The Panama Canal announced the closing of its 2019 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 469 million Panama Canal tons, a 6.2% increase compared to FY2018. This exceeds the 450.7 million tons projection for 2019, as well as the record tonnage of 442 million tons registered in the previous fiscal year.
Less than three years after its opening, the Panama Canal announced a new milestone with the transit of the 6,000th Neopanamax ship, reaffirming its position in global maritime trade. The LNG carrier ‘Energy Liberty’ made its transit Tuesday south from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for jointly developing infrastructure for fuels, lubricating oil, LPG, natural gas and any other related fuel and gas for meeting the requirement of Indian Waterways.
Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, announced he is set to receive India’s first container cargo being transported on inland waterways. The newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal is the first of the three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter-Modal Terminals being constructed on River Ganga at Varanasi, as part of the government’s aspiration to stretch the transportation of Ganga between Varanasi to Haldi.
The American Waterways Operators released a new safety guide as the latest milestone in its two-decade effort to reduce the risk of fatigue-related accidents in the towing industry, working in cooperation with the USCG, the National Transportation Safety Board, and international sleep experts.
In a bid to secure efficient response to maritime casualties, Turkey’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced new regulations on shipping traffic along its main waterways, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles (Çanakkale), which are among the busiest waterways in the world.
The recent announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Transport regarding the Regulations on the Administration of Domestic Waterway Transport for Imported Ships has raised a number of questions on its impact on marine engines installed on ships navigating domestic waterways in China.
The Inland Waterways Authority of India issued 13 standardised ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga. This aims to serve as an enabler for domestic shipbuilding industry working on inland vessels and open possibilities for cargo and passenger movement on National Waterway-1.
To keep US waterways open and safe, the US Coast Guard encourages shippers, whether professional mariners or recreational boaters, to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris, when sailing in inland waterways.
As the longest drought in decades has hit Northwest European countries drying out river waterways, cargo traffic is significantly disrupted with vessels being forced to carry lighter loads. However, on German Rhine, freight is being delivered despite shallow water, German association BDB informed.
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