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Thousands of containers diverted from St. Petersburg

Ocean carriers expect sanctions against Russia to tighten in the coming days and are offering no guarantees that cargo already on the water will make it to the country’s main gateway port of St. Petersburg, today reported the JOC.COM news platform. That is likely to leave thousands of containers on board vessels and clogging Europe’s

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Cruise activity returning to Saint John on May 4

Saint John, N.B.- After a two-year hiatus caused by the global pandemic, Port Saint John has announced a return of its cruise sector to the waterfront on May 4. According to a draft schedule, 69 cruise ship visits, with vessels owned by 13 cruise line brands, are planned to arrive in the Port City between

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Germany aims to free itself from Russian gas with two LNG terminals

Germany has decided to fast-track the commissioning of two liquefied natural gas receiving terminals in a bid to reduce dependence on certain energy producers, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday during an extraordinary session of the Bundestag on February 27, 2022, on Russia’s attack on Ukraine. “We are going to change course to overcome

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Icebreaker Polar Star claims to have set a record for southernmost voyage

The aging U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star (WAGB 10) reached the southernmost navigable waters on the planet on Feb. 17 with a visit to Antarctica’s Bay of Whales. Polar Star reached a position of 78 degrees, 44 minutes, 1.32 seconds south latitude at 12:55 p.m. New Zealand time, holding a distance of approximately 500 yards from

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Global shipping industry rejects Biden freight price collusion claims

The World Shipping Council (WSC) today firmly rejected claims made by President Joe Biden that ocean carriers colluded to enrich themselves by astronomically raising freight prices during the pandemic period. The WSC was responding to the announcement made Tuesday by President Biden during his State of the Union address that the United States intends to

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Car carrier Felicity Ace sinks

The Felicity Ace car carrier has sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, announced MOL Ship Management (Singapore). The vessel sank around 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday about 220 nautical miles off the Azores Islands. MOL cited initial reports from the on-site salvage team. Salvage vessels are remaining in the area to monitor the situation. The

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Cruise industry in Halifax preparing for big comeback

After being shut down for two years due to the global pandemic, the cruise industry in Halifax is looking forward to a strong recovery. The 2022 cruise season in Halifax will start on April 26 with the arrival of Norwegian Getaway, a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel and Ocean Navigator, an American Queen Steamboat Co. vessel. The season will

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Ottawa banning Russian vessels from Canadian ports and waters

Canada announced today it is closing its waters and ports to ships owned or registered in Russia, including fishing vessels, as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Issued under the Special Economic Measures Act, the ban is expected to take effect later this week. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Russia should be held

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