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Thousands of Seafarers Repatriated to the Philippines

Over 13,000 seafarers have now been repatriated to the Philippines from the US after being displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has put forward a significant campaign to return affected seafarers home. The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC coordinated the repatriation of the seafarers who were stranded in Miami and Barbados and the country […]

Founder of Royal Caribbean Cruises dies at 90

Arne Alexander Wilhelmsen, founder of Royal Caribbean Cruises died on Saturday, April 11, 2020, in Palma, Spain, at 90-years old. Wilhelmsen was born in Oslo, earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and worked as a chartering assistant for Norway’s EB Lund & Co. and later as a shipbroker in New York. After joining the […]

Shipping and aviation come together in face of crew change crisis

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have come together to get crew changes happening again. There are an estimated 100,000 crew monthly unable to be changed over due to COVID-19 restrictions at ports worldwide there is a growing crisis of seafarers whose contracts are up but unable to the […]

Cruise Lines Extend Sailing Suspension

Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruises have extended their suspensions on sailing until June 30 and June 26, respectively. The announcements come in the wake of the US Centers for Disease Control’s decision to extend a ‘no sail’ order on April 9 for 100 days or until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a public health […]

APRIL 17 – SANTA ISABEL

Currently at anchorage in English Bay, the Santa Isabel is a Bulk Carrier built in 2020 and currently sailing under the flag of Panama. GRT / NRT: 109.872 Mt / 66,380 Mt DWT: 208,072 Mt L x B x D (m): 299.97 x 50.00 x 25.30 Summer draft : 18.324 m Flag: Panamanian Launched: October […]

The Ships are Still Sailing

Chamber of Shipping’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning joins Stu McNish on Conversations that Matter to discuss how industry has been collaborating to ensure that goods movement and commerce continues in Canada.

April 10 – World’s largest Ro-Ro

Construction of World’s Largest LNG-Fueled RoRo Ship has begun at the China-based Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard. The vessel, ordered by Wallenius SOL, is scheduled to be delivered in August 2021. The ship will be both LNG fueled and have an ice class 1A Super. It was designed to handle the tough, sometimes Arctic, conditions in […]

Seafarers struggle to get home

Crew members on board commercial vessels are facing unique hardships during the pandemic. Many are confined to their vessels and unable to return home as borders close, flights are grounded and fear of contagion from outsiders continues to spread. The situation has grown dire enough that ship owners and transport workers have started jointly lobbying […]

First Nations plans Supreme Court Appeal

A group of British Columbia First Nations is seeking to challenge the federal government’s second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in Canada’s highest court. The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Ts’elxweyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band say they have each filed applications with the Supreme Court of Canada. They are seeking leaves to appeal a […]