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MSC ZOE Joins Ranks as World’s Largest Containership

  The 19,224 TEU MSC Zoe will be christened this Sunday in Hamburg, Germany, officially joining sister ships MSC Oscar and MSC Oliver for the title of the world’s largest containership by carrying capacity. MSC Zoe is the third ship in a series of six 19,224 TEU capacity vessels in Mediterranean Shipping Company’s so-called ‘Oscar Class’. Sunday’s ceremony […]

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Under New Pressure, Cleaning Up Alang’s Graveyards of Steel

  By Adam Minter (Bloomberg View) — For decades, the dangerous and polluting ship-breaking yards that stretch for six miles along the beaches of Alang, India, successfully resisted the efforts of activists and foreign governments to shut them down. But in recent months, they may have finally met their match in a different adversary. Desperate […]

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Best Cruise Ship Captain Ever Addresses Passengers About Fire – VIDEO

  Freedom of the Seas captain Ron Holmes addressed his passengers over the ship’s CCTV following last week’s fire on board the ship as it arrived in Falmouth, Jamaica, providing guests with details describing exactly what happened and the actions that he and his crew took to ensure passenger safety. In the video, Captain Holmes said […]

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WATCH: Shell Icebreaker Threads Bridge Hanger’s Barricade

  By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore., July 30 (Reuters) – An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow […]

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Canadian Goverment Invests in Safety of Arctic Shipping

  The Government of Canada announced Thursday that it is investing $22.7 million over the next five years to help improve the safety of marine transportation and navigation in the Arctic. Nearly 95 percent of goods transported in the Canadian arctic are shipped by sea, and the money will go towards ensuring communities in the remote […]

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U.S. Senate Panel Votes to Lift Oil Export Ban

  By Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Thursday narrowly passed a bill to lift a 40-year-old ban on the export of crude oil, but the measure faces an uphill battle in getting passed by the full Senate. The bill to allow the United States […]

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CSCL Inks Shipbuilding Contracts for Eight 13,500 TEU Containerships

  China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has entered into agreements for the construction and purchase of eight 13,500 TEU capacity containerships. The shipbuilding contracts are valued at US $934.4 million and due in four installments of US $116.8 million each, according to a CSCL announcement. Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled to begin in […]