In Denmark and abroad

DFDS to cut 650 jobs

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

Tourism and Covid-19

Spain maintains ban on cruise ships

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

Covid-19

Oil tanker quarantined in Antwerp

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 COVID-19 effect

Hyundai Heavy Industries to merge shipbuilding, offshore units, streamline by 20%

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

The statement

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.”

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

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

Traffic volumes

Vessel port call frequency improving in Europe, falling in North America

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

Covid

Ocean shipping shrinks as pandemic pummels retailers

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

14 ships are involved

Filipino crew files lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises in Miami

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

Coronavirus

Virgin Voyages cancels cruises through October 15

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

International regulation

Philippines recognizes Filipino seafarers as “key workers"

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

Project cargo

Recent critical shipments handled by Wilhelmsen UAE

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 Covid 19 effect

Alang, 70% of the workforce at home

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.

Freight rates

Crude oil tanker earnings drop 68% in nine days

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)

The international fair

SMM falls victim to COVID-19, postponed to 2021

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

In April

Russia tops as No.3 world's shipbuilder nation

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

Covid-19

Meyer shipyard in Finland to cut up to 450 jobs

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

After lockdown

European shipyards resume work

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

Freight rates

COVID-19 to cut shipping container fleet and slow pricing recovery

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

State aid

UK presents support package to protect its ferry routes

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

The project

Wärtsilä to design Amundsen Expeditions’ cruise ship newbuilds

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

Fincantieri

Vard enters the renewable energy sector

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)

Coronavirus

Airlines, shipowners warn of trade delays if seamen can’t travel

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

Coronavirus

EU shipbuilders predict cruise ship order cancellations

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

As Covid-19 situation worsens

Cargo owners must expect further major ocean freight service disruptions this year

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’"

Markets

Putin, Trump order their energy ministers to discuss oil

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

Covid-19

Australia tells cruise ships to leave

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

Coronavirus effect

Carnival warns of loss, moves to shore up liquidity

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

Two new pools

Team Tankers in fleet management feals with Maersk Tankers, V.Group

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

Obstacles to the intra-European alliance

EU expected to veto Fincantieri's Chantiers bid due to lack of concessions

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

Port of Genoa

Coronavirus epidemic, Italy turns a ferry to hospital

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

Green Deal

Amsterdam's boats go electric ahead of 2025 diesel ban

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.

Diamond Princess

Mattarella nomina Commendatore il comandante Arma

"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

Il coronavirus

Crociere, soffrono i big del settore: a picco le prenotazioni

"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%.

Asian shipyards

China, Japan, Singapore pushing for mergers in shipbuilding industry

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

BIMCO

COVID-19 and its consequences on shipbuilding contracts

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

"Solid financial situation"

Naval Group achieves a record level of orders

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

L'interrogatorio al comandante

Traffico sospetto di armi, quattro nuovi indagati

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

China pneumonia outbreak

Coronavirus concerns loom over cruise industry

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

Australia

Yang Ming ship arrested for pollution debt

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

IMO 2020

New RoPax ferry with battery designed

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