New World’s Biggest Containership Makes Maiden Call in the UK

The Ever Ace, the unofficial new title holder for the rank of the world’s largest container ship, has made its maiden call in the United Kingdom.

Maersk CEO Says Construction of Fossil Fueled Ships Should Be Banned

Maersk CEO Soren Skou says the International Maritime Organization should take a tip from the European auto industry by banning the construction of fossil fueled ships.

MV Heng Tong 77 Cargo Ship Finally Refloated After Being Stuck In Pakistan For 50 Days

After being stuck off the coast of Karachi in Pakistan for about fifty days, MV Heng Tong, a 3,600 DWT cargo ship has been finally rescued by the Pakistani authorities, reported the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aide on maritime affairs, on Tuesday.

3 people inhaled poisonous gas, 1 died, Beirut port

Feed was soaked by sea water, which entered the compartment through porthole after the ship developed list, and that triggered gas emission.

Shell sanctions gas project in Malaysia to be powered by solar and wind

Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, has taken a final investment decision (FID) on the Timi gas development project located off Malaysia.

How the Taliban takeover in landlocked Afghanistan will change shipping patterns

Afghanistan had previously been working with India and Iran to develop Chabahar Port in Iran’s east.

Wood Chip Carrier in Trouble Off Japan

A Panama-flagged wood chip carrier grounded and is reportedly suffering from a cracked hull off the coast of Hachinohe, Japan, located on the northeast coast of Honshu island.

Wakashio stern remains lodged on reef 375 days on from its infamous grounding

Mauritius authorities continue to investigate the grounding, 2020’s most high profile shipping accident, pay out decisions to the local community are ongoing, and the ship’s crew are still being detained on the island.

Months After Fire, NYK Delphinus Awaiting Start of Cargo Discharge Operations in Oakland

Japanese liner shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) says cargo discharge operations for the NYK Delphinus are planned to begin next month at the Port of Oakland, almost 3 months after an engine fire off the coast of California.

Costamare takes bulker fleet to 37 with acquisition of 21 vessels

The ships acquired include the 2012-built, 83,500 dwt Spring Aeolian, the 2010-built, 82,200 dwt Jaigarh, the 11-year-old, 55,500 dwt Darya Lakshmi and the 13-year-old, 76,600 dwt Imperial Rose.

TotalEnergies hits another oil target offshore Suriname

TotalEnergies and APA Corporation have encountered oil in the Sapakara South-1 well on Block 58 off the coast of Suriname.

Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii after 8.2M quake hits Alaska

A tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii on Wednesday evening following a large earthquake off the Alaska peninsula.

Report: Two Killed Dismantling Carnival Cruise Ship in Turkey

The Platform points out that the Carnival Inspiration was initially bought by Ege Çelik, a yard on the EU list of approved ship recycling facilities, although the ship was later moved to Metas, a ship recycling facility recently acquired by Ege Çelik but not yet part of the EU list.

Iran's Biggest Naval Vessel Enters Baltic Sea

The much-scrutinized journey of the Iranian logistics platform IRINS Makran has taken a new turn - into the Baltic.

Putin Reviews New Short Sea Shipping Plans To Bypass Suez Canal

This week Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the country’s shipbuilding executives to review plans to prioritize short sea shipping with the hope of bypassing the Suez Canal.

JFE Steel sings charter deals for 3 LNG-fueled bulk carriers

Japan’s JFE Steel has signed long-term charter deals with NYK Line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines for three 210,000-tonnes LNG-fueled bulk carriers.

Ever Given will need repairs

The Ever Given, this year’s most famous ship, will need repairs. The Evergreen-operated vessel came to worldwide attention in March when it grounded and blocked the Suez Canal for six days.

International Seaways completes merger with Diamond S Shipping to take fleet to over 100 vessels

The merger enhances INSW’s capabilities in the crude and product markets, as well as in the large crude – VLCC and suezmax – and LR1/panamax and MR markets.

Owners of TOTE Maritime lodge bid to take over OSG

American shipping could see dramatic consolidation with news that the owners of TOTE Maritime have lodged a bid to take over tanker giant Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG).

Mexico’s Pemex Battles Crazy Fire Near Offshore Oil Platform in Gulf of Mexico

A fire has broken out near Pemex’s Ku Maloob Zaap offshore platform complex after a submarine pipeline valve broke, leaking oil into the country’s Gulf Coast.

World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship Delivered to Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships has taken delivery of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, Global Mercy. The ship was delivered to the international charity at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard in northern China, where the purpose-built hospital ship was constructed.

CDC Approves Additional Cruises, but Disney Postpones Over COVID Tests

The cruise industry continues to make progress with its efforts to resume sailing from the U.S. ports, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorizing additional cruise ships to begin sailing, including one of the largest cruise ships in the world.

Russia stages naval drill in Mediterranean Sea

Russia staged a naval drill in the Mediterranean Sea with the focus on fighting a notional enemy’s aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

Taiwan Coast Guard Takes Delivery Of Second Catamaran Patrol Vessel

Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration (CGA) took delivery of its second Anping-class patrol vessel on 25 June 2021. According to CGA’s press release, the handover was originally scheduled before the end of October, but was done 4 months ahead of schedule.

Disabled freighter towed to anchorage, Marmara sea

MEGA D was taken on tow by rescue tigs and towed to Ahirkapi anchorage, Istanbul.

International Day of the Seafarer 2021

25 June of each year is the "Day of the Seafarer", recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.

Russia Claims its Forces Used Live Fire to Chase Off UK Warship

The Royal Navy and the Kremlin have issued competing accounts of a freedom of navigation operation undertaken by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender off Russian-occupied Crimea on Wednesday morning.

Ulstein to Design Non-Fossil Fuel Containership for Norwegian Startup

The utilisation of this advanced marine technology will be a key element in EDGE Navigation’s stated goal of achieving net-zero emissions.

Secret Tipoff Enables Turkey To Seize Its Largest Consignment of Cocaine Worth $275 million

The seizure was undertaken as a joint operation by customs department officials working for the trade ministry and the local police department of the Mediterranean province of Mersin after they received a tip-off.

Ever Given Owners Make New Offer To Suez Canal Authority

The owners of a giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March have made a new offer in a compensation dispute with the canal authority, a lawyer for the authority said on Sunday, as a court ruling on the case was postponed for two weeks.