Future Possibilities in Ship Wind Propulsion

The combination of environmental exhaust emissions regulations and fuel prices have prompted introduction of wind assisted vessel propulsion involving sails, kite sails, bladed horizontal-axis turbines and vertical-axis Magnus rotors. Modern commercial vessels incur many times the weight of earlier generation wind-driven ships and require many times the propulsive power. Future maritime wind propulsion technologies could involve many times the scale of present day technologies.

Over a period of...


Weekly Tanker Report – Week 22, 2020

The Baltic Briefing has issued the tanker report for the 22ndweek of this year. The report dated 29thMay 2020 provides a valuable insight into this week’s tanker market dealings, freight rates, and charter activities.


Owners regain some of the recent lost ground with tightened supply of vessels by improved volumes.

  • The Middle East Gulf sector saw rates flat in the first half of the week, then rises midweek with rates for 270,000mt to China jumping from WS50 to WS60 – and then mid WS60s. 
  • Th...


Seafarers denied medical care for serious conditions, ICS warns

Photo: by Sasin Taipchai from Pixabay

Cases of seafarers being denied medical care for conditions unrelated to COVID-19 have been reported to the International Chamber of Shipping.

The body, which describes the news as “alarming”, has observed that there are cases of seafarers being refused entry to port or, in some cases, being denied evacuation for over four days.

“This is simply not acceptable,” said Guy Platten, Secretary General of the ICS.

In a recent webinar, held on May 28 by the World...