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ITF Wants Lashing Returned to Shoreside Workers

By The Maritime Executive 02-19-2020 07:25:37

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have called on ship operators to return lashing to shoreside dock workers. The ITF cites the incident earlier this month where the Dutch registered container vessel OOCL Rauma spilled seven containers overboard during a stormy passage from Kotka in Finland, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Containers onboard the 1,425-TEU ship are often lashed or secured by the ship’s crew in the North European feeder trade, says the...

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Southeast Asia’s Wildlife Trafficking Problem Needs New Game Plan

By The Maritime Executive 02-19-2020 05:17:47

A newly-released report evaluating current patterns in the trade of illegal wildlife in Southeast Asia has called for a new game plan to combat the problem. The study undertaken by TRAFFIC analyzed thousands of successful seizures across 10 countries in Southeast Asia (the ASEAN countries) focusing on some of the most traded groups of terrestrial animals. It revealed, among others: • The seizure of about 225,000kg of African elephant ivory implicating Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and...

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First Group of Passengers Disembarks Quarantined Cruise Ship

By The Maritime Executive 02-19-2020 04:45:00

On Wednesday, 443 passengers from the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess were cleared to depart the vessel in Yokohama. All have tested negative for coronavirus and have not displayed symptoms of infection, according to Japanese officials. Buses and taxis were waiting to bring the former passengers into Yokohama and Tokyo.  Four nations - Australia, Canada, South Korea and Hong Kong - will be repatriating passengers by charter flight, and will provide them with an additional 14 days of quarantine in...

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European Shipowners: Green Deal Should Align with IMO

By The Maritime Executive 02-19-2020 04:42:12

The European Community Shipowners'  Associations (ECSA) has launched its position paper in response to the E.U. Green Deal proposed by the new European Commission. The document states support for the E.U.’s ambition to take the lead in fighting climate change but highlights the key role of the IMO. The European shipping industry aims to be an active contributor to IMO discussions on both short-term and long-term measures and seeks the E.U.’s support for a coordinated and holistic approach at...

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Offshore

Deepwater Horizon

Study: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Larger Than Previously Thought

Oil spread beyond the known satellite footprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami. The Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010 releasing 210 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days. Oil slicks from the blowout covered an estimated area of 57,000 square miles (149,000 square kilometers). The researchers combined oil-transport modeling techniques with remote sensing data and in-water sampling to assert...

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Shipbuilding

Arktika Launch

Russian Icebreaker Delivery Delayed by Electrical Failure

A motor breakdown during sea trials aboard the Arktika, one of the world’s biggest nuclear icebreakers, has thrown the vessel's completion date into doubt. She was anticipated to be completed by a May deadline, the Kommersant daily newspaper has reported. According to the paper, a starboard-side electrical propulsion motor, which doesn’t have anything to do with the vessel’s nuclear reactor, failed during tests at sea on February 4. St. Petersburg’s Baltic Shipyard, which is building the vessel, has promised to...

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Training

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Interview: Manish Singh Talks on the Future of Videotel and Seagull

Manish Singh, formerly from V.Group, has been appointed CEO of a new group following the purchase of maritime training company Videotel by Oakley Capital, which also owns Seagull Maritime. Having spent the past few weeks at the post, he is ready to talk about the future and the $30 million investment he is going to oversee. You've been in the post for a few weeks now. Do you like what you see? I...

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Hapag-Lloyd Reports Exceptional Earnings for 2019

German container carrier Hapag-Lloyd announced Wednesday that its earnings for 2019 were unusually good: EBITDA came in at more than $2.1 billion for the year, up by $880 million and 80 percent from the year before.  About half of the increase was related to the first-time application of the IFRS 16 accounting standard, which had a significant positive effect on the way earnings were calculated. However, the underlying business performance did improve: revenues were up nine percent year-on-year, transport volume...

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