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Watch: Issues affecting the shipping industry

The Global Maritime Forum gives an insight in major issues that seem to affect the shipping industry on a global scale. It is based on research between senior maritime stakeholders from more than 50 countries, and their perceptions on the impact, likelihood, and preparedness on a number of issues potentially affecting the global maritime industry.

US starts last phase of detention and demurrage investigation

Innovation teams consisting of industry experts of the ocean freight transportation system and global supply chains will meet in Washington as Commissioner Rebecca Dye starts the final phase of her investigation of the detention, demurrage, and free time practices of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators. The meetings will take place no later than mid-April.

MOL informs Junior High students on developments in ocean shipping

MOL welcomed career-minded students from Komaba Toho Junior High School, February 20, for a lecture on the ocean shipping business and merchant vessels. Twelve students visited the office, starting off by listening to explanations of ocean shipping’s role in daily life. Twelve students visited the office, starting off by listening to explanations of ocean shipping’s role in daily life.

Watch: Key routes of the Panama Canal

The video, issued by Panama Canal, shows how the Canal connects more than 144 routes, reaching 1,700 ports in 160 countries. By providing a short passageway between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, the Canal has influenced world trade patterns.

US investigation clears major shipping companies

Two of the biggest container shipping companies, Maersk and the Mediterranean Shipping Company, were cleared in an investigation of the sector by the US Department of Justice, on Tuesday February 26. If the investigation was to charge the companies, it could have imposed large fines at a time when the container sector faces many difficulties due to slowing global economic growth.

NEB suggests approval of Trans Mountain Expansion Project

The Canadian National Energy Board delivered its Reconsideration report to the Government of Canada, with an overall recommendation for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Project). The report says that the project should be approved, but it also makes recommendations regarding marine shipping. The Reconsideration report concludes that Project-related marine shipping could cause important adverse environmental effects on the Southern resident killer whale.

China, Saudi Arabia to bolster cooperation through Belt and Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Friday, in Beijing, to discuss a new horizon for bilateral friendship and strategic relationship. The Chinese president also called on the two sides to reinforce synergy of development strategies and cement the integration of each other’s interests.

ICJ urges Britain to return colonised Chagos Islands to Mauritius

The International Court of Justice announced on February 25, that by 13 votes to 1 is of the opinion that the process of decolonization of Mauritius was not lawfully completed when that country acceded to independence in 1968, following the separation of the Chagos Archipelago. Thus, the population was wrongfully forced to leave in the 1970s.

Royal Navy’s new nuclear submarine named

The Royal Navy stated that the greatest name in the history of the Royal Navy, ‘HMS Warspite’, in the 20th Century will be resurrected in the 21st. The third Royal Navy nuclear deterrence submarine will be named ‘HMS Warspite’.

St. Lawrence Seaway informs on its opening and max allowable drafts

The Great Lakes – St Lawrence Seaway System published its opening of the 2019 navigation season and maximum allowable drafts. The 2019 opening of the navigation will take place in Welland Canal, on March 22, 0800 hours (DST) and in Montreal, Lake Ontario Section, March 26, 0800 hours (DST).


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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