Norway: Wreck of Grounded Cargo Ship Cut Up and Removed
The wreck of the general cargo vessel M/S Osfjord, that grounded over a year ago off Norway, has been removed, according to Norwegian offshore supply vessel owner BOA Offshore.   The ship ran aground in Linesoya waters, north of Trondheim, Norway, in the morning hours of September 22, 2018.... Read more
UN Says Migrants Population Is Growing Faster Than World Population
 The United Nations has said in a report that the  number of international migrants in the world currently 3.5 per cent of people on Earth is now increasing at a faster pace than the entire population of the planet. The official UN tally of migrants now 272 million includes... Read more
Cyprus Out to Boost Registry, Set to End Ship Registration Fee
Cyprus is looking to put an end to initial ship registration fees in an effort to boost the Cypriot registry’s competitiveness and attract more ships.   The country’s Deputy Minister for Shipping, Natasa Pilides, briefed the parliamentary transport committee on the new draft regulations approved by the Council of... Read more
Xenophobia: South Africa’s President Sends Envoys to Nigeria, Others
President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has sent special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several Heads of State and Governments across Africa including that of Nigeria.   The team comprising a former minister in the presidency, Mr Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha, will... Read more
FG  Flays  South African Police on Xenophobic Attacks
The Federal Government has said that South Africa has failed to protect Nigeria’s businesses , sequel to the  latest round of xenophobic attacks by residents of Jappestown, an area close to commercial hub, Johannesburg. Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Mr Geofrey Onyeama  made the pronouncement  even as  multiple local media outlets... Read more
Australia Joins US-Led Coalition to Protect Ships in Strait of Hormuz
Australia has decided to join the United States-led mission to ensure freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran.   According to the country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Australia would deploy a frigate in January 2020 for six months, a P-8A... Read more
SeaIntel: Global Schedule Reliability Down in July
Global schedule reliability reversed its improving trend and decreased by 0.8 percentage points to reach 75.4% in July, according to SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.   The month-on-month decline in schedule reliability meant that on a year-on-year level, July on-time performance was 0.7 percentage points below the 76.1% recorded in July... Read more
World’s Largest Boxship Wraps Up Maiden Voyage
MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest containership, has arrived in Europe after completing its maiden voyage from the north of China, Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said.   MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the company’s global... Read more
NiMet Predicts Thundery, Rainy Activities for Today
 Thundery activities have been predicted by the  Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) over the  Northern States with the  chances of rains over Central and Southern states on Monday. NiMet’s weather outlook on Sunday, in Abuja predicted thunderstorms over Northern region throughout the forecast period with high prospects over Sokoto, Gusau,... Read more
MSC Ship Fined for Violating Speed Limit in Canada
Transport Canada has issued a CAD 12,000 (about USD 9,000) penalty to a containership operated by Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and five other fines to vessels for non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.   Specifically, the Panamax boxship MSC Diego was... Read more