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Turkey To Close Bosphorus Strait For 12 Hours

The Turkish government will close the Bosphorus strait to sea traffic for ships over 3,000 tons for 12 hours from 1600 GMT on December 31 to minimize possible effects from the millennium bug problem in computers. Ships over 3,000 tons will not be allowed to pass through the strait from 1600 GMT on December 31, 1999 to 0400 GMT on January 1, 2000 for traffic safety. Ships longer than 200 m will not be allowed to sail through the 19-mile-long strait unless they provide millennium compliance certificates and ensure that their cargo is not dangerous.

Bomb Threat Cut Lithuania LNG Terminal Output

Gas supply from Lithuania's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal was interrupted on Wednesday due to a bomb threat that later turned out to be a hoax, the terminal's operator Klaipedos Nafta said on Wednesday. The terminal is now preparing to restart, a spokeswoman said. The floating terminal, leased from Norway's Hoegh LNG , was opened last year and received the first commercial LNG cargo from Norway in late December.

LPG Ships Collide in France

Two LPG tankers collided in the northwestern French port of Donges causing 60 tonnes of ship fuel to spill into the Sea. French coastguard said the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers the Happy Bride and the Sigmagas hit each other at 1920 GMT. There were no reported injuries and both vessels had been towed back to port. However, 60 tonnes of bunker fuel oil had been spilt in the collision.

Bosphorus Strait Traffic Suspended as Boat Sinks, At Least 24 Dead

Rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Monday and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children, the Turkish Coastguard Command said. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East and beyond pack into often unsafe boats each year and thousands of them drown in their efforts to enter the European Union through coastal states

Inchcape Shipping Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ISS Greece

A reception hosted by Group CEO Claus Hyldager was the finale of the ISS annual senior management conference in Athens.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has this month celebrated the 25th anniversary of its operations in Greece by hosting its annual senior management conference in Athens, close to the company’s Greek head office in the Port of Piraeus. Over 170 ISS employees, including the entire senior management team, congregated to enjoy three days of strategic development activity, events, networking and customer engagement.

UK North Sea Workers Give "Overwhelming" Support for Strike

Trade unions Unite and GMB said members working offshore in Britain's North Sea oil and gas industry had shown overwhelming support for industrial action in a consultative ballot which closed at 1200 GMT on Friday. Unite's members covered by the Offshore Contractors' Agreement delivered a 93.5 percent vote in favour of proceeding to a strike ballot, increasing the likelihood of North Sea strike action for the first time in a generation, the union said.

One dead, Dozens Missing as S.Korean Vessel Sinks

One person was killed and the fate of more than 50 others was unknown after a South Korean fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's far eastern Chukotka region officials said on Monday. "When the fish were being hauled in, the vessel was hit by a wave," said Artur Rets, the head of the maritime rescue service in Russia's far eastern port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, adding the South Korean vessel Oriong-501 had sunk at 0530 GMT.

Argentine Grain Worker Union in Wage Talks

Port workers who run Argentina's Rosario grains hub met on Monday with export companies for wage talks aimed at avoiding an open-ended strike that labor leaders had announced for Tuesday, a union official said. A strike at Rosario would slow soy and corn exports in the middle of Argentina's main harvesting and shipping season. Talks are complicated by Argentina's inflation rate, estimated by private economists at more than 25 percent.

3 Die As Ship Carrying Marble Sinks Off Italy

A cargo ship carrying 150 tons of marble sank off the Italian coast on Friday killing three people and leaving another missing, Reuters reported. The Nautika 64 capsized about 64 km (40 miles) from the Adriatic port of Ancona when its cargo shifted. Port authorities said they received a "May Day" call for help at 7:45 a.m. (0645 GMT) and sent boats and a helicopter to the ship, which was sailing under the Croatian flag.

NOL Shares Surge, 1999 Results Seen Strong

Shipping and logistics group Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), which lost more than half its market capitalization since the start of the year, saw a staggering 26 million shares traded on Tuesday. By 0900 GMT, NOL ended at S$1.24 ($.72), up 19 cents, amounting to a market capitalization of about S$1.4 billion ($814.5 million). Fueling the shares of the national shipper were persistent buy calls by major research houses, even after NOL's share price collapsed to S$1 ($.58) by mid-March from S$2

Indonesia Ferry Hits Trouble, 97 Rescued

Almost 100 people were rescued when a ferry sailing towards Singapore from the Indonesian island of Batam hit a floating object and reportedly started to sink, authorities in the city-state said. Ferry operator Batamfast called out two other ferries that rescued all 90 passengers and seven crew

Fredriksen's Firms See Diverging Fortunes

Rig firm Seadrill sees tough market continuing in 2016. Firms in Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen's empire saw contrasting fortunes on Tuesday, as rig firm Seadrill booked $1.8 billion in writedowns while tanker firm Frontline turned around its fortunes after years of turmoil.

Commodities Hit 2002 Lows Before Rebounding on Oil

Commodities hit 13-year lows before rebounding on Monday after Saudi Arabia's pledge to work toward crude price stability bolstered oil and France's first wheat exports to Indonesia in more than six years helped lift grains markets.  

Heavy Rains Cause Delays on East Africa Trade Route

Heavy rains near the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa have swept away a road and slowed transport to a trickle on the main trade route into east Africa, officials said on Wednesday.   Mombasa port handles imports such as fuel and other vital goods for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda

Maersk Profit Halves, Global Trade Forecast Dimmed

File image: A Maersk containership underway in port (Maersk)

Container shipping demand at lowest since 2008 crisis; additional capacity supply far outstrips demand. Shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Friday third-quarter profit almost halved and global demand for container transportation this year would grow at a slower pace than

Update: Whale-watching Vessel Sinks, Five Dead

Leviathan II (File photo: Jamies Whaling Station and Adventure Centres)

Five Britons were killed when a Canadian whale-watching boat sank on Sunday, and authorities were still searching on Monday for a sixth person feared drowned in the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia.  

Mexico's main Pacific Ports Reopen

A tree felled by wind is seen after the passing of Hurricane Patricia in Casimiro, Mexico October 24,

  The major Mexican cargo port of Manzanillo was set to reopen at 4 pm (21:00 GMT) on Saturday, a port official said, after avoiding the worst of Hurricane Patricia, which slammed into the country's Pacific coast but caused less damage than expected.

Houston Braces for Floods as Texas Deluged by Rain

Hurricane Patricia Image Courtesy NOAA

  Heavy rains fueled by the meeting of two strong storm systems, one the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, pounded southeastern Texas on Saturday, triggering flash floods and derailing a freight train as the heavy weather tracked toward Houston.

Hurricane Patricia Threatens Mexico

Photo: NOAA

Hurricane Patricia strengthened into one of the most powerful storms in history on Friday as it barreled toward Mexico's Pacific Coast, forcing resort hotels to evacuate tourists and residents to stockpile supplies. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the Category 5 storm was the strongest

Oil Rises Back Over $48

Oil prices rose above $48 a barrel on Thursday, propelled by technical buying and as investors re-evaluated U.S. data that showed falling stockpiles of fuel as well as higher crude inventories. Brent for December delivery rose 51 cents to $48.36 a barrel by 1056 GMT

Twelve Dead as Boat Sinks near Ukraine Port

Odessas governor Mikheil Saakashvili Photo Kyiv Post

  Twelve people died when a small passenger boat sank on Saturday near the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukrainian authorities said. The infrastructure ministry said in a statement the accident took place near the small town of Belgorod-Dnistrovsky

Tropical Storm Olaf strengthening in Pacific, to Become Hurricane

Cyclone Olaf Courtesy Wikipedia

  Tropical storm Olaf is strengthening in the Pacific between Mexico and Hawaii and is likely to become a hurricane by Saturday night or Sunday, but is not expected to make landfall, the National Hurricane Center said. The center said Olaf is forecast to become a major hurricane by Monday

Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm

Photo: Lloyds Register

Lloyd's Register announced it has acquired fuel testing service provider Guardian Marine Testing.   The newly formed Lloyd's Register GMT Ltd combines Lloyd’s Register’s technical expertise with Guardian Marine Testing’s fuel testing operation to offer solutions to the

Commodities See Biggest Price Jump in 3 Years

Commodities jumped on Friday, headed for their largest weekly gain in more than three years as base metals roared higher after Glencore pledged to slash zinc output and gold hit three-week highs after dovish Federal Reserve minutes.  

Oil Spill Statfjord North Sea Field - Statoil

Loading of tankers suspended, unclear when it will resume. Oil spilled into the North Sea during the loading of a tanker at Norway's Statfjord field on Thursday, operator Statoil said. The leak occurred at 0630 GMT during the loading of oil to a tanker from the Statfjord A platform via a

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