Hundreds of seafarers still stuck in Ukraine


By The Editorial Team

September 16, 2022

in Seafarers


Around 82 ships with 418 seafarers remain stuck around Ukrainian ports despite the opening of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.


As Reuters reports, according to analysis by the ICS six ships, which had been stuck since February, had been able to leave Ukraine before the corridor was announced in July.

The agreement was reached in July, creating a protected sea transit corridor, in order to alleviate global food shortages. However, the initiative only involved dry bulk ships around three Ukrainian ports with dozens of other vessels including oil tankers not able to access the corridor.


These vessels now await for approval to leave while waterways remain controlled by Russia and other ports are blocked

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Three Additional LNG Cruise Ships Mark Key Milestones





Carnival Celebration began sea trials on September 5 ahead of its November maiden voyage (Carnival Cruise Line)


The cruise industry is preparing for the launch of three large cruise ships before the end of the year each fueled with liquified natural gas. It is part of the industry’s push to improve its environmental performance with cruising being among the shipping sectors that are rapidly adopting LNG.

Cruising launched its first ships able to operate entirely on LNG at the end of 2018 and has moved to a total of seven large cruise ships already in service using LNG with three more scheduled to enter service in November and December this year. Currently, there

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Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on performance of exemption for liner shipping consortia

The European Commission has launched today a call for evidence inviting feedback on the performance of the EU legal framework which exempts liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules (Consortia Block Exemption Regulation or ‘CBER').

Today, the Commission has also sent targeted questionnaires to interested parties in the maritime liner shipping supply chain (i.e. carriers, shippers and freight forwarders, port and terminal operators) on the impact of consortia between liner shipping companies, as well as of the CBER on their operations since 2020.

Interested parties can provide comments for eight weeks, until 3 October 2022.

The evaluation

EU antitrust rules generally ban agreements between companies that restrict competition. However, the CBER allows, under certain conditions, shipping lines with a combined market share of below

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MOL to equip second bulker with ‘Wind Challenger’ system






MOL announced its intent to equip a second bulk carrier with the “Wind Challenger” hard sail system, which harnesses the power of wind to propel the vessel.

MOL Drybulk will operate the vessel, which will transport wood pellets for Enviva, and has signed a construction contract for the new ship with Oshima Shipbuilding.

The vessel, slated for delivery in 2024, will be the second Wind Challenger-equipped vessel in the MOL Group fleet, following one scheduled to enter services in October of this year.

MOL group is also examining the feasibility of adopting “Rotor Sails” an auxiliary wind propulsion system developed by Anemoi Marine Technologies Ltd, of the U.K. Combined use of both the Wind

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Lack of Crew Forces Delay in Return to Service for Diamond Princess






Diamond Princess will return to service four months behind schedule due to crew shortages (file photo)


There continues to be a lot of attention on the struggles in the airline sector as the major carriers confront crew shortages causing them to cancel flights. The cruise industry has also been quietly adjusting operations in part due to a lack of crew and the challenges of restaffing their ships after the nearly two-year pause in operations.

Princess Cruises announced yesterday that it is canceling 11 upcoming cruises between September and November aboard its cruise ship the Diamond Princess due to the challenges of restaffing the company’s ships. The 115,875 gross ton cruise

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