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  • Judges announced for Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, in...

    A total of 18 influential industry experts are among those to be confirmed as judges for this year’s Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, which takes place in association with Lloyd’s List and is open for entries until Friday 13 August.

     
     

  • Qatar sees 8% jump y-o-y in ship calls in July 2021

    Qatar witnessed about 8% growth year-on-year in the number of ships calling on its Hamad, Doha and Al Ruwais ports, reflecting the increased trade, especially in automobiles (RORO), building materials and livestock, according to Mwani Qatar.

     

  • APM Terminals Bahrain welcomes Japanese Ambassador, H.E Masayuki Miyamoto

    Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Hidd, Bahrain. Khalifa Bin Salman Port, operated by APM Terminals Bahrain, proudly welcomed a delegation led by the Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Bahrain H.E Masayuki Miyamoto on Wednesday 28th July 2021.

     

  • RSGT expands services into Saudi cruise industry

    Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) in partnership with Cruise Saudi entered the cruise industry with the departure of the cruise ship MSC Bellissima from the terminal’s new dedicated cruise line berthing facilities. The 4,500-passenger vessel is operated by MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line.

     

  • Ever Given arrives in Rotterdam, ending Suez Canal saga

    The container ship Ever Given has arrived in Rotterdam, ending the four-month saga of detention and litigation that followed her grounding in the Suez Canal on March 23. 

     

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  • Maritime Hydrogen fuel cells advance with ABS and DNV class societies

    Progress is continuing to be made in the efforts to develop new technologies, including hydrogen fuel cells, as a viable carbon-reducing solution on the shipping industry’s path to decarbonization. In the latest developments, two of the leading classification societies, ABS and DNV, recently provided early approvals to hydrogen fuel cell concepts developed by Bloom Energy Services. This includes the first fuel-cell-powered, engineless liquified natural gas carrier and as an alternative power source for vessels.

     

  • Italian classification society RINA agrees to class China's largest home-built cruise ship

    The Italian classification society RINA has signed an agreement with China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) to class the largest cruise ship ever built in China.

     

  • Newly recognised class society expands Middle East Operations

    The Panama and Florida-based International Register of Shipping (INTLREG) is expanding its regional coverage in the Middle East by providing services now in Kuwait after being officially recognised as a classification society by the oil producing GCC country.

     

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  • Fincantieri delivers third cruise ship in July as...

    Fincantieri is continuing its strong rebound after the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the extended shutdowns across parts of Italy that impacted operations. The shipbuilder announced a return to profitability and an improving outlook as it also delivered the third new cruise completed in July after delivering seven ships from six shipyards in the first half of 2021.

     

  • Meyer Werft wins order to build residential yacht...

    Meyer Werft and Ocean Residents Development Ltd. confirmed that a contract has been signed, subject to financing, for the construction of a new resident yacht cruise ship. It represents only the second order for a new cruise ship since the beginning of the pandemic and is an important win for Meyer Werft which is looking to increase utilization for the yard in Papenberg, Germany in 2024 and 2025.

     

  • MARAD Awards Vessel Acquisition Management...

    Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Solutions business unit has been awarded a multi-year, $638 million contract for Vessel Acquisition Management (VAM) by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).

     

  • Freight association sees no change in container...

    In response to concerns expressed by its members, the trade association that represents UK freight forwarding and logistics companies has been monitoring conditions in the global container market for some time, liaising with international organisations in order to compare market conditions around the world.

     

  • UK Reduces Travel Restrictions Permitting...

    In the next phase of the COVID-19 regiments, the UK government announced that it is going to again permit some international travel, including cruises, as well as reducing the restrictions to enter England for individuals that have received vaccinations under approved programs in Europe and the US. The announcement is seen as a boost both to the struggling cruise industry and will provide added revenues to English ports.

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  • HFW advises Shanghai Shipyard on US$170m UK Court of appeal win

    Global, sector-focused law firm HFW advised Chinese shipbuilder Shanghai Shipyard on a UK Court of Appeal win relating to a US$170 million payment under a shipbuilding contract.

     

  • Florida Senators Move to Firm Up Offshore Drilling Ban

    U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the American Shores Protection Act to codify the moratorium on oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Florida that was put in place by September 8, 2020, Executive Order by then-President Trump. 

     

  • Seadrill Presents to Bankruptcy Court Plan with Creditor Support

    Seadrill Limited, the financially troubled offshore drilling contractor controlled by John Fredriksen, is making progress on its second trip through US bankruptcy court in the past four years. In a filing with the court, the company reported on Saturday, July 24, that it has reached an agreement with just over half of its senior secured lenders and asked for the court’s approval of the reorganization plan. News of the agreement comes just days after speculation that the company would be broken up and sold to competitors.

     

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  • Texas A&M Maritime Academy Sets Sail for Sea...

    Over 300 Texas A&M Maritime Academy cadets, faculty and staff will depart from the Galveston Campus aboard the TS Kennedy to begin a 56-day training cruise to earn required at-sea hours to receive their U.S. Coast Guard license. This training is critical in educating the future generation of merchant mariners who support both our national security through service in the armed forces and the maritime industry, a key contributor to the economic prosperity of Texas.

     

  • Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy and Columbia...

    Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) for the development of training programmes, as well as the provision of consultancy services focused on the applications of alternative fuels, efficiency enhancement and Artificial Intelligence within maritime operations.

     

  • Five more guilty pleas in ongoing USCG exam-...

    The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced that five more defendants plead guilty in the ongoing case related to a long-running test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center. The latest guilty pleas bring to 26 the total number of defendants convicted. Prosecutors originally announcing indictments for 31 individuals, including employees of the testing center, intermediaries, and individuals who used the falsified scores to obtain USCG licenses and employment. 

     

  • U.S. funds Indonesian Maritime Training Center...

    The United States is funding a new training center for the Indonesian Coast Guard (Bakamla) on Batam Island, near the intersection of the Strait of Malacca and the Strait of Singapore. U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Y. Kim presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for the new installation on Friday, according to the embassy in Jakarta.

     

  • Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime...

    The Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport Branch in Sharjah (AASTS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Police to cooperate in education, training and research in maritime security. This support AASTS’ ongoing efforts to empower Emiratis and enhance national competencies in the maritime sector as well as work closely with its partners and related bodies in line with its responsibility as an educational house of expertise for the maritime sector.

     

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