• MPHRP announces new head under ISWAN

    Tom Holmer, former head of the International Transport Workers' Federation's Seafarers' Trust, has been chosen to lead the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP). Holmer will take up his new roleat MPHRP once it becomes part of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance

  • Shore power expanded in Montreal and Quebec City

    Shore power will become available in the ports of Montreal and Quebec during the next few years with the assistance of government air pollution reduction programmes, the two port authorities have announced. The Montreal Port Authority will install a system for cruise ships at the Alexandra Pier and

  • News insight: Europe’s split priorities strain shipping

    Europe's increasingly militaristic reaction to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea evidences an offensive rather than rescue focused mind-set. While smugglers and traffickers must be stopped, the international shipping industry needs Europe's priorities to be at least evenly weighted.

  • Firmer July freight rates do not wipe out overcapacity concerns

    A rise in container spot rates in July on the previous month does not wipe out concerns of overcapacity in the industry, a senior shipping analyst said. The rates rose about 12% last month on June, largely thanks to general rate increases (GRI) in Asia-Europe trades and an initial success of the

  • Box terminal 'key to Suez development'

    Egypt has complemented the launch of a two-way traffic system through the Suez Canal on 6 August by announcing infrastructure plans to support a proposed economic zone along the canal. The cornerstone of government plans is its SCZone, an economic enterprise zone that Egypt proposes to build beside

  • China Newbuilding Price Index continued to drop in July

    China newbuilding price index (CNPI), a composite index of tankers, bulk carriers, and containerships - three major ship types built in China - drifted to 886 points at the end of July, down 0.7% on a month ago. All sub-indices of CNPI also fell. The dry bulker index dropped 0.9% on a month ago to


  • IMO lessons from Tokyo

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is looking to increase maritime awareness worldwide by introducing a range of new initiatives, writes HIS Maritime’s Richard Clayton.
  • A gender-fair career at sea

    If shipping is to increase the number of female seafarers, a change of mindset is needed as well as the right conditions.

    Photo: Researcher Momoko Kitada says reluctant shipowners are denying onboard training opportunities to women seafarers.

Ships Ships

  • Spain's Navantia yard lands four Suezmax orders

    Spanish naval shipbuilder Navantia has landed an order for four Suezmax tankers with two others on option from Spain's Ibaizabal group. Navantia, which had its civil shipbuilding and repair activity capped at 20% of revenues until the end of last year on the orders of the European Commission, will

Technology Technology

  • New ultra-low sulphur fuel introduced in Singapore

    South Korean bunker supplier SK Energy International (SK Energy) has introduced a new ultra-low sulphur fuel oil (ULSFO) marine fuel oil in the Port of Singapore. SK Energy stated that the ULSFO, which is also being supplied in South Korea and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has sulphur content of no

Safety & Security Safety & Security

  • Suspected MH370 wreckage found near Africa

    Aircraft experts are currently examining aircraft wreckage that could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The debris was found about 4,000 km from the official search zone off Australia's west coast. The 2 m aircraft wing piece known as a flaparon was discovered on the French island of La Réunion off

Ports Ports

  • New chief for Busan Port Authority

    Woo Ye-jong has been appointed as the new president of Busan Port Authority. From 31 July, Woo, 56, will begin his new appointment, succeeding Lim Ki-tack who has been elected as the International Maritime Organisation's next secretary-general. In announcing Woo's appointment, South Korea's

Offshore Offshore

Companies Companies

  • Sainty Marine loses orders for 14 chemical tankers

    Shenzhen-listed Sainty Marine has lost all orders for 14 stainless steel chemical tankers placed by Celsius Shipping, which were planned to be built at its partnership yard Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry (NMHI). The 14 orders were cancelled in June 2015, with three of the newbuilds under

Markets Markets

  • Chinese vessel export growth down to 12.9% in H1

    China's vessel exports' growth slowed down to 12.9% year on year (y/y), with total exports at USD14.6 billion in the first six months of 2015, according to customs statistics. In June alone, the exports decreased 16.5% y/y to USD1.9 billion, the customs said. The vessel exports are forecast to
  • Saudi rival for Jeddah

    30 Jul 2015

    IHS Fairplay looks at a new kid on the Saudi block, King Abdullah Port. Peter Shaw-Smith reports A revolution is quietly under way in Saudi Arabia’s ports sector, as the first facility to be run outside government control attracts the world’s leading shipping alliance, piling pressure on the kingdom’s premier west coast port, Jeddah Islamic … more

  • Iran’s crude equation

    28 Jul 2015

    An end to Iranian sanctions offers both positives and negatives for crude tanker owners, reports Greg Miller Is the historic nuclear deal with Iran good or bad for crude tanker rates, and if so, when? The answer hinges on a complex equation that will evolve over time. There are five key variables: the timing of … more

  • IMO lessons from Tokyo

    27 Jul 2015

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is looking to increase maritime awareness worldwide by introducing a range of new initiatives, writes IHS Maritime’s Richard Clayton. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) chose maritime training and education as its theme for World Maritime Day this year. A symposium with that focus was held in Tokyo, on Japan’s 20th national … more

  • Ports plan has to win over the disruptors

    26 Jul 2015

    The investment outlook for India’s major ports looks positive, but the route of corporatisation threatens extensive disruption India has an 8% target growth rate for 2015/16, and a key element of this growth is infrastructure and logistics development. ‘Corporatisation’ of India’s ‘major’, or public, ports – turning them from public trusts into companies – is … more