Cosco Shipping Holdings has received all the approvals required for its takeover of Orient Overseas International one day ahead the 30 June deadline for the $6.27bn.

As shipping industry leaders it's the duty of the Greeks "to present a realistic way of solving many of our global issues" says Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee chairman, Haralambos J Fafalios.

Commodore Bob Sanguinetti has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, taking up the post on 16 July 2018.

Shipping group Wilhelmsen and equipment manufacturer Kongsberg are setting up the world's first autonomous shipping company which is designed to offer the entire value chain for unmanned vessels.

In the second part of this two-part series international shipping lawyer Torgeir Willumsen takes a closer look at the legal obstacles to autonomous shipping.

According to law firm Reed Smith the biggest opportunities for shipping in blockchain lie with digitising the supply chain, electronic bills of lading, marine insurance and smart contracts.

The launch this week of Cyprus’ first of the standalone Deputy Shipping Ministry is being hailed as a major step forward towards strengthening the country as a maritime centre.

Last year’s clarification of US Coast Guard (USCG) policy shows that care is needed when choosing a ballast water treatment system. Together with the upcoming entry into force of revised IMO G8 requirements, it demands that ship owners look further ahead to be certain of long-term compliance.

With greater numbers of ships calling in Chinese ports daily, it is perhaps not surprising more ships are being inspected and more and more ships are being detained.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced that Guy Platten has been appointed to the role of Secretary General, taking over from Peter Hinchliffe sometime in mid-2018.

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