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US warns to stay away from Iranian shipping

Washington - The United States on Wednesday warned all ports and insurance companies to steer clear of Iranian ships, which it called a "floating liability" after the imposition of sweeping US sanctions.

'Attack' on Swiss ship off the Nigerian coast: Bern

Port Harcourt - A Swiss-operated ship has been attacked off the coast of Nigeria, Switzerland's foreign ministry said late Saturday, amid reports that 12 crew members had been kidnapped by pirates.

Tanker missing in Gulf of Guinea found

Tbili - A tanker with 19 Georgian and Russian sailors that went missing for over a week in the Gulf of Guinea has been found off the coast of Congo, Tbilisi said on Friday, although the reason for its disappearance remained unclear.

New shipping solution based on blockchain

Technology giant IBM has teamed up with the integrated transport and logistics company Maersk for a new blockchain shipping solution.

CMA CGM connects up with AI startup for improved shipping

Major shipping company, CMA CGM Group, has entered into a partnership with San Francisco-based startup Shone, with a focus on improved artificial intelligence for maritime transportation.

UN asks oil traders to shore up sanctions on North Korea

New York - UN sanctions experts are asking global commodity trading firms and oil companies to spell out what measures they are taking to prevent illegal oil shipments from reaching North Korea, the panel's coordinator said Tuesday.

Transworld announces digital transformation shipping project

The Transworld Group of companies has announced its latest progress in relation to its digital transformation of its shipping activities. The group will leverage technology enabled solutions and customer connect e-platforms.

OOCL partners Microsoft on AI

Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) and Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) are to work together on applying artificial intelligence research to the shipping industry.

World shipping industry agrees to halve carbon emissions by 2050

London - Members of the UN International Maritime Organisation on Friday struck a deal to halve carbon dioxide emissions from shipping by 2050 in a deal that will force the industry to redesign fleets.

Stricken ship crushes wooden mansion on Istanbul's Bosphorus

Istanbul - A cargo vessel crossing through the Bosphorus in Istanbul crashed into a waterside mansion on Saturday due to a technical fault, crushing the fragile wooden building.The Maltese-flagged Vitaspirit lost control and ploughed into the edifice.

Trump wants Amazon to increase how much it pays US Post Office

President Donald Trump has circled back to his criticism of Amazon in recent weeks, tweeting that he wanted Amazon to stop using the US Post Office "as their Delivery Boy."

UN blacklists dozens of ships, businesses over N. Korea smuggling

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday blacklisted 27 ships, 21 companies and a businessman for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions, as the United States keeps up pressure on Pyongyang despite its recent overtures toward talks, diplomats said.

Japan reports suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Toukyo - Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by Pyongyang to the UN after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a ship marked with Chinese characters and a North Korean vessel, the Japanese foreign ministry said.

Japan reports suspected North Korea sanctions violation

Toukyo - Japan has reported a new suspected sanctions violation by North Korea to the UN Security Council after spotting an apparent cargo transfer between a Belize-registered tanker and a North Korean one.

Dutch shipper slams 'toxic' court case

Rotterdam - A Dutch shipping group blamed for dumping vessels with harmful waste on Turkish and Indian beaches accused prosecutors Wednesday of waging a "populist" campaign against them, based on emotive environmental issues.

Dutch shipping bosses in court over 'toxic' ship dumping

Den Haag - Six Dutch shipping company bosses will appear before a Rotterdam court Wednesday accused of deliberately dumping old ships on the beaches of India and Turkey.

Japan reports suspicious contact with N.Korea tanker

Toukyo - Japan has reported a suspected sanctions breach to the UN Security Council after observing an apparent cargo transfer between a Dominica-registered oil tanker and a North Korean ship, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

China races to prevent environmental disaster after tanker sinks

Bejing - Chinese ships scrambled Monday to clean up a massive oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank off China, raising fears of devastating damage to marine life.

Oil tanker's sinking off China raises environmental fears

Bejing - The sinking of an Iranian tanker off China could severely damage marine life, environmental experts warned Monday, as state media reported an oil spill covering up to 50 square miles at the scene.

Iranian tanker sinks engulfed in flames, official says no hope of survivors

Bejing - A Iranian oil tanker burst into flames from end to end and sank Sunday, eight days after a collision with a cargo ship off China, state media said.

China rescuers recover two bodies, black box from Iranian tanker

Bejing - Chinese rescuers Saturday recovered two bodies and the "black box" from a stricken Iranian oil tanker which has been ablaze for the past week off the east coast of China, the transport ministry said.

New explosion hinders rescue efforts in Iranian tanker fire

Tehran - Iran said Friday that a fresh explosion on a stricken oil tanker was complicating rescue efforts as Japan reported the vessel had drifted into its exclusive economic zone.

Pirate attacks at two-decade low: maritime watchdog

Kuala Lumpur - Pirate attacks worldwide fell to their lowest level in over two decades last year, the International Maritime Bureau said, but more than doubled in the Philippines while African trouble spots remained dangerous.

China says no major oil spill after Iran tanker collision

Bejing - Chinese authorities battling a blaze aboard an Iranian oil tanker said Wednesday no major spill has been detected, but an explosion had forced firefighting vessels temporarily to suspend work.

China races to prevent environmental disaster from stricken tanker

Bejing - China raced to contain oil leaking from an Iranian tanker stricken off its eastern coast Tuesday amid warnings the burning ship could spark an environmental disaster.

Explosion risk for oil tanker ablaze off China: authorities

Bejing - An Iranian oil tanker ablaze off China's east coast was at risk of exploding or sinking on Monday, as fears grew for 32 missing sailors amid warnings of a potential environmental disaster.

Four dead, 11 missing as ferry capsizes off Philippines

Manila - Four people were killed and 11 others were missing Thursday after a ferry with hundreds on board capsized in stormy weather off the Philippines, rescuers said.

Six Britons from anti-piracy ship freed from Indian jail

Chennai - Six Britons who were among 35 crew on a US-operated anti-piracy ship serving jail terms for illegal weapons possession left an Indian prison on Tuesday after their court acquittal.

Indian court acquits 35 from anti-piracy ship of weapons charges

Chennai - An Indian court on Monday acquitted 35 men, including several from Britain, Estonia and Ukraine, of illegal possession of arms while they were on a US-operated anti-piracy boat.

Why shipping companies are investing in blockchain

A trend is developing with shipping companies in terms of seeing the advantages of blockchain technology. This boils down to blockchain having the potential to transform operations, leading to efficiency and profitability.
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