Part of the Alexander Spirit crew lead the rally in Devonport, Tasmania, July 6, 2015. Photo: Maritime Union of Australia

Cabotage Unraveled – Striking Tanker Crew Gains Support in Australia

  About 200 people took to the streets of Devonport, Tasmania Monday in support of the Australian crew of an oil tanker who are refusing to sail after being told they would be replaced low-cost foreign workers. The 36 crew members of the MT Alexander Spirit have been striking since last week after they were […]




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Egypt Busts Suez Terror Plot – Sources

  CAIRO, July 6 (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities have arrested 13 members of the Muslim Brotherhood on suspicion of planting bombs around the Suez Canal to disrupt shipping, security sources said on Monday. The waterway, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, is a vital source of hard currency for Egypt, particularly since the […]

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Shipping Industry Gloomiest Since 2009, Survey Finds

  By Bill Lehane (Bloomberg) — The shipping industry is the most pessimistic in six years about its prospects as a fleet surplus persists, according to a survey by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Two thirds of respondents working in the industry said they were pessimistic about its prospects, the most negative outlook since 2009, […]

Johan Sverdrup rendering. Photo: Statoil

Norway Baffles Analysts by Ceding 15 Million Barrels of Oil

By Mikael Holter (Bloomberg) — No one can accuse the Norwegian government of being greedy when it last week decided on the ownership stakes in the giant Johan Sverdrup oil discovery. After months of deliberation, the Petroleum and Energy Ministry’s decision meant it took away as much as 15 million barrels of oil from Petoro […]




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Singapore Launches First New Maritime Patrol Vessel as Regional Tensions Rise

  By Livia Yap and Sharon Chen (Bloomberg) — Singapore’s navy is preparing to take on more unconventional missions with a new fleet of patrol boats, as territorial tensions rise in the South China Sea and demands for search and rescue missions rise and in the aftermath of airplane disasters where Singapore took part in […]

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Kenya’s Mombasa Port Sacks 27 Strike Leaders

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, July 4 (Reuters) – East Africa’s biggest port in the Kenyan city of Mombasa said on Saturday it had dismissed 27 workers it believed were behind a strike this week that paralysed operations for two days and cost the port at least $2 million. Over 2,000 workers went on strike on […]