U.S. Celebrates National Maritime Day!

Photo: Military Sealift Command

*+-Each year on May 22nd, the United States celebrates National Maritime Day, an observance of the contributions of the men and women of the U.S. merchant marine, as well as the U.S. maritime industry and the benefits it brings to the country in terms of transportation, jobs, goods, recreation and national security. The date May […]

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

cargo ship containers

*+-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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

*+-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 […]

Fourteen Missing After Barge Capsizes in Singapore

*+-Fourteen people are missing after a barge capsized in Singapore waters on Wednesday. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore says the incident was reported at approximately 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The report said that the Bolivian-registered sand carrier, Oceanline SC208, capsized about 7.5 nautical miles north-east of Pedra Branca, one of the easternmost islands […]

Maersk Line Enters New Vessel Sharing Agreement with MSC and MOL

*+-Maersk Line announced today it has entered into Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) on the Asia to East Coast of South America trade. 22 vessels will serve two loops between the regions. MSC and Maersk Line will each operate six, 9,000 TEU vessels on Loop 1 […]

Cuban Migrants Trapped on Coast Guard Ship as State Department Works to Repatriate

*+-The Associated Press reported on Friday dozens of Cubans are currently stranded aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant in the Florida Straits awaiting permission from the Cuban government to return home. The U.S. Coast Guard could not confirm this report, however a State Department official tells gCaptain in an emailed statement, 38 Cuban migrants were intercepted by […]