Maersk Line is diverting one of its transatlantic services with MSC and its COEX service to the Port of Liverpool for 12 weeks from Felixstowe which has been hit by delays over the last month since installing a new IT system.

More scrubber deals are continuing to be signed, with Wärtsilä announcing a 170m euro ($198m) deal with a major European container shipping line for hybrid exhaust gas cleaning equipment and retrofit services for its container vessels.

The fight over port facilities in Djibouti continues and potentially pits port operating giants DP World and China Merchants against each other as the former reiterated in a press release that its concession agreement for the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) remains in force, and warned that the Djibouti government’s illegal seizure of the facility “doesn’t give the right to any third party to violate the terms of the concession agreement”.

Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) has played an important part in one of the first few installations of scrubbers at a China yard, riding on their increasing popularity and Chinese government support.

The Australian authorities have banned a Shandong Shipping bulker from the countries waters for 12 months for delibrately underpaying the crew.

An ISO standard is to be developed for methanol as a marine fuel as owners look to a variety of alrenatives to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 0.5% sulphur cap.

An unqualified and non-English speaking deck officer in charge of the Dominica-flagged 108m-long trailing suction hopper dredger JBB De Rong 19 involved in a fatal collision with an Indonesian tanker in Singapore waters last year was jailed for two years by a Singapore court after he pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of five of his crew by performing a rash act, The Straits Times reported.

The Baltic Exchange has started a public trial of its LNG shipping index.

After years of staff cuts a boom in recruitment in the offshore sector is being forecast by analysts Rystad Energy on the back of the sanctioning of new projects.

Seafarers of a certain age will remember the sardonic note that somebody would have inevitably stuck under the glass on the chart table or on the desk of the engine control room. “You don’t have to be mad to work here – but it helps” it said, which was a point worth thinking about with the body at its lowest ebb, on watch, about half an hour past midnight.

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