COLUMN | Failing flag states, abandoned crew and piffle from Palau [Offshore Accounts]

This week, I want to look at how the shipping industry can overcome some of its biggest challenges – not greenhouse gases and climate change, nor sexism and homophobia, but the problems of abandoned crews, excessively long tours of duty, and the low safety standards that bedevil the wider maritime...

Panama Canal increases vessel draught to 45 feet ahead of schedule

Ship passing through the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority has issued an Advisory to Shipping Lines stating that, effective May 30, 2024, it will increase the maximum authorised draught of the Panama Canal to 45 feet (14 metres). This adjustment, originally scheduled to take effect on June 15, 2024, is being implemented earlier...

Thordon to retrofit tailshaft bearings on 32 Panama tugs

Thordon Bearings has secured a significant contract to convert the rubber tailshaft bearings across an entire fleet of Panama-operating tugs, pilot vessels, and workboats to water-lubricated polymer bearings.

The agreement with the undisclosed operator follows the successful retrofitting of Thordon’s SXL tailshaft bearings to twelve of its twin-screw tugs last year during scheduled drydockings.

The remaining 32 vessels will now be converted in batches at planned maintenance intervals over the...

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