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FEWER ships get into real trouble these days than a few decades ago, but when they do, the risks can be much greater now, with very large vessels and massive quantities of pollutive substances...

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THE United Nations has revised its projections for population growth upwards to 8.6 billion in 2030, from 7.7 billion last year. Those figures were quoted by Simon Bennett, the deputy secretary-...

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READERS will not need this column to inform them that this is a very busy time in Singapore. We are halfway through this nine-day "week" and a huge range of topics have been debated.

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SINCE 2008, shipping accountant Moore Stephens has produced its insightful quarterly Shipping Confidence Survey. However, back in February a press release announced that the firm had merged with...

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THE shipping industry can be forgiven for focusing on how it will cope with next January's mandatory global 0.50 per cent sulphur in fuel cap. Understandably short and medium term factors are...

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IT is always dangerous to be complacent when it comes to criminality at sea. However the latest report from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships...

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IN NOVEMBER last year, the US master of the cruise ship Azura, owned by Carnival Corp subsidiary P&O Cruises, was fined 100,000 euros (S$154,500) by a court in Marseilles.

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IT IS almost inconceivable anybody in the shipping industry is still unaware that the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) global 0.50 per cent sulphur-in-fuel cap comes into force in...

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THE last quarter of the year is when salvage companies, or salvors, take stock. This year, those that belong to the International Salvage Union (ISU) held their annual general meeting (AGM) in...

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A couple of weeks ago, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) unexpectedly announced that the use of open loop scrubbers within territorial waters would be banned from Jan 1, 2020,...