Government study shows

China's sea levels touched new high in 2021

China's sea levels reached their highest on record last year, swelled by rising water temperatures and the melting of glaciers and polar icecaps, the government said in a report. Coastal sea levels were 84 millimeters (3.3 inches) higher in 2021 than the average over the period from 1993 to 2011

Global Forest Watch

Vast forest losses in 2021 imperil global climate targets, report says

Sao Paulo - The world lost an area of forest the size of the U.S. state of Wyoming last year, as wildfires in Russia set all-time records and Brazilian deforestation of the Amazon remains high, a global forest monitoring project report said on Thursday

To prevent use of its drones in combat

China's DJI halts Russia, Ukraine sales

Drone giant DJI Technology said it will temporarily suspend business in Russia and Ukraine to ensure its products are not used in combat, making it the first major Chinese firm to cite the conflict in halting sales in Russia

Poverty and unemployment in the Niger Delta

Explosion at Nigerian illegal oil refinery kills over 100

More than 100 people were killed overnight in an explosion at an illegal oil refining depot in Nigeria's Rivers state, a local government official and an environmental group said on Saturday: "The fire outbreak occurred at an illegal bunkering site and it affected over 100 people".

Ballast water treatment systems

Bio-Uv Group eyes Italian maritime market with new partnership

French ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) producer Bio-Uv Group has formed a partnership with Fluid Global Solutions (FGS), a provider of pumps and spares to the maritime sector, to strengthen its presence in the Italian ship repair and newbuilding market

War in Ukraine

The "Moskva": Russia's lost Black Sea Fleet flagship / FOCUS

The following are some facts about the "Moskva", the Soviet-era flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, which sank on Thursday after a fire according to the Russian Defence Ministry. Ukraine said the fire was caused by its missile strike

"Sc Phoenix"

Container ship on fire, adrift in the Mediterranean Sea

Damietta - Containership "Sc Phoenix" (IMO 9236262, dwt 12.457, capacity 1.155 TEU, built 2001, flag Liberia, manager Conbulk Shipmanagement) is reported on fire in Mediterranean 90 nautical miles north of Damietta, Egypt

The men were executed in 1995

Dutch court rejects suit of Nigerian widows against Shell

The Hague - A Dutch court on Wednesday rejected a suit against Shell brought by four widows of activists who were executed by the Nigerian government in 1995 after they protested against the oil's company's exploitation of the Niger Delta

A year after "Ever Given"

"Ever Forward", stuck in Chesapeake Bay, evaluated by experts

A salvage team and naval architects are working together to figure out how to free a cargo ship stuck in Chesapeake Bay. The "Ever Forward" was headed from the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, when it ran aground Sunday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said

Case-study

Antarctic fuel-eating microbes may help in plastic clean-up

Buenos Aires - A team of Argentine scientists is using microorganisms native to Antarctica to clean up pollution from fuels and potentially plastics in the pristine expanses of the white continent. The tiny microbes munch through the waste

No reported fatalities

Nigerian oil production and storage vessel explodes

An oil production and storage vessel exploded off the coast of Nigeria early on Wednesday with 10 crew members on board though it was not yet clear if there were any casualties or how much crude might have spilled into the sea

Off Dutch coast in storm

Crew rescued after ships collide

The Hague - The Dutch coastguard rescued 18 crew members from a ship that collided with another vessel in the North Sea on Monday during a storm off the coast of the Netherlands. The vessel, the Maltese registered "Julietta D." collided with an oil and chemicals tanker

No damages on operations

Ecuador's private heavy crude pipeline bursts in Amazon region

Quito - Ecuador's privately held heavy crude pipeline burst on Friday and technical staff are at the scene working to contain the damage, crude transport company OCP Ecuador said. The incident happened in the so-called Piedra Fina zone

Subsea cable repairs to take four weeks or longer

Tonga likely to spend a month without internet cable

The undersea telecommunications cable connecting Tonga to the rest of the world that was damaged by a volcano eruption will take at least a month to fix, its owner said on Wednesday, with the delay likely hampering disaster recovery efforts. The explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, which has killed at least three people and sent tsunami waves across the Pacific, knocked out connectivity to the archipelago on Saturday

The IMB report

Caution urged despite lowest reported maritime piracy incidents since 1994

Maritime piracy and armed robbery attacks reached the lowest recorded level since 1994, the annual piracy report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), published today, reveals. Imb attributes the drop in incidents to vigorous action taken by authorities but has called for continued coordination and vigilance to ensure the long-term protection of seafarers

"Esbern Snare"

Danish frigate kills four pirates in Gulf of Guinea

Copenhagen - A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish military said on Thursday. The "Esbern Snare" is deployed last month to the Gulf of Guinea amid heightened security risks from pirates

An industrial conglomerate pioneer

GE to break up

London - General Electric will split into three public companies as the storied U.S. industrial conglomerate seeks to simplify its business, pare down debt and breathe life into a battered share price, the company said on Tuesday. The split marks the end of the 129-year-old conglomerate that was once the most valuable U.S. corporation and a global symbol of American business power

FOCUS

How GE's Larry Culp split the empire Jack Welch built

London - It was the break-up that eluded a generation of General Electric insiders. When Larry Culp, the first GE chief executive not to rise from within its ranks, convened a board meeting earlier this month to greenlight the split of the industrial conglomerate into three companies, he secured its backing. It was a far cry from board meetings held in the 1980s and 1990s by one of Culp's predecessors

Ignazio Messina & C.

Navis integrates Master Terminal at Milano Segrate Terminal

Genoa - Navis has announced that it has gone live with its Master Terminal operating system at Inter Modal Logistic (IML) Milano Segrate Terminal (Ignazio Messina & C.). Milano Segrate is currently in the process of updating its inland and intermodal terminals

analysis

Ships of the future: risks or opportunities?

Two important factors need to be addressed with the introduction of these technologies. First, validation procedure standards for sensors and how to verify that signal accuracy is maintained over the time

paris

France recalls envoys in U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

On Thursday, Australia said it would scrap the $ 40 billion deal with France's Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines and would instead build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology after striking a trilateral security partnership

skou

Maersk CEO sees no sign of freight market easing this year

He expects global trade volumes to grow 7%-8% this year compared with 2020. "We see very, very strong end-user demand combined with re-stocking and the fact that capacity in ports, warehouses and on ships is not fully utilized due to COVID-19"

Says an advisory body

China should pledge absolute CO2 emissions cap

Shanghai - China needs to impose an absolute cap on carbon emissions during the 2021-2025 period to help meet its climate goals, an influential government advisory body said in a new report. China currently has no set cap on greenhouse gas emissions, now the highest in the world at more than 10 billion tonnes a year

"x-press pearl"

Singapore authorities investigate stricken cargo ship off Sri Lanka / GALLERY

Singapore - Singapore authorities said that they have started their own investigation into a stricken cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals that caught fire off Sri Lanka's west coast. The Singapore-registered "X-Press Pearl" was anchored off Sri Lanka's west coast when a fire erupted onboard

green logistics

Airline body hails Big Oil backlash as catalyst for green fuels

Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association, said that challenges of the kind encountered by Exxon, Chevron and Shell this week could boost investment in the lower-emission fuels so desperately needed by airlines

IEA says

Radical change needed to reach net zero emissions

London - The window of opportunity for reaching net zero emissions by mid-century is narrowing unless the world radically changes the way energy is produced, used and transported, the International Energy Agency (Iea) said on Tuesday

In latest environment probe

China detains 95, punishes 2,500 firms

Shanghai - China has punished more than 2,500 firms and detained 95 people after an inspection across eight provinces turned up instances of illegal quarrying and wetland encroachments among others, the environment ministry said. The inspection teams fanned out from Beijing last month to assess compliance with environmental laws and regulations in the provinces and regions of Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan, Hunan, Guangxi and Yunnan.

After Musk u-turn on the value

How big is Bitcoin's carbon footprint? / FOCUS

London - Tesla boss Elon Musk's sudden u-turn over accepting bitcoin to buy his electric vehicles has thrust the cryptocurrency's energy usage into the headlights. Some Tesla investors, along with environmentalists, have been increasingly critical about the way bitcoin is "mined" using vast amounts of electricity generated with fossil fuels

After cybersecurity attack

Colonial Pipeline halts all pipeline operations

New York - Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline operator, has halted all operations after it fell victim to a cybersecurity attack on Friday, the company said. The company learned of the attack on Friday and took systems offline to contain the threat, it said in a statement. That action has temporarily halted operations and affected some of its IT systems, it said

next week

Germany, France, Spain aim for fighter jet agreement

Berlin - Disagreements over intellectual property rights mean Germany, France and Spain have yet to agree the next steps for a joint fighter jet project, the defence ministry in Berlin said on Saturday after a deadline to find a solution ran out

Cattle

Greece delivers food to cattle ship at sea for months

Greece will deliver 50 tons of animal feed to the Togo-flagged ElBeik, which has been stuck at sea for nearly three months in the Mediterranean carrying hundreds of cattle rejected by their buyers amid fears of disease

Rush for renewable energy hurting rural and indigenous communities disproportionately

Indigenous people "under threat" from Asia clean energy push

Ban Khu - Muhammad Lamoh had no inkling that his small village of Ban Khu in southern Thailand would be key to the nation's renewable energy goals, until local authorities called a community meeting to inform them of a plan to build a biomass plant. The 25 megawatt plant began operating in March last year, despite villagers' concerns about its effects on their health

U.N. report

North Korea developed nuclear, missile programs in 2020

New York - North Korea maintained and developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs throughout 2020 in violation of international sanctions, helping fund them with some $300 million stolen through cyber hacks, according to a confidential United Nations report seen by Reuters on Monday. The report by independent sanctions monitors said Pyongyang "produced fissile material, maintained nuclear facilities and upgraded its ballistic missile infrastructure"

Lost 36 boxes

Containers fall from Evergreen Marine vessel in rough seas

Taipei - Strong winds and rough seas caused dozens of containers on a Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp. vessel to fall into the ocean off Japan's Kyushu on Wednesday after the ship departed from Busan for Los Angeles, the shipping company said Saturday. In a statement, Evergreen Marine, the largest shipper in Taiwan, said the incident happened when the "Ever Liberal" encountered strong winds about 20 nautical miles

Al Shabaab claiming responsibility

Turkish company attacked in Somalia, four dead

Istanbul - A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said. The company's staff were working on the construction of a road between Mogadishu and Afgoye, northwest of the capital, the ministry statement said. Abdiasis Abu Musab, military operation spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, said the group was behind the attack

Adrift in South China sea

"Hyun Jin" ship abandoned

Singapore - Tanker "Hyun Jin" is reported to be abandoned, drifting in South China sea in vicinity 19 00N 115 00E in the afternoon Nov 24. Tanker was en route to Singapore, ETA Nov 25. Last AIS signal dated Nov 19, when tanker was passing Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Tanker "Hyun Jin", IMO 8910940, dwt 1220, built 1989, flag Niue, manager Mrm Services, Singapore

In Piraeus

Propeller Club cleans the Votsalakia Beach

Athens - In an original and socially responsible way, the Propeller Club celebrated the 85th anniversary of its founding, by symbolically cleaning the Votsalakia Beach in Piraeus, on Sunday, October 25th. More than 60 volunteers, led by President Mr. Costis Frangoulis and Members of the Board of Governors, participated in the cleanup, meticulously following the protection measures taken due to the pandemic

Strategies

Israel venture capital firm JVP in talks for potential UAE innovation centre

Dubai - Israeli venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) is in talks with potential partners in the United Arab Emirates to set up an innovation hub there, its chairman said on Monday. JVP Chairman Erel Margalit has met with potential partners and looked at at least one possible site for a hub during a visit to the UAE this week

Nobody injuried

Ship hits dock at Port of Port of Spain

Port of Spain - A container ship, the "Kourou", ran into the dock at the Port of Port of Spain on Saturday night, Seamen and Waterfront Workers trade Union (SWWTU) head Michael Annisette confirmed to Newsday on Sunday

At the Bayonne Container Terminal

"YM Mandate" leaking oil in New York

New York - A crack has been found in the hull of the "YM Mandate", which has lead to a significant oil leak at the Bayonne Bridge Terminal in New Jersey. The US Coast Guard has intervened to stem an oil spill from the fuel tanks of Yang Ming Marine Transport’s 6,572TEU container vessel, "YM Mandate" in the port of New York and New Jersey

The promise

ArcelorMittal commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2050

Brussels - ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, committed on Wednesday to being carbon neutral by 2050, although it said a level playing field with green border adjustments and abundant, affordable clean energy would be required to get there. The company, which makes around 5% of the world's steel, said last year it aimed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2030

Containers

CMA CGM hit by cyber attack

Marseille - French liner major CMA CGM confirmed that it was currently dealing with a cyber-attack impacting peripheral servers. The attack does not include CEVA Logistics: “As soon as the security breach was detected, external access to applications was interrupted to prevent the malware from spreading

The report

Global net zero emissions goal would require $1-2 trln a year investment / FOCUS

London - Achieving net zero emissions by mid-century would cost an estimated $1 trillion-$2 trillion a year of additional investments, or 1-1.5% of global gross domestic product, a report by the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said on Wednesday. To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century, global greenhouse gas emissions will need to reach net zero

The incident

Mitsui OSK to spend $9.4 mln on Mauritius clean-up after oil spill

"We will provide long-term contributions to the environment and the society of Mauritius with the support and cooperation of experts and organizations with specialized knowledge of environmental restoration and protection," the company said in a statement

Diplomacy

Israeli tech's thirst for UAE cash must overcome old enmity / FOCUS

Dubai - A thaw in relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has raised expectations of an influx of funding in Silicon Wadi, Israel's answer to Silicon Valley: "The UAE has excess amounts of money, but not enough places to invest it in the Middle East" said Eldad Tamir, founder and CEO of the Tamir Fishman investment house, one of Israel's top investment funds

Interpol report

Crime networks profit from China plastic trash import ban

Shanghai - Criminal networks are smuggling plastic trash from the West to illegal recycling plants in Asia, profiting from a 2018 ban on waste imports in China where the bulk of used plastic was previously processed, Interpol said on Friday. The decline in the number of legal export channels for millions of tonnes of waste has "opened the door to illegal business opportunities," the police organisation said in a report

Pressing on Brussels

European battery makers power up for a green recovery

Bruxelles - European battery makers are gearing up to take advantage of massive "green" stimulus packages unveiled since the coronavirus pandemic though many acknowledge it will be tough to match the Asian giants that dominate the mainstream market. While Sweden's Northvolt, and more recently France's Verkor, are making a play for large-scale production

The MV "Wakashio"

Japanese ship that caused Mauritius oil spill passed annual checks

Tokyo - The Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground off Mauritius and has leaked at least an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil, passed the latest annual inspection in March with no problems, Japan's ClassNK inspection body said on Tuesday. The ship, MV "Wakashio", is owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, which said earlier on Tuesday it had set up a task force and was cooperating with the authorities in Japan and Mauritius

After Beirut blast

Macron promises angry Beirut crowds aid won't go to "corrupt hands"

Beirut - French President Emmanuel Macron promised angry Lebanese crowds in shattered Beirut that aid to rebuild the city would not go to „corrupt hands“ and he urged the political authorities to carry out reforms or risk plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis.Macron was speaking during the first visit by a foreign leader to the Lebanese capital since the biggest blast in its history tore through the city

The Economy minister says

After blast, Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves

Beirut - Lebanon's main grain silo at Beirut port was destroyed in a blast, leaving the nation with less than a month's reserves of the grain but still with enough flour to avoid a crisis, the economy minister said on Wednesday

Persian Gulf

Six square-km oil slick near Bushehr

Teheran - Iranian teams have cleaned up an oil slick near field in the northern region of the Gulf that had extended over a six-square-km (2.3 square mile) area, an Iranian maritime official said on Saturday

U.S. Defence

"We need $10B to pay contractors’ Coronavirus expenses," Pentagon tells Congress

Washington - The Pentagon needs Congress to approve “around $10 billion” to cover defense contractors’ coronavirus-related expenses, a top defense official said Monday. Alan Shaffer, deputy defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, became the first Defense Department official to put a price tag on the relief effort

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

The ship departed from Algeciras

Maersk boxship hit by explosion off Maryland, crewman evacuated

Ocean City - A containership operated by Danish shipping major Maersk suffered an explosion some 275 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, USA, on 5 June. The explosion, which occurred in the engine room of the Post-Panamax vessel "Laura Maersk", caused burn injuries to a crewmember and disabled the vessel, the US Coast Guard said

Nine firefighters injuried

Jaxport car carrier fire contained but not out

Jacksonville - Fire officials in Jacksonville, Florida, say the blaze aboard the "Höegh Xiamen" has been contained but not extinguished. The fire was reported on the seventh deck of the car carrier shortly after loading operations

After container loss

AMSA detains "APL England" over inadequate lashing arrangements

Singapore - "APL England", a Singapore-flagged 5,780 TEU containership, which lost around 40 containers in heavy weather off Sydney last week, has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Inspections of "APL England" have found inadequate lashing arrangements for cargo and heavily corroded securing points for containers on the deck

Covid-19

Global CO2 emissions could fall by up to 7% this year amid pandemic

China saw the largest drop in emissions in April, followed by the United States, Europe and India. In the countries with the strictest lockdown restrictions, emissions from aviation plunged 75% in early April, while emissions from land transport fell by 50% and from power generation by 15%

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

Cybersecurity

MSC confirms malware attack

Geneva - Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has confirmed that some of its digital tools and its website were down due to a malware attack. The network outage which was affecting the company’s data centers in Geneva from Friday, April 10, was resolved Wednesday

Trinidad and Tobago

Coast Guardsman charged with Coast Guardsman's death

Port of Spain - Ordinary Seaman Takeem Alexander appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Wednesday charged with the unlawful killing of his colleague, Ordinary Seaman Gyasi Richardson.

Rivaling Fincantieri and Naval Group

Berlin is reportedly brokering a deal to consolidate German naval shipbuilders

Cologne - The German government is facilitating talks between major naval shipbuilders in an effort to set up a national conglomerate rivaling industry champions like Naval Group in France and Fincantieri in Italy, according to a local media report. Negotiations to that effect have been ongoing behind closed doors since the beginning of 2020

Shipping and technology

Wartsila misses Q4 expectations

Finnish ship technology and power-plant maker Wartsila reported on Thursday lower-than-expected quarterly profit, burdened by slower demand

Global warming

Fincantieri enters the nuclear project ITER

Fincantieri has been awarded a prestigious order, worth almost 100 million euros, for a number of high-profile equipment furniture and installations as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

Unesco World Heritage Site

Ecuador says Galapagos fuel spill is "under control"

The generator and the loading crane were also submerged. The Emergency Operations Committee (COE) took «immediate action to reduce the environmental risk» in the so-called Enchanted Islands

pollution

MSC starts to use 30% biofuel blends

Geneva - MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announces that the company is now starting to use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.