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Remember the trade war? It’s back and at risk of escalating

The U.S.-China Phase One trade deal is not dead, but it is on life support. The two superpowers’ deteriorating relations in the wake of a Chinese security law covering Hong Kong has implications for container, tanker, dry bulk and gas shipping demand, as well as shipping stocks. President Donald Trump alleged in a speech on Friday that China “ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before,” and “got away with theft” of hundreds of billions of dollars a year; that China “raided our factories, offshored our ...

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Alphatanker gets buffed

AXSMarine, a pioneer and market leader in the provision of advanced solutions for shipping professionals, has recently added several enhancements to its Alphatanker chartering and market analysis platform. Alphatanker employs multiple layers of commercial and technical data with refined AIS coverage to provide 24/7 market coverage. AXSMarine has implemented one of its key modules AXSReader. AXSReader flawlessly scans, normalizes, and organizes complex shipping data. This tool retrieves the data from a company mailbox, without the need to open a single email. It captures only the relevant info, filters spam and ...

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Ban of M/V “URANUS II” – IMO 9057214 has been lifted

On 28 January 2020 M/V “URANUS II” with IMO 9057214 (flag Sierra Leone) was detained in Romania. The refusal of access to Paris MoU ports has been cancelled on 27 May 2020. Source: Paris MOU

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American Maritime Workers Celebrated on Centennial of the U.S. Merchant Marine Act

The American Maritime Partnership, the voice of the domestic maritime industry, joins military and defense leaders, Administration officials, bipartisan members of Congress from every state, and 650,000 men and women that work across the domestic maritime industry in celebrating and commemorating the importance of the American maritime industry on the centennial of the U.S. Merchant Marine Act. Over the last 100 years, the men and women of American maritime have always answered the call to duty, providing vital services and manpower in times of crisis. To celebrate the 100-year anniversary ...

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Dry Bulk FFA: Capesize Market Comes Alive

After the quiet start to the week the big ships finally came alive. The improved rates in the physical has clearly got the bulls very excited. Subsequently paper rallied significantly from the open and was firm until the close. Atlantic cargoes are the driving force behind the move and bunker rates jumped which added fuel to the fire but with the larger picture still looking negative it remains to be seen how long this positivity will last. Panamax It was a relatively active days trading on panamax paper which despite ...

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Associations Call For Accelerating Digitalisation Of Maritime Trade And Logistics

The Covid-19 crisis has painfully demonstrated the heterogeneous landscape that currently exists across ports worldwide. With the world’s attention now focused on exiting from lockdowns and preparing for a ‘new normal’, there is an urgent need to co-operate and accelerate the pace of digitalisation, according to a number of leading maritime associations, including BIMCO. While some port communities seized the opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution and developed into full-fledged ‘smart’ ports, many others have barely grasped the essentials of digitalisation. The latter continue to struggle with larger reliance on ...

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The CMA CGM Group heads towards carbon neutrality by 2050

Our Chairman and CEO participated in the UN Global Compact online conference and announced new steps to define the shipping and logistics of tomorrow. He also recalled his commitment for a more balanced globalization. On 2 June, Rodolphe Saadé was a key speaker at the UN Global Compact. Other speakers participated including Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization Kitack Lim, and Director General of WWF International Marco Lambertini. ...

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Nautilus Labs and OCEANKING Technical & Trading S.A. Announce Strategic Partnership

Nautilus Labs, the technology firm advancing the efficiency of ocean commerce through artificial intelligence, and OCEANKING, the leading marine engineering and commercial group serving the Greek and International maritime community—today announced their partnership to jointly expand access to Nautilus Platform in the Greek and Cypriot market to support ship owners and operators as they elevate their focus on operational excellence. Nautilus serves the global maritime industry by building decision support software that surfaces smart alerts and actionable insights that maximize voyage profitability and vessel yield. “Given our deep commitment to ...

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MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June, 03

MABUX World Bunker Index (consists of a range of prices for 380 HSFO, VLSFO and MGO (Gasoil) in the main world hubs continued to increase on June, 02: 380 HSFO – USD/MT – 265.74 (+6.18) VLSFO – USD/MT – 309.00 (+8.00) MGO – USD/MT – 380.27 (+6.03) Meantime, world oil indexes also demonstrated upward changes on June, 02 as OPEC and key ally Russia moved a conference call to discuss future output cuts to Thursday, June 4, from an original June 9 schedule. Brent for August settlement increased by $1.25 ...

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Held Shipping signs service contract with KR for entire fleet

Korean Register (KR) has signed a five-year agreement with German ship management company Held, to provide ISO 9001 Certification, ISM Company Audit (DOC), ISM Ship Audits (SMC) and ISPS and MLC compliance services for the company’s fleet of more than 30 vessels. Held Shipping classed its first vessel the “Maria Francisca” IMO 9235361 with KR in 2018. Since then the trusted business relationship between the two companies has grown, with five more vessels being transferred to KR since then – “ABB Bentje” IMO 9283954, “BBC Newcastle” IMO 9484209, “BBC Nagasaki” ...

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Stena Line reduces CO2 emissions – a leader in sustainable shipping

Ferry shipping company Stena Line continues to reduce CO2 emissions and is now ten years ahead of the international shipping targets for reducing emissions. In the newly published sustainability overview “A Sustainable Journey” Stena Line reports a reduction of both total CO2 emissions and per transported ton onboard the ferries. New, larger and more energy efficient vessels, AI assisted captains and an increased punctuality are some important measures. Despite a tough situation for the ferry industry due to COVID-19 ferry shipping company Stena Line continues its sustainable journey. In the ...

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LUKOIL NAVIGO MCL Ultra (20 BN) continues to be fully approved by all major OEMs

LUKOIL’s NAVIGO MCL Ultra remains one of few low BN cylinder oils that still have a valid ‘No Objection Letter (NOL)’ with all major OEMs. Recently a leading OEM withdrew their approvals for almost all low BN oils in the market, while NAVIGO MCL Ultra has retained its status, and continues to be fully approved by all other major OEMs. LUKOIL’s NAVIGO MCL Ultra is a 20 BN cylinder oil developed specifically for vessels operating in Emission Control Areas (ECA). “To comply with emission regulations, ships in ECAs run on ...

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M/V “SKYLARK 1” (EX – SKYLARK) – IMO 7416040 refused access to the Paris MoU region

The above named vessel was detained in Port of Kastelli Kissamou Crete (Greece) on 13 May 2020. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship flies the flag of Union Comoros (ex-Palau) which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list. Therefore under the provisions of section 4 of the Paris MoU, Article 16 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC, the ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except a port and ...

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U.S. sanctions four shipping firms for transporting Venezuelan oil

The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday said it had sanctioned four shipping firms for transporting Venezuelan oil, the latest escalation in Washington’s effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro by cutting off the OPEC nation’s crude exports. Marshall Islands-based Afranav Maritime Ltd, Adamant Maritime Ltd and Sanibel Shiptrade Ltd, as well as Greece-based Seacomber Ltd, all own tankers that lifted Venezuelan oil between February and April of this year, the Treasury Department said. “These companies are transporting oil that was effectively stolen from the Venezuelan people,” Secretary of State Mike ...

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DNV GL launches new certification in infection prevention for the maritime industry

DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society, has launched a new certification in infection prevention for the maritime industry. The release of this custom certification aims to help the maritime industry resume operations better prepared for COVID-19 or other emerging pathogens. Genting Cruise Lines is the first customer working towards the CIP-M certification for their vessel “Explorer Dream” under the Dream Cruises brand. As the COVID-19 crisis begins to recede, the world is looking to return to business. For the cruise industry, passenger safety has always been the priority and ...

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