Maritime News

  • Jones Act Waiver Granted to Valero After Colonial Shutdown
    on May 13, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp was granted a Jones Act waiver, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, after a cyberattack shut the Colonial Pipeline late last week, creating a fuel crunch in several parts of the U.S. Southeast and…

  • Baltic Dry Index Hits Near Two-week Low
    on May 13, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    The Baltic exchange’s main sea freight index fell to a near two-week low on Thursday pressured by a decline in capesize and panamax vessel rates.The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, fell 62 points, or 2%, to 3,077, the low

  • Profiles in Training: Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL, Professor, World Maritime University
    on May 13, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    The global seafarers crisis takes center stage at the World Maritime University (WMU), as Dr. Michael Ekow Manuel discusses the importance of seafarers, seafarer training and the MarTID 2021 survey.While many maritime professionals have the theoretical ‘salt in their veins’…

  • Hapag-Lloyd Reports Strong First Quarter
    on May 13, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    German container shipper Hapag-Lloyd said on Wednesday it increased its net profit in the first quarter to 1.2 billion euros ($1.45 billion) and kept up its guidance for “clearly higher” full year earnings.”We concluded the first quarter with a very positive financial result and look back overall on

  • ABB Rolls Out Blended Learning Program for Azipod Users
    on May 13, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    ABB Marine & Ports said it has developed a new Blended Learning program for Azipod propulsion in response to customers’ requests for safe and efficient training of crews during global travel restrictions.The new program combines traditional…

  • Germany Set To Receive 59 Containers Full of Hazardous Waste From Beirut
    on May 10, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Germany is lending its hands to accept 59 hazardous waste containers, assisting in Lebanon’s cleanup initiatives, as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’ struggles to tackle the magnitude of hazardous waste on its own. Combi lift operated Amoenitas, a … Original post at, 2021-05-10 10:00:20 … Read here

  • South American Crop-Shipping Ports on the Verge of Major Crisis as Waterways Dry Up
    on April 30, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    South America is currently facing one of its worst droughts in years. Not only has the drought caused wide fluctuations in the pricing of Wheat, Corn, and Soybean to multiyear highs, it is also affecting the transport of these crops … Original post at, 2021-04-30 14:15:17 … Read here

  • Sri Lanka Forces Out Ship With Radioactive Cargo for China
    on April 28, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Last Wednesday was different for Sri Lankan port authorities. If you go ahead and ask why?’, I’d ask you to imagine a ship carrying radioactive cargo entering your country’s harbors without declaring that it carries the same. Well … Original post at, 2021-04-28 10:09:58 … Read here

  • Drug smuggling in EU ports assisted by corruption in major companies
    on April 26, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Jan Janse, Chief of Seaport division of Rotterdam police, described in interview given to local media, methods used by drug trafficking rings to smuggle drugs into EU, using cargo ships, namely container ships. According to police data and investigations, drug … Original post at, 2021-04-26 09:08:38 … Read here

  • Russian general cargo ship boarded, searched by police, Portugal
    on April 24, 2021 at 5:42 am

    Russian general cargo ship ALEXANDER TVARDOVSKIY was searched by Portuguese police on a tip from “one foreign agency”, on Apr 23, at Viana do Castelo port, northern Portugal. The ship arrived at Viana do Castelo on Apr 20 from Turkey … Original post at, 2021-04-24 07:42:40 … Read here