Piracy is continuing to pose dangers to seafarers onboard ships in the Gulf of Guinea and the shipping industry is urging the authorities to take immediate action to stamp out the threat.

Today sees the end of the first ‘Maritime UK Week’, a new initiative held in the same mid-September slot occupied by the biennial London International Shipping Week (LISW) in alternate years.

DP World has taken a small step forward in its tussle with the Djibouti government over the Doraleh Container Terminal. The international port operator said in a press release that an Arbitral Tribunal of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has confirmed the illegitimacy of the Government of Djibouti’s action of seizing control of the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) from DP World.

Hong Kong has overtaken London to take the second spot in the International Shipping Centre Development Index (ISCD), while Dubai has moved into the top five for the first time.

Out on the River Thames, guests of Bennett’s Barges were reminded by their host: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Chris Livett, managing director of Bennett’s, seventh generation waterman, Queen’s Waterman for 12 years and recently appointed Barge Master to the Queen, wasn’t referring to the Royal barge Gloriana (not present) or even to guests’ view of the iconic Tower Bridge against a blue sky.

The meaning of ‘frictionless trade’ post-Brexit is very clear – and it isn’t 17-mile queues to Dover, MP Angus MacNeil told guests at a Maritime UK Parliamentary reception held during London International Shipping Week.

The value of the UK Maritime Sector has been reemphasised in a new report launched by Maritime UK for London International Shipping Week.

The UK has pledged to double the size of its ship register putting in the top 10 globally.

This year’s London International Shipping Week (LISW) will be taking the long view, according to Jeremy Penn, chairman of the steering group for the biennial event taking place 11 - 15 September.

Senior British officials were in Athens recently urging the Greek shipping community to have faith in the City of London after the UK leaves the European Union.

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