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.
Offloading fire damaged cargo from the Hapag-Lloyd containership Yantian Express is expected to take another five weeks while a port is yet to be found to discharge undamaged boxes.
Despite assurances from fuel suppliers over the availability of compliant fuel to meet IMO 2020 from 1 January next year, industry executives warn that logistics will be a mess and the majority of smaller bunkering ports will not have low sulphur fuel.
Ship manager Anglo-Eastern has highlighted the use of virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR) as part of its training programmes allowing seafarers to learn new skills in a risk free environment.
Maritime and technology leaders at the Sea Asia 2019 preview panel discussion today highlighted the significant role of start-up companies, particularly those in the technology sector, in bringing the maritime industry into the digital age and creating growth opportunities driven by innovation.
Another analyst has warned of impending financial doom for container lines if they fail to recoup the additional costs of meeting the IMO 2020 0.5% sulphur cap.
The Master of a Russian cargoship has been detained for sailing under the influence of alcohol after the vessel hit a bridge in Busan, South Korea.
The first conversion of a dredger to LNG dual-fuel by a European shipyard has been launched at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque.
As the offshore market starts to turn the corner some 33 FPSO projects are expected to be sanctioned over the next three years according to analysts Rystad Energy.