With a renewed eye on the Middle East and Africa, Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it is continuing to focus on the growing market in East Africa, with the recent launch of new dedicated services as well as forays into the intermodal market.

Fresh from a period of relative inactivity in the situation on abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes seas and waters off eastern Sabah, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and Philippine Coast Guard this week co-organised a meeting between government agencies and the shipping industry to enhance maritime safety and security in the area.

DP World saw a mixed bag of operating results from its operations around the world in the first half, with the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region still making up the lion’s share of its volumes with a 3.1% rise in consolidated throughput to 11.54m teu from 11.18m teu in the first half of 2017.

The West of England P&I Club has sent out a client alert giving further information on the re-imposition of US secondary sanctions against Iran.

Common Structural Rules Software, a joint venture company formed by ABS and Lloyd’s Register (LR), has released a software upgrade that simplifies compliance with current and pending IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR).

The issue of cybersecurity has gained prominence as the increasingly technology-dependent global maritime industry comes to grips with the costly, growing attacks targeting major international shipping companies.

Vard Holdings has signed a NOK250m ($29.6m) deal with Yara to build the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel, scheduled to be launched in early 2020.

Calling out the container shipping lines for being the source of their own misery, Alphaliner said in its weekly newsletter that an inability to control capacity over the last 12 months has led to the current situation.

Rapidly following on from successful implementation projects in Asian bunkering hub Singapore and in Hong Kong, ExxonMobil will now be the first company to supply bunker via an independently accredited mass flow metering system (MFMS) in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region. ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50™ marine fuel is now available through an MFMS that has received third-party accreditation from Lloyd’s Register.

UK-based Coldharbour Marine, a manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) based on unique inert gas technology, has opened a new office in Singapore and appointed Mohit Batra to lead its planned expansion into the Asian market.

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