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Renamed Grace 1 Raises Iranian Flag

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-18 17:59:33

The Grace 1, the Iranian tanker that has been detained in Gibraltar, has been renamed the Adrian Darya 1 and raised the Iranian flag in preparation for departure on Sunday night. The maritime traffic monitoring site Refinitiv shows the vessel left around 2100GMT, giving a destination of Kalamata in Greece. Gibraltar refused a U.S. request to keep the vessel in detention after a Washington court issued a warrant for her re-seizure. The U.S. believes the tanker's operation is linked to Iran's Islamic...

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Trade War: South Korea Targets Japanese Waste

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-17 20:54:17

South Korea has announced plans to strengthen its inspection regime for battery, tire and plastic waste imported from Japan, a move seen as part of its on-going trade war with Japan. The Ministry of Environment said it will focus on radioactive and heavy metals tests on waste imported from Japan for recycling. The move follows a decision to strengthen inspection of Japanese coal ash imports. South Korea has already announced plans to remove Japan from its trusted trading partner white...

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Fast Facts: What is the Mariner's 1-2-3 Rule?

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-17 18:01:56

The Mariner's 1-2-3 Rule is the guideline mariners follow to keep out of a tropical storm or hurricane's path. The Mariner's 1-2-3 rule, also referred to as the Danger Rule, is an important guideline mariners follow to keep out of a tropical storm or hurricane's path. It refers to the rounded long-term National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast errors of 100-200-300 nautical miles at 24-48-72 hours, respectively. The danger area to avoid is constructed by...

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16-Year-Old Activist Travels to Climate Summit Aboard Racing Yacht

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-16 23:48:02

Prominent Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, has attracted both attention and controversy by traveling to a summit on climate change in New York aboard a racing yacht. The vessel, the Malizia II, is fitted with solar panels and water turbine generators, which will enable her to make a carbon-free transatlantic crossing.  Malizia II is the racing vessel of Team Malizia, the ocean race team of Monaco businessman Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi. The Malizia, an IMOCA 60 built in 2015,...

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Trade Wars Impacting South Korean Shipping Lines

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-14 20:58:18

South Korea's trade ministry has started the process of dropping Japan from its list of trusted trading partners after on-going disagreement over wartime mistreatment of its citizens. The escalating trade war between the two nations, along with the China-U.S. trade war, is causing South Korean shipping lines concern. The South Korean government is creating a new category of trading partners especially for Japan, which had previously been in the top-tier category with nearly 30 other nations. These nations benefit...

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Scandlines to Install Flettner Rotor on Hybrid Ferry

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-14 14:39:01

Danish ferry operator Scandlines announced Wednesday that it will be installing a rotor sail on the hybrid ferry Copenhagen, putting the vessel among the ranks of the lowest-emission passenger ships in the Baltic region.  The competition in this category is fierce. New "green" ferries in the region include the Color Hybrid, the world's biggest plug-in hybrid ferry, and the powerful all-electric car ferry Ellen, which has the largest battery pack installed on any vessel today. The Copenhagen's new upper-deck rotor sail will...

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ITF, Shipowners Agree to Seafarer Risk Benefits for Strait of Hormuz

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-13 21:35:20

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and maritime employers' groups have negotiated an agreement to designate the Strait of Hormuz as a Temporary Extended Risk Zone due to multiple security incidents in the region over the past three months, notably the seizure of the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero. The new designation means that seafarers who are subject to an attack in the zone are entitled to a bonus and doubled death and disability compensation. The Warlike Operations Areas Committee of the ITF's...

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Frank Tsao Dies at Ninety-Four

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-13 19:16:37

Shipping veteran Frank Tsao Wen-king, founder of International Maritime Carriers (IMC), died peacefully with family members around him on August 12. He was 94 years old. Tsao was born in Shanghai in 1925. He entered the shipping industry in Hong Kong in 1949 when he bought his first ship and co-founded Great Southern Steamship Co. He established IMC in 1966 in Hong Kong, and the company grew globally, eventually providing shipping, logistics, ship management and offshore services.  Tsao was an...

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GPS Jamming and Spoofing Reported at Port of Shanghai

By Dana Goward 2019-08-13 18:40:25

Reports have been filtering through the maritime community over the last month about strange AIS and GPS readings at the Port of Shanghai.  One incident was documented to the U.S. Coast Guard. The service’s Navigation Center receives reports about GPS problems from maritime and other users around the world.   Posted to the Navigation Center’s website on July 17, the report states: “Upon arriving to dock in Shanghai, a U.S. flagged MV master checked ECDIS at the AIS...

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Container Fire Aboard APL Boxship Brought Under Control

By The Maritime Executive 2019-08-13 16:53:06

A container fire broke out aboard the boxship APL Le Havre off the coast of Gujarat last Friday evening, prompting a response from the Indian Coast Guard.  On Friday, the APL Le Havre departed Karachi, bound for Nhava Sheva, a port complex outside Mumbai. A fire broke out in a container stack aft of the deckhouse at 1915 hours while the vessel was at a position about 40 nm Porbandar, Gujarat.  The cutter ICGS Sangram diverted to the scene to provide assistance,...

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