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Study: Decompression Sickness May be Caused by Faulty Immune Response

[By Anne Sliper Midling] It is infinitely beautiful below the ocean’s surface. So beautiful that every year some divers are tempted to go a little too deep and stay there a little too long. Decompression sickness (DCS) has been a known condition for more than a century. The disease – sometimes referred to as the bends – […]

Vineyard Wind Bids for New Project Near First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

Vineyard Wind, the developer of America’s first full-scale offshore wind farm, has submitted two new proposals for projects off the coast of Massachusetts. The news follows just one day after the firm secured financing for Vineyard Wind 1, a long-anticipated development off Martha’s Vineyard. The two new “Commonwealth Wind” proposals off the state of Massachusetts […]

Sea-Kit Wins Grant to Create World’s First H2-Powered Unmanned Vessel

UK-based unmanned vessel startup Sea-Kit has won a government grant to install and test an innovative printed circuit board-based hydrogen fuel cell on its prototype USV Maxlimer, allowing the vessel to operate with zero onboard emissions. It will be the first hydrogen fuel cell system on a commercial USV, the company said.  Sea-Kit secured the […]

MSC Moves to Buy Majority Stake in Brazilian Carrier Log-In Logistica

Number-two container carrier MSC has lodged a bid to purchase a controlling stake in Brazilian domestic carrier Log-In Logistica.  Log-In is a publicly-listed feeder operator with a focus on coastwise trade. It also operates one container terminal, the Vila Velha Terminal (TVV) in the state of Espírito Santo. It has seen a 20 percent growth […]

Compliance Guardians

Merchant vessels plying international waters carry flags of the states where they are registered. The Flag State provides the nationality of the vessel and the jurisdiction under whose laws the vessel is registered or licensed. It has the authority and responsibility to enforce national and international regulations including those under IMO and the Law of the Sea. […]

Op-Ed: 10 Ways to Cut Shipping’s Emissions Today

[By Simon Bullock] In the middle of this summer’s shocking fires and floods came the grimmest climate science report yet from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warning of a “code red for humanity” as our use of fossil fuels continues to drive up global temperatures. To keep below the threshold of 1.5 degrees C of warming – the goal of the Paris climate agreement – […]

Africa Navigates the COVID Era’s Shipping Challenges

African shippers are currently experiencing a tragedy in liner services, with historic port bottlenecks now compounded by a surge in freight rates, making shipping operations difficult for many. Alphaliner released new data showing shipping lines deploying greater tonnage to the profitable East-West, transpacific, and transatlantic trade lanes, owing to COVID era supply chain disruption. Specifically, the […]

Boxship Accident at Port of New Orleans Was Caused by Extreme Winds

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that severe, unexpected winds caused the boxship CMA CGM Bianca to break away from a pier at the Port of New Orleans in August of last year, causing significant damages to equipment at the Napoleon Avenue container terminal. The total damage was estimated at $15 million for the […]

Fuel Comparisons Must Consider Energy Density

Comparing fuel price and performance on a per-tonne basis has sufficed for liquid fossil fuels, but as shipowners evaluate new fuels as part of their decarbonization plans, this method is no longer accurate. SEA-LNG has identified a number of situations where misleading information has been disseminated because energy density has been overlooked when comparing the […]

Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Shares Soar in Stock-Market Debut

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shares made a resounding debut on the Korean Exchange, with the share price quickly soaring by as much as 125 percent above the initial public offer (IPO) price. The company, which is one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, saw its share price hit nearly $115 during the first day of trading – […]

Hapag-Lloyd Brings Competition to Bustling Moroccan Port

The German Shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has announced it will set up a permanent base of operation in Morocco in a move to expand its global network. With additional personnel and new offices in the country, the company hopes to realize its growth ambitions in one of the most attractive markets in North Africa.   Hapag Lloyd operates at the […]

Stuck on Board for a Year, Syrian Crew Alleges Threats and Abandonment

A plague of crew abandonment has swept through the lower end of the maritime industry over the past year, with dozens of small shipowners allegedly walking away from their financially-distressed vessels and leaving the crews behind – often without pay.  “We’re still living here in the vessel like a jail . . . we can […]

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