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Brazil Port Regulator Targets Bunge, Two Port Agencies in Probe

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Brazil's port regulator targeted the local unit of global grains merchant Bunge and two port agents in an investigation announced on Tuesday, threatening the trader's dominant position at a key export hub in the south of the country.The probe, ordered by port regulator Antaq via regulatory decision in the official government gazette,

Smugglers Fake Ship Identities to Evade North Korea Sanctions

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Smugglers suspected of evading sanctions on North Korea have turned to schemes to create fraudulent identities for sanctioned ships, a U.S.-based research group said in a report released on Thursday.Ships suspected of smuggling have long modified their physical appearance or broadcast false position data,

Shipping Industry Proposes Levy to Accelerate Zero Carbon Future

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Leading shipping associations have proposed creating a global levy on carbon emissions from ships to help speed up the industry's efforts to go greener.With about 90% of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing pressure to get cleaner.

Subchapter M: Is it Time to Press Pause?

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For many, the path to Subchapter M compliance has been anything but smooth sailing. And while progress has been made through the growing pains, some feel it’s time for the U.S. Coast Guard to pump the brakes.A funny thing happened on the way to compliance. We all learned that nobody was quite ready for Subchapter M.

Indonesian Navy Seizes MT Zodiac Star Oil Tanker

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The Indonesian Navy says it has seized a Panamanian-flagged tanker in the waters off Riau islands after the foreign vessel was found to be carrying more than 4,000 tons of oil without valid permits.Indonesian Navy commander admiral Arsyad Abdullah said in a statement late Wednesday that the Panamanian-flagged tanker,

Cambodia Seeks Return of Ship Carrying Country's First Oil Output

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The Cambodian government is seeking the return of an oil tanker and its crew who have been detained in Indonesia, alleging that the ship had loaded oil illegally from an offshore oil field, a government official said on Thursday.The Bahamas-flagged tanker MT Strovolos and its crew were detained in waters

Dredging Up Federal Funding for Inland Ports and Waterways

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All signals from Washington, D.C., indicate that Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 could be a record-breaking year for inland port and waterway investment. The successful opening of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, a recording-breaking United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) budget request, positive improvements

Containership Captain Charged Over Cable Strike in Australia

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The master of a containership has been charged in Australia after his vessel allegedly dragged anchor through a protected zone and damaged a subsea communications cable off the West Australian coast. The Ukrainian national is facing up to three years imprisonment.A section of the Australia Singapore

Legal Beat: Rule B Alter-Ego Vessel Seizures

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Plaintiffs seeking to recover from ship managers or the vessels they operate but lacking a direct claim against a particular vessel have developed a clever strategy under U.S. maritime law.  They seize a managed vessel under Supplemental Admiralty Rule B and claim the vessel-owning company is an alter

OMSA Reports Alleged Jones Act Violation in the US Gulf of Mexico

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A new report from a U.S. offshore services trade group details alleged Jones Act violations by a foreign-flagged vessel in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), which recently launched its Jones Act Enforcer program to document and report violations of the U.S. law requiring seaborne cargo shipped between two U.

Electronic Navigational Charts: An Update and Some Issues

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In November 2019, the Office of Coast Survey (OCS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced the start of a five-year program to “sunset” all raster and paper nautical charts.NOAA has produced electronic navigational charts (ENCs) since 1993. In the 2019 notice,

US CDC Asks Travelers at High Risk of Severe COVID-19 to Avoid Cruises

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday people at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, irrespective of their vaccination status.Older adults and people with medical conditions are more likely

Lack of Monitoring at Anchor Led to $16.9 Million Accident -NTSB

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Atlantic Venus with the Nomadic Milde lying against
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A bridge team’s lack of effective monitoring of their position while at anchor led to a cargo ship colliding with an anchored bulk carrier and striking a chemical dock on the Lower Mississippi River near New Orleans, according to a National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Brief released Thursday.

UK Regulator Asked to Sanction Carnival Over Climate Disclosures

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Britain’s markets regulator has been urged to sanction cruise ship company Carnival and food delivery company Just Eat for poor disclosures in a complaint seen by Reuters.Both companies have breached their legal obligations by failing to adequately tell investors the risk climate change poses to their businesses,

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