Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals
Djibouti has carried out the first crew change of merchant sailors in its territory and is ready to get home more seafarers who have been stranded by the coronavirus
CMA CGM, the world’s fourth-largest container shipping line, will impose emergency congestion surcharges at Cape Town port in July
The Danish group DFDS, which operates freight and passenger transport services with a fleet of ferries and logistics services, announced its intention to cut 650 jobs due to the impact on the activities of the Covid-19 pandemic
Spain is to uphold a ban on cruise liners from docking at its ports to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to a ministerial order published on Saturday
The Belgian port of Antwerp has quarantined a Maltese-flagged oil tanker until at least July 4 after more than half of its crew tested positive for COVID-19, the port authority said on Thursday
The world’s largest container shipper, A.P. Moller-Maersk MAERSKB.CO, will team up with industry majors to set up a research center in Denmark with the aim of reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday downgraded bonds of Carnival Corp to junk status, forecasting continued weak demand for the cruise industry hammered by the pandemic
Seoul - South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. said on Tuesday that it will merge shipbuilding and offshore & engineering divisions to streamline its mainstay business to survive coronavirus pandemic that has dampened global demand. According to the world’s largest shipbuilder, it will merge its shipbuilding and offshore operations July 1
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.”
New Zealand on Monday extended a ban on cruise ships arriving in the country and tightened measures for visitors to exit quarantine, after reporting more coronavirus cases linked to overseas travel
South Korea has launched a project to develop autonomous ships by 2025
A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Wednesday that market demand was developing “more favourable than originally expected” in the second quarter
Three Greece-based shipping firms said they have halted trade with Venezuela after the United States imposed sanctions on vessels under their management, as Washington ramps up commercial heat on Caracas.
Hundreds of thousands of weary seafarers stuck on ships for many months and unable to go home due to the coronavirus pose a risk to the safe operation of the world’s merchant fleet
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
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
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
Rotterdam - Container ship call numbers in European ports have been gradually improving over the past three weeks, despite the high levels of blank sailings on the trade, while calls at North American ports continue to decline as carriers extend the capacity withdrawals into the third quarter, according the latest IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer
CMA CGM expects activity in the shipping sector to bottom out during the second quarter as countries emerge from lockdowns to curb a coronavirus epidemic and ship operators adjust capacity
Water levels on the Rhine in Germany have risen after recent rain but remain too shallow for cargo vessels to sail fully loaded throughout the river
Some shipping lines, whose retail customers are being hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, are reducing sailing speeds and taking longer routes around Africa, avoiding Suez canal passage fees
The vessel currently is heading to Asia after recently stopping in Trinidad and Tobago, according to vessel tracking data
Shipments of consumer goods dropped to $10.4 billion, the lowest since April 2006
Miami - Filipino crew members on Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Celebrity ships have moved to federal court, demanding immediate repatriation by the company. Ryan Maunes Maglana filed a lawsuit, on behalf of all Filipino crew on Celebrity’s 14 ships, in a federal court in Miami on May 21. He said he and his co-workers have been held against their will without pay for more than two months
The European Union’s carbon market could capture a large chunk of emissions from outside Europe if the bloc succeeds in including shipping in the scheme, according to the European Commission’s first report on maritime CO2 emissions
Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen KK expects the coronavirus pandemic to reduce its recurring profit by 50-60 billion yen ($464 million-$557 million) for the year to next March
Sydney - A Singapore-flagged cargo ship lost at least 40 containers in deep waters off the coast of Sydney when they fell overboard in heavy seas
The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship who was kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last month, has been freed
The tanker, named Fortune, reached the country's waters at around 7:40 p.m. local time (1140 GMT) after passing north of the neighboring dual-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, according to vessel tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon
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 travel sector is a large driver of the gross domestic product, which the central bank fears could contract between 9.5%-12.4% in 2020
"The drop in revenues for shipping companies is dramatic. On Sicily and Sardinia the drop is 100% 60% to 90% on the smaller islands. We believe that public aid is necessary, as was done for Alitalia."
Manila - The Philippines fully supports the recognition of Filipino seafarers as “key workers” ensuring that ship crew changes can take place safely amid COVID-19 pandemic. This was in response to the statement of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim urging all the Member States to recognize all seafarers as “key workers” by removing any barriers to documentation and lifting travel restrictions
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
The companies, based in Genoa (Costa) and Geneva (Msc), share the Italian market, and are planning shorter-than-usual cruises with stops only at domestic ports.
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.
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)
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
Monaco - Tanker owner and operator Scorpio Tankers has secured additional liquidity having received new loan commitments for debt repayment. The company said it had received a commitment for a new credit facility for up to $225 million
Seoul - South Korea ranked second to China in terms of shipbuilding orders for the second straight month, industry data showed Wednesday. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and others won orders totaling 230,000 compensated gross tons (CGTs) to build eight ships in April, trailing far behind Chinese shipbuilders that bagged 730,000 CGTs in orders to build 38 vessels
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
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
London - The outbreak of the coronavirus has disrupted container supply chains around the world and depressed the demand for vessels and boxes. It will lead to a contraction in the shipping container fleet and keep prices and lease rates under pressure in 2020, although better than in 2019
London - The United Kingdom government has introduced a multimillion-pound coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic
Supertanker freight rates eased this week as surging demand for floating storage cooled and crude oil output is set to fall, but rates could jump again as fewer tankers become available and as traders take advantage of weak oil prices
Nearly 150 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed among crew members of an Italian cruise ship docked in Japan after health authorities finished testing everyone on board, an official said on Saturday.
Helsinki - Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has received an order to devpelop a design for up to six new luxury expedition cruise vessels to be owned and operated by Amundsen Expeditions. As informed, the 200-passenger newbuilds are primarily intended for the growing Chinese market
Trieste - Vard signed a new contract for the design and construction of one Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for Ta San Shang Marine, a joint venture between MOL and Ta Tong Marine (TTM)
Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said governments should facilitate the movement of international transport personnel who have been affected by travel restrictions due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic
Analysts are already forecasting a steep global recession this year as the virus has prompted worldwide restrictions on movement of people and goods
According to industry sources, the companies are already preparing new provisions to ensure safety on board their ships "even with the emergency closed" and also "after the possible spread of the Coronavirus vaccine"
Coronavirus impact: three deaths on "Coral Princess" as healthy passengers finally start heading home
Miami - Hundreds of healthy cruise ship passengers began to disembark from the "Coral Princess" Sunday at PortMiami for their journey home. Three people died of the coronavirus
Seoul - Korean shipbuilders are reportedly outrun by Chinese rivals in a race to win a 1.35-trillion-won order for six 23,000-TEU super-large container carriers from German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd. Chinese shipbuilders beat technologically superior Korean competitors with advanced technology
Owners of a factory ship moored off southern France which normally turns seawater into bottled mineral water have converted it to make sanitising solution in the fight against the coronavirus.
Ships must be allowed to change over overworked and exhausted crews to help to keep trade flowing as coronavirus lockdowns shut many transit points across the globe, shipping industry officials said on Tuesday.
The company said it was experiencing a huge decline in travel bookings and freight volumes and that passenger figures were not expected recover until well into 2021
Bruxelles - European shipbuilding and ship equipment association SEA Europe is calling for government aid to help the industry weather the COVID-19 downturn, citing temporary shutdowns, order cancellations - particularly for new cruise ships - and project delays
London - Cargo owners should expect significant further ocean freight service disruptions this year with more blank sailings and likely service suspensions, Drewry highlighted yesterday, as volatility linked to the coronavirus pandemic continues or worsens. The container shipping analyst also suggested that shippers “should consider adding a few ‘backup carriers’"
"They're dying on the ship," Trump said, adding, "I'm going to do what's right, not only for us but for humanity." The remarks contrast with his response in February to a different cruise ship, the Grand Princess, which he said should remain at sea instead of coming into port in California
OPEC and other leading oil producers including Russia failed to agree on further joint action on the global oil market and to extend their deal to cut output, leading to a sharp fall in oil prices that have also been battered by the coronavirus pandemic
Australia ordered two cruise ships to leave its waters on Thursday, after a liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week became the primary source of infection in the country’s coronavirus outbreak
Four passengers have died on board the MS Zaandam, a cruise ship currently off the coast of Panama with dozens of guests suffering from influenza-like symptoms
Shanghai - China’s top-level administrative body has sent a signal that the country is to further relax a crew change ban at its ports after Shanghai’s easing policy
"As previously communicated, the cruises currently underway are ending their current itinerary only to allow guests to disembark and return home"
London - Number-one ocean carrier Maersk has suspended all crew changes aboard its container ships through April 14, the company said in a letter to crew Tuesday
Miami - Carnival Corp., the largest player in a cruise industry reeling from the effects of the coronavirus, said it expects a loss this fiscal year and is taking steps to improve liquidity. The efforts include cutting investments and expenses and looking for additional financing, Carnival said in a statement Monday
Monaco - Danish Maersk Tankers has entered into a deal with chemical tanker owner and operator Team Tankers International to take over the commercial management of its 27 tankers and establish two new pools. For Maersk Tankers the agreement will increase its fleet under management
These vessels are scheduled to be delivered from mid-2022. This deal is considered to be amongst Yangzijiang’s largest orders in value, according to the group’s CEO Ren Letian
Milano - Italian shipyard Fincantieri has not offered any concessions to head off EU antitrust concerns about its planned bid for France’s Chantiers de l’Atlantique, giving regulators no choice but to block the deal, people familiar with the matter said last week. A veto by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager would deal a serious blow to Italy
The project was born from the collaboration between Gnv / Msc and the Rina group. It would take 10 days to transform the first ferry into a hospital. The Coronavirus epidemic is devastating the Italian economy and has already killed nearly 700 people
Genoa - At the end of a nine-year investigation, the European Commission established that the public 846 million euros paid to the Tirrenia company between 2009 and 2020 are not state aid.
La polizia di frontiera ha "respinto" ieri sera un gruppo di persone provenienti dalle zone rosse del Nord Italia che volevano imbarcarsi su un traghetto della Tirrenia diretto in Sardegna
The century-old Amsterdam canal boat "Gerarda Johanna" looks like a classic with wood paneling, but beneath its floorboards lies a high-tech underbelly: rows of lithium ion batteries, 66 in all, with an electric drive train powering its propeller.
French shipping group CMA CGM said on Friday that its activity in China was getting back to normal after the coronavirus outbreak disrupted traffic last month
"In considerazione del suo esemplare comportamento, il Presidente della Repubblica ha conferito motu proprio l'onorificenza di Commendatore al Merito della Repubblica Italiana al Comandante della Diamond Princess Gennaro Arma". Lo comunica il Quirinale in una nota
"Vittima eccellente" del coronavirus, il settore crocieristico sta soffrendo più di altri: quello che preoccupa è la situazione estiva, e soprattutto per il Mediterraneo dove le prenotazioni per l’estate 2021 e 2022 sono diminuite già del 40%.
Shanghai - Coronavirus-led void sailings have slowed following the recovery of China’s factory and logistics activities. But the spread of the disease in other countries has raised concerns about a further disruption to container shipping demand.
Seoul - China, Japan and Singapore are pushing for mergers in the shipbuilding industry with a business combination review going on for Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, which are the two largest shipbuilders in the world
Copenhagen - Shipyards are facing disruption to newbuilding, repair and conversion projects due to the impact of the virus on their labour force and the ability of their subcontractors to meet their commitments to supply materials and equipment necessary for the completion of such projects
Marzo mese di refitting, saranno ben 5 le navi da crociera che entreranno in bacino questo mese per rifarsi il look. Per qualcuna sarà solo un leggero lifting, mentre per altre l’intervento sarà più invasivo e richiederà un fermo nave di diverse settimane
A Japanese cruise operator filed for bankruptcy on Monday after its restaurant ship Luminous Kobe 2, which offered buffets and night views of the western port city of Kobe
Assailants murdered the captain of an oil tanker after boarding his ship while it was anchored off the coast of eastern Venezuela
A finire in carcere l'imprenditore lombardo e l'ex ad Roberto Zambrini; ai domiciliari altri due ex amministratori di Mondomarine, Paolo Formaglio e Carlo Samuele Pelizzari
The European Commission has concluded that some Italian government's measures in favour of Tirrenia are incompatible with EU rules
French global defense contractor Naval Group has had a 3 billion euros of order intake in 2019, +44% compared to 2018, including 3 billion internationally, taking the order book to 15 billion euros
EU antitrust regulators have set a new July 9 deadline for their decision on world No. 1 shipbuilding group Hyundai Heavy Industries’ $1.8 billion merger with Daewoo
Nuovi sviluppi nell'inchiesta sulla nave Bana, il cargo libanese sospettato di avere trasportato armi e cingolati dalla Turchia alla Libia per rifornire l'esercito del governo nazionale libico
A “ghost ship” abandoned by its crew has run aground on rocks on the south coast of Ireland after drifting in the Atlantic for 17 months
A new “freshwater” charge introduced this month to help the Panama Canal cope with climate change will cost the shipping industry up to $370 million a year
China is struggling to resume normal trade operations as fallout from the coronavirus outbreak hits container shipping lines and logistics chains, with goods stuck and costs mounting
As part of PIL "continuous effort to optimize its network efficiency", writes the shipowner in a note, the company will be withdrawing its services from the Transpacific market
The rapid spread of the coronavirus disease is taking a toll on the $46 billion global ocean cruise industry. Many see Asia as a potential growth area for cruise tourism
U.S. President Donald Trump has thanked Cambodia for taking in the castaway cruise ship MS Westerdam in a rare message to a country that is one of China’s closest allies and has often been at odds with Washington
Vietnam has denied two cruise ships permission to dock due to fears of coronavirus infections on board, Vietnamese state media and a cruise operator reported on Friday
Global ship deliveries have been hit as yards in China struggle to get fully back to work as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with one shipbuilder saying it could not deliver two vessels
Clariant Chief Financial Officer Patrick Jany is exiting for a post at Maersk marking the latest management change at the Swiss speciality chemicals maker after its CEO jumped ship last year
Thailand has barred passengers from Holland America’s cruise ship MS Westerdam from disembarking. The Netherlands-flagged ship was sailing off the southern coast of Vietnam
The sister ship of the "YM Efficiency", which lost 81 containers off the coast of Newcastle and Port Stephens in June 2018, has been stopped in Sydney for a pollution debt that could cost Yang Ming more than 12 million euros
Danish-based consultancy Knud E. Hansen has designed a 212-metre RoPax ferry with a large battery bank to power it while dockside, allowing for zero emissions in port. The vessel can transport up to 700 passengers and 390 cars