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Six U.S. Great Lakes ports receive awards

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) today announced that six U.S. ports in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System received the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from GLS for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2021 navigation season.  “The winners honored today

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Dramatic increase of containerships hit by global port congestion

Latest data from Windward, the maritime AI platform, shows that one fifth of all the world’s containerships are stuck in port congestion, with Chinese ports the biggest factor. “When looking at the global picture, between April 12-13, 2022, 1,826 container vessels were waiting outside of ports worldwide,” reports Windward. “That’s 20 percent of all container

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Ever Forward refloated in Chesapeake Bay 

Following more than a month of complex salvage response efforts, the containership Ever Forward operated by Evergreen Corporation has been refloated and removed from Chesapeake Bay. The vessel carrying nearly 5,000 TEUs grounded on March 13 while transiting south in the Chesapeake towards Norfolk, Virginia. It reportedly missed a turn and exited the fairway off Pasadena,

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Seafarer lives don’t need to be risked during lifeboat drills 

Seafarers are dying needlessly in lifeboat accidents when maritime legislation doesn’t actually require vessels to be manned during drills. InterManager, the international trade association for ship and crew managers, is raising awareness of this fact by highlighting a legislative change which means that it is not necessary for crew to be onboard when lifeboats are

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Russian Maritime Law Association calls for end of Ukraine conflict

In a courageous initiative that breaks ranks with the government of Vladimir Putin, the Russian Maritime Law Association (Rumla) has called for the immediate cessation of the conflict in Ukraine and a return to “reason and legal mechanisms to resolve” disputes. The association was clearly treading carefully to avoid calling the conflict a war, since

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McKeil Marine expands its bulker fleet with purchase of M/V Da Shen

Burlington, ON – With the 2022-23 navigation season underway, marine services provider McKeil Marine has announced the expansion of its fleet following the purchase of the M/V Da Shen (IMO 9167681). This unique shallow-draft, self-discharging vessel, built in 1998 at Shin Kurushima Hiroshima Dockyard, Japan, will complement McKeil’s bulker fleet and further enhance the broad

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Human Rights at Sea accuses Russia of war crimes

As the conflict in Ukraine entered its 50th day, NGO Human Rights at Sea accused Russia of committing war crimes that should de prosecuted against international seafarers and merchant vessels.   “War crimes are not only the indiscriminate attack against civilians but the indiscriminate attacks against civilian objects and civilian infrastructure,” HRAS charged, adding: “International

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