Maritime Union of Australia warns against shipping regulations

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said that the country should revamp its security and licensing provisions for high-risk and hazardous goods shipments.

The warning comes in the wake of two very large explosions in the Beirut port area on 4 August.

The explosions at the port killed 154 and injured more than 5,000 people. The number of casualties is expected to increase as the rescue mission is underway.

Lebanese officials said that the explosions were caused by 2,750t of ammonium nitrate that...

Maritime UK adds Belfast Maritime Consortium as new member

The Belfast Maritime Consortium, which is led by Artemis Technologies, has joined Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the UK’s £46.1bn maritime industry.

The application for the membership was approved on 29 July by the National Council.

The Belfast Maritime Consortium is a 13-partner syndicate of businesses, academia and local government.

The consortium will participate in the work programme of Maritime UK, which includes support to develop the regional cluster via the Regional Cluster Development...

MSC’s new service links Russia with China and South Korea

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has introduced Golden Horn to connect China and South Korea with the east coast of Russia.

The service will complement the company’s current intra-Asia network.

The new weekly service will connect the largest container terminal in Vostochniy in eastern Russia with the largest container ports in China and South Korea.

The company said that its customers will benefit from one of the most important rail gateways to connect the Far East to Europe through...

CLIA extends suspension of cruising operations in the US until 31 October

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that the cruise line members have extended the suspension of US cruise operations until 31 October.

Previously, the suspension of operations was effective until 15 September.

In a statement, CLIA said: “This is a difficult decision as we recognise the crushing impact that this pandemic has had on our community and every other industry.

“However, we believe this proactive action further demonstrates the cruise industry’s commitment to...

Schottel to provide propulsion units for Janssonius cruise ship

Schottel has received a contract to provide main and auxiliary propulsion units for a new expedition cruise ship under construction at Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia.

The cruise ship, Janssonius, is the second cruise ship ordered by Netherlands-based Oceanwide Expeditions.

In 2016, Oceanwide Expeditions commissioned the construction of a new polar cruise vessel, Hondius, which was delivered last year.

Hondius and sister vessel Janssonius are stated to be the world’s first vessels constructed...

Beirut explosion sinks Orient Queen cruise ship, killing two crew members

The Orient Queen cruise ship which was berthed at Beirut port in Lebanon has reportedly sunk following two very large explosions in the port area on 4 August.

Media reports suggest that two people on the cruise ship have died and seven others are injured.

According to the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs, the two deceased were from the Philippines.

The cruise ship is flagged in the Bahamas and is operated by Abou Merhi Cruises. Orient Queen had returned to its homeport in Beirut from a...

ADNOC Logistics and Services creates JV with Wanhua Chemical

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) subsidiary ADNOC Logistics and Services (ADNOC L&S) has formed a joint venture (JV) with Wanhua Chemical Group.

The JV will be named AW Shipping Limited and is included in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in the UAE.

The JV boosts the partnership between ADNOC and the Chinese companies. It also adds on to the bilateral relations between the UAE and China.

AW Shipping will own and operate a fleet of modern product tankers and very large gas carriers (VLGCs).


Eight countries to promote maritime autonomous ship development

Flag, coastal and port authorities’ representatives from eight countries have launched the MASSPorts initiative to promote maritime autonomous surface ship development.

Representatives from China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea and Singapore convened during a virtual meeting for the launch of the event on 4 August.

International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and...

Explosions at Beirut port kill over 70, injure thousands

Two massive explosions at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon have killed more than 70 and injured over 4,000 people.

The incident occurred on 4 August at 6 pm local time (GMT+0300).

Quoting a Lebanese Red Cross official, the Daily Star said that the death toll has reached 100.

The number of casualties is expected to increase as the search is underway for missing people.

Many buildings near the explosion site and vessels harboured at the port were also damaged. Media reports said that the Orient Queen...

Covid-19: 41 people on Norwegian cruise ship test positive

41 people who were on the MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship operated by Norwegian expedition cruise line Hurtigruten have tested positive for Covid-19.

The cruise line has tested all 158 crew members, of which 36 have tested positive. Four crew are admitted to Norway’s University Hospital.

Some passengers who travelled on the ship have also tested positive and many passengers are under quarantine waiting for their test results.

The cruise line has contacted the passengers who were on both departures...