Category Commerce

Mexico Seizes Illegal Iron Ore Destined for China – gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News

Mexico seized more than 119,000 tonnes of minerals suspected of being part of illegal export operations in a port where a powerful drug gang allegedly has been shipping iron to China, the government said on Monday. More than 400 federal agents, police and military personnel raided 11 sites around the Pacific port of Lazaro Cardenas […]

Ship loses more than 500 containers in heavy seas –

On any day, between 5 million and 6 million containers are on the high seas, carrying everything from potato chips to refrigerators. But not all of them make it to their destination, as the crew of the Svendborg Maersk have just found out. Their Danish-flagged ship was in the Bay of Biscay last week as […]

Australia to investigate claim Japanese whalers rammed Sea Shepherd ship | Environment |

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has ordered an investigation into claims a Japanese whaling fleet rammed one of activist group Sea Shepherd’s vessels. The anti-whaling group says its ship the Bob Barker was deliberately struck by the Yushin Maru No 2 early on Sunday, in retaliation for the Sea Shepherd preventing any whales from […]

Stranded Sailors Signal More Danger Than Somali Pirates – Bloomberg

Hassan Sabrah hadn’t eaten in four days. That’s when the chief engineer of the Moldova-flagged cargo ship JSM finally snapped, according to interviews with sailors, the port manager and local residents. He picked up a rock and hit his captain on the back of the head. Before the ship’s cook could pull Sabrah away, the […]

China’s New Fishing Regulations: An Act of State Piracy? | The Diplomat

On November 29, 2013, six days after China’s Ministry of National Defense announced the establishment of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea, Hainan province quietly issued new regulations on fishing in the South China Sea. These regulations were announced on December 3 and came into force on January 1, 2014. […]

US: China new sea rules ‘provocative’ – BBC News

The US has described new Chinese rules on fishing access to disputed areas of the South China Sea as “provocative and potentially dangerous”. Regulations approved by Hainan province requiring foreign fishing vessels to ask for permission to enter its waters took effect on 1 January. China claims a U-shaped swathe of the South China Sea, […]

Is the Suez Canal Safe for Shipping? – Safety4Sea |

The Shipping Industry must continue to take reasonable security measures through the Suez Canal Shipowners and Charterers should continue to take normal precautionary security measures when transiting through the Suez Canal, said Andrew Varney, Managing Director Port2Port Maritime Security in a recent webcast discussion: “Is the Suez Canal Safe for Shipping?” with the US Journal […]