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Indonesia Faces a Marine Plastic “Emergency”

[By Nabiha Shahab] The UN has called marine plastic pollution “a slow-motion catastrophe,” and a recent study found Indonesia to be the second largest contributor to it after China. Overconsumption of single-use plastic and bad waste management are largely to blame. Indonesia has some of the most biodiverse and important coral reef systems in the world. But, over the past few decades, […]

French Prosecutors Hunt for Source of Oil Spill Off Corsica

Last week, French authorities spotted a long slick of heavy oil off the east coast of Corsica, prompting concerns that it might drift ashore on the island’s well-known beaches.  During a training exercise Friday, pilots from the French Navy’s base in Corsica spotted a 20-nm slick floating about five nm off the coast, and they […]

Sri Lanka Files Initial $40M Claim Over X-Press Pearl Fire

The government of Sri Lanka has sent an “interim claim” to the operator of the burnt-out container ship X-Press Pearl, requesting $40 million for response costs accrued through June 1 – the day before the vessel partially sank off Colombo.  The full damages resulting from the discharge of the vessel’s cargo on and after June 2 […]

CBP Seizes Cocaine Smuggled Aboard Cruise Ship at Port Everglades

Cruise ship operations are about to return to the United States, bringing welcome relief to cruise lines and cruise-focused ports. In a sign of the return to normalcy, smugglers are once again taking advantage of legitimate cruise ship movements to piggyback small consignments of cocaine into the United States – not as large as the […]

Competition Heats Up in a Melting Arctic

[By Rockford Weitz] For decades, the frozen Arctic was little more than a footnote in global economic competition, but that’s changing as its ice melts with the warming climate. Russia is now attempting to claim more of the Arctic seabed for its territory. It has been rebuilding Cold War-era Arctic military bases and recently announced plans to […]

North America’s First LNG Cruise Ship Fuels Preparing for MV

North America’s first LNG-fueled cruise ship is preparing for its maiden voyage in July. Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras recently arrived in Florida to prepare for its entry into service and as the next step conducted the first-ever LNG fueling at Port Canaveral, Florida.  The 180,000 gross ton cruise ship, which was delivered from […]

Bouchard Transportation Seeks Buyer or Lay-offs Will Begin in July

Family-owned oil barge transport company Bouchard Transportation Company, headquartered on Long Island, informed regulators and its bankruptcy court that it is seeking a buyer. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection eight months ago, said it may begin layoffs in a matter of weeks if a buyer could not be located. The company, […]

New Vehicle Terminal Opens as part of Mobile Alabama Port Enhancement

A new $60 million vehicle processing center with a ro-ro terminal has opened in the port of Mobile, Alabama. The new facility, which will be operated by a partnership between an Argentine and Chilean company, is part of an ongoing effort by the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) to expand and improve operations in the […]

MSC Gayane’s Chief Mate Gets Longest Jail Time in Drug Smuggling Case

A U.S. District Court judge handed down the longest prison sentence related to the 2019 cocaine smuggling incident aboard the MSC Gayane for the boxship’s chief mate. As the senior most member of the ship’s crew arrested by federal agents in what they term one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history, prosecutors said […]

X-Press Pearl Pollution Spreads but Reports of Oil Leaks are Refuted 

Sri Lanka officials conducted a briefing to detail the scope of the environmental damage resulting from the fire and sinking of the containership X-Press Pearl last month. Government representatives and the shipping line continue to refute reports of additional pollution and possible oil leaks from the vessel, which remains partially submerged off Colombo. At the […]

IN THE KNOW Podcast 27: Protecting Mariners in the Strait of Hormuz

In this episode of The Maritime Executive’s podcast series, editor in chief Tony Munoz spoke with four top officers of Coalition Task Force Sentinel (CTF Sentinel), an eight-nation maritime security partnership that guards against malign state-sponsored activity in the Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, along with all […]

23 Major Maritime Stakeholders Launch Ammonia Bunkering Study

New hydrogen and ammonia fuel partnership announcements are becoming as common as long-term charters and vessel sales, but a new joint study group that debuted Friday is more significant than most.  Twenty-three well-known enterprises – including ABS, DNV and ClassNK – have entered into a memorandum of understanding on a joint study of common issues […]

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