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MAERSK ESSEN DIVERTING TO MEXICO AFTER CONTAINER LOSS IN PACIFIC

25 JAN 2021  The Maersk containership that suffered a significant container loss In the Pacific while sailing toward Los Angeles is now diverting south to Mexico. The 13,100 TEU Maersk Essen is expected to arrive on January 29 in the port of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico as a port of refuge for cargo …

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MAERSK BOXSHIP LOSES 750 CONTAINERS OVERBOARD IN NORTH PACIFIC

24 JAN 2021  Heavy weather in the North Pacific is being blamed for the loss of containers aboard one of Maersk’s containerships. This is the third container loss incident recently reported in the Pacific. Maersk is saying that approximately 750 containers were lost overboard from the Maersk Essen, a 148,723 dwt …

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CREW ABANDONED FOR 11 MONTHS CALLS FOR ACTION STAGING A HUNGER STRIKE

23 JAN 2021  The crew of a bulk carrier abandoned by its owner and flag state is staging a hunger strike to call attention to their plight according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation. Desperate to get their back wages and return home the crew turned to this drastic action. …

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WORLD’S LARGEST VLEC DEPARTS TEXAS WITH RECORD SHIPMENT TO CHINA

22 JAN 2021  The largest single shipment of ethane to date departed the terminal in Texas bound for China. The gas, which is a derivative stripped from natural gas, is in strong demand, especially in Asia, where it is used as an alternative to butane and propane by the petrochemical …

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SPACEX CONVERTS TWO ULTRADEEPWATER RIGS INTO ROCKET LAUNCH PADS

21 JAN 2021  Commercial space flight operator SpaceX has purchased two oil rigs from Valaris for conversion into seagoing rocket launch pads, according to multiple reports and court records. Orbital launch trajectories are heavily affected by location, and a sea-based launch site allows the operator to optimize the rocket’s payload …

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DOZENS OF BULKERS REMAIN STRANDED OFF CHINA AS COAL STANDOFF DRAGS ON

20 JAN 2021  At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers have become all too used to bureaucratic obstacles to crew change. But a different form of inertia has stranded more than 60 bulkers and their crews off the coast of China, where they await resolution to a diplomatic standoff …

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SHIP REPAIR: A FINANCIAL BALANCING ACT

19 JAN 2021 Shipowners have limited options to access financing for ship repair, given the capital-intensive nature of vessel repairs also represents a financial risk for shipyards. Typically, a shipowner must fund the entire capital cost of vessel repairs from its own cash resources, although it may in exceptional cases …

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LAST-MINUTE TERROR DESIGNATION ENDANGERS FOOD LIFELINE FOR YEMEN

18 JAN 2021 A U.S. State Department decision to blacklist Yemen’s Houthi rebel group may interfere with efforts to prevent a massive spill in the Red Sea – and lead to starvation on shore.  On January 10, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group (also …

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IRAN TEST-FIRES BALLISTIC MISSILES 100 MILES FROM CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

17 JAN 2021  On Saturday (16TH JAN’21), Iran conducted a test of its medium-range ballistic missiles over the Indian Ocean, landing at least one within 100 miles of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. At least one other missile landed within 20 miles of a merchant vessel, U.S. Navy officials told …

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