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Study: Antifouling May be a Major Source of Microplastic Pollution

In a new study, a team of environmental chemists from the University of Oldenburg examined microplastics in the North Sea and found indications that ships may be leaving behind a trail of plastic particles in their wake.

Nigeria Plans to Add Boats and Aircraft to Combat Piracy

Responding to the growing outcry over the increasing security risks for mariners in West Africa and the repeated reports of Nigerian pirates being at the center of the activity, the Nigerian government is reportedly taking actions to enhance security.

CMA CGM to Deploy Six LNG-Powered Containerships on Transpacific

French shipping giant CMA CGM has announced plans to deploy six new LNG-powered containerships dedicated to the China-U.S. market.

Oil Benchmark Revamp Sees Surge in Trading of Opaque Swaps

A planned overhaul of how the world’s most important benchmark crude price is calculated has caused a surge in trading of swaps used to hedge North Sea oil prices.

Wakashio Captain Confirms He Navigated Close to Shore to Pick Up Cell Signal, But Blames Chief Officer for Grounding

The Wakashio was unladen when it ran onto a reef off Mauritius’ Pointe-d’Esny on July 25, 2020, while en route from China to Tubarão in southern Brazil.

Australia Launches Livestock Carrier Inspection Campaign

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has launched a inspection campaign that will target all livestock carriers departing the country after recent incidents involving the ships.

Ship Owners Lock In Charter Rates at 13-Year Highs

Containership charter rates have hit 13-year highs and shipowners are locking these in with carriers on three- and five-year charters.

Germany and Belgium Seize a Record 23 Tonnes of Cocaine Found in Shipping Containers

Customs authorities in Germany and Belgium have seized a record haul of more than 23 tonnes of cocaine destined for the Netherlands in two raids this month, Dutch prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Samsung Heavy Industries Settles Petrobras Bribery Case for $150M

Samsung Heavy Industries has agreed to settle allegations of corruption in connection with the sprawling Petrobras bribery investigation, paying a fine of $150 million in an agreement with Brazilian prosecutors.

Indonesian Navy Catches Five Pirates in the Act of Raiding a Barge

The Indonesian Navy successfully intercepted five pirates in the middle of a theft aboard a barge in the Singapore Strait.

Companies Bail on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Russian energy company Gazprom and its western partners are racing to build the pipeline to take Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, and hope to finish it this year. President Joe Biden believes the pipeline is a “bad deal” for Europe.

Rauma shipyard shuts down production after over 230 coronavirus infections

Finland-based shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions has shut down production after 239 workers tested positive for coronavirus.

Grimaldi inks $500 million RoRo order with Hyundai Mipo

The Grimaldi Group has signed an agreement worth over $500 million with Ulsan-based Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction of six new Ro/Ro multipurpose vessels.

Singapore’s 1st LNG bunkering vessel starts commercial ops

FueLNG Bellina, Singapore’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel, kicked off commercial operations.

‘Perfect Trips’: Venezuela and Iran Swap Jet Fuel for Gasoline

Venezuela is shipping jet fuel to Iran in return for vital gasoline imports for the South American nation as part of a swap deal agreed by the two state-run oil firms, three people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Iran And Russia Start Joint Naval Drill

Iran and Russia on Tuesday embarked on joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean which will include thwarting a mock pirate attack on a merchant ship, Iranian state media reported.

DP World UAE digitisises customer transactions as part of smart trade project

DP World UAE Region digitised 100% of its customer transactions in 2020 as part of an initiative with the UAE government to expand digital infrastructure and encourage paperless trade.

Tarballs From Unknown Source Wash Up on 100 Miles of Israeli Shoreline

A tar-like petroleum substance is washing up in large quantity on Israel's Mediterranean shoreline, prompting a large-scale cleanup effort involving thousands of troops and volunteers.

Brazilian president moves to replace Petrobras CEO

A spat between Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro and Petrobras CEO Roberto Castello Branco has resulted in the government moving to appoint a new CEO to lead the state-run oil giant.

Maersk Eindhoven Cargo Loss: Engine Oil Pressure Triggered Loss of Propulsion

Maersk says a loss of propulsion led to some 260 containers falling overboard from the Maersk Eindhoven in severe weather off the coast of Japan this week. Another 65 containers are reported damaged on deck.

Disassembly of WAKASHIO wreck continues

The arrival of the barge HONG BANG 6 along with three tugs has initiated the dismantling operation, which was officially launched on February 18th.

2M Blanks Asia-Europe Sailing at Last-Minute

The 2M alliance has announced a further blank sailing this week from Asia to North Europe to use the vessel on another service.

Deep Freeze Shuts Houston Ship Channel

A deep freeze continued to wreak havoc on the U.S. energy sector, bringing operations to a halt at the Houston Ship channel, while several of the biggest oil refineries remained offline in the nation’s largest crude-producing state.

America’s Largest Port Starts COVID-19 Vaccinations

The shots were a welcome relief for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) members who snapped up the appointments in about 20 minutes.

Another Greek tanker attacked, boarded in Gulf of Guinea

Ship’s AIS according to available AIS providers, was off since tanker left Lome, in the morning Feb 8. No other information available at the moment, awaiting updates.

With Oil Past Peak, Shell Sharpens 2050 Zero Emissions Goal

Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell vowed to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050, raising its ambition from previous targets, as its oil output declines from a 2019 peak.

U.S. Retail Imports Expected to Surge Into Summer

Retail imports at the United States’ largest container ports are expected to set new monthly records into the summer as the nation’s economy continues to recover from the pandemic, according to new forecasts from the National Retail Federation.

Gallipoli Seaways Ro-Ro Ship is on fire in the Aegean

Off Bozcaada A fire broke out on the 193 meter long Ro-Ro ship named Gallipoli Seaways, off Bozcaada in the Aegean Sea.

MSC Secures Crew Change for Stranded M/V Anastasia Seafarers

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has announced an agreement to disembark the stranded crew members of the bulk carrier Anastasia in Japan.

Japanese bulk carrier seized by migrants in UK

Japanese bulk carrier on Feb 9 was seized by seven migrants (or stowaways) while being off Portland, UK, English Channel, according to Trade Winds report.