Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), who together form the 2M Alliance, are partnering with SM Line, beginning on April 1, 2020, continuing their six weekly services between Asia and the West Coasts of the US and Canada.
Abu Dhabi Ports announced the signing of a long-term agreement with MSC Cruises, meaning that the latter is now provided with berthing rights at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach.
Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship has been repeatedly denied entrance in several ports after allegations that passengers have been infected by Coronavirus, which has resulted to the vessel for Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
With the coronavirus spread causing shutdowns on several factories in China, the National Retail Federation (NFR) and the Hackett Associates issued their “Global Port Tracker” report, informing that imports at U.S. retail container ports are expected to experience a drop during February.
Kalimbassieris Maritme A.S. recently issued an alert warning shipping companies about the increased trend of unannounced bunker checks in Turkey ports. Specifically, the company reported that Turkish customs officials inspect bunker remains onboard.
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) recently expressed its concerns on the increased charges at Limassol port, fearing that will have a negative result upon the competitiveness of the shipping market. For the records, the charges have been applied from 1st of February.
International maritime unions have called the Australian government to mitigate the decline of the Australian shipping industry and invest in the creation of a new strategic fleet to help Australia’s emergency response capacity to natural disasters, as well as protect the nation’s economic, environmental, fuel and national security interests.
During the UK Chamber of Shipping Annual Dinner on 3 February 2020, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani discussed about the opportunities that 2020 will bring in the shipping sector. Namely, Nusrat Ghani believes that this year will be the start of the maritime revolution.
UK’s Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, delivered a speech in the Houses of Parliament, celebrating Maritime 2050. As she said, the UK is ‘ahead of the game’, but to keep it that way she presented a route map in Maritime 2050.
Navios Containers announced its 2019 results, with the CEO commenting that although the company has a good position for the new year, the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China on trade is yet to be realised on the outlook.
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