Do you know how many types of ships exist?

There is a wide range of different vessels. The international dry cargo and tanker markets are immense and are served by numerous ships of several types and of various sizes. Some of them follow standard designs and can carry a variety of cargoes while others are more specialized and able to carry commodities which the standard vessels cannot. According to the UNCTAD, in early 2019 the total world fleet stood at 95,402 ships accounting for 1.97 billion dead-weight tons (dwt) of capacity.

Do you know how to distinguish an Aframax from a Panamax vessel?

There are several variations related to ships sailing on high seas. Panamax vessels, Aframax vessels, and Suezmax vessels are some of the most prevalent types. But what do they mean and what kind of ships do they represent? Well, the answer is relatively easy, and it lies on the area that each ship caters.

New class notation helps LR2 operators switch between low and high-grade cargoes 

DNV GL announced a new system designed for modern LR2 tankers, with easy-to-clean corrugated tank walls, deep-well pumps and high-performance tank washing machines. Notably, the new class notation is mainly intended for new ships since some criteria, including stripping efficiency, are subject to specific test requirements. Nevertheless, it may be awarded to existing vessels as well, if they meet the criteria. The new ITC rules have been published in July 2019, with an effective date of 1 January 2020.

Dutch company to salvage grounded chemical tanker off India

A Dutch salvaging company called ‘Marine Masters BV’, was chosen to salvage the grounded chemical tanker Nu Shi Nalini. The ship had broken loose from its anchor on October 25, and ran aground off India. The salvage operation, it is expected to last 30 days, while the offloading of the ship’s cargo is forecast to last up to 12 days.

Concerns about potential spill from abandoned tanker off India

A tanker laden with 2,800 million tonnes naphtha is floating abandoned off the Goan coast, India. There are concerns that the toxic content could spill as a strong cyclone is approaching the Arabian Sea’s Coastline. The ship has already sustained damages due to the cyclonic storm Kyarr.

Greek-flagged tanker denies accusations on Brazil’s oil spill

Following the two months of environmental disaster in Brazil after an oil spill, investigators suggested that a greek-flagged tanker, carrying Venezuelan oil, is the main suspect of this polluting situation. Yet, the Greek Company, Delta Tankers Ltd. denies all accusations supporting that their vessel reached its destination without any problem. 

Watch: Explosion kills three aboard Russian tanker

In the morning hours of Saturday, November 2, three crew-members were killed due to an explosion aboard the Russian tanker Zaliv Amerika in the far east region of Russia, near the port of Nakhodka. In fact, a gas and air mixture blast occurred on board the bunkering tanker, according to the regional branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee, whereas no blaze was issued after the incident took place.

Euronav adjusts fleet in compliance with the IMO 2020

According to the company executive of Euronav, their leading Belgian tanker operator is completing its preparations in order to follow the IMOs regulations for limiting sulphur emissions from ocean-going vessels.

Chemical tanker runs aground in Goa, India

In October, the chemical tanker called Nu-Shi Nalini, drifted aground 2 nautical miles of Dona Paula, Goa. The vessel was anchored at the inner anchorage of the Mormugao Port in Goa before it broke loose from its restraints and began drifting towards the shore.


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