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Top Maritime News in 2017

[Updated Nov 2017]

Top News that happened in Oct 2017:

  • Maersk Line recognised as the ‘Container Operator of 2017’ in Lloyd’s List Asia Awards. Oct 27th. With many improvements to its core services and products throughout 2017, Maersk Line’s leadership in the industry is recognised. [More at news portal]
  • FSO unit Randgrid started its charter contract with Statoil. Oct 6th. The vessel is converted from Teekay’s Offshore Partners shuttle tanker and will be in operation in Gina Krog oil and gas field October onwards. [More info at WorldMaritimeNews]
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels through the Expanded Panama Canal. Oct 10th. Since welcoming its first LNG carrier back in July 2016, the LNG segment has been surpassing original expectations of 1 transit per week, and on average, 5.2 LNG vessels have transited the canal per week. [View on youtube]
  • Xavier storm disrupted ports in North Germany. Oct 6th. During the storm, a 5,415 CEU pure car & truck carrier (PCTC) Cygnus Leader broke loose from its moorings in Bremerhaven. Many other ports in the region suffered from damages as well. [Detailed report at news]


Top News that happened in Sep 2017:

  • Fuel Oil Spill Incident from Maltese-flagged Bulk Carrier (New Orleans): Sept 5th. 4/9/2017, bulk carrier M/V Vitahorizon has been involved in a 10-20 barrels high sulfur fuel oil spill during bunkering operations while anchored at New Orleans area, Louisiana. [More at WorldMaritimeNews]
  • Cancels Cruise Ship Itineraries Cancelled and Ports Closed due to Hurricane Irma:  Sept 6th. Due to the unpredictability of the storm, many cruise ship itineraries & ports in USA have been affected by the hurricane. [Read more]
  • The Worst is Over for LNG Shipping Sector?: Sept 20th. “So, the oversupply of tonnage with which we struggled over the past few years looks to be diminishing, and this will likely lead to stronger rates.”, Jon Skule Storheill, CEO of Awilco LNG said.  [Read article]
  • Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands closed to vessels (again) because of Hurricane Maria: Sept 20th. Effective 8 am local time 19/9/2017, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan, Capt. Eric set port condition ZULU… [Learn More]
  • Suez Canal Authority Granting Toll Discounts for Certain LNG Carriers: Sept 27th. 30% discount offered to LNG carriers sailing in the Arabian Gulf and west of India up to Kochi port. 40% off the canal dues for tankers transiting East of the Port of Kochi west of India up to the Port of Singapore, while a fee reduction of 50% for Singapore. [More info at News]

Top News that happened in Aug 2017:

  • Hapag-Lloyd (German shipping company) posted a net loss of EUR -46.1 mill in the first half of 2017: Aug 29th. Net loss reduced from last year’s equivalent of EUR 142.1 mill due to improved profitability, increased savings. [Read more]
  • 2004-built 52,454 dwt bulk carrier – Patriot has been detained in Singapore waters: Aug 11th. The vessel was arrested in the morning hours of August 10, 2017 under unknown reasons (Supreme Court of Singapore did not disclose further details). [News at WorldMaritimeNews]
  • Norway-based bulker owner Songa Bulk purchased another 81,918 dwt vessel Kamsarmax: Aug 25th. The vessel was built at Tsuneishi shipyard in Japan in 2014 and will be delivered in September. [Learn more]
  • Drunken captain of the 30,700 dwt containership Shansi fined by New Zealand: August 8th. The seafarer exceeded the alcohol limit and was fined New Zealand Dollars 3,000 (about USD 2,200) when attempting to dock the vessel. [More about the news] 


July 2017:

  • Singapore-based BergeBulk Received New Ore Carrier: July 21st. China Long Xue shipyard finished construction of a 327m long, 57m wide ore carrier vessel and delivered it to Berge Bulk. According to reports, the vessel will serve routes between China and Australia. [More about this report here]
  • NSRI Medevacs Bulker Filipino Crewman off Port Elizabeth: July 7th. A Filipino crewman was medevacked from the bulk carrier Cape Orchid off Port Elizabeth on June 30, South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) informed. [Read more]
  • APM Terminals Port Elizabeth Still Affected by Cyber Attack: July 11th. APM Terminals Port Elizabeth (APMT ELZ) is still combating the cyber attack, two weeks after Danish transport and logistics major Maersk was hit by Petya. [Click to learn more]
  • Liverpool2 Expansion starts: 17th July. The UK-based Peel Ports Group has launched the second phase of its expansion programme at Liverpool2, dubbed one of the world’s most modern shipping terminals. [Read more]

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June 2017:

  • China COSCO Shipping Group Spends USD 1.7 Billion on 14 Ultra Large Containership Vessels : June 23rd. In consideration of new target routes from Asia to Europe prompted by new free trade deals, COSCO reportedly bought six 21,000 TEU boxships, eight 13,500 TEU newbuilds. [More detailed reporting at WorldMaritimeNews]
  • German shipping group Rickmers officially filed for insolvency, another largest shipping casualty since Hanjin : June 2nd. Total chartered and owned fleet amounts up to 114 vessels. Rickmers is forced to file for insolvency due to HSH Nordbank failing to approve its restructuring plan. [Read more at Splash247]
  • WorldMaritimeNews reported that Crisis to Hurt Qatar’s Crude, Refined Product Exports : June 7th. Ocean Freight Exchange (OFE) reported that the Qatar diplomatic crisis has affected shipping. The most notable are tightened port restrictions, resulting in logistical issues. [Read more]
  • United Kingdom Helps Rescue Crew of Sunken Tanker off Coast of Yemen : June 26th. In the early morning hours on June 26th, the UK Coastguard acted to rescue 14 crew on board a Panamanian flag crude oil tanker which sank 240 miles off the coast of Yemen. [Click to read news]
  • DHT Holdings: Frontline’s Marshall Islands Lawsuit Dismissed : June 19th. Legal action filed by John Fredriksen-controlled Frontline in the High Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which challenged DHT’s transaction with BW Group and DHT’s Rights Plan, has been dismissed, with prejudice. [Read more]


May 2017:

  • Sea Shepherd Seeks EU Action Against Denmark’s Whale Killing : May 11th. Marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd Netherlands has submitted a request to the European Commission (EC) to launch infringement proceedings against Denmark for facilitating the slaughter of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands. [Read more at WorldMaritimeNews]
  • OBP: Nearly 2,000 Seafarers Affected by Piracy in West Africa in 2016 : May 2nd. With regard to Asia, OBP calculated that 2,283 seafarers were affected by piracy & armed robbery in 2016, down from 3,674 in 2015.. [Click to read more.]
  • Five Die in RoPax Ferry Fire off Indonesia : May 22nd. The incident happened on Friday, May 19 while the Indonesian-flagged ship was underway in Masalembo waters of East Java. [More details at news article]
  • GSI Delivers Final Newbuilding to Navig8 Product Tankers : May 19th. Petroleum products shipping company Navig8 Product Tankers has received a 113,000 DWT LR2 tanker from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited… [Read more]
  • Svitzer Starts Building Moroccan Fleet : May 23rd. Svitzer has ordered four ASD tugs from Sanmar Shipyards to service the recently awarded TMSA, Tanger Med 2 Port contract in the Kingdom of Morocco. [Learn more]
  • Bulker Crewman Dies in Berthing Accident in Quebec : May 24th. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has deployed a team of investigators to the Port of Trois-Rivières, Québec, following an accident involving the bulk carrier Nord Quebec in which one person died. [Read more]
  • Norway is listed among the top 10 shipowning nations in the world, led by top Frederiksen Group, BW Group, Knutsen, Stolt Nielsen and SinOceanic Shipping. As this infographic has shown, most of their orders are placed in China. Credits to VesselsValue for this infographic:infographic-Norway-vessel-2017


April 2017:

  • Seven Missing after Ship Sinks in Black Sea : April 19th incident. A 2,850 dwt ship split and sank, and 7 crew members gone missing in the process. [Read more at WorldMaritimeNews]


  • Five New Terminals for Veracruz Port, Mexico : Terminals capacity will be increased to 100 mill tons of cargo annually. Luxembourg’s Jan De Nul Group announced winning a EUR 60m contract to deepen the port to allow such developments. [Read more at WorldMaritimeNews]


  • Armed Pirates Chase & Fire Upon Tanker off Somalia : April 22nd incident. IMB Piracy Reporting Centre reported six armed pirates firing at a tanker off coast of Somalia. [Read more at WorldMaritimeNews]


  • Two Dead in Explosion aboard Bulker : Explosion incident aboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Tamar on April 24th. [Read more at news site]


  • Hyundai Samho Receives VLCC Order, Attracts New Investment : Neda Maritime, a Greece-based shipping company ordered a 319,000 dwt VLCC from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Korea, with an option for one more. [More details at article]


  • EIB, ABN Amro to Bolster Green Shipping in Europe : On April 21st, European Investment Bank (EIB) and Dutch bank ABN Amro plan to sign an agreement to support “greening the fleet” investments. [Read more at WorldMaritimeNews]


  • [JUST IN] Five Killed, Dozens Injured in Crane Collapse at Samsung Heavy Industries : May 1st incident. At least four more seriously injured in the incident. [Details at news site]



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