How A Ship & Handful Shipowners Can Spread Diseases!

As the Coronavirus grips the world is scare, here’s a story from the Bubonic Plague pandemic back in 1720 as reported by the Indo New York

  • In the early months of summer, that is in April 5, the bubonic plague struck for the first time onboard a ship
  • Because only a handful of ship-owners refuses to lose a cargo of precious fabrics, 100 000 Marseille and Provence are washed out by the bubonic plague.
  • More than 40000 deaths in the phocean city. One-third of the inhabitants of the time.
  • The tragedy...

Oil Company Delays Its LNG Tanker Charter Plans!

Saudi Aramco’s shipping arm Bahri delays its LNG tanker charter plans, reports Money Control. 

Plan put in hold

Saudi Aramco’s shipping arm Bahri issued an expression of interest (EOI) last year to charter up to 12 vessels from 2025 in its first foray into LNG.

According to two sources the firm has put on hold its plans to charter up to 12 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers from 2025, following a delay in a decision to go ahead with a large export project in Texas, though Aramco declined to...

US Refiners Cut Back Imported Crudes for Local Barrels!

  • Flattening contango increases crude cargo availabilities supporting margins.
  • Economics dictate the buying of more local barrels, helping them cut higher working capital costs associated with imported crudes.
  • Waterborne crude imports have been declining for several years as North American crude production has risen.

US refinery margins gained traction last week, led by rising gasoline and diesel demand as regions reopened from coronavirus lockdowns – and just in time to refine April’s flotilla...

Ro-ro Cargo Ship Stuck Under Bridge!

A ro-ro cargo ship ran to the left bank of Volga river, Russia and stuck under Starir (Old) bridge, reports Maritime Bulletin.

What happened?

Ro-ro cargo ship KOMPOZITOR RAKHMANINOV ran onto the left bank of river Volga under Starir (Old) Bridge, Astrakhan, at around 2000 Moscow time May 27, while proceeding downstream, in ballast. 

Tugs deployed

As of 0700 Moscow time May 28, the ship was still aground, with two tugs deployed in refloating. 

Traffic not affected, no news on damages.

About the vessel


Economic Restarts Put a Positive Spin on Crude Futures!

  • WTI and Brent climbed and was seen highest since March 10.
  • US, Japan, UK continue to ease lockdowns by taking down restrictions on trade and non-essential travel.
  • Price recovery could prompt US shale oil production increase.

Crude futures settled higher amid signs that the continued reopening of economies in the US and Europe could bring balance to oversupplied oil markets in coming weeks, write Chris van Moessner and Starr Spencer for Platts.

NYMEX July WTI settled $1.10 higher at $24.35/b and...

Bulk Carrier Contacts Pier Causing Damage!

Jonas Oldendorff bulk carrier contact pier at Port Lincoln, Australia, reports Nikolay Torkin for Maritime Bulletin.

Carrier contacts pier

Bulk carrier Jonas Oldendorff contact pier while berthing at Port Lincoln, South Australia, in the morning May 28 (at around 2230 UTC May 27), on arrival from Qatar.

Two tugs assisted bulk carrier, and she was berthed without any more trouble.

Reportedly, the ship and pier sustained slight damages.

Vessel Information

Bulk carrier Jonas Oldendorff, IMO 9852030, dwt...

TAPA: EMEA Cargo Thefts on the Rise!

  • Cargo crimes in EMEA have seen record year-on-year growth in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – and 2019 has already set a new record for incidents reported to TAPA’s IIS.
  • The 4,187 crimes published in the TAPA EMEA IIS Reports for Q1 and Q2 2019 surpasses the 2018 total by 5.1%.
  • Behind these alarming numbers, however, sits some very positive news; the growing trust and intelligence sharing between national law enforcement agencies.

The year 2019 was another record-breaking year for cargo crimes in...