Ukraine and Russia agree details on grain ship protection in Black Sea

Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN on Monday August 8th agreed that ships exporting Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea to Turkey and beyond would be protected by a 10-nautical-mile buffer zone. Since the four-way agreement was brokered in July a number of grain shipments – mainly on vessels that had been stuck in Ukraine…

Fire at Cuban oil storage tanks still out of control

The fire at Cuba’s Matanzas tank farm spread to two more giant storage tanks on Monday August 8th, bringing the total to four and increasing the complexity and challenge of the firefighting response. The fire had started on Friday night August 5th after a lightning strike hit one tank at the Matanzas Supertanker Base, which…

Lashing system not sufficient for weather conditions, investigation finds

The lashing system in operation on Netherlands-flagged cargo Ship Eemslift Hendrika (IMO 9671486) was not sufficient for the prevailing weather conditions, the Dutch Safety Board (Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid, OVV) has found. The vessel ran into difficulties off the coast of Norway during a northwestern storm in early April 2021. The cargo hold contained, among other…

Alexandria Port Authority reminds vessels of fee requirements

In an update on Egyptian ports, correspondent Eldib Pandi has included a notice issued by the Alexandria Port Authority concerning the decision to govern control over the outer anchorage area. Referring all shipping agents to Decree No. 2699 (issued in 2019), the authority stated that vessels would be subject to fees if it failed to…

Freeport LNG should restore production in October

Freeport LNG , a major LNG export facility on the Gulf of Mexico, has said that it was confident it could restart LNG exports from its Gulf Coast plant on time in October after reaching an agreement with regulators to resume operations. There had been fears that a fire earlier this summer would put the…

Two more vessels depart Ukraine Black Sea ports, Pivdennyi is third port in play

Two more ships, carrying corn and soybeans, left Ukrainian Black Sea ports on Monday August 8th, taking to 10 the total since the first ship sailed last week. Bulk carrier Sacura (IMO 9497000), which departed from Pivdennyi (Yuzhne), is carrying 11,000 tons of soybeans to Italy, while the Arizona (IMO 9592733), which left Chornomorsk, is…

Supply Chain sustainability report from HFW

Global sector focused law firm HFW and industrial real estate developer Panattoni, in conjunction with Analytiqa, have published their first European Logistics and Supply Chain Sustainability Report, assessing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies and activities across Europe, focusing on logistics and supply chain operations. HFW said that the launch of the report comes at…

Cocaine seized in Australia from container on Maersk vessel

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers seized 700 kilos of cocaine from a container aboard Maersk container ship Maersk Inverness (IMO 9348156) on July 22nd. The drugs were discovered in 28 denim bags inside a shipping container marked as “wood products” on the manifest aboard the vessel. The Maersk Inverness had docked a day earlier. Each…

FMC’s Maffei takes tougher line on shipping companies

Daniel Maffei, chairman of the US Federal Maritime Commission, has proposed that shipping lines should compensate shippers and truck drivers who are forced to store containers because of port congestion. After a meeting last week at the Port of New York and New Jersey, Maffei said that “when ocean carriers continue to bring thousands of…

Appeal for international help after fire at Cuban port

Cuba at the weekend was continuing to fight a fire at its main oil storage facility. On Sunday, 82 Mexican and 35 Venezuelan personnel experienced in combating fuel fires joined the effort, bringing four planeloads of fire-fighting chemicals. Cuba had taken the unusual step of appealing to the US for help. A lightning strike on…