APL has launched a new weekly service that directly connects India, the Middle East and five major North European ports.

Foresight Group run by London-based entrepreneur Ravi Mehrotra has bought a1999-built VLCC from John Fredriksen’s Frontline Shipping for an undisclosed sum.

Apparently in response to market demand, the end of 2017 and the first couple of weeks of the year have seen the launch of a flurry of new and enhanced services from several key lines on intra-Asia and China-Southeast and South Asia routes in particular.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is continuing to roll out rebates on tolls this time for crude tankers between the US Gulf, the Caribbean, and Latin America and Asian ports.

Regional Container Lines (RCL) is launching its first service from Colombo to Tuticorin.

APL is enhancing its South Asia-Med connectivity with the inclusion of three new port calls to its weekly India Pakistan-Mediterranean Express Service (IPM).

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has welcomed the freeing of the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio as “some form of justice”, but attacked the role of the vessel’s owner AdvanFort.

The 35 crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, which includes the so-called “Chennai Six” from the UK, have been acquitted by a court in India.

Van Oord has won a contract to keep the approach channel to the port of Kandla, India, up to depth, for the next three years. The approach channel is a crucial gateway to the port of Kandla, which is one of the major ports in western India.

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed a coal transport contract with Thermal Powertech Corporation India Limited (TPCIL), jointly owned by Singapore’s Sembcorp Industries and India’s Gayatri Projects Limited.

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