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


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


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


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.


EU gas industry warns curbs on lending may harm climate goals

Brussels - Europe’s gas industry lobby warned on Monday that curbs on lending by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and others could slow the switch from coal-fired to less polluting gas-fired power plants and harm the bloc’s climate ambitions.


Spanish warship goes aground

La Manga - The Spanish Navy minesweeper “Turia” went aground Tuesday morning off La Manga, a narrow peninsula near Cartagena, Spain. The vessel was engaged in a search for a downed Spanish Air Force C-101 training jet at the time of the casualty


U.S. Coast Guardsman charged with murder

Unalaska - Seven months after a U.S. Coast Guard seaman was found dead in Unalaska (Aleutinian Islands), a fellow member has been charged with his murder. Seaman Ethan Tucker, 19, of Ludington, MI, was charged Wednesday with killing Ethan Kelch, another 19-year-old seaman


“Italy is defaulting on nuclear waste” says EU Court

Bruxelles - Italy has not communicated to the European Commission the final version of the national program for the nuclear waste management. It was established by the Court of Justice of the European Union, based on 2011/70/2011 Euratom Directive


Fimer acquires ABB solar activities

Milan - Fimer, a company active in the market of inverters for renewable energy for «utility steps», has signed an agreement with ABB for the acquisition of the solar inverter business of the Swedish-Swedish multinational group


Ports of Genoa propose incentives on cold ironing

Genova - «From the economic point of view the cold ironing is a bloodbath: for shipowners, ports, terminal operators ». Believe it, if a say it is Davide Sciutto, responsible Technological systems of the Port System Authority Genova-Savona (Ports of Genoa)


Wärtsilä supports Italy in reaching energy targets

Rome - Embassy of Finland in Italy and Wärtsilä Corporation hosted a “Smart Energy Future Seminar ” in Rome, Italy on June 18, 2019. The event focused on analysing how renewable energy is changing the existing electricity market in Italy


Cruise ship caught exceeding sulphur limit at Gieranger

Gieranger - The Norwegian Maritime Authority has fined Greek cruise ship operator Global Cruise Lines Ltd. a total of $80,000 for using 0.17% sulphur fuel in a 0.10% sulfur ECA zone. In March,new Norwegian environmental requirements for emissions in several protected fjords entered into force


One dead in fishing vessel fire off Catalonia

Port de la Selva - One fisherman died and four were injured Friday when a fire broke outaboard a trawler off Port de la Selva, Catalonia. At about 08.00 hours, while the trawler “Barranco” was operating in French waters, she caught fire due to unknown causes


France and Germany commit to European electric battery industry

Paris - France and Germany agreed on Thursday to jointly invest in the European production of electric vehicle batteries, taking on the United States and China in what is emerging as one of the world’s most competitive industries.


Corvus supplies first all-electric workboat

Bergen - Corvus Energy will supply a 550kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) for a new all-electric skimmer workboat. The ESS will allow the boat to be in full working mode for four to five hours, and a full battery charge will take just two hours. In addition, the vessel has solar panels on board


IMB: global piracy drops by 42% in Q1 2019

London - The first quarter of 2019 saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, compared to the first three months of 2018, a report shows, According to the report issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB)


Three killed in submarine explosion

Bandar Abbas - Three staffers in Iran’s defense industries have been killed in an explosion in a submarine under construction in the country’s south. The explosion took place at a ship-building factory about 37 kilometers west of the southern port of Bandar Abbas that overlooks the Strait of Hormuz


Tanker grounds in Greek waters

Gavrio - A small clean tanker ran aground near the Port of Gavrio,Andros island in Greece, on March 16. The 1,000 dwt “Agios Georgios I” grounded after it struck on rocks that knocked a small hole in the ship’s hull, Hellenic Coast Guard said


Floating nuclear plant “Sturgis” dismantled

Galveston - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the decommissioning and dismantling of the “Sturgis”, the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, on Friday. The Sturgis was being built in the 1940’s as a World War II Liberty Ship


Crashes heap pressure on Boeing

Addis Ababa - Investigators into the Boeing Co 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia have found striking similarities in a vital flight angle with an airplane that came down off Indonesia, a source said, piling pressure on the world’s biggest planemaker


Airlines fear long grounding of Boeing 737 MAX

Addis Ababa - The grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets after the crash in Ethiopia has had no immediate financial impact on airlines using the planes, but it will get painful for the industry the longer they do not fly, companies and analysts said on Friday


Grounded bulker spills fuel oil on reef

Guadalcanal - The grounded bulker “Solomon Trader” has spilled an estimated 60 tonnes of fuel oil onto a sensitive reef on Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomons. She has an estimated 600 tonnes remaining on board, raising the possibility of additional pollution before salvage efforts are completed


Tanker officer dies due to poor safety culture

Hull - An officer aboard the chemical oil tanker “Nabucco” died following an accident at Associated British Ports (ABP) Terminal number 1 jetty in Saltend, Hull, according to an accident report released on February 15. The accident occurred on June 26, 2017, as the GEFO-operated tanker was berthed alongside in Saltend


Japan repatriates 6 North Koreans found at sea

Tokyo - Six North Korean men who had drifted into Japanese waters were repatriated on Friday by Japanese authorities, using a route that goes through China, according to reports. All six North Koreans were found in a “state of distress” in the Sea of Japan near the coast of Aomori and Shimane Prefectures in January


Pollution in Taranto, Italy condemned

Strasbourg - “Persistent pollution caused by Ilva emissions has endangered the health of the entire population, which lives in the area at risk”: the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg upheld the appeal presented by 182 citizens of Taranto


China to crack down on diesel trucks, raise fuel standards

Shanghai - The Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a policy document on Friday it would aim to “significantly increase” the number of diesel trucks capable of meeting emission standards by 2020, targeting a compliance rate of at least 90 percent by next year.


Hapag Lloyd ship battling fire off Canada

Frankfurt - German shipping line Hapag Lloyd said on Friday that it was trying to extinguish a fire on its “Yantian Express” container vessel off Canada’s east coast but was being hampered by bad weather. A spokesman for Hapag Lloyd said the fire broke out on Thursday in a container on deck


New opportunities in Ukraine for power plants

Kiev - On 10 December 2018, the Ukrainian President signed Law No. 2628-VIII dated 23 November 2018 “On Amendment to the Tax Code and Certain Other Legal Acts of Ukraine in Relation to Improvement of Management and Revision of Certain Taxes” (the “Law”)


Two crew missing after car carrier suffers fire

Oahu - Search efforts have continued for two missing crew members of the Panama-flagged car carrier “Sincerity Ace” following a significant vessel fire in the middle of the Pacific. US Coast Guard, Navy and good Samaritans aboard merchant vessels continue the search for the crew members after the fire


U.N. climate negotiators sweat over detail

Katowice - Half-way through crucial talks to breathe life into the Paris climate deal negotiators haggled over how to share out the cost of curbing global warming and struggled to pare down a sprawling text. The two weeks of talks, which began at the start of the week, are billed as the most important U.N. conference


West Africa, electronic data exchange for vessels

Malabo - Ships and ports will need to be able to exchange arrival and departure data electronically from April 2019, under International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Facilitation Convention said. There requirements also encourage the use of a single window in which all the many agencies and authorities


Fire shuts unit at Moscow oil refinery

Moscow - Fire crews battled for more than three hours before extinguishing the blaze at the refinery in the capital’s Kapotnya district, the emergency ministry said.

green and tech

EU commits 300 million euros for clean oceans

Brussels - The European Commission has announced a 300 million euros of EU-funded initiatives, which include projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance

green and tech

Exxon and Rosneft to build LNG plant

Moscow - Russia’s Rosneft (ROSN.MM) and U.S. ExxonMobil (XOM.N) plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in a consortium with Indian and Japanese partners, spreading the estimated $15 billion cost


Euronaval, military programs on stage in Paris

The autumn days of October represent an opportunity for the French capital to live intensely the biennial event with Euronaval, an international event reserved for professionals.


Crew of Iranian cargo ship poisoned, 3 dead

Baku - Three seamen have died from an unspecified toxic substance that poisonedall 11 crew members of an Iranian cargo ship on the Caspian Sea. According to the report, the crew of the vessel, “Nazmehr”, was transferred to a hospital in Baku


Collision between ship and ferry, pollution is expanding

Genoa - The report comes from Greenpeace who processed satellite images showing that “the area affected by the contamination has gone from about 88 square kilometers on 8 October to 104 square kilometers yesterday, October 9th”.


“More needs to be done for LNG bunkering”

Singapore - LNG bunkering demand could rise with stricter environmental rules in shipping, but more needs to be done to help shipowners overcome implementation hurdles in the longer term, industry experts said during a panel discussion at the 20th Singapore International Bunkering Conference 2018


Seafarer dies on board Stena Line’s vessel

Fishguard - A crew member on board “Stena Europe”, a ferry owned by Stena Line, and operated on their Fishguard-Rosslare service, died last week: “Stena Line can confirm that unfortunately an onboard employee died during one of its sailings between Fishguard-Rosslare on Wednesday 26th September 2018,”

green and tech

LNG, Novatek signs partnership with Siemens

Moscow - Novatek, one of the largest natural gas producers in Russia, and German engineering giant Siemens have signed a strategic partnership agreement that covers cooperation in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector


Genoa: two suspects for the “explosive” container

Genova - Two people have been added to the list of suspects held by substitute prosecutor Fabrizio Givri after a container containing seven tonnes of potentially explosive substances were discovered in the port of Pra’


Containership tries bunkering with vegetable oil

Amsterdam - Low-carbon shipping group GoodShipping has announced its first carbon-free shipment - a voyage of the container feeder Samskip Endeavor fueled by vegetable oil. Prior to the voyage, the “Endeavor” took on 22,000 liters (about 20 tonnes) of hydrotreated used cooking oil


Tanker with 19 crew on board missing in piracy

Dakar - A tanker vessel with 19 crew members on board, most of them Georgians, has gone missing in pirate-plagued waters off Gabon in West Africa and no word has been heard from it for a week, the ship’s managers and the crew agency said on Wednesday.


Kongsberg wins contracts for nine hybrid Ro-Ro Vessels

Naples - Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded significant contracts with Nanjing Jinling Shipyard Co., China to deliver power and hybrid systems to nine (9) Roll on – Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels ordered by Grimaldi Group.


“STI Poplar” damages dock at Ploce Port

Ploce - A tanker loaded with oil rammed into a dock in the Croatian Port of Ploce, causing significant damage that left the port’s liquid cargo terminal inoperable. According to local media, the tanker smashed into the dock causing a portion of the quay wall and the unloading infrastructure to fall into the sea and sink