag-Lloyd’s chief operating officer, Tony Firmin, takes his new seat as chairman of the Steam Ship Insurance Association


Rotterdam continues to grow in third quarter

Rotterdam - The port of Rotterdam handled 112.4 million tonnes of freight during the third quarter of 2019. This means a total of 353.5 million tonnes has been transhipped up to the end of the third quarter


New set-up for Caribbean feeder services

Bremen - German shipping company Harren & Partner and Spanish Pérez y Cía have reached an agreement for Pérez y Cía to acquire CFS Caribbean Feeder Services Inc. from Harren & Partner

finance and politics

EU deadlocked over Albania membership

Brussels - Bitterly divided EU leaders failed Friday to reach agreement on allowing Albania and North Macedonia to start talks to join the bloc, dealing a fresh blow to their membership hopes. Summit talks ended without a decision despite seven hours of backroom haggling


“Made in Italy loses 20% in US market as result of tariffs”

Coldiretti reports. The benefit from the situation is for the lobby linked to the US dairy industry (CCFN) which has explicitly asked with a letter to impose taxes on imports of European cheeses to favor the fake Made in Italy industry and force the Union European to open the borders to the fake Italian food made in US


Cruise ships in French waters agree to pollute less

Marseille - The main cruise ship operators in French waters have agreed on measures to limit pollution caused by their vessels, including hooking up to the power grid instead of keeping their engines running during stopovers


France urges EU tax on airplane and ship fuel

Paris - France wants the European Union to work on creating a tax on airplane and ship fuels as part of a push to rein in carbon emissions, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday


Cargo ship runs aground in Corsica

Rhone - General cargo ship Rhodanus ran aground on southern coast of Corsica near Bonifacio, at around two on Oct 13th, while en route from Taranto Italy to Rhone France


Greek authority axes Piraeus expansion

Athens - Greece’s Port Planning and Development Committee has rejected a plan submitted by Cosco-controlled Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) to build a fourth container terminal at the port as part of a EUR800m ($881m) investment master plan


Trump takes victory lap on China trade deal / FOCUS

Washington - Engulfed in an impeachment inquiry and other political turmoil, US President Donald Trump on Friday trumpeted the success of his hard-line stance with China, claiming to have scored a major win in the grinding trade war between the economic powers

shipyard and offshore

Magnolia award scooped by Fincantieri chief

Shanghai - Fabrizio Ferri, CEO of the Chinese branch of Fincantieri in Shanghai, has won the Magnolia Silver Award for his contributions to the city’s booming cruise liner industry. Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation joined forces to build the first big cruise ship in China dedicated to Chinese passengers