Category Merchant Marine

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 […]

Construction Begins on First LNG Containership

Fireworks marked the first cut of steel in a ceremony last night as construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containership in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. “These ships, will be the most advanced, environmentally progressive vessels of their kind,” state […]

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 […]

At Least 10 Dead as Bulk Carriers Sink Off China | gCaptain ⚓ Maritime & Offshore News

Winter weather appears to be primary factor in the sinking of two merchant ships off China yesterday leaving at least 10 sailors confirmed dead. According to a report by the Shandong Maritime Safety Administration, the Zhejiang-registered bulk carrier Xing Dragon 65 suffered mechanical issues and foundered in heavy seas of Penglai, China, east of Beijing […]

Port of Oakland Braces for More Disruption | JOC

Port of Oakland managers were bracing for possible trouble Tuesday morning, uncertain whether protesting truckers who shut much of the port down on Monday would return to disrupt operations for a second day. “We currently have no clear indication of whether there will be protest activities tomorrow,” Jean Banker, deputy executive director and acting maritime […]

Port of Baltimore Fully Open: Latest Update on

Workers have agreed to a 90-day extension on local contracts following talks between Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore Inc., reports Bloomberg, citing a statement by Richard Scher, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration. [object HTMLTextAreaElement] via Port of Baltimore Fully Open: Latest Update on.

Easy hacking on the AIS system puts global shipping at risk – Safety4Sea |

AIS vessel tracking system can be easily hacked to make ships vanish, change routs and cargo description, a large Italian computer security team said during the Hack In the Box 2013 security conference, The Star Online reports. To prove their point, they showed how they were able to create an imaginary ship, complete with identity […]