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IMO Sec-Gen highlights key maritime issues during trip to China

Speaking at the Dalian Maritime University during his visit to China last week, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim marked the start of the Master’s degree programme on Maritime Safety and Environmental Management – a joint programme with the World Maritime University.

New report addresses the impacts of Belt and Road in trade

The Belt and Road Initiative is increasing transport connections between Asia and Europe, causing changes to the international trade. Trade between the two continents accounts for more than a quarter of world trade, so better connections and the lower trade costs could result in a significant global impact, a report by ING says.

A no-deal Brexit could lead food rotting at ports, UK retail says

The UK government and the European Union must not reach a no-deal Brexit, as this would congest food supplies, making the foods rotting at ports, and throwing retailers out of business, the British Retail Consortium warned. The warning came before British Prime Minister Theresa May hosts ministers to reach agreement on how to advance with the Brexit talks.

Largest US-made container ship named ‘Daniel K. Inouye’

On Saturday June 30, the largest container ship ever built in the United States was named. Namely, the ‘Daniel K. Inouye’ is a 850-foot long, 3,600 TEU Aloha Class vessel. The ship was named after former Hawaii senator Daniel K. Inouye. ‘Daniel K. Inouye’ is the first of two ships that Philly Shipyard is building.

Korea Ocean Business Corporation launched to support Korea’s shipping industry

After Hanjin Shipping bankrupted, Korea’s shipping industry was very weak. In order to help the industry stand again on its feet, the Korea Ocean Business Corporation will be launched on July 5. The creation of the organization is under the plan of the country’s President Moon Jae-in to revitalize Korea’s shipping industry.

Ship manager not guilty over owner’s negligence accusations

nternational Transport Intermediaries Club defended a ship manager against negligence allegations, that a shipowner made after the loss of a lifeboat overboard. The lifeboat was drifting off the port of Naze, Japan, after the master reported it missing. Considering the cost of changing the ship’s course to recover the lifeboat, compared to the cost of replacing it, it was decided to abandon it.

North Korea, South Korea reestablish maritime communication

North and South Korea have reinstated a maritime communication channel on Sunday July 1, as vessels from the two countries made radio contact for the first time since ten years, South Korea’s Defence Ministry informed. A North Korean patrol boat responded when the South Korean Navy contacted it via an international radio channel,

Singapore’s Maritime Industry Authority presents new 14-point agenda

The newly appointed Maritime Industry Authority Administrator, Rey Leonardo B Guerrero called officials and employees to stay true to their obligation and responsibilities, as he presided over the Agency’s 5th Flag Raising Ceremonies for 2018. Mr. Guerrero also presented a 14-point priority Agenda for MARINA.

Live sheep export challenged in Australia’s Federal Court

Animals Australia NGO appeared in the first hearing of an unprecedented application in the Federal Court of Australia to challenge the legality of a live sheep export permit. The challenge relates to a shipment of 58,000 sheep that departed Fremantle for the Middle East last week on the live export vessel ‘Al Messilah’.

Kenya to establish National Maritime Transport Policy

The creation of Kenya’s National Maritime Transport Policy has greatly advanced, Maritime Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu informed. To create this policy, the country’s Ministry of Transport organised a four-day workshop to get technical assistance from the IMO in establishing this policy.


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