The number of ship’s crew members being kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea increased by 50% in 2019 and this year has begun with a further escalation of violence, armed robbery and kidnaping.
The Panama Canal Authority has said it will impose a ‘Freshwater Charge’ on ships passing through the canal from 15th February.
Myanmar encounters illicit trade valued at US$6.4 billion every year. In response, the Myanmar government has stepped up its efforts to combat illicit trade.
The Clean Arctic Alliance is calling on IMO Member States to take measures against the use of heavy fuel oil and reduce black carbon emissions from shipping in the Arctic.
Clean Up Carnival Coalition delivered a petition signed by 46,000 people to the National Park Service, calling for the suspension of Carnival Corporation’s cruise ship permits in Glacier Bay National Park.
674 ocean-going commercial ships and offshore units were sold to scrap yards in 2019. 469 were broken down on only three beaches in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, amounting to about 90% of the gross tonnage dismantled globally. Yet, these three countries have the worst safety record.
Shippers are willing to pay for goods by individual container if these containers are transported in a greener, more sustainable manner
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Many countries see economic openness as a way forward, however, governments across the region continue to restrict participation in public affairs, silence dissenting voices and keep decision-making out of public scrutiny.
India’s 3,762 seafarers are found to obtain fake certificates from five training institutes without completing the necessary training.
Analysis reveals corruption more pervasive in countries where money influences political power.
A new report found that the most popular LNG ship engine, particularly for cruise ships, emits between 70% and 82% more life-cycle GHG emissions over the short-term compared to clean distillate fuels.
Projected annual global economy-wide losses can amount to more than 4%.
Being transparent is increasingly seen by society as a prerequisite to becoming a good corporate citizen. Lee Kok Leong, executive editor, Maritime Fairtrade, reports
Strict enforcement at key Malaysian ports successfully blocked smuggling of waste .
There was an increase of piracy in the Singapore Strait in 2019 to 31 incidents from 7 in 2018.
Preparing and planning for cyber and climate change risks is both a matter of competitive advantage and business resilience.
Sustainable biofuels currently available are under-utilized but could potentially meet shipping’s energy needs of today.
The Korean Reinsurance Company and other marine insurers are keeping a close eye on the ongoing tensions between the United States and Iran as they face worsening profitability.
Member States of the International Maritime Organization have urged further firm action in coming years to advance gender equality.
Conditions for shipbreaking workers at the beach of Alang, India, have not improved. There are continued serious breaches and a lack of effective enforcement of national laws.
The Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal in 1995, became international law in December 2019.
10 Kenyan seafarers flew out to Mozambique in August to board a ship on a long voyage to Iran. Four months down the line, the 10 crew members are still in the port of Pemba, Mozambique, apparently abandoned by their employer.