Cruise ships became an unhappy herald of global distress in the first weeks of the pandemic. The virus leapt from deck to deck in the close quarters of these huge floating palaces. Ship owners scrambled. Where once cheerful and cashed-up tourists had been welcomed by their thousands, vessels were abruptly barred from port. ..
Question: What do the Formula One motor racing franchise, Heinz tomato ketchup, British supermarket chain Asda, and the North Sea safety standby companies North Star Shipping and Esvagt have in common? Answer: They’re all owned by private equity companies, investment houses famed for taking two per cent of their ..
The global fishing industry has suffered a “trial by fire” for at least twenty of the past thirty years thanks to the depredations of sections of the wider so-called green movement. A hard core of the industry has survived that and is now commencing to flourish again. Some of the criticism of the fishing ..
There are two highly visible trends being promoted globally at present. The maritime and general media are becoming swamped with promises concerning both unmanned craft and sailing cargo ships. Given all the failed promises to do with sailing cargo that I have seen over my lengthy career, I prefer to put my money on ..
As this excellent, comprehensive and incredibly detailed review of the market and its component ships shows very clearly, the global market of tankers of more than 10,000 DWT continues to grow at roughly three per cent per annum. At the end of 2020 there were some 7,171 such vessels in existence, and trading. Collectively, ..
Just for a change, there is some good “pandemic news” for seafarers, care of the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association. The Belgian government has put in hand a scheme under which roving vaccination teams will board ships in their country’s ports to provide protection for those aboard the ship, regardless of their ..
The global fishing industry has suffered a “trial by fire” for at least twenty of the past thirty years thanks to the depredations of sections of the wider so ..
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has entered into an agreement with Japanese shipbuilders Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Nihon Shipyard for the construction of four car carriers in a ..
Kotug Australia and Westug have successfully concluded an agreement wherein Kotug will take over all towage services on behalf of Pilbara Marine, the Port Hedland-based s ..