30 Jan 2024

ONE Design Approval for Ammonia-Powered Container Ship

  Ocean Network Express (ONE) has obtained design approval for a revolutionary ammonia-fueled container ship, signaling its commitment to exploring diverse zero-carbon fuels for the maritime industry. The approval, granted by the classification society DSV, pertains to the design of a dual-fuel 3,500-TEU ship capable of being powered by ammonia—a colorless chemical that emits no […]

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25 Jan 2024

Red Sea Disruption: Rerouted Ships, Tighter Markets, but No Global Chaos

The Red Sea disruption to container shipping remains uncertain in terms of duration, according to Drewry Maritime Research. The anticipation is that carriers might not resume Suez Canal transits until the elimination of the risk of attack, a process expected to take months rather than weeks. Despite this, Drewry’s analysis suggests that the impact on […]

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15 Jan 2024

West Coast Ports Prepare for Import Wave Amid Global Turmoil

West Coast ports are bracing for a tidal wave of incoming goods as supply chain woes and international tension collide. This perfect storm stems from several factors: Inventory restocking: Retailers are replenishing shelves after periods of low stock, driving up import demand. Homecoming cargo: Goods that shifted to other ports during last year’s labor talks are returning to […]

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09 Jan 2024

Red Sea on Fire: Houthi Attacks Threaten Global Shipping

  The Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, faces unprecedented risks as Houthi rebels launch escalating attacks on commercial vessels. Houthi Motives and the Murky Web of Attacks: The Houthis, backed by Iran, claim their strikes target vessels with Israeli ties. However, experts highlight the indiscriminate nature of attacks, raising concerns about […]

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24 Nov 2023

West Coast Ports Bounce Back with Strong October Performance

The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports on the U.S. West Coast enjoyed a robust performance in October, marked by a significant surge in imported containers. Los Angeles handled 372,455 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units), representing a 10.7% increase over the previous year. Long Beach, on the other hand, witnessed an even more impressive 23.6% jump […]

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22 Nov 2023

The Shipping Industry Charts a Greener Course: EU-Driven Innovations Pave the Way for Sustainable Maritime Operations

The maritime industry, responsible for a significant 3% of global carbon emissions, finds itself at the forefront of environmental transformation efforts. With the support of EU funding, two groundbreaking vessel designs and retrofit technologies for existing cruise ships and bulk carriers have been developed. Maritime sustainability forms a cornerstone of the EU’s strategy to reduce […]

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18 Nov 2023

Idle Vessel Fleet Faces Continued Growth as Newbuilds Arrive

The long-awaited surge in inactive tonnage, driven by a wave of new large vessels delivered from shipyards, appears to have temporarily subsided. However, this lull may be short-lived as the industry faces a further increase in idle capacity. Despite the influx of larger vessels, box ships with capacities of 12,500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and […]

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17 Nov 2023

ILA Warns: East Coast and Gulf Coast Ports Brace for Potential Strike in 2024

  The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the union representing dockworkers on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, warned members to prepare for a possible coast-wide strike in October 2024. Harold Daggett, the President of the ILA, conveyed this message to the rank-and-file members. He also mentioned that an update on wage negotiations with ocean carriers […]

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16 Nov 2023

Air Cargo Seen Gaining Edge as Ocean Shipping Faces Reliability Issues in 2024

    Air cargo is poised to benefit from a potential decline in ocean shipping reliability in 2024 as the industry grapples with the implications of changes to antitrust regulations. Xeneta chief airfreight officer Niall van de Wouw, speaking at the TIACA executive summit, highlighted the key factors shippers consider when choosing between air and […]

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08 Nov 2023

Panama Canal Cuts Ship Crossings Further as El Niño-Fueled Drought Worsens

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced further restrictions on ship crossings, starting February 1, 2024, in response to an intensifying drought that has caused water levels in the canal to reach record lows. The drought, which is being blamed on the El Niño weather pattern, has had a significant impact on global trade, […]

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