According to Reuters, iron ore shipments from Australia’s port of Hedland terminal to China, experienced an increase by 14% in December from the previous month as shown by the port’s data. Iron ore shipments to China from the world’s biggest iron ore port reached an overall of 37.4 million tonnes in December. On the contrary, iron ore shipments in November reached a total of 32.9 million tonnes, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.
Effective from 1st January 2019, Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands and an attractive tourist destination, has applied a new tax on cruise passengers, triggering a wave of complaints by major cruise lines, as well as the largest cruise industry trade body.
PSA International’s, Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, BMCT, has welcomed the beginning of a regular service call from Hyundai Merchant Marine’s, HMM, China India Express service. The 8,562 TEU M.V. Hyundai Loyalty is one of six vessels involved in the service, which connects BMCT to important Far East markets and trade centres.
Cosco Shipping Ports Limited announced in its statement that COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited, Asia Container Terminals Limited, Hongkong International Terminals Limited and Modern Terminals Limited entered into a Hong Kong Seaport Joint Operating Alliance Agreement. The collaboration aims to efficiently manage and operate the Kwai Tsing Port in Hong Kong, the ‘Combined Terminal Facilities’.
Carnival Corporation announced that it will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its brands: Carnival Cruise Line, America’s Cruise Line; Costa Cruises; and Princess Cruises. The ships are: Carnival Panorama from Carnival Cruise Line; Sky Princess from Princess Cruises; Costa Venezia from Costa Cruises; Costa Smeralda from Costa Cruises.
On December 11, Qingdao and Shibei District People’s Government released the Detailed Implementation of Policies in Support of Cruise Tourism in Qingdao. According to these policies, Qingdao’s government will provide incentive subsidies of up to 3 million yuan to companies and travel agencies.
Traffic on the Suez Canal reached the second highest daily traffic ever recorded on January 2, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Mohab Mamish informed. Specifically, 72 vessels with an overall tonnage of 5.1 million tons sailed through the canal. 33 vessels passed through the canal coming from the north and 39 from the south.
Festive season is a special time of the year for relaxing and a good book can be the best company or a good present for beloved ones. SAFETY4SEA has made a list of the best books we read throughout the year, for those who are part of the maritime workforce or not, with themes varying from leadership and soft skills to the hidden world of piracy and the book type varying from academic writings to joyful action readings.
Once again this year’s agenda was full with meetings, agreements and important announcements for the maritime community. In this photo recap we have picked key moments that captivated industry’s interest in 2018.
UK Shipping Minister supports equal rights for seafarers18/01/2019
Loading of small seagoing vessels to occur at Wilhelmshaven FSRU18/01/2019
Digitalization to benefit oil and gas sector, report says18/01/2019
IMO: Guidance on ship implementation plan for 2020 compliance18/01/2019
Tallink, TalTech partner to develop smart ship solutions18/01/2019
Three stowaways found on merchant vessel off Port of Miami18/01/2019
Stena Line voyages first next-gen ferry in China18/01/2019
USCG’s only heavy icebreaker reaches Antarctica18/01/2019
ADNOC reduces its fleet emissions by 23%17/01/2019
Egypt reopens five ports due to weather improvement17/01/2019
MLC amendments 2016 on crew welfare enter into forceCasualties
Cable ship capsizes after collision with tanker in Singapore StraitsCasualties
Tanker with 12 crew disappears in Indonesian watersCasualties
Sewol survivors to receive $71,000 in compensation
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