Mrs. Mandana Mansoorian
Mrs. Mandana Mansoorian, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the International Maritime Organization and Vice-Chair of the IMO Technical Cooperation Committee, has passed away.
India to build $5bn Bay of Bengal container transshipment terminal
India’s Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has announced that the country will build a new container transshipment terminal, the Galathea Bay Transshipment Port. In a statement, the ministry said a transshipment hub in India would “attract Indian and regional transshipment traffic from the current hubs, save significant revenue loss, reduce logistics inefficiencies for Indian trade, reduce risks to the country’s export competitiveness and create an opportunity for India to become a large hub for Asia-Africa, Asia-US/Europe container traffic trade.”
Fire on World's First Hydrogen Carrier Sparked by Electrical Issue
A fire that broke out during the maiden voyage of the world's first liquified hydrogen (LH2) carrier gas carrier Suiso Frontier was caused by an onboard electrical issue, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation found
India seen as one of the year’s fastest growing box destinations
India, the fastest growing major economy in the world, is seeing ever greater volumes of large boxships visiting its shores, necessitating the construction of far larger ports.
DP World to Develop Mega- Container Terminal in Northwest India
DP World won a major concession to develop and operate a new mega-container terminal in northwest India which will be part of the strategic investment required to support India’s ambitions to increase global trade. The new facility when completed will be able to handle ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) and add a capacity for handling 2.19 million TEU in an emerging industrial region with a strategic position close to the Gulf of Oman.
MOL's Ammonia-powered Bulk Carrier Design Gets AIP from ClassNK
Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and trading company Mitsui & Co., Ltd. announced they have received approval in principle (AIP) from classification society ClassNK for the design of a large ammonia-powered bulk carrier.
Anglo American's First LNG Dual-fuel Bulk Carrier Enters Service
Mining company Anglo American announced that its newly launched liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fueled Capesize+ vessel, the Ubuntu Harmony, has loaded its first cargo of iron ore from its Kumba operations in South Africa.
Seafarers desperately need training to handle explosive lithium-ion batteries
Transporting potentially explosive lithium-ion batteries on vessels is a dangerous business, as incidents in recent years have shown. An investigation by the United States Coast Guard into a freight container that caught fire on a US highway in 2021 attributed the blaze to a batch of lithium-ion batteries. The cargo ignited while enroute to the Port of Virginia, where it was to be shipped to China aboard a container vessel.
Yilport makes first African foray
Port operator Yilport Holding is entering the African port industry with an investment in the Takoradi Port in Ghana. The Turkish company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ibis Tek to establish a 70/30 joint venture that will invest in and operate the port located in the western region of Ghana and in the industrial district of Sekondi-Takoradi.
DP World and Maersk step up green drive at Jebel Ali
Dubai-based terminal operator DP World is joining forces with Danish liner giant A.P. Moller – Maersk to boost operational efficiencies and deliver decarbonisation solutions at Jebel Ali port in the United Arab Emirates.
Feeder spills boxes at Mundra Port
A large container feeder lost stability and capsized in half at a private jetty on DP World’s MICT Terminal at Mundra Port on 7 January.
IMO MEPC 79: promising development towards effective global climate regulations for shipping
Washington, Singapore/Brussels, 16 December 2022 – In its first in-person session in three years, the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee 79 (MEPC 79) addressed a broad array of issues, taking important steps forward on the path to impactful regulation to drive the decarbonisation of shipping.
MSC bests Maersk’s reliability performance
Global schedule reliability figures were up once again in November 2022 according to last month’s analysis from Sea-Intelligence.
EU Extends Naval Operation Combating Piracy off Somalia Through 2024
The European Union has decided to extend its Naval Force Operation Atalanta off the coast of Africa for two years despite the removal of the designation of a piracy high risk area for Somalia and the region of the Indian Ocean. The EU military maritime operation will now run until December 31, 2024.
Shanghai Continues as Largest Container Port Handling 47M TEU  in 2022
Shanghai retained its position as the world’s busiest container port for the thirteenth consecutive year in 2022 despite emerging challenges from other ports including in China and Singapore’s new Tuas facility which began operations in 2022. Preliminary figures from Chinese officials show that Shanghai’s overall container volume remained stable for the year which represents a significant recovery from the spring of 2022 when volumes were constrained by lockdowns in the city and restrictions on the movement of trucks and cargo.
APL England Fittings in Poor Condition Prior to Containers Loss off Sydney
Fixed container securing arrangements on containership APL England were in poor state of repair and corroded prior to loss of dozens containers in heavy seas off Sydney, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation found.
Salvors Head to Gibraltar to Remove Bulker OS 35 Wreck
Efforts are getting underway for the removal of the wrecked bulker OS 35 that beached five months ago after a collision off Gibraltar. Specialized assets are underway toward Gibraltar for the salvage operation which is expected to commence early in 2023.
Salalah planning an extension
A deal is being put together that would see APM Terminals get an extension on its concession in Salalah in return for investments in new equipment backed by a volume guarantee from Maersk.
Pilot Busy on His Cell Phone Led to Ever Forward’s Grounding
The U.S. Coast Guard completed its investigation into the grounding of the Ever Forward in Chesapeake Bay finding a clear case of human error with a pilot that was distracted as the vessel was due to make a critical turn. The Maryland pilot who was guiding the vessel on its voyage from Baltimore has had his license suspended and is potentially facing civil liabilities for causing the grounding.
MSC announces new West Med-India route
A new direct route linking India with the West Mediterranean will launch in the middle of December, according to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
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