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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

From The Guardian:

A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

The $300m (£233m) Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong […]

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First Triple-E vessel visits Suez Canal terminal

The 18,300 TEU capacity Maren Maersk has become the second Triple-E class vessel to call an Egyptian port and the first with a commercial stop at the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) at Port Said East.

APM Terminals, the majority shareholder of SCCT, partnered with the Egyptian government and local authorities to complete a dredging […]

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Panama vs Suez: Which do alliances favor?

From Port Technology:

New alliance service networks for Asia-East Coast North America favor the Panama Canal routeing ahead of the Suez Canal, according to Drewry. … The expansion of the Panama Canal at the end of June has been a game changer. Several Asia-ECNA via Panama loops have been upgraded to deploy ships of 8,000 […]

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Cosco advances Arctic route plans

From Port Technology:

In a bid to explore navigation in the Northwest Passage and develop ships that are suitable for Trans-Arctic shipping, Cosco and classification service provider American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) have signed a cooperation agreement, which also aims to expand Cosco’s use of the Northeast Passage, according to World Maritime News.

It was […]

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Study raises doubt about viability of Northwest Passage as shipping route

The Northwest Passage connects the Beaufort Sea in the west with Baffin Bay in the east. It is a shorter route to move goods between the Pacific and Atlantic regions than the Panama and Suez Canals.

For years, scientists have obsessively monitored Arctic sea ice: how it expands in the winter months and how […]

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New Suez Canal trial starts; 6 ships cross in both directions

BBC photo from Saturday’s event at the Suez Canal.

The first trial operation of the new Suez Canal started Saturday morning, with six large ships crossing in both directions, Youm7 reported.

The trial operation aims to assure that the canal allows ships with different sizes and drafts to sail.

The executive agency that manages […]

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Giant Hanjin boxship catches fire in Suez

Suez Canal Authority said it controlled a blaze in a British container ship passing the waterway Friday, leaving no human losses.

The fire broke out in a stack of containers towards the stern while the 13,000-teu Hanjin Green Earth vessel was underway 48 km to the south of the canal on Friday evening. The fire […]

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Maersk container ship causes major Suez backlog after running aground

A container ship carrying a grade A hazardous cargo ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Saturday morning, the canal authority confirmed, delaying traffic for several hours through one of the most important trade routes in the world.

Sources in the canal authority said another ship in the same convoy, the Liberian-flagged Margaret Oldendorff, had […]

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Arctic shipping volume rises as ice melts

Much of the new traffic through the Northern Sea Route is one-way shipments of fossil fuels from Northern Europe to Asia or is between Russian ports. Wall Street Journal photo.

Reported in the Wall Street Journal:

The opening up of the Arctic for commercial cargo offers a faster route for some shipments between Europe […]

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Egypt plans to dig new Suez Canal costing $4 billion

Egypt said on Tuesday it plans to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old historic waterway in a multi-billion dollar project to expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

The new channel, part of a larger project to expand port and shipping facilities around the canal, aims to raise […]

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Evergreen shipper alarms Panama by moving through Suez instead

From Prensa Latina:

The Chinese company Evergreen Marine, a Panama Canal client, has triggered alarm in the isthmus after confirming that some of its ships will use the Suez Canal, due to delays in Panama’s third lock.

Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano, in a lecture to 450 clients of the inter-oceanic way, said a […]

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Expanding Arctic ocean to get its own shipping rules

Only 71 ships crossed the Northern Sea Route last year, compared to the 18,000 handled by the Suez Canal, but about a 1,000 vessels travelled into the high Arctic, with much of the growth coming from oil and gas activity, particularly in Russia. Click on the image to see the full-sized version.

Maritime nations […]

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Smaller, slower, more expensive: Panama Canal losing shipping to other routes

The Panama Canal handles around 5 percent of the world’s total trade – in comparison about 7.5 percent moves through Suez. The cost of moving a ship through the Panama Canal has tripled over the past five years to around $450,000 per passage for a vessel carrying 4,500 containers. Many companies are finding cheaper […]

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'Emma Maersk' Suez accident report released

Emma Maersk accident report graphic by Marine Link

Denmark’s Maritime Accident Investigation Board has released its report on the Suez Canal approach incident on board the container ship ‘Emma Maersk’ earlier in 2013. Synopsis by the Board is as follows:

On the evening of 1 February 2013, a severe leakage occurred in the container ship […]

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Suez benefits from Panama delay

The proportion of vessel capacity operating from Asia to ECNA via the Suez Canal increased from around a third between October 2010 and October 2012 up to 42% in October 2013, with the Panama Canal’s share conversely falling from two third’s to 58%. Source: Drewry Maritime Research

The further postponement to the opening of […]

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