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Maersk and Alibaba link up

The world’s largest container shipping line Maersk has teamed up with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to cut out the middleman. Chinese companies wanting to transport goods are now able to reserve space on Maersk vessels directly with Alibaba through its website. Shippers traditionally use freight forwarders to book space on container vessels. They will […]

Beijing Inks Deal To Manage Strategic Sri Lankan Port

After pouring billions into a project to develop key air and sea travel hubs in the southern-most regions of Sri Lanka, it appears that the Sri Lankan government will officially approve undisclosed Chinese companies to manage the Port of Hambantota for the rest of the 21st century. Chinese officials and the Sri Lankan government are […]

Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Missile Units Held Over 100 Drills in 2016

Missile and artillery troops of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet had held more than 100 military exercises during 2016, the fleet’s spokesman said Tuesday. „During the last year, missile and artillery troops, which are part of the Black Sea Fleet coastal defense troops units, had participated in more than 100 tactical (command and staff) drills and exercises of different scale,“ Capt. 1st Rank […]

Maritime Employee Survey reveals confidence in shipping industry jobs at an all-time low

More shore-based employees in the shipping industry are concerned with their job security than ever before according to research conducted by leading international maritime jobs specialist Halcyon Recruitment and online training provider Coracle.The 8th Maritime Employee Survey published today (15 November), based on nearly 3,000 responses, found that 63% of participants were concerned about their […]

Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September […]

A new replenishment of Navigation Maritime Bulgare Fleet

Navigation Maritime Bulgare is now operating 28 modern bulk carriers and their number shall increase to 32 by the end of the year. The latest replenishment is the bulk carrier Sredna gora (SREDNA GORA – IMO 9486570). The ship was built in 2010 in the HUATAI HEAVY INDUSTRY shipbuilding yard – NANTONG, China under the […]

Wish to be a Merchant navy officer with a British Licence?

South Tyneside College [STC] and Romanian Nautical College [RNC] open the first associative „1+1” programme in Europe to educate Deck, Engine and ETO officers, at the operational and management levels! APPROVED BY THE UK MARITIME & COASTGUARD AGENCY! „1+1 OFFICER PROGRAMME” means: – You study 1 year in RNC in Constanta, Romania – You study […]

Amur arrested again

The Burgas Maritime Administration arrested the „Amur“, which was anchored on Burgas anchorage since June 24, 2016, for crew wage debts, totaling $150,000. The crew included the Bulgarian master and 12 Ukrainians. The former „Asian Dream“ has been recently bought by the Amur Shipping Co. She was arrested in Varna in 2015 for owner’s debts, […]