• Merchant shipping rejects formal role in migrant rescues

    The head of the Danish Shipowners' Association has warned Europe's politicians that merchant shipping must not be seen as central to the rescuing of refugees in the Mediterranean. "We will always do our part -- it is in our DNA -- but it should not be part of long-term solution," said Anne H

  • Maritime sector should be proactive on environment, says IMO

    All stakeholders in the maritime sector should take a proactive stance to the subject of environment, said Arsenio Dominguez, chairman of the IMO's marine environment protection committee, in a speech in Copenhagen today. He added that stakeholders also need to help the sector to reach stated

  • Deficient SMS blamed for enclosed space deaths

    A casualty report into the enclosed space multiple deaths on board the bulk carrier Sally Ann C in March this year has been released. It points to an incomplete safety management system (SMS), absence of warning notices in the danger spot, and "impulsive actions" as among the causes of the

  • US sees LNG bunkering failures

    American regulators recommend vessel operators review safety procedures based on recent 'near misses' that have occurred during bunkering operations. The US Coast Guard's Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (NCOE) in Port Arthur, Texas, which issued the notice on 25 September,

  • Claims for three-quarters of Sewol victims filed by deadline

    As compensation claims for the Sewol ferry disaster closed on 30 September, 75% of victims' families and survivors had made filings. Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew on a routine Incheon-Jeju trip, capsized on 16 April 2014, leaving 304 dead or missing. Many of the dead were students and

  • EU agrees to seize human trafficking vessels

    The European Union will launch the 'active phase' of its military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea on 7 October. Following the first, intelligence-gathering phase of EUNAVFOR MED, this next stage will see EU naval forces being able to board, search, seize, and divert


  • Djibouti seeks bigger Suez role

    Djibouti invests in port development to address a regional infrastructure deficit, reports Carolina Eslava D’isidoro, East Africa

    Photo: Main gate of Djibouti Container Terminal. Credit: Djibouti Container Terminal

  • Crewless ships and legal risks

    By Richard Clayton, chief maritime analyst, IHS Maritime & Trade

    Image: A design for an unmanned ship. Credit: Rolls-Royce

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  • Bulk carrier detained in Singapore

    Portugal-flagged bulk carrier Alexandrit was arrested in Singapore on 2 October under the instruction of local law firm Oon & Bazul. The reason for the arrest was not known. The ship was detained on 2 October at 17:45 h local time, based on Singapore Supreme Court records. IHS Maritime's
  • CMA CGM claims first for 'connected' box ship

    France's CMA CGM has claimed that its new 18,000 teu vessel, CMA CGM Bougainville, is the first container ship in the world to be equipped with new technology turning its payload of containers into "smart connected objects". The group said that the system it had installed on board the vessel
  • Hyundai Glovis to ship aggregates for Qatar

    Hyundai Glovis has won a KRW508 billion (USD500 million) contract of affreightment with Qatar Primary Materials Company. Hyundai Glovis, the shipping arm of Hyundai Motor Group, told IHS Maritime that the contract requires it to ship 50 million tonnes of aggregates from the United Arab Emirates and
  • BSM to manage six Maersk Line ships

    Maersk Line has decided to hand over the management of six vessels to Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM). "Currently managed in-house by Maersk, the six vessels ranging in size from 2,500 to 11,000 teu will be managed over the next five years from BSM's Ship Management Centre in Hamburg,
  • Tokyo court approves Daiichi Chuo rehabilitation

    Struggling Japanese bulker operator Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha was given the green light by the Tokyo District Court to start civil rehabilitation on 5 October. The company applied for civil rehabilitation on 29 September after four consecutive annual losses. Unlike restructuring that is led by the
  • Pressure increases for charter box ship owners

    The downward trend in container ship period rates worsened considerably last week with leading market indices posting their sharpest drops in a long time. Excess spot availability and plummeting fixture rate levels especially for large gearless cellular vessels saw the Hamburg ConTex slip by 3.3%
  • National heroes

    16 Sep 2015

    China’s policy of promoting ‘champions’ in key strategic industries lies at the heart of its economic development, writes David Yang, principal analyst, IHS Economics & Country Risk Since becoming a World Trade Organization (WTO) member in 2001, China has enjoyed a period of spectacular economic growth to become the second-largest economy in the world. In … more

  • Borrowers and lenders

    12 Sep 2015

    Shipping needs to choose its financing solutions carefully, reports IHS Maritime & Trade’s Richard Clayton Monaco, Rio, Singapore, New York, Dubai, Shanghai, London. The list of maritime finance conference venues gets longer every year. Dozens of look-at-me sponsors support the generation of capital in the form of public and private equity, master limited partnerships (MLPs), bonds, … more

  • Measurement measures up

    02 Sep 2015

    Monitoring fuel use aboard a vessel is a complex, careful, and vital process, both aboard and ashore. Engineering crews must know how much and what type of fuel is in the tanks (full, empty, or in between). In An introduction to fuel measurement, author Nigel Draffin successfully sets out to logically and clearly present reliable existing … more

  • Crewless ships and legal risks

    01 Sep 2015

    By Richard Clayton, chief maritime analyst, IHS Maritime & Trade Are unmanned ships safer or less safe than fully crewed vessels? Can human navigators on the bridges of dredgers perform their tasks more accurately than remote operation of dedicated dynamic positioning-dynamic tracking systems? How close are we to the fully hands-off ship? There has been … more