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Titanic wreck is becoming vulnerable

EYOS Expeditions staff have led an expedition to the Titanic, deploying a submersible to conduct several dives on the wreck over a 10-day period. The wreck has become vulnerable from sweeping eddies and subjected to ever-changing sea currents. The wreck is being slowly consumed by the strong, deep currents that flow through the Atlantic here, along with natural salt corrosion and metal eating bacteria.

Singapore reveals ‘world’s most powerful’ firefighting ship

The Singapore Civil Defence Force commissioned three new marine firefighting vessels, including what is considered the world’s most powerful in terms of water output, on Tuesday, August 20. The heavy fire vessel ‘Red Sailfish’ can pump out 240,000 litres of seawater a minute. It will start operation from 2020.

More cruise destinations emerge in Asia

Cruise Lines International Association released the 2019 Asia Cruise Deployment and Capacity Report. In the report, the organization details Asia’s planned cruise activity in 2019, providing stakeholders with information to keep pace with the dynamic cruise industry in this area.

World’s largest container ship completes maiden voyage

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, has arrived in Europe after completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China. MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC, built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea.

US announces funds to improve passenger ferry service

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced around $32.8 million in project selections to improve the safety and reliability of America’s passenger ferries and enhance mobility for ferry users across the United States. Nine projects in nine states will receive funding from FTA’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program.

Shark fin products still on the market despite US ban

As Shark Week started on July 28, restaurants across the US are contributing to the rapid decline in shark species by serving up soup made from shark fins, despite bans in 12 states and counting, the Animal Welfare Institute claimed. According to an online database maintained by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), about 200 restaurants across the country offer shark fin products.

Russian Register extends cooperation with Cyprus

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping signed a new agreement with the Maritime Administration of Cyprus, expanding the scope of authority delegated to the Russian Maritime Register for the inspection of ships flying the flag of Cyprus. 

New Greek government reveals plans to boost domestic shipping

Greece’s newly elected right-wing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced plans to boost domestic maritime industry, on the sidelines of a visit to the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy in the port city of Piraeus, Thursday. The plan is threefold.

Balearia to operate the Florida-Bahamas fast ferry route

Baleària Caribbean, Spanish shipping company,will provide a new fast-transport service between Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. Baleària becomes the Resorts World Bimini official provider for both passengers and cargo. 

Shanghai to set up cruise demonstration zone

Shanghai will establish a demonstration zone for cruise tourism, approved by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the municipal authorities said Tuesday. This comes in line with the city’s plans to set itself as a hub for cruise tourism. 

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