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US Navy, Coast Guard vessels sail through strategic Taiwan Strait

The previous weekend, the USCG cutter Bertholf joined the US Navy destroyer Curtis Wilbur for a transit of the Strait of Formosa, part of the Navy’s long-running freedom of navigation campaign in the Western Pacific. It is the third such transit concerning the previous months, but the presence of the cutter was unusual, as previous patrols in the region have seen the deployment of Navy vessels only.

Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship fails US sanitation inspection

The cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway failed a sanitation inspection conducted by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention earlier in March. The cruise ship marked a 84 in its inspection score, while the US CDC notes that inspections scores of 85 or lower are not satisfactory. 

Rogue waves occur less, but become more extreme

The University of Southampton along with the National Oceanography Centre launched a study according to which rogue waves are occurring less often, but becoming more extreme. In the largest study of its kind, scientists analysed 20 years of observations from buoys situated along America’s western seaboard.

ICS released the latest Flag State Performance Table

ICS published the latest update of its Flag State Performance Table. In the report, ICS analyzes how the administrations performed, by providing an annual overview of the world’s ship registers against a number of criteria. The Flag State Performance Table presents the performance of individual flag states worldwide, and analyses the administrations’ performance based on a number of criteria.

US, EU and Canada impose sanctions on Russia

The US in coordination with Canada and the EU imposed sanctions to six Russian companies, including shipbuilders and marine equipment manufacturers. The sanctions were announced on March 15 in response to Russia’s continued and ongoing aggression in Ukraine. 

Panama deflags 59 ships linked to Iran

The Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) moved to cancelling the registration of a number of Iranian vessels, due to US imposing sanctions that target transportation, oil and banking areas. The move came after Juan Carlos Varela, Panamanian president, issued a presidential decree, allowing the AMP to de-register these vessels.

Report describes four futures for the container industry

To help the container industry navigate through the changes that it will face, TT Club and McKinsey undertook a joint research project. In the report, ‘Brave new world? Container transport in 2043’, they imagine four possible versions of the future, which are built on different answers to some of the uncertainties, and ask what they mean for the industry.

Mediterranean’s largest ferry named

Copenhagen-based DFDS named its newest ro/ro vessel in Turkey. The latter is Mediterranean’s largest ro/ro ship. The naming ceremony for 237-meter-long ro/ro newbuilding, Ephesus Seaways, was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

BSM considers to stop managing Venezuelan tankers

The maritime contractor Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is thinking of stopping managing Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA’s tankers by the end of March or during the early days of April, following US sanctions against the country, as Reuters reports.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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