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‘Renegade Trawler’ Captain and Two Crew Members Convicted in Sao Tome

  CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – A Sao Tome and Principe court won a key victory against illegal fishing by organised syndicates on Monday when it convicted the captain of a vessel and two crew members on a number of charges, an Interpol official said. Globally, illegal fishing cost at least an estimated $23 billion each […]

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WATCH: Daring Rescue Caught on Camera

This rescue was carried out by the Italian Coast Guard off the coast of Sicily this week after the Master of the vessel apparently lost consciousness during rough weather. According to the Italian Coast Guard, the rescue occurred October 11 after the ship lost propulsion approximately 170 miles from Sicily. Check out the video of […]

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IMO Branded a ‘Danger to the Planet’ After Refusal to Back Caps on Vessel Emissions

  By Gavin van Marle, The Loadstar The Republic of the Marshall Islands’ (RMI) has launched a lacerating attack on the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) stance on climate change and refusal to challenge shipping emissions. In particular, RMI foreign minister Tony de Brum singled out departing IMO secretary general Koji Sekimizu, labelling his attitude as […]

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Carnival Expands in China

  Carnival Cruise Line and AIDA Cruises will join sister brands Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises in China in 2017, parent company Carnival Corporation said Tuesday. The move will make Carnival Corp. the first company to operate four brands with at least one cruise ship homeported in the Chinese market. Carnival Corp. says it expects China […]


Keel Laid for Sea Shepherd’s ‘Dream Ship’ at Damen

The keel has been laid for the new flagship of the controversial marine wildlife conservation organization, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, at Damen Shipyards Antalya in Turkey. Sea Shepherd touts the vessel as their “dream ship”, capable of achieving speeds that “far exceed” any of the vessels in the organization’s fleet. Sea Shepherd ordered the new ship […]

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Capesize Rates Drag Down Baltic Dry Index

Oct 13 (Reuters) – The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday, primarily due to weak demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels fell 5 points, or 0.62 […]

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Port of Long Beach Sets Another Cargo Record

  The Port of Long Beach last month achieved its busiest September ever, closing out a record quarter in the port’s 104-year history. Measured by individual containers of freight, cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach climbed 4.1 percent in September compared to the same period last year to 655,624 TEUs. The year’s third […]