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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. 

USCG, Royal Navy partner to fight narcotics

The Royal Navy auxiliary RFA Mounts Bay has partnered with US Coast Guard counter-narcotics experts and a law enforcement boarding team on the continuous efforts to prevent illegal drugs from South and Central America reaching North America and the wider world, drugs which are typically smuggled across the Caribbean in small speedboats known as go-fasts.

Mapping maritime piracy and armed robbery in parts of the world

Piracy and armed robbery in Asia decreased in 2018, says the latest ReCAAP ISC report. However, recognizing the challenge in other parts of the world too, particularly in in the West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, there is still great need of law enforcement agencies to continue their effective ship protection measures.

Record cruise tourism expenditures reported in Latin America, Caribbean

A new study found that cruise tourism and the 29.6 million passenger and crew onshore visits in 36 Caribbean and Latin American destinations generated a record $3.36 billion in total expenditures during the last cruise year. This is more than 6% higher than the record set by the previous study in 2015.

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