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Five Kidnapped from Polish Cargo Ship Off Nigeria

WARSAW, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Pirates attacked a Polish-owned cargo vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped its captain and four crew, Polish authorities said, in the first documented incident of its kind in almost year in some of the deadliest shipping lanes on earth. The Cyprus-registered Szafir was boarded overnight by armed men in […]

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Photo dated August 25, 2015 showing water leaking through cracks in the concrete of the new Cocoli Locks complex, located on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.

Crack Could Delay Panama Canal Expansion, Spokesman Says

PANAMA CITY, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The expansion of the Panama canal could face a new delay due to cracks that emerged a few months ago in one of the locks, a spokesman for the waterway’s authority said on Thursday. The consortium leading the construction project – led by Italy’s Salini Impregilo and Spain’s Sacyr […]

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China Navy Holds First Joint Anti-Piracy Drill With NATO

BEIJING, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Chinese naval forces involved in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden have held their first joint drill with NATO ships carrying out the same mission, China’s Defence Ministry said on Friday, as China seeks a greater global security role. The exercise happened on Wednesday, the ministry said in a […]

World Wide Supply's PSV World Diamond. Photo credit: Damen Shipyards

Norway’s World Wide Supply Unable to Make Debt Interest Payment

OSLO, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Norwegian offshore supply vessel owner World Wide Supply will not be able to make a scheduled interest payment on its debt on Nov. 27, the shipping firm said on Thursday. Companies serving the oil industry are suffering from weak demand as oil companies cut back on investments and exploration to […]

Pioneering Spirit arrives in Rotterdam in January 2015.  Photo: KOTUG International B.V.

WATCH: Awesome Drone Video of Pioneering Spirit in Rotterdam

At 382 meters long by 123.75 meters wide, Allseas’ twin-hulled installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit (ex-Pieter Schelte) is one of the largest vessels ever constructed. Here’s a unique look at the ship in Rotterdam from the folks over at Drone Addicts:


ClassNK Releases New Guidance for Large Containerships Following MOL Comfort Loss

International classification society ClassNK has released new guidance for large containerships more than two years after the loss of the MOL Comfort in the Indian Ocean in June 2013. The draft amendments address hull girder strength with consideration to the effect of lateral loads and whipping, as well as amends direct strength calculations for container […]