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FMC launches expedited inquiry into ocean carrier pricing practices

  The Federal Maritime Commission has launched an expedited inquiry into the timing and legal sufficiency of ocean carrier practices with respect to certain surcharges. Eight ocean carriers are being asked to provide the Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement (BoE) with details about congestion or related surcharges they have implemented or announced. BoE has given the …

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Canada investing $15 million in two small craft harbours in Nunavut

  Today in Iqaluit, Nunavut, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, provided an update on plans for two new Small Craft Harbours in Nunavut Territory, at Clyde River and Arctic Bay.  Over the next two years, Fisheries and …

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World shipping losses lower but serious cyber/climate change challenges on horizon

  Dreamstime photo shows yellow cutting cranes over Golden Ray car carrier that capsized near Brunswick, Georgia. The international shipping industry continued its long-term positive safety trend over the past year but has to master Covid challenges, apply the learnings from the Ever Given Suez Canal incident and prepare for cyber and climate change challenges …

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The many challenges to one-man bridge operations (Forum)

  By Michael Grey* The results of an inquest in the UK on the deaths caused by a tram coming off the rails gave one pause for thought. The driver, it had concluded, had suffered a “microsleep” at the very moment he should have been applying the brakes and the tram had rushed on with …

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Summer issue of Maritime Magazine now online

  Coinciding with growing evidence that many world econo­mies are emerging from a devastating pandemic, this summer 2021 issue has a generally upbeat tone in its treatment of the two main features: an annual review of key developments at Canadian ports and how terminal operators are gearing up to meet demand flowing from economic recovery. …

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American shipper files lawsuit with FMC over alleged abusive pricing by container lines

  An American furniture shipper has filed a $600,000 lawsuit with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) against a couple of global containerlines, which it claims have repeatedly contravened terms of the US Shipping Act, according to a report by Sam Chambers in the Splash247 daily newsletter. The case will be watched carefully by other shippers, …

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Happiness level of seafarers dropping steeply

  According to the latest Seafarers Happiness Index released by the Mission to Seafarers, the happiness level of the world’s seafarers is falling lower and lower. The average score across 10 questions revealed happiness levels of seafarers for the second quarter of 2021 at 5.99/10, a steep and concerning drop from 6.46 in the first …

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Canadian HaiSea Marine orders five Turkish-built tugs to be propelled by German firm Schottel

  German propulsion firm Schottel has secured an order to deliver a total of ten rudder propellers and two transverse thrusters for five tugs that will serve the LNG carriers stopping at an LNG export facility in Canada. Schottel’s equipment will be installed on two LNG-fuelled escort tugs, as well as in three battery-powered harbour …

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Drewry’s sees soaring container rates continuing

  Drewry’s today reported that its World Composite Index (WCI) increasedby 4% or $344 to reach $9,330.28 per 40ft container – which is 368% higher than the same week in 2020.The UK-based shipping consultancy expects rates to increase further in the coming weeks. The average composite index of the WCI, assessed by Drewry for year-to-date, …

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