Monthly Archives: October 2020

U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SELLS OFF SEIZED IRANIAN GASOLINE

31 OCT 2020  On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has sold four cargoes of Iranian gasoline that were seized from commercial tankers on the high seas. The sale totaled about 1.1 million barrels and netted about $40 million in proceeds. The buyers were not disclosed. According …

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RESEARCHERS EXPLORE CONCEPT FOR UK ZERO CARBON COSTAL SHIPPING NETWORK

30 OCT 2020  A team of UK maritime researchers have set out their vision for a fleet of zero carbon coastal ships to transport goods around the UK via its ports by 2030. The Zero-carbon Coastal Highway concept was developed by a core team of the Maritime Research and Innovation …

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CREWS STRANDED IN ITALY REPATRIATED WITH SUPPORT OF MARITIME CHARITY

29 OCT 2020  The global maritime charity Stella Maris is reporting a successful effort at repatriating seafarers who had found themselves stranded in Italy due to financial problems on their ships and the ongoing travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Stuck in Italy for nearly three months, the charity worked with …

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ADAPTABILITY IS KEY FOR SUPPLY CHAIN SUCCESS

28 OCT 2020  Having had a long career in this industry with many diverse challenges, I’ve come to know first-hand the importance of adaptability. In fact, being able to adapt to change has been a consistent theme in my career and I believe has been integral to my professional growth …

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VLCC TANKERS IN SECOND LONGEST STREAK WITHOUT DEMOLITIONS SAYS BIMCO

27 OCT 2020  Despite the downturn in many segments that have led to increases in the numbers of ships sold for demolition, BIMCO reports, the VLCC crude oil tanker segment is in the midst of its second-longest streak without the sale of a single vessel for scrap. November 2 will …

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DRAMATIC HEAVY SEAS RESCUE OFF SOUTHEASTERN IRELAND

25 OCT 2020 Three rescue boats with Royal National Lifeboat Institution came to the rescue of a cargo ship that had lost power and was in danger of hitting rocks in southeast Ireland on Tuesday. The ship, the 4,000-tonne Lily B with nine crew members on board, was carrying coal …

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FIRST DUAL-FUEL LPG CONVERSION COMPLETED FOR VERY LARGE GAS CARRIER

24 OCT 2020  The first conversion of a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dual-fuel propulsion has been completed with the ship, the BW Gemini, starting weeklong sea and gas trials. The conversion is part of a program that BW LPG is undertaking to retrofit vessels …

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HRAS: CREW OF TANKER GULF SKY CAUGHT IN A CASE OF POLITICAL INTRIGUE

23 OCT 2020  The saga of the crew aboard the tanker Gulf Sky continues according to the NGO Human Rights at Sea and the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration. According to a statement issued by the two organizations, the crew’s situation remains unresolved leaving them unpaid and unable to work due to …

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DANGEROUS GOODS MAY HAVE CAUSED MAERSK HONAM FIRE

22 OCT 2020  Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau has concluded its inquiry into the deadly fire aboard the boxship Maersk Honam in 2018. While the bureau was not able to conclusively determine the cause, its forensic investigators ruled out electrical faults, fuel tank heating, misdeclared goods and non-IMDG cargo ignition sources, leaving one possibility: …

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SECOND VESSEL ATTACKED IN GULF OF GUINEA IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS

21 OCT 2020  For the second time in less than twenty-four hours, there was an attack on a vessel in the Gulf of Guinea. While it appears the crew of the second vessel was able to protect themselves, the two incidents highlight the growing threat to vessels in this area …

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