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World’s biggest ship propeller loaded on vessel at Port of Hamburg

On Sunday, 16 September, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG loaded the biggest ship propeller in the world onto a vessel. The “HHLA IV” floating crane brought the gigantic 110-tonne object to the port of Waltershof, where it was hoisted onto the “Hyundai Supreme” container ship. 

China, Liberia extent maritime transport agreement

The People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Liberia signed a five-year extension of their maritime agreement. They also agreed to establish a technical cooperation committee, to collaborate in port state control, crew training and future maritime regulatory policy.

Six Royal Navy sailors arrested on drunk shore leave

Six Royal Navy sailors from the UK’s newest and largest aircraft carrier ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth’, have been arrested Wednesday in Florida, allegedly over drinking and misbehaving in public. HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail from Portsmouth on its first transatlantic voyage on 18 August.

14,000 TEU ‘ONE Aquila’ joins ONE fleet

Japanese shipping venture Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE) announced delivery of its latest container ship, ‘ONE Aquila’, with a carrying capacity of 14,000 TEU. The ship was delivered at Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation and is owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha.

Viewing, photographing the ocean a top activity in the US

NOAA Fisheries published a new report revealing that viewing or photographing the ocean was the top activity for ocean lovers in the U.S. in number of participants, days spent, and how much people paid to do it. Almost 49 million adults spent over $141 billion in ocean recreation-related goods and services.

Improving maritime transportation in Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

The US Government Accountability Office reviewed the efforts to modernize the Great Lakes-Seaway. In this report it examines three parametres: shipping trends since 1980 and factors affecting recent trends; stakeholder views on challenges to use; the extent to which the Army Corps and the U.S. Seaway Corporation have made progress on and measure performance of lock renewal efforts.

Viking River Cruises to allow only adults to its ships

Viking River Cruises informed that it will not allow passengers who are under the age of 18 to book with the company. Namely, Viking said that it does not have its facilities on the ships for passengers under 18, while many guests had noted that they prefer an  environment without children.

China is the world’s top shipping nation, report says

DNV GL and Menon Economics revealed the report “The Leading Maritime Nations of the World” in which they announced that China is the top shipping nation. The study presents the 30 leading maritime nations in four maritime pillars: shipping, finance and law, maritime technology and ports & logistics.

Somalia’s maritime administration to become operational soon

Somalia’s Department of Maritime Administration will become fully operational by the end of the year, enabling the country to discharge its flag, port and coastal responsibilities effectively in line with IMO instruments. This new derpartment should be restructured by 31 December 2018.

Australia cancels second livestock export licence

Australia’s Department of Agriculture has cancelled the livestock export licence of a second exporter, EMS Rural Exports Pty Ltd., as part of the government’s efforts to protect interests of the industry and high standards on animal welfare.


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