World’s First Zero-Emissions Top Handlers Performing Well At Port Of Los Angeles

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The world’s first zero-emissions top handlers, unveiled last fall as part of a pre-commercial demonstration project at the Port of Los Angeles, are now being used in daily operations at the Everport Container Terminal.

“We are pleased with performance results that we are receiving from drivers, mechanics and Everport management as the equipment is tested daily in real-world conditions,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are doing everything possible to advance...

India Announces Cruise Ships To Commence Sailing From 1st October

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After four months of the country experiencing lockdown, home confinement, restricted movements and no summer vacations, it is now time for some unbelievably good news.

As part of its Mission Begin Again, the Indian Government has announced that it will permit cruise ships to commence sailing from 1st October. In the light of this major development, Jalesh Cruises announces the commencement of its cruise MV Karnika from Friday 6th November 2020.

In line with its commitment to its valued passengers...

40% Increase In Seaborne Trade, With 10% Decrease In CO2 Emissions During 2008-18: IMO Report

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The International Maritime Organisation’s fourth Greenhouse Gas Study highlights that the shipping industry has continued its trend of decoupling emissions growth from the global growth of seaborne trade. However, the report demonstrates that improvements in technical efficiencies alone will not be enough for the sector to reach the target of halving emissions by 2050, compared to 2008 levels.

The Study shows a 40% increase in seaborne trade between 2008 and 2018 while also recognizing that CO2...

Beirut Port Officials Placed Under House Arrest Over Negligence Of Duty

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On 4th August two massive explosions shook the port of Beirut, Lebanon and the surrounding areas. The blast occurred in a port warehouse in Beirut and has consequently flattened much of the vital Middle-Eastern port.

As rescue efforts are underway in the Lebanese capital, government agencies have put all port officials under house arrest due to negligence of duty.

An investigation has been ordered into the incident, with the declaration of a two-week emergency in the Lebanese capital.


ITF Stands In Solidarity With The Port Workers And People Of Beirut

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It is with shock and despair that we have received the news of the explosion at the Port of Beirut that has devastated the city, killed at least 100 people, injured thousands and rendered hundreds of thousands more homeless. We at the ITF send our deepest condolences and solidarity to the people of Lebanon.

We are still gathering information on the extent of the impact that this horrific blast has had on our affiliates and their members in Lebanon – at the port, on nearby vessels and in the...

AMSA Fines $20000 To Gold Coast Boat Share Company For Operating Illegally


Gold Coast company, GC Princess Boatshare Pty Ltd, has been found guilty of operating a domestic commercial vessel unlawfully and fined $20,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday, 3 August 2020.

The company had been hiring out a luxury cruise boat Livin II on the Gold Coast Broadwater without a certificate of operation or certificate of survey as required under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012.

Tragically, authorities were alerted to the illegal...

Crew Change Crises Worsens In Australia As Crew Of Two Ships Refuse To Sail

Australia Listing Towards Clogged Ports As Over-Contract Seafarers Stop Two New Ships

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says Australia is facing economic carnage from clogged ports as a result of rapidly worsening crew change crisis around its coasts, as the crews of two further ships in Western Australia and Victoria refused to keep sailing today in bids for repatriation.

The ‘Conti Stockholm’ and ‘Ben Rinnes’ are just the latest ships to become idle and block berths due to over-contract crew enforcing their right to refuse to sail indefinitely, joining the...

CMA CGM Reports One Staff Member Missing After Explosions At Beirut Port

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Deeply rooted in Lebanon, the CMA CGM Group has launched an emergency plan to conduct a thorough health and safety assessment of its 261 staff members based in Beirut.

At this stage, the preliminary toll shows two seriously injured and many minor injuries. One member of our staff at the port is currently missing. We are doing our utmost, in collaboration with the local authorities, to find him.

The Group’s headquarters in Lebanon, located a few hundred meters from the site of the explosion, was...

8 Countries Come Together To Encourage Development Of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships

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Representatives from the flag, coastal and port authorities from China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, and Singapore met at a virtual event on 4 August 2020 to launch the MASSPorts initiative.

The event was joined by representatives from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), as well as International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

MASSPorts is a network...

Seized Cargo Ship Carrying Explosive Chemicals Can Be Potential Cause Of Deadly Explosion In Beirut

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Early investigations looking into the source of the massive explosions at the port of Beirut have suggested the involvement of ammonium nitrate and fireworks. The explosive chemicals were supposedly confiscated and stored from a cargo ship since 2013.

The large scale destruction caused by the explosions on Tuesday has sent the city of Beirut in a tizzy, a shockwave that only added a brick to the burden of Lebanon’s overwhelming effects of the pandemic and the worst ongoing economic crisis in...