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IMO Okays U.S.-Russian Bering Strait Routing Plan

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The International Maritime Organization approved the Bering Strait and Bering Sea ship routing measures proposed by the United States and Russian Federation.   Taking effect Dec. 1, 2018, the six two-way routes and six precautionary areas are the first internationally recognized ship routing measures the IMO has approved for polar waters.

Gambian President Barrow Visits Antwerp Port

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 A collaboration agreement was signed on Thursday 24 May, in the port of Antwerp between on the one side Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, and APEC, its maritime training centre, and on the other Gambia Ports Authority which manages the port of Banjul in The Gambia.

US Coast Guard Welcomes New Vice Commandant

Adm. Charles Ray speaks during the vice commandant change of watch ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018. During the event, Ray became the 31st vice commandant of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Charles D. Michel was relieved as vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Charles W. Ray during a military change-of-watch ceremony held Thursday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.   Michel, who also retired from the Coast Guard after 33 years of service to the nation as part of the ceremony,

Marad: Helis Accepts New Post at MarAd Headquarters

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A Statement from the Maritime Administration has announced that RADM James Helis has accepted a senior post at the U.S. Maritime Administration headquarters in Washington. The text of that message follows:   “The Maritime Administration today announced that RADM James Helis has accepted a position

Beijing's South China Sea Building Boom Grows

The Republic of Singapore navy Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme (FFG 73) and the Victory-class corvette RSS Valiant (PGG 91) transit the South China Sea behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway for a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Colemanberry/Released)

At first glance from above it looks like any clean and neatly planned small town, complete with sports grounds, neat roads and large civic buildings.   But the town is on Subi reef in the Spratlys archipelago of the hotly contested South China Sea and, regional security experts believe, could soon

Joe and Petunia "Dial 999" Campaign Turn 50

Image: The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

 Did you know that 50% of people still don’t know to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard in a coastal emergency - despite the phone service being launched half a century ago?   The new research, commissioned by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) comes as a new video is launched in tribute to our

Martek Marine Calls for Urgent ISPS Review

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 Commercial shipping is waking up to the growing threat that drones pose to the safety & security of vessels. Terrorist use of drones deploying explosives is already well documented and the potential for a drone to deliver an explosive charge through the deck of an oil/gas tanker or on a passenger ship

British Ports Association Skeptical on Govt's Clean Air Strategy

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 The British Ports Association (BPA) has responded to the Government’s Clean Air Strategy which was published today and includes requirements for all major ports in England to develop air quality plans within the next year.  Commenting on the strategy, Mark Simmonds, Policy Manager at the British Ports Association,

UN Seeks Traders' Help Enforcing North Korea Sanctions

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A U.N. monitoring group wants to enlist the help of the world's biggest oil trading companies to enforce sanctions that cap the amount of crude and related products North Korea can import, the coordinator said.The U.N. Security Council ramped up sanctions last year after North Korea said it had conducted missile tests that put the U.

Valero Boosts Imports of Venezuelan Oil as Sanctions Loom

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U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp this year boosted its imports of Venezuelan crude ahead of U.S. sanctions over the country's disputed presidential election and as other customers received less of the OPEC-member's exports, according to Thomson Reuters trade flows data.Venezuelan oil production has tumbled to a multi-decade low this year,

German Shipowners Get Back to Basics

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The situation for the shipping companies based in Germany has been, much like the rest of the world in 2017, mostly tight. Currently, the German shipping companies are undergoing changes against this background. They are concentrating more and more on their core competences. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' man in Germany,

Bulk Shipping: Economics 101

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Supply and Demand in the bulk transport sectors will define the course line ahead. Less ships and more cargo will be the key.The drybulk sector – where iron ore, coal, grain and other raw materials dominate – is still wrestling with a decade-long hangover that began with the financial collapse of 2008.

‘Black Box’ Promises to Crack Down on Ship Emissions

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The Danish Maritime Association (DMA) has been examining new ways to use digital solutions for collecting and sharing data on ships’ sulfur emissions. Digitalization, DMA says, could be the key to better emissions enforcement.Danish company Litehauz, working under the the DMA led EfficienSea2 project,

US Exports to China to Rise amid Trade Talks, but Volumes are Capped

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China has pledged to buy more U.S. goods to reduce America's huge trade deficit and help avoid exacerbating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies, with energy and commodities high on Washington's list of products for sale.The U.S. trade war with China is "on hold" after the governments

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