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UK and France adopt charter enlarging protection for seafarers

  The UK and France this week unveiled a new charter calling for broader protections in the global shipping industry for seafarers. The voluntary program had already received commitments from four major operators – DFDS Ferries, Condor Ferries, Brittany Ferries, and Stena. The UK government had previously promised to take a series of measures following

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Fire engulfs car carrier off Netherlands coast

  The Dutch Coast Guard has been leading crew rescue efforts after a car carrier caught fire off the northern coast of The Netherlands around midnight yesterday. As 23 seafarers were evacuated, latest reports indicate one crewmember was killed and several others injured and taken to hospitals in the Netherlands. The distressed vessel is the Fremantle

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Panama Canal reduces daily transits due to prolonged drought

  The Panama Canal Authority is reducing daily vessel transits to help conserve water due to an ongoing drought. Effective July 30, the daily transit capacity of the international waterway will be adjusted to an average of 32 ocean-going vessels per day, with 10 vessels in the Neopanamax locks and 22 vessels in the Panamax

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Fluor completes module delivery program for LNG Canada Project

  With the arrival of the last module by ship from its fabrication yard in Zhuhai, China,Texas-based Fluor Corporation announced that it has completed the module fabrication program on the massive LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia. This significant milestone marks the completion of a critical phase in the construction of a large terminal

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Amsterdam votes to ban large cruise vessels

  In its latest move to clamp down on overtourism, the Amsterdam City Council has approved a proposal for banning “polluting” cruise ships from calling in the downtown area. The proposal was adopted late last week  “with a clear majority,” said the center-left party D66, which sits on the Council. “Polluting cruise ships do not

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Binational study underlines vital economic impact of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system

  A comprehensive independent study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system for the 2022 shipping season was released today, detailing the billions of dollars in economic activity and hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the industry.  Titled “Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region,” the

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