COVID threatens Chinese exports as US struggles to restock inventories


U.S. import demand is stronger than ever as inventory-to-sales ratios remain painfully low. But there’s rising risk to shipping volumes on the supply side of the equation: Most American containerized imports come from China and elsewhere in Asia, where the delta variant is spreading.

There were two big plunges in trans-Pacific volume last year: one supply-side driven, when China locked down in the first quarter; another demand-side driven, when the U.S. locked down in the second quarter.


Luxury cruises have the potential to prosper with older travellers

After the UK’s announcement of international cruising to restart from 2nd August, this is positive news for the industry after a long 16 months of postponed schedules. The relaxation of rules will create some ease for travellers and should encourage bookings for the rest of 2021 and beyond.

Older generation pandemic savers are willing to book luxury holidays

Whilst many people have struggled financially due to the pandemic, some have been able to save by not going on holiday and socialise during...

Two Sailors Die from COVID-19 Complications After Hospitalization

Capt. Corby Ropp (left) and MA1 Allen Hillman (right)

An active-duty Navy doctor in North Carolina and a reserve sailor in Idaho died this week from complications from COVID-19, the Navy announced on Wednesday.

Capt. Corby Ropp, 48, died on July 23 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., following complications from a COVID-19 infection, according to a statement from the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Master-at-Arms First Class Allen Hillman, 47, died on July 26 in Boise, Idaho, after...

Department of Defense Updated COVID-19 Mask Guidelines

The following is the July 28, 2021 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks updating the guidelines from the Department of Defense on wearing masks. 

From the memo

SUBJECT: Updated Mask Guidance for all DoD installations and Other Facilities
Reference: Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum “Updated Mask Guidelines for Vaccinated Persons,” May 13, 2021


New BIMCO/ICS seafarer workforce report warns of serious potential officer shortage

Launched today, the new Seafarer Workforce Report from BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) warns that the industry must significantly increase training and recruitment levels if it is to avoid a serious shortage in the total supply of officers by 2026. Given the growing demand for...

Nine shipmanagers hit with Chinese crew change bans following spike in vessels arriving with Covid-hit crews

Nine shipmanagers have been handed crew change bans by the Ministry of Transport in Beijing after a series of ships entering China were found to have staff onboard with Covid infections. China is taking a very tough stance against Covid after recent waves of variant cases spooked authorities. China...

Mumbai trade union claims China is banning Indian seafarers from entering the country

The government in India as well as international shipmanagers contacted by Splash have sought to play down claims by a Mumbai-based trade union that Beijing has put an unofficial ban on Indian seafarers entering Chinese ports. The All India Seafarer & General Workers Union has sent a letter to the...

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