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Drought threatens Europe’s main waterway
Titanic shipyard to file for insolvency

Titanic shipyard to file for insolvency

Belfast - Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, was put into administration on Monday after its bankrupt Norwegian owner failed to find a buyer and calls for its nationalization were rebuffed

Germany not to take part in U.S. mission in Strait of Hormuz
Rotterdam to boost rail-freight service

Rotterdam to boost rail-freight service

Rotterdam - APM Terminals Maasvlakte II plans to raise to 14 times a week the frequency of its 5-times per week rail freight service between Rotterdam terminal and Venlo, a key logistics hub on the Dutch-German border

First hybrid-system for LNG tanker in Italy

North Africa

Egypt’s Sisi appoints new Suez Canal Authority chairman
Morocco’s BMCE Bank looks to build on China ties to deliver $11 bln tech city
Hapag-Lloyd offers new African service
La Spezia-Casablanca deal to improve freight exchange

La Spezia-Casablanca deal to improve freight exchange

Genova - Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority (AdSP) and the Agence Nationale des Ports of Morocco have signed an agreement to start a project between the port of La Spezia and the port of Casablanca for the implementation of a logistics corridor

UN wants urgent end to migrant returns to Libya

UN wants urgent end to migrant returns to Libya

Benghazi - The U.N. refugee agency is calling for an immediate end to bringing migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean back to Libya after an airstrike hit a detention center, killing at least 40 people. UNHCR had warned less than two months ago that anyone inside the Tajoura detention center was at risk

Middle East

Houthi drone attack on Saudi oilfield causes gas fire, output unaffected
Hormuz, shipping industry urges immediate action

Hormuz, shipping industry urges immediate action

Brussels - Following the seizure of the oil tanker “Stena Impero” on 19 July, the International Chamber of Shipping, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations and the Asian Shipowners’ Association urge immediate action by the international community

Azerbaijan rescues crew from Iranian ship
DP World to create a port in Indonesia

DP World to create a port in Indonesia

Dubai - United Arab Emirates’s DP World has announced it has signed two preliminary agreements with Indonesia’s leading conglomerate Maspion Group to create a 1.2 billion dollars container port

Stena Bulk says it spoke to seized tanker’s crew, all safe and well

Black Sea

Turkey boasts vessel exports

Turkey boasts vessel exports

Istanbul - Data compiled from the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry reveal that Turkey has taken significant, eye-catching steps in maritime transport, a strategic sector for global trade. One of the important initiatives was the revival of maritime transport with the removal of excise duty

New LNG-hybrid vessels for Seaspan Ferries

New LNG-hybrid vessels for Seaspan Ferries

Mangalia - Canadian transport provider Seaspan Ferries will be adding two new liquid natural gas (LNG) – battery hybrid ferries to its fleet in 2021. The 149-meter-long vessels will be constructed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem at their Mangalia Shipyard in Romania, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019

Damen-De Beers pact, focus on Mangalia

Damen-De Beers pact, focus on Mangalia

Mangalia - On 15 May 2019,Damen Shipyards Group and De Beers Marine Namibia participated in a special steel cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new offshore vessel. In February 2019, De Beers Marine Namibia awarded a contract to Damen to build a new crawler diamond recovery vessel

“Nothing wrong giving Russian passports to East Ukraine residents”
Ukraine enters uncharted new era / FOCUS

Ukraine enters uncharted new era / FOCUS

Kiev - Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide