Indonesia relaxes coal export ban

Indonesian authorities late on Monday January 10th relaxed its export ban on coal, brought in at the beginning of the year and scheduled to last a month, In the first clear step to relax the export ban, Indonesia late on Monday agreed that 14 coal vessels could depart as soon as they obtained permits from…

Ningbo delays could disrupt $4bn in trade, says Russell Group

Delays at Ningbo in China because of the country’s ongoing Zero-Covid-19 policy could disrupt $4bn worth of trade, UK-based Russell Group has warned. Just a week’s delay of trade could see the exporting of $236m of Integrated Circuit Boards and $125m of clothing interrupted. The analysis was based on a week’s worth of trade from…

Shell cancels seismic survey off South African coast

Royal Dutch Shell has cancelled its contract with Shearwater GeoServices for the use of the seismic vessel Amazon Warrior (IMO 9662394) off the coast of South Africa. The company recently lost a court battle with local indigenous rights activists. Shell said to Bloomberg that “as legal hearings about the survey are not yet completed and…

Denmark frees three suspected Nigerian pirates at sea

The Danish Navy has been compelled to release three suspected Nigerian pirates at sea after they were unable to find a country in the region that was willing to take them. The fourth suspect, who had been in hospital in Ghana with injuries, could not safely be released at sea and was therefore brought to…

Omicron has global impact on cruise ship itineraries

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has seen cruise ship companies cancel and alter itineraries for cruises worldwide. Royal Caribbean International announced on Friday January 7th that it had cancelled voyages on four ships because of ongoing Covid-related circumstances “around the world.” RCI said that it was pausing its operations on some…

Turkey pollution fines rise steeply for 2022

Pollution fines in Turkey have been subject to a regular annual increase for many years, mainly associated with the declining value of the Turkish lira against the US dollar and other major currencies. The has been another significant increase from January 1st 202 for fines applied by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against any offending…

Ghana introduces Covid-19 vaccination requirements for seafarers. Then suspends it

The Ghana Health Service in December issued a directive requiring the vaccination of seafarers on vessels arriving at Ghanaian ports. However, it was unclear if and how this would be implemented and enforced. It was later reported that the planned introduction had been suspended, but not cancelled. Ghana recently instituted changes to the entry requirements…

Indonesian coal ban sees slump in bulker exports: VesselsValue

The ban on coal exports from Indonesia has resulted in a significant fall in bulker exports, reports Vessels Value At the ned of last year the Indonesian government announced a ban on coal exports for the month of January in order to allow supplies at domestic power plants to be replenished. They had fallen to…