The expanded Panama Canal celebrates its first year of operations “which exceeded by 25% all our expectations,” Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano told Seatrade Maritime News. Since the inauguration of the third set of locks, 26 June 2016 with the transit of the 9,400 teu Cosco Shipping Panama, some 1,535 neo-panamax vessels, to date,have transited through the new locks. “Our forecast did not include the mix of cargo we have seen in the expanded Canal during this first year of operations,” he says.
South Korea’s main ports are introducing alternative maritime power (AMP) for ships at berth. The systems will be installed at Busan, Ulsan, Gwangyang and Incheon. “Green port policies are becoming important in port authorities around the world,” an Incheon Port Authority official told local media, adding: “It is also one of the core elements to strengthen our port authorities’ global competitiveness.” The world’s first AMP system was introduced in Los Angeles 13 years ago.
Newbuild contracting activity for VLCCs has risen to the highest level since 2008, prompting Bimco to warn of a potential “fundamental imbalance” that would take “years to overcome.” For the first half of 2017, a total of 11.8m dwt tankers was ordered, with VLCC accounting for 71% of the total tonnage, representing around 8.5m dwt of 27 ships. As all 27 VLCCs were ordered between January and May this year, it was the highest level of VLCC orders for the first five months since 2008, according to Bimco. Furthermore, 2.2m dwt of suezmaxes and 1.1m dwt of aframaxes have been ordered.
The UK Coastguard have coordinated a long range rescue after an oil tanker sank 240 miles off the coast of Yemen in the early morning hours on June 26. The coastguard received reports of a mayday distress call issued by the oil tanker, which is registered under a Panamanian flag, reporting that it was sinking. The tanker, believed to have been carrying crude oil, is 99 meters long and had a crew of 14. Commercial vessels nearby made their way to the tanker and recovered 12 of the 14 crew, who were wearing life jackets and immersion suits, from the water.
Launching during Seafarers Awareness Week, the new resource is targeted toward influencers – including teachers, parents, guardians and career advisors – of children and students as they consider their future career options. It is also designed to help those already in maritime interested in learning about new opportunities across the UK’s broad and diverse maritime sector. The Maritime UK careers tool is delivered in direct response to the UK government’s maritime growth study, which set out recommendations to ensure the UK remains a competitive global maritime centre.
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