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Danish Anti-Piracy Action Jolts Gulf of Guinea Maritime Leaders

An intense debate has erupted following the recent deployment of a Danish frigate on an anti-piracy patrol in Gulf of Guinea, which resulted in the death of four pirates and the capture of another four. West African defense analysts view the incident as a defining moment in the evolving maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea. […]

Op-Ed: Technology is the Solution to the Supply Chain Crisis

The last few months have seen hundreds of container ships sitting idle outside key hub ports, unable to unload their goods as they look to catch up on a massive backlog. With multiple ports overwhelmed by cargo volume, demand for imported products through the roof, and shoreside transport shortages in key markets like the U.S., Northern Europe […]

Norwegian Cruise Ship Reports a 10-Person COVID Outbreak

[Brief] The North American cruise industry has has considerable success in keeping COVID-19 off its vessels since cruising first restarted in June, but on Saturday, the City of New Orleans reported a rare exception: a small outbreak of 10 cases aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway, which has just wrapped up a 7-day voyage in […]

The U.S. Has a Leading Role to Play in Reducing Ocean Plastic

[By Matthew Savoca, Anna Robuck and Lauren Kashiwabara] Plastic waste of all shapes and sizes permeates the world’s oceans. It shows up on beaches, in fish and even in Arctic sea ice. And a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine makes clear that the U.S. is a big part of the problem. As the report shows, the U.S. […]

U.S. Navy Confirms Fuel in Water Well Near Aging Red Hill Tank Farm

The U.S. Navy’s controversial Red Hill tank farm appears to have leaked petroleum into a Navy water supply well near Honolulu, the service confirmed in a statement Friday.  Days after Navy servicemembers began reporting a foul diesel smell in their tapwater and the local health department found petroleum in the water at a nearby school, […]

Shipping’s Arctic Future

Climate models project continued and dramatic Arctic sea ice reductions, including nearly ice-free summer conditions by the mid-21st century. While Arctic navigation depends on other factors besides sea ice – including economics, infrastructure, bathymetry, and weather – these projections are useful for strategic planning by governments, regulatory agencies, and the global maritime industry. The planet’s fast-warming […]

First Berths at Singapore’s Gigantic Tuas Port Set Enter Service

Singapore is cementing its position as a Far East maritime powerhouse with the announcement that the first two berths at its futuristic Tuas Port will commence operation this month. Officials said the reclamation works for the first phase of the $20 billion facility have been completed, paving the way for operationalization of the first two berths […]

COSCO Containership Seeks Refuge in South Korea After Box Loss

One of COSCO’s containerships has sought a port of refuge aborting a trans-Pacific crossing and returning to South Korea. Early indications are that the vessel encountered a Pacific storm which is believed to have caused an overboard loss of containers as well as a collapse on deck. Few details are currently available on the size […]

Video: Cargo Ship Catches Fire in Southern Indonesia

[Brief]  An Indonesian-flagged bulk carrier transporting fertilizer caught fire while docked at the port of Cilacap, on the southern coast of the island of Central Java. Indonesia’s national security and rescue agency Basarnas responded to the fire and assisted with the evacuation of the crew without injuries. “According to the crew’s statement, the point of […]

Zim Kingston Proceeds to Terminal to Begin Salvage Operation

More than a month after the incident in which the containership Zim Kingston lost 109 containers overboard and suffered a container fire, the vessel has finally been cleared to proceed to port. Early this morning the vessel began moving from the anchorage off Victoria, Canada toward DP World’s Duke Point terminal, located on the east […]

Video: New Cruise Ship Costa Toscana Completes Construction

Costa Cruises, the Italian cruise line brand for Carnival Corporation, took delivery on December 2 of its newest ship, the second one to be fueled with LNG. The delivery of the Costa Toscana marked the completion of more than 20 months of assembly and a total of 30 months of construction for the 185,000 gross […]

Brazil Indicts Tanker, Captain and Chief Engineer for 2019 Oil Spill

Brazilian authorities are moving forward with their assertions that a “Greek flag oil tanker” was responsible for a massive oil spill that washed up on more than 1,500 miles of coastline and cost $47.7 million to clean up in 2019 and 2020. The Federal Police did not name the tanker in the new statement but […]

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