Global Maritime Trade Suffers Amid US-China Trade Tensions and Uncertainty, Major UN Report Says

World maritime trade lost momentum in 2018 as heightened uncertainty, escalating trade tensions between the US and China, and mounting concerns over other trade policy and political crosscurrents, notably a no-deal Brexit, sent waves through global markets, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Review of Maritime Transport 2019. Volumes in the … [Read more...]

IMO Works to Clamp Down on Illicit Shipping Practices

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) - The United Nations' shipping agency is working on tougher measures to clamp down on rogue shipping companies trying to use flag registries fraudulently to conceal their activities, officials said. All commercial ships have to be registered - flagged in a particular country - partly to comply with safety and environmental … [Read more...]

UN Warns Against Naval Strike On Yemen Port

by Yara Bayoumy (Reuters)  The United Nations does not advocate a military operation in and around Yemen's Hodeidah port where more than 70 percent of Yemen's food imports and humanitarian aid is delivered, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen said on Friday. Yemen has been divided by two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Western-backed … [Read more...]

Why Gender Diversity Matters Aboard Ships

By Captain George Livingstone The United Nation’s has declared the month of March as International Women’s Month so it seemed right to review the subject of women in marine transportation for this column.  The IMO estimates there are about 1.2 Million seafarers crewing vessels on the ocean trades.  Arguably one of the world’s most culturally diverse … [Read more...]

IMO, UN Agencies Call for Swift Action to Address Maritime Migration

The International Maritime Organization and other UN agencies are calling for a concerted effort from the international community in response to the staggering loss of life, trauma and human rights violations affecting migrants traveling by sea. In a joint statement Thursday, the IMO, along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High … [Read more...]