India works to improve ship recycling image

India is seeking to improve its global reputation as one of the world’s top ship dismantling nations by upgrading its safety and environmental track records. They have just passed the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019. The new act restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous materials, which applies irrespective of whether a ship […]

Scrubbers and IMO 2020 – payback looking good for now

Based on current estimates, the price of using scrubbers is looking favourable for owners. Prices published by Ship & Bunker show IFO380 at $331 per tonne in Singapore while VLSFO is priced at $644 per tonne, a significant $313 per tonne spread. The situation in Rotterdam is similar, with IFO380 at $272.50 per tonne and […]


The Maersk Launcher is a special ship designed to clean the oceans. After sailing from San Francisco, it recently harvested its first plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. GT: 6798 Length: 90m Beam: 23m Built: 2010

New Global Fuel Requirements Mark Monumental Change for Shipping

On January 1, 2020, all ships will be required to meet new fuel requirements, commonly referred to as IMO 2020, marking the most significant global regulatory change in decades. The limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass) […]

Dec. 20 – Arktika

The Arktika, Russia’s largest and most powerful icebreaker has just completed its first round of sea trials. The Arktika is under construction at Russia’s Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg, with final sea trials scheduled for March-April 2020 followed by delivery planned for May 2020. The icebrekaer is first in Russia’s project 22220 which is planned to […]

Northern orcas eating chinook salmon that sustain SRKW

Northern orcas and Alaska residents may be eating up the best quality chinook salmon before they make it to the feeding grounds of the endangered southern resident killer whales (SRKW) in the Salish Sea. New research shows that each year these top ocean predators consume more than 2.5 million adult Chinook salmon along the West […]

The Ocean Cleanup plastics landed in Vancouver

The Ocean Cleanup brought the results of its first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch into the Port of Vancouver last week. The mission was to develop and prove the capability of a passive cleanup system that can move with the currents and tolerate significant wave heights. The system proved its ability to gather […]

CIFFA seeks oversight on detention and demurrage

The Canadian International Freight Forwards Association (CIFFA) has submitted a letter to the Minister of Transport in support of FIATA’s submission to the US Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) review of container detention and demurrage charges dated November 7, 2019.  FIATA supports a more transparent, equitable and business orientated process in the determination and levy of […]