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Looking Back at a Real Supertanker, the ULCC Chevron South America

+-*The largest Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC) ever to visit Singapore, the Chevron South America, sits in Jurong Shipyard in Singapore in this July 23, 1996 file photo via Reuters. Chinese trader Unipec has sold 2 million barrels of crude held for months on one of the world’s largest tankers, industry sources said, as rising […]



Ship Photos of the Day – Port State Control Inspection

+-*Port state control inspections are regularly carried out to ensure that foreign vessels in domestic ports are in compliance with all international conventions, and to ensure ensure a vessel has a suitable structure, correct documentation, proper working equipment and lifesaving equipment and adequate accommodations. In these photos, port state control officers with Coast Guard Sector […]

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Australia’s Plans for Domestic Shipping Risks Thousands of Jobs, ITF Warns

+-*The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has slammed the Australian government’s plans to reform its newly-adopted cabotage laws, saying that the conservative government’s plan to deregulate its domestic shipping industry would place thousands of domestic maritime sector jobs at risk. The Australian Government’s new plan for coastal shipping was announced Wednesday by the Deputy Prime […]


A Japanese Foundation Just Gave the World Maritime University a TON of Cash

+-*The Nippon Foundation, a Japanese philanthropic organization that promotes social innovation, has committed $100 million in funds to expand the World Maritime University. Based in Malmo, Sweden, the WMU is a postgraduate maritime university founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1983 as a center of excellence for maritime post-graduate education and research. Speaking at […]

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MAIB – Improper Lookouts Caused Fatal Collision Near Felixstowe

+-*A failure to maintain a proper lookout was determined to be the cause of a fatal collision between a Boskalis dredger and sailing yacht near Felixstowe in June 2014, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has determined. On Sunday June 8, 2014, the dredger Shoreway collided with the 31-foot sailing yacht Orca while both were […]


Santa Barbara Oil Spill is SoCal’s Worst Since 1969

+-*Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades.


Maersk Line Sets Bold New CO2 Reduction Target

+-*Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has set itself a bold new target to cut CO2 emissions by 60% by 2020. Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Schueler was in Newport, Rhode Island last week speaking before a group of customers at a session on “The Future of Sustainable Supply Chains” when he […]

The MSC Flaminia on fire in the North Atlantic in 2012.

Vessel TRIAGE System – What Is It and How Does It Work?

+-*A new system for facilitating the risk assessment of vessels in distress and to improve communication in maritime emergencies was formally introduced on Wednesday in Helsinki, Finland. The new system, known as Vessel TRIAGE, is a way of easily categorizing a vessel’s safety status in order to assess the seriousness of the vessel’s situation and […]