Maersk has now received a response from local authorities in China after several seafarers last week were isolated on ship Gjertrud Maersk with symptoms of covid-19. The results show cases of coronavirus infections, the company tells ShippingWatch.
Sliding demand forces container alliance 2M, which consists of Maersk Line and MSC, to void more than one fifth of its voyages between Asia and Europe as well as Asia and the Mediterranean in the second quarter of 2020, reports Sea-Intelligence.
The CEO of the Swedish tanker carrier Stena Bulk, Erik Hånell, is responsible for seven offices and several hundred employees across the globe, all affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Many work from home or in shifts. Hånell worries the most about the times to come after corona.
A new consortium sets out to build a PtX plant in Scandinavia that can convert waste into sustainable methanol as an alternative transport fuel. Six of such facilities will be established in the Nordic region over the coming ten years.
German shipping bank Hamburg Commercial Bank thinks the idea behind the Poseidon Principles is good, but sees several problems with the rules. "You have to extend your view," says the bank's head of shipping in an interview with ShippingWatch.
Shipping companies need to settle on a far more ambitious CO2 strategy starting from 2023. The new plan should aim to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2030 rather than today's agreed 40 percent, states a new proposal to the IMO.
Shipping companies from across the globe are hit hard by closed borders that make it very difficult to change crews. International efforts are now underway to introduce a form of shipping passport so that crews can reach their ships.
Denmark, Germany and Norway have either shut down their borders or temporarily sealed off access to the countries in other ways in response to the corona outbreak. Large shipping companies are sending employees home.
In just a few years, it will not be an unrealistic prospect to see sails on board a CMA CGM vessel, sustainability chief Guilhem Isaac Georges tells ShippingWatch. The shipping line is in contact with several suppliers.
A US court has ruled that a Turkish shipowner will forfeit more than USD 11 million for having violated US and European sanctions against Syria. The case is part of a complex in which the US is trying to tighten the net on a network of Russians and Syrians.
If shipping is to find new talent, the industry needs to take environmental responsibility – and there are currently some who sit idly by. "The problem now is how we make sure the others don't drag us all in the wrong direction," says Hafnia CEO Mikael Skov.