Following the crew change crisis that coronavirus has brought, Barbados Port has become a major harbor for the cruise industry, concerning their repatriation operations.
In light of the coronavirus situation, the cruise ship “MSC Meraviglia” altered direction as it was rejected by two ports in the Caribbean waters, due to the fact that one of its crewmembers fell sick, reportedly with the common seasonal flu.
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.
The US Coast Guard provided recommended measures to mitigate the potential factors that some indications suggest may be contributing to the spread of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) throughout the Caribbean. One such factor may be the potential transfer of pathogens in ballast water.
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 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.
Improve the analytics and knowledge base on marine pollution and water quality is key for restoring damaged ecosystems and protecting the Caribbean’s marine resources, said the World Bank in a recent report, examining how marine pollution in the Caribbean threatens the region’s resilience to climate change.
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.
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 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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