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Barbados Port boosts crew change operations

Following the crew change crisis that coronavirus has brought, Barbados Port has become a major harbor for the cruise industry, concerning their repatriation operations.

Despite quake, Puerto Rico’s cruise tourism remains unaffected

Despite the recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, which interrupted electrical power service and resulted damage to the one side of the island , the cruise tourism reported to remain unaffected. According to local officials, Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan cruise port welcomed about 15.000 cruise passengers while greeted them with music in the city’s streets.

UK to launch Caribbean-based disaster relief ship

Cammell Laird, a UK shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside, collaborates with Britannia Maritime Aid (BMA) for the construction of a new £150m disaster relief ship that will be located in the Caribbean with the role of supporting disaster relief efforts and providing specialist training.

IMO, Chile agree to enhance capacity building in Caribbean

IMO informed that it has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Chile, to extend Chile’s technical assistance to countries in the Caribbean region, in addition to Latin America. The MoU on Technical Cooperation will support the provision of experts to deliver training in Latin America and the Caribbean.

MSC Cruises gets approval for new cruise terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company, announced it has received approval from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners for an innovative cruise terminal at PortMiami, as part of its expanding presence in North America and in the Caribbean. 

The top 20 ports in Latin America and the Caribbean for 2018

Container throughput in ports of Latin America and the Caribbean increased by 7.7% in 2018 compared to 2017, according to data provided by UN ECLAC. This analysis is based on the performance of a sampling of 31 countries and 118 ports and port areas in the region.

OPEC crude production sees lowest level in 4 years

OPEC crude production fell by 240,000 b/d in February to 30.68 million b/d, its lowest level in 4 years, said Gibson Shipbrokers in its weekly tanker market report. The heavy crude market is already incredibly tight and production cuts come at a time when demand for heavy grades is rising, the report notes. 

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