PLA Navy tests container vessel for underway replenishment

China’s PLA Navy is testing a portable underway-replenishment system that can convert any cargo ship with the right deck configuration into a dry stores naval auxiliary.

The development can potentially give the PLA a way to utilize China’s 3,500-vessel merchant fleet in case of war.

China Military notes that

Using civilian ships to carry out UNREP for naval ships is a new attempt in the field of naval logistics support. The civilian vessels cover a wide range of routes, thus have large potential...

Nautilus reports on safeguarding the British maritime sector

Nautilus reports on safeguarding the British maritime sector
Nautilus International issued the Nautilus Manifesto for the UK election 2019 for safeguarding the British maritime sector in terms of UK seafarers, British shipping, maritime safety and defense.

Nautilus stresses that “if the UK is to retain a shipping industry that sustains the country’s global trading requirements and underpins the nation’s continued global lead as a maritime services center, much more needs to be done,” adding that

 Britain needs ships and seafarers – perhaps more now than...

Argentina issues new regulations for navigation

Argentina’s regulatory body on safety and environment, REGINAVE, launched some new changes providing the ability to the Argentinean Coast Guard to impose fines on foreign seafarers and shipowners for breaches of maritime and environmental laws. This comes in addition to the level of fines which has severely increased.

Specifically, REGINAVE (Maritime, River and Lake Navigation Regime) is the main regulatory body concerning navigation in Argentina, relating to safety of individuals, vessels and...

New initiative vows to provide one-time financial grants to seafarers in need

On Monday, November 18th, ShipMoney, the international maritime payment solutions provider announced the launch of a new initiative with the name ShipMoney Cares.

ShipMoney Cares will be managed by ISWAN and is intended to provide one-time financial grants to seafarers in need, such as medical or educational aid. ShipMoney along with its partners will make a substantial annual donation to the program, with a maximum grant of $500 while seafarers can apply once a year.


WOC and WISTA ink MoU to strengthen women’s leadership in oceans

In order to boost women’s leadership in the maritime and ocean business community, the World’s Ocean Council (WOC) and the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) are about to collaborate and sign an MoU, on 20 November at the annual WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019 in Paris.

Signing the MoU, WOC and WISTA will further expand women’s major role in the Sustainable Blue Economy, giving them the ability to amplify their voice globally. The MoU, will be signed at the 7th...

ISO 14007 for assessing environmental costs issued

The International Organization for Standardization issued a new standard, ISO 14007, that can used by organizations to determine the environmental costs and benefits of their business activities and supply chains.

Specifically, Martin Baxter, Chair of ISO/TC 207’s subcommittee SC 1, environmental management systems, stated that today’s industry is focused on valuing natural capital and undertake monetary assessment of an organization’s environmental aspects and impacts.

Therefore, the...

Florida on top of cruise economic impact

Florida on top of cruise economic impact
According to a recently published report from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), “Contribution of the International Cruise Industry to the U.S Economy in 2018”, the cruise industry of the US has marked an increase of more than 10% since 2016, as it had an economic impact of over $52.7 billion in contributions in 2018.

As the study showed, ten states contributed to the global cruise economic increase. Specifically, these states accounted for 76 % of the cruise industry’s direct...

Asia tops child labour, human trafficking in global supply chains, report finds

Asia tops child labour, human trafficking in global supply chains, report finds
A new report by OECD, ILO, IOM and UNICEF provides first ever estimates by international organizations of child labour and trafficking for forced labour in global supply chains. The report finds the estimated share of total child labour in global supply chains ranges from 9% in Northern Africa and Western Asia to 26% in Eastern and South-eastern Asia.

The results show that, while child labour is considerably more common in production for the domestic economy, there is also a non-negligible risk...

LR, Seabury partner helping maritime owners deal with business risks

Lloyd’s Register, Classification Society, is collaborating with Seabury Maritime, LLC, the global maritime investment banking and industry advisory company, to help the shipping stakeholders make key business decisions on digitalization and decarbonization issues based on the operational and capital expenditure challenges they face.

Specifically, the partnership will empower interested parties to better-deal with their operational and capital expenditure challenges in today’s competitive...

Maersk will start using cleaner fuel from December

During an interview with Bloomberg, Maersk’s CEO, Soren Skou, talked about all the current issues that the shipping industry is facing, as well as how Maersk will be dealing with the 2020 sulphur cap.

When asked about the possible weaknesses and strengths of the container industry, Mr. Skou said that in spite of the challenges, the global container trade has increased 1-2% for the fiscal year. Among these challenges, are the trade tensions, especially between the US and China.