Italy reappoints Taranto port boss

The Italian government has reappointed the president of Taranto port authority in a holding role ahead of the approval of national ports reform legislation that will make the authorities regional entities and reduce their number to 13.
The mandate of Taranto port boss Sergio Prete is due to end

One dead after two vessels collide

Two general cargo ships collided in the early morning of 13 July near the Xiaoban Men channel of Zhoushan archipelago in China, leaving one dead and another missing.
At 00:15 h local time on 13 July, China-flagged 4,071 dwt Wan Li 8 collided with Sierra Leone-flagged 5,287 dwt Heng Run, local

Keppel FELS wins $85m liftboat contract

Singapore-headquartered offshore services provider Keppel FELS has won a USD85 million contract to construct a high-specification liftboat for offshore oil and gas company Crystal Heights Holdings (Crystal Heights).
This latest contract is the second liftboat Keppel has been contracted to build

Sri Lankan Whale Protection Area Proposed

By MarEx 2015-07-13 23:20:09

Friend of the Sea has urged the World Shipping Council to prevent whales ship strikes in Sri Lanka and worldwide. During a series of conferences in Southern Sri Lanka, Friend of the Sea’s director Dr Paolo Bray exposed the problem of the increasing number of endangered whales being killed by cargo ships strikes.

Pigmy blue whales and other whales feed and breed in the area of the Indian Ocean just South of Sri Lanka. The same area is crossed by some of the most intense cargo ships traffic in the world: over 5,000 ships per month. Dead whales are often carried on the bowls of the 300 meters long vessels. More whales are found floating or stranded with evidence of having been struck by cargo ships. In addition the ships form a “wall of noise” which negatively impacts whales feeding and breeding behavior, says Bray.

“An estimated 50 to 100 whales are struck to death each year by these vessels,” explains Bray. “Pigmy blue whales could be led to extinction in the next few years if the shipping lines continue to ignore their impact.”

Friend of the Sea has urged the World Shipping Council and the top ten shipping companies (NYK, Maersk, Evergreen Marine Corporation, CMA-CGM, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, APL, Cosco, Hanjin, and CSCL) to immediately engage at slowing down their ships to less than 10 knots and move their lanes 15 miles South, possibly creating an Area to be Avoided.

“The World Shipping Council will be discussing the matter with member companies to consider what actions may be appropriate.” Bryan Wood-Thomas, Vice-President of the World Shipping Council has commented: “We will reach out to the government of Sri Lanka to obtain their views on the matter.”

“The shipping industry has greatly reduced its environmental impact over the years,” explains Bray. “It has also engaged to initiatives to reduce impact on whales in Canada and the U.S. It is now time for the industry to approach the issue of whale strikes globally and proactively.”

Friend of the Sea will recommend its certified seafood companies to give preference to those shipping lines engaged in preventing whale strikes in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. The requirement will be introduced in the new version of the Friend of the Sea standards.

Picture credit: Sopaka Karunasundara


New Asia-Latin America service launched

Taiwanese carrier Yang Ming has teamed up with Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to launch a new Asia Pacific-Latin America service.
Ten 4,500-5,500 teu box ships will be deployed in the South America Loop 2 service, which began on July 11.
The port rotation for the service will be