Hong Kong-Flagged Bulk Carrier Attacked by Pirates Off Somalia

A Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier was attacked by pirates off the east coast of Somalia this week showing the persistent threat of piracy despite the the decrease in number of incidents off the Horn of Africa. The attack occurred Wednesday, October 16th, when a group of four pirates armed with AK-47s approached the MV KSL Sydney in a speed boat while approximately 340 … [Read more...]

UK Reminds China of Importance of Maritime Law

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of international maritime law in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday, May's office said in a statement. "The Prime Minister reiterated the UK's firm commitment to the rules-based international system, including the importance of freedom of navigation and maritime security, … [Read more...]

Piraeus Port Urges Greece to Speed Up Investment Plan Approval

By George Georgiopoulos ATHENS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), operator of Greece's largest port, wants the Greek government to speed up the approval of an investment plan that aims to attract more business to one of Europe's largest harbours, executives said on Friday. PPA, majority owned by China's COSCO Shipping , is awaiting the green light from … [Read more...]

MAIB Says Lack of Communication to Blame for CMA CGM Centaurus Hitting Pier Wall in Jebel Ali

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has released its report on the UK-registered CMA CGM Centaurus' heavy contact with the pier and two shore cranes during its arrival under pilotage at Jebel Ali last year. The accident resulted in the collapse of a shore crane and 10 injuries, including one serious injury, to shore personnel. Video of the accident was captured on … [Read more...]

World’s Largest LNG Bunkering Vessel Headed for Northwest Europe

The world's largest liquified natural gas bunkering vessel has left South Korea on its maiden voyage to Northwest Europe where it will supply LNG fuel to ships in the Baltic Sea region. The ship, named Kairos, comes with an LNG capacity of 7,500 cubic meters, making it the largest LNG bunker vessel built to date. The vessel is owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE) and … [Read more...]