Australia bans Qatari bulker for 18 months citing appalling conditions

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority announced an 18-month ban for a Qatari-owned bulker after releasing the vessel from a two-month detention. Calling conditions aboard the bulk carrier “appalling,” AMSA cautioned all vessel owners and operators that it has “zero-tolerance for sub-standard ships operating in Australian waters.”


Westports handled container volume of 2.66 million twenty-foot equivalent units (“Teus”) in 1q 2021

Westports Holdings Berhad has announced its financial results for the 1st Quarter of 2021. At the top-line, the Company’s total revenue improved to RM508.2 million primarily due to higher revenue from the container segment as throughput volume increased by 5% to 2.66 million TEUs. The Company’s reported profit level reflected insurance recoveries, absence of general provision, among others – these amounted to RM33.4 million. After the tax provision of RM65.3 million or an effective tax rate of 24%, Westports reported a Profit After Tax of RM208.3 million.


International Maritime Organization (IMO) recognised praiseworthy contributions in the industry

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) held its first-ever virtual award ceremony on the 7th April, 2021. The event recognized the contributions of long-standing maritime industry chief, Peter Hinchliffe, former Secretary-General, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and presented him with the prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2019. 


Future of Ports 2021 highlighted cutting-edge start-up ideas that will redefine port and logistics sectors

The Future of Ports 2021, presented by Gulftainer in partnership with OneValley, aimed at providing exposure to the ideas and issues addressed by the top 10 start-ups, shortlisted after a six-month long competition held between aspiring entrepreneurs. These start-ups were selected from over 2,000 others that participated in the competition to provide innovative solutions and ideas that will lead the transformation of ports worldover and the global logistics sector. Finalists included Artemis Robotics, Authenticity, Creation Labs, Docktech, eYARD, IronYun, Moeco, Morpheus.Network, ThroughPut, and Zainar.