Update: UK House of Lords Inquiry. Is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea still fit for purpose?

Update: UK House of Lords Inquiry. Is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea still fit for purpose?

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UK House of Lords Inquiry. Is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea still fit for purpose?

LONDON. UK. An inquiry into the future of the United Nations on the Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) and its applicability in 21st century has been launched by the UK House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations and Defence.

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen to map new geopolitical landscape at Nor-Shipping 2022

Anders Fogh Rasmussen to map new geopolitical landscape at Nor-Shipping 2022

Anders Fogh Rasmussen – unique geopolitical insights

Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at Nor-Shipping 2022’s Ocean Leadership Conference on January 10. Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO and Prime Minister of Denmark, will take the stage on Nor-Shipping’s first day to deliver unique insights on the shifting geopolitical landscape, its impact on ocean business, and the potential...




by John Faraclas

John Faraclas

My first “encounter” with Afghanistan took place during my first year in Anargyrios and Corgialenios College of Spetses in 1964 – 1965 during a speech delivered at the English Club by one of our English teachers, Mr. R. Thompson. It left me with many questions and prompted me to study this country given also the success there by Alexander The Great who occupied that region / country in 17 and a half days and nights following relentless attacks…

A very much...


Global Transport Chiefs Urge UN To End Humanitarian Crisis For Supply Chain Workers

Seafarers on board vessel sharing a message of safety. Photo credit - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

Global road, air and sea organisations and unions have today called on the world’s heads of government gathering at this week’s UN General Assembly to end a ‘global humanitarian and supply chain crisis.’

In an open letter published on the day of UNGA’s General Debate in New York, IRU, the International Road Transport Union, IATA, the International Air Transport Association, ICS, the International Chamber of Shipping, and ITF, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, made an urgent plea...


Shipping set to debate ‘code red’ climate change issues ahead of COP26

Shipping set to debate ‘code red’ climate change issues ahead of COP26

Tim Wilkins, Environment Director and Deputy Managing Director of INTERTANKO

As a landmark United Nations climate study declares “code red for humanity”, maritime leaders are set to discuss how the shipping industry can play its part in meeting global targets, just two months ahead of the crucial COP26 talks in Glasgow.

Examining the core question: “Is shipping ready for the outcomes of COP26?” industry leaders will consider...


Katharine Palmer joins UN…

Katharine Palmer joins UN High-Level Climate Champion’s team to lead shipping.

New appointment to accelerate the uptake of zero-carbon fuels in international shipping.

LR’s global sustainability manager, Katharine Palmer (pictured above) has been appointed as the United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) High-Level Climate Champion’s (HLCC) Shipping Lead to support the shipping industry’s drive to decarbonisation.

As the HLCC’s Shipping Lead, Katharine’s main focus will be to mobilise industry...


X-Press Pearl Container Ship Fire Caused ‘Significant Damage’ To The Environment

Major fire-reported-on-MV X Press Pearl today off Colombo after a blast occured onboard

The UN representative in Sri Lanka said that the sinking of the Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl that had caught fire while transporting potentially harmful chemicals off Colombo caused tremendous “damage to the planet” by releasing several hazardous substances into our ecosystem.

On Thursday, the cargo ship sank a month after it had caught fire, raising issues regarding a severe ecological disaster. The UN has said that it has been seeking international efforts to help Sri Lanka in assessing the...


CMA CGM To Enhance Environmental Performance With Biomethane

On April 8, 2021, Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group Chairman & CEO, announced in his address to the United Nations Global Compact the support of the production of 12,000 tons of biomethane (equivalent to one-year’s consumption of two 1,400-TEU vessels), reports Marine Insight.

Renewable gas

Biomethane is a renewable green gas produced from sources including organic and plant waste from European agriculture that is processed at methanation facilities.

Thanks to biomethane, the CMA CGM Group, a world...


Keeping all the balls in the air…

Keeping all the balls in the air…

What a time to be a shipowner!!!  I don’t remember when all the proverbial balls were in the air—at the same time!  Yes, it is normally an adrenaline-fueled life full of challenges galore!  But to tick all the boxes at the same time could possibly result in overloading the system!

Top of mind for me recently is defense.  We see tensions building in the Middle East, which is already a tinderbox, with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict added to the seizure by the...


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