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Year in Review: Top shipping stories to remember from 2018

As 2018 is reaching its end, the key developments and challenges that shaped the maritime landscape focus on the unprecedented opportunities that blockchain brought on the spotlight, to the unforeseen evolvement of the shipping regulatory framework that shifted the industry toward a more sustainable approach, the past year claims the title of a turning point for the future of shipping.

Saudi Arabia donates $1 million to IMO

IMO announced that its technical cooperation activities have received a boost of $1.0 million by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The funds will be allocated to activities like training and supporting women in the maritime sector, combating piracy and other illicit activities that threaten the safety of navigation.

APM Terminals, Maersk Group to offer enhanced maternity benefits

A new global policy introduced by the Maersk Group, the parent company of APM Terminals, will provide a minimum of 18 weeks of maternity leave for new mothers. The maternity leave, at full pay, will be followed by a phased reintegration to work over the next six months, allowing new mothers the opportunity of four-day workweeks. The new policy also includes one week of paternity leave, in the first week following a birth or adoption of a new baby.

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