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WTO AND SHIPPING INDUSTRY CONCERNED ABOUT TRADE WAR

A delegation from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, expressed concern over recent increases in protectionist measures including the decision by the U.S. to increase tariffs on Chinese goods. …

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NEW PANAMA CANAL WELCOMES FIRST Q-FLEX LNG CARRIER

The Panama Canal Authority announced Monday that it has successfully handled the first transit of a neopanamax-sized Q-Flex LNG carrier, the Al Safliya.  14 MAY 2019 At 50 meters wide, the Al Safliya is nearly at the maximum allowable width for the expanded canal. One year ago, the Panama Canal Authority increased the width limit from …

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U.S. WARNS AMERICAN MERCHANT SHIPS OF POSSIBLE IRANIAN ATTACKS IN MIDDLE EAST

11 MAY 2019 Iran could target U.S. commercial ships including oil tankers, the U.S. Maritime Administration said on Friday, as a senior Iranian cleric said a U.S. Navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile.” In the latest tense exchange between Tehran and Washington, Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards separately said …

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