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West coast disruptions extend as vessels suffer delays and cancellations

Work slowdowns are impacting trucking and vessel arrivals and departures, while some rail shipments to terminals in the port of Los Angeles have been cancelled but then reinstated. The disruptions come as volumes nudge up and with the added risk of a dockworkers strike in Canada’s west coast later this month

Containers Ports and Logistics

Threat of labour action spreads to Canada’s west coast

The threat of strikes looms over key Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, important gateways for US cargo, and comes as coastwide labour actions are impacting operations in US west coast terminals

Canada Containers

Abu Dhabi Ports develops ship repair facilities

Crystal Offshore will build a ship repair yard within Khalifa port, while MTQ Corporation plans to set up a fabrication and repair facility for oilfield equipment at a nearby industrial park

Ship repair Ports and Logistics

PMA says west coast disruption continues as retailer association urges White House intervention

The Pacific Maritime Association says dockworkers continue to disrupt operations in key west coast ports for a fourth consecutive day. Meanwhile, the US National Retail Federation has again urged the Joe Biden administration to intervene in the workforce negotiations

Containers Ports and Logistics

Small shipowners must not be forgotten in zero-carbon race

Initial findings from inaugural decarbonisation survey, jointly conducted by the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and the Boston Consulting Group, indicate that most small- to medium-sized shipowners are being left behind in the race to decarbonise. The fate of this silent majority could prove the tipping point if the industry is to achieve its 2030 and 2050 goals

Sustainability Norshipping

John Kerry calls on IMO to set 2030 targets

Shipping industry participants, as well as government officials, have been ramping up the pressure on the International Maritime Organization to set more ambitious goals at its key upcoming meeting in July

Sustainability Environment

GSBN and GCMD join forces to enhance data sharing for green shipping

The partnership aims to combine GSBN’s strength in data infrastructure and GCMD’s technical expertise in decarbonisation

Sustainability Technology and Innovation

Confessions of a carbon emitter: Fortescue founder’s passionate plea to accelerate decarbonisation

With time of the essence, FMG founder and chairman Andrew Forrest sends clear message to shipping to get its act together if serious about zero-carbon future

Sustainability Environment

MOL adds another LNG-fuelled bulker to orderbook

Deal has brought the number of LNG-fuel ships in MOL’s fleet to 23, of which 17 are ocean-going vessels

Asia Pacific Dry Bulk

Drydocks World Dubai advances boxship repair and retrofit business

‘The trend to extend the age of container vessels means they are staying in drydock for 30 days — instead of just a week,’ said Drydocks World Dubai chief executive Captain Rado Antolovic

United Arab Emirates Ship repair

Avance Gas pens first mid-sized gas carrier orders

Avance Gas’s latest order pushes the global newbuilding orderbook for LPG carriers up to around 75 vessels, equivalent to 21% of the existing fleet in service

Tankers and Gas Technology and Innovation

LR approves Hyundai yards’ multi-gas carrier design

The new design will be capable of carrying liquefied carbon dioxide, liquid petroleum gas, ammonia and vinyl chloride monomer and incorporates a new type of steel in its Type C tanks, which supports greater efficiency in the carbon capture. These features should interest owners looking for versatility in their vessels’ cargo capacity

Lloyds Register HHI

Biofouling impact still underestimated despite latest IMO advice

Morten Sten Johansen from Jotun commented that a proactive approach to hull cleaning would not only cut emissions but also limit the devastating spread of invasive aquatic species

Sustainability Ship operations

Most charterparties ‘no longer fit for purpose’, says BIMCO

Industry-specific charters are ignored by brokers in favour of Gencon and NYPE 46 standard documents. Grant Hunter says simply adding more clauses to bloated charters is bad governance

BIMCO Ship operations

Avance Gas pens first mid-sized gas carrier orders

Avance Gas’s latest order pushes the global newbuilding orderbook for LPG carriers up to around 75 vessels, equivalent to 21% of the existing fleet in service

Tankers and Gas Technology and Innovation

Mitsubishi and Synergy Marine invest in US ammonia fuel start-up Amogy

Amogy plans to present its first commercial offering in 2024

Finance Fuels