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.
Continuing an occasional feature taking an anecdotal look at the state of the offshore marine sector based on activity in the Johor Strait/River area this weekend we saw the Malaysian jack-up rig Velesto Naga 2 being towed out for its new charter contract with Petronas.
Mis-declared chemical cargoes of calcium hypochlorite and chlorinated paraffin wax are believed to have caused a blast and fire onboard a KMTC containership at port in Thailand that resulted in 130 people being taken to hospital.
The Port of Cape Town is to get helicopter pilot transfer services to reduce disruption in heavy weather, the third port in South Africa to do so.
The discharge of undamaged containers from the fire hit Yantian Express has started in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is expected to take at least 12 days.
Following the Marine Environment Protection Committee 74 (MEPC 74) meeting last week the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published guideline adopted for the 2020 sulphur cap online.
Nearly half of Bangkok Port is make way for retail megamall and other commercial developments as the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) looks to regenerate the area.