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  • Shipping industry launch the Gulf of Guinea...

    The attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Guinea by Nigerian pirates must end. So far, 99 maritime companies, organisations and flag states, including BIMCO, have signed the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy, which was launched today.

     

  • US Senate approves Act permitting large ships to...

    In a voice vote, the U.S. Senate this afternoon approved the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act that would permit large cruise ships to operate cruises to Alaska this summer. The act provides a waiver of the U.S. cabotage laws. The measure goes to the U.S. House for approval before it can be sent to President Joe Biden for his signature.

     

  • Covid-19: No foreign crew aboard ships from India...

    In order to stem Covid-19 cases, vessels from India docking in all Malaysian ports are not allowed to “sign off” their crew of any nationality into Malaysia during the nationwide movement control order (MCO) from May 12 to June 7, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

     

  • Biden approves Second Jones Act waiver to address...

    The Department of Homeland Security has approved temporary Jones Act waivers for two Gulf Coast refiners, allowing them to ship cargoes of fuel aboard foreign-flag vessels to areas on the East Coast that have been affected by the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. 

     

  • ILA lawsuit throttles South Carolina container...

    It is unclear whether ocean carriers will avoid a newly opened container terminal in South Carolina until a labor dispute is cleared up. But at least for now, it appears most shipping lines are steering clear of the Port of Charleston’s Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal to avoid being caught up in a lawsuit filed by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).

     

  • US regulator probing China’s role in container...

    A top maritime official has started an informal investigation into whether China is using its market power to monopolize containers and other equipment crucial to international supply chains to pump up rates paid by American exporters.

     

  • A smart choice: UK High Court confirms shipowner...

    The High Court has issued an important judgment clarifying that ordinarily an owner is not liable to pay damages to a charterer if it collects freight due under its bills of lading even where no sums are due under a time charterparty.

     

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US Senate approves Act permitting large ships to cruise to Alaska

In a voice vote, the U.S. Senate this afternoon approved the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act that would permit large cruise ships to operate cruises to Alaska this summer. The act provides a waiver of the U.S. cabotage laws. The measure goes to the U.S. House for approval before it can be sent to President Joe Biden for his signature.

 
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