More Than 90% of Australian Seafaring Jobs At Risk Under Cabotage Reform Plan, Research Shows

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  More than 90% of Australian seafarers working in the domestic trade will lose their jobs under the Abbott government's plan to reform Australia's newly-adopted cabotage laws, according to a new report from the independent think tank The Australia Institute. The Australian Government, under Prime Minister Tony Abbott, announced its new plan for coastal shipping in … [Read more...]

MOL Testing New Containership ‘Windshield’

MOL Windshield

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has started testing a new containership 'windshield' technology that it hopes will help cut wind resistance, leading to fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions. The new windshield was installed on the bow of the MOL-operated containership MOL MARVEL and a demonstration test of its effectiveness in reducing CO2 emissions is under way. MOL … [Read more...]

WATCH: Drone Addicts Video from SAIL Amsterdam Maritime Festival

The Stad Amsterdam (L) clipper. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos

Netherlands-based Drone Addicts was at the Port of Amsterdam in August to capture the parade of ships kicking off SAIL 2015, a once-every-five-years maritime and tall ship festival. The sail-in parade is one of the largest - if not the largest - parade of ships in the world, with hundreds of vessels and dozens of tall ships making their way up the North Sea Canal before … [Read more...]

AIDA Cruises New Flagship Delayed Again at MHI

AIDAPrima. Photo: MHI

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says that the delivery of a next-generation cruise ship for AIDA Cruises scheduled for September will be delayed by three months. The ship, named AIDAPrima, is the first of two new cruise ships being built by MHI and will be the flagship of the German cruise line. MHI said in a statement Wednesday it has reached an agreement with AIDA … [Read more...]

Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports to China Soar in August

Port Hedland. File photo: Shutterstock/

SYDNEY, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Iron ore exports to China from Australia's Port Hedland rose 15 percent to 33.9 million tonnes in August from July, as BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group operated at maximum production rates despite a softening market, figures released on Thursday showed. The August increase over July sent total iron ore exports from the world's biggest iron … [Read more...]

China Building Two Aircraft Carriers, Taiwan Defense Ministry Says

China's first aircraft carrier

  By J.R. Wu TAIPEI, Sept 3 (Reuters) - China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Little is known about China's aircraft carrier programme, which is a state secret, … [Read more...]

Chinese Navy Ships Make First Appearance in Bering Sea

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By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first time the United States had observed … [Read more...]