piracy somaloi 2For all of human history, the maritime environment has presented a complex and challenging operating environment. For most people, shipping remains an invisible industry despite its critical role in today’s global economy. There was a brief spike in public interest a few years ago when Somali pirates provided a modern-day outlet for coverage about contemporary swashbuckling on the high seas. But pirate activity off the Horn of Africa has ebbed considerably, and with it

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Child labour and low environmental standards in Bangladesh shipbreaking yards

A video published by the American magazine VICE, “Where giant cargo ships go to die”, available on its website, shows that both the working conditions and the measures to protect the environment in the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh, are far from being adequate.

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Over a dozen liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are parked, many idle, in and around Singapore - one of the world's biggest trading hubs for the fuel - in a sign that the slowdown engulfing world gas markets may be worsening into a crisis.

With Asian spot LNG prices down by almost two-thirds since February 2014 as slowing demand combines with rising output, shippers are parking their tankers close to ports like Singapore where

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As from 16th February the connection between Ravenna, Igoumenitsa and Patras will be resumed, with extension to the port of Trieste Naples.

The Grimaldi Group further strengthens its Motorways of the Sea network in the Mediterranean with the resumption, as from next 16th February, of the direct connection, dedicated to passengers and freight, between Ravenna, Igoumenitsa and Patras.

cruise industry outlook

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual State of the Cruise Industry Report on Monday 9th of February and is once again projecting strong growth for the cruise industry in 2015.

A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last