Spanish Navy frigate repeats Magellan’s trip

Mendez Nunez, the Spanish Navy frigate is repeating the expedition of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, also known as the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation of the world 500 years ago, visiting the U.S. Naval Base Guam on September 15.

Specifically, on their visit to the U.S. Naval Base Guam, Cmdr. Antonio Gonzalez Del Tanago de la Lastra commanding officer of the Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate, noted that Guam is a remarkable port visit and that it is part of their aspiration to follow the...

Watch: Crew repairs Bonneville locks

Watch: Crew repairs Bonneville locks
The US Army Corps of Engineers have temporarily shut down commercial access to the Upper California and Snake River, as they are repairing the Bonneville Dam navigation lock on the Columbia river.

The US Army Corps of Engineers reported that the lock is expected to commence operations on September 30, after its construction is complete.

We understand that this lock closure is significant. The Corps is working around the clock to restore Columbia River traffic as soon as possible.

The repairs are...

Singapore, Panama boost maritime relations

On 19 September, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen maritime relations between both countries by facilitating vessels calling at each other’s ports with faster checks and clearances.

The signing took place between  Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA and Mr Noriel Araúz, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of AMP, on the auspices of a Singaporean delegation visit to Panama...

Construction begins for US Army’s next generation landing craft

Construction begins for US Army’s next generation landing craft
Representatives from the US Army and federal and local elected officials joined Vigor employees for a keel laying ceremony on 17 September, for construction of the US Army’s next generation landing craft, the Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) or MSV(L).

The US Army awarded Vigor the contract to build its new generation landing craft in the fall of 2017.

The new design, developed in partnership with BMT, is expected to improves the capabilities of the current LCM-8 and provide operational...

S. Africa highlights possibilities for job creation in maritime

South Africa’s Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, during his stay in Colombia for this year’s World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019, highlighted the high potential for job creation in the country’s maritime sector.

According to the IMO, the World Maritime Day Parallel Event is hosted in a different country each year, in order to provide ‘a platform that brings together important actors and stakeholders in the maritime community to discuss matters of mutual concern.’


UK sets Maritime Trade and Investment Plan to boost maritime

A strategy to advance trade and investment into the UK’s premier position for maritime businesses was launched by International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, on 17 of September. The Maritime Trade and Investment Five Year Plan focuses on five main areas.

These areas include the following:

  1. Green maritime –  UK companies are in a good position to provide technologies to the world’s fleets to meet new International Maritime Organization regulations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes...

Nigeria to establish maritime arbitration centre

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, stated that policies of the Government of Nigeria in the maritime sector aim to advance Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the industry.

Mr. Peterside informed that Nigeria plans to establish an International Maritime Arbitration Centre in Lagos, in order to enable the timely resolution of disputes within the Gulf of Guinea region. This will in turn significantly decrease ­the...

Cruise ship moves on second relief mission for Bahamas

Cruise ship moves on second relief mission for Bahamas
The cruise ship Grand Celebration which is operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, began its second journey to and from Grand Bahama Island for a second relief cruise on Sunday, September 15, to assist those who were affected hard by Hurricane Dorian’s heavy weather conditions.

According to the cruise-company’s statement

Grand Celebration is on its way to the Bahamas loaded with hundreds of volunteers and much needed supplies to help our brothers and sisters on Grand Bahama Island rebuild...

South African sheep could experience challenging conditions during journey

As a livestock carrier will be sailing from South Africa, local media investigated the nation’s live export trade with Kuwait, noting that there is the possibility for a difficult journey for the 65,000 sheep that are being prepared to sail.

Namely, the sheep could experience prolonged loading processes, inadequate ventilation, heat and overcrowded quarters, in the carrier which will be heading in the East London harbour later this month.



The livestock will...

Insurance cover regarding hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons

Insurance cover regarding hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons
As the hurricane season has arrived, the Strike Club published a bulletin regarding Marine Delay Insurance covers offered, which covers shipowners for delays arising from hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons.

Hurricanes and cyclones are key risks for ship operations in many parts of the world. The impact of these phenomena ranges, from the rerouting of vessels in the face of weather events, to delays at ports as key infrastructure needs repairs.



The delay due...