Maritime News

  • New China-Europe Intermodal Route Opened
    on July 20, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Marking the opening of a new China-Europe freight train route a freight train left Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, heading for Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan.According to a report in Xinhua, the train consists of 42 containers loaded with laptops […]

  • McDermott Wins Pre-FEED Gig by YPF
    on July 20, 2019 at 1:42 am

    American multinational engineering company McDermott International announced it has been awarded a contract by Argentina-based YPF to provide pre-front-end engineering design (Pre-FEED) services for a five million tons per annum (MTPA) LNG Liquefaction Facility […]

  • MOL Names 3rd Yamal LNG Carrier
    on July 20, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Japanese logistics major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, jointly ordered by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited (China COSCO Shipping), was held at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. […]

  • ASCO Ships Lay Cable for Absheron Gas
    on July 20, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO), the largest and oldest shipping company on the Caspian sea, informed that works on laying pipes in the Absheron gas condensate field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea are under way.“Aura&rdquo […]

  • Navis Names Simon Doughty as GM, VP APAC
    on July 20, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Navis, the terminal operating systems (TOS) provider and part of Cargotec, has announced the appointment of maritime industry veteran Simon Doughty as the General Manager and Vice President for the APAC region.Doughty had previously served as […]

  • Iran seized two tankers, finding West too weak to defend itself
    on July 20, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Very large crude oil tanker VLCC MESDAR was briefly detained in Strait of Hormuz by Revolutionary Guards of Iran, tanker was seized at around 1530 UTC Jul 19, and released at around 2010 UTC. As of 0330 UTC Jul 20, MESDAR was under way in Persian Gulf, sailing to Ras Tannurah Saudi Arabia, her port of destination. Strangely enough, tanker still sails in Iranian waters. Whereabouts of STENA IMPERO remain unknown, AIS is off, tanker and crew for all purposes, should be considered as hostages of Iran State, subject to negotiations, a chip to be bargained. Why Iran dared to do what it did – blowing up tankers, and now hijacking them? Explanation is obvious – finding itself in desperate economical situation due to sanctions, Iran is trying to intimidate West, US first of all, into nuclear deal on Iran’s terms, and to lift sanctions. Iran believes, that the time for turning bandit is just right, that the West, flying through severe political turbulence, has become too weak to defend itself. Ships and crews are now vulnerable not only to pirates, but also, to criminal behaviour of some rogue States, from Persian Gulf to South China sea. Jul 19: UK-flagged tanker hijacked in Strait of Hormuz? It looks like the UK-flagged product tanker STENA IMPERO was forced to move into Iranian waters while transiting Strait of Hormuz en route to Al Jubayl Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf. Tanker turned hard a starboard at around 1527 UTC Jul 19, and moved straight into Iranian waters, as of 1620 UTC tanker continued sailing in Iranian waters, south of Bandar Abbas, at some 13.5 knots speed. It does look like a hijack on high seas, and if it is so, it’s an act of piracy, absolutely unlawful seizure of a foreign tanker in international waters, by a rogue State military. IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed VLCC MESDAR as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 34% (07-AUG-18), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon. Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator. […]

  • UK-flagged tanker hijacked in Strait of Hormuz? Update hijacked by Iran
    on July 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    1820 UTC Update: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has seized British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz . It looks like the UK-flagged product tanker STENA IMPERO was forced to move into Iranian waters while transiting Strait of Hormuz en route to Al Jubayl Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf. Tanker turned hard a starboard at around 1527 UTC Jul 19, and moved straight into Iranian waters, as of 1620 UTC tanker continued sailing in Iranian waters, south of Bandar Abbas, at some 13.5 knots speed. It does look like a hijack on high seas, and if it is so, it’s an act of piracy, absolutely unlawful seizure of a foreign tanker in international waters, by a rogue State military. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: https://www.fleetmon.com/services/vessel-risk-rating/ […]

  • Tanker disappearance in Strait of Hormuz – not much mystery here
    on July 16, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Product tanker MT RIAH went off AIS and is missing since late Jul 13, being at that time in Strait of Hormuz near Iranian waters. It’s a small old tanker, deployed as it seems from her records, in bunkering operations in Gulf of Oman, along UAE coast. There’s little doubt, that tanker was seized (hijacked) by Iranian forces, whoever they’re – Guards or Navy, or whatever. Otherwise, tanker just couldn’t disappear without a trace in heavily trafficked Strait of Hormuz waters, closely monitored by US and other nations’ Navies. Tanker couldn’t as well, break down, to be taken on tow by Iranian tug – no way. Tanker first of all, should contact owner, report accident and wait for owner’s decision. If that was the case, owner should be in full knowledge, and maintain constant communications. Tanker’s crew doesn’t include UAE nationals, she’s most certainly, manned by multinational crew. IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a ‘amber’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 48% (07-MAR-19), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon. Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator. […]

  • General cargo ship attacked, 10 crew taken hostages
    on July 16, 2019 at 11:10 am

    General cargo ship PAKSOY 1 was attacked and boarded by pirates at 2250 UTC Jul 13 in Gulf of Guinea in vicinity 02 58N 004 40E, SW of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The ship was en route from Douala Cameroon to Abijan Ivory Coast. 10 crew were taken hostages, and understood, pirates fled with them. The remaining crew, according to Turkish sources citing ship owner statement, took the ship to Tema Anchorage Ghana, she reached anchorage and anchored in the afternoon Jul 15. As of Jul 16, the shipremained in the same position. FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: https://www.fleetmon.com/services/vessel-risk-rating/ […]

  • Grimaldi’s ro-ro in record cocaine bust. What’s going on?
    on June 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Senegalese Customs officers announced record cocaine bust on Jun 30, after they found 750 kilo of pure cocaine hidden in 15 Renault brand new cars, on board of Grimaldi’s ro-ro GRANDE NIGERIA in Dakar, Senegal. The ship arrived at Dakar on Jun 24 from Paranagua Brazil. 4 cars with cocaine bags hidden inside were bound for Hamburg, 11 for Tema Ghana. Officials were tipped off by reportedly, whistleblower, who was approached by smugglers with an offer to assist them in clearing cars. Reportedly, two persons who were accompanying cars shipment were arrested, also two Senegal nationalities in port. The ship is detained or under arrest. According to one yet unconfirmed report https://www.dakaractu.com/Saisie-de-750-kg-Cocaine-pure-au-port-de-Dakar-Le-navire-Grande-Nigeria-de-Grimaldi-mis-sous-scelle_a172765.html, some of the crew, including Master, were also arrested, and that’s very upsetting news. Grimaldi’s ro-ro ships are regularly caught with cocaine trafficking, but so far cargoes and ports personnel were involved, not crews. Maybe the problem is in ships, maybe because of some technical reason, they’re ideal for cocaine trafficking from South America? The point is, the ships are becoming increasingly dangerous for crews, to become suspects in criminal collusion. That should be the theme of International Day of the Seafarer, not idiotic gender gap. 2018: 1.2 ton of cocaine smuggled on board of GRANDE NIGERIA at Santoshttps://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2018/23297/12-ton-cocaine-smuggled-board-grimaldi-ro-ro-ship-/ FleetMon Vessel Risk Rating: https://www.fleetmon.com/services/vessel-risk-rating/ […]