Editor, Seatrade Maritime News
Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review.
Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and roundtables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.
Wallenius and Swedish Orient Line (SOL) have formed a shipowning joint venture to operate ice-class vessels for the forestry product trades in the Gulf of Bothnia and Baltic Sea area.
Singapore has moved step closer to completing the first phase of its new mega-port, with land reclamation due for completion in 2021.
Qatar Petroleum has launched a tender for up to 100 LNG carrier newbuildings that would more than double the fleet of the world’s largest owner Nakilat.
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is going to install an augmented reality (AR) navigation system on 21 VLCCs having successfully trialled the innovation on two vessels.
The VLOC Stellar Daisy, which sank in March 2017 with the loss of 22 lives, suffered catastrophic structural failure according to a report by the flag-state Marshall Islands, with classification society Korean Register defending its position in relation to analysis and reporting on earlier damage to a bulkhead.
Resolution may finally be in sight for some of the rig newbuildings being constructed for Sete Brasil at Keppel Offshore and Marine and Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) on which progress payments stopped in late 2014 and worked stopped on in the following year.
After years of rightsizing and lay-offs Keppel Offshore & Marine is seeing a recovery in its business and plans to hire 1,800 staff in Singapore and overseas during the year.
With the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) for ship recycling to become compulsory for vessels calling at European ports IMarEST has warned of a “quagmire of upheaval” for the shipping industry.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) is urging shippers that have not posted General Average and Salvage Security on undamaged containers from the Yantian Express to do so or risk further delays and risk to the rescue plan for the cargoes to be unloaded from the vessel that suffered a cargo fire on 3 January.
Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) is in talks with creditor banks to buy the facilities of bankrupt Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction - Philippines in Subic Bay.