The Panama Canal commemorated the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of its Expanded Canal, one of the most significant milestones in the history of the 102-year-old waterway and a defining moment for the people of Panama and the global maritime industry.
China has announced it will institute a new policy called “One Belt and One Road” (OBOR).
The Silk Road Economic Belt will comprise three routes connecting China to Europe (via Central Asia), the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean (through West Asia), and the Indian Ocean (via South Asia), according to McKinsey.
More than 60 countries, with a combined GDP of $21 trillion, have expressed interest in participating in OBOR.
Ranking behind Singapore are Hamburg, Oslo and Shanghai, in respective order.
Experts say Singapore would remain the “most important city” come 2022, although Shanghai will likely become the second most important maritime hub.
A new invasive species study by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) discovered one of the main tactics ships use for stopping invasive species—ballast water exchange—isn’t working nearly as well as managers hoped.
Marine scientists looked at ballast water from ships entering Chesapeake Bay before and after ballast water exchange became mandatory in 2004 and found that, contrary to expectations, concentrations of potentially invasive species have gone up, not down.
One of the big reasons they suspect is shifts in global trade, including coal exports, which could be sabotaging the effectiveness of the strategy.
Caption: SERC marine biologist Jenny Carney descends the gangway of a giant bulker ship in Virginia. When ships export coal and other goods, they return loaded with ballast water from foreign ports—and often inadvertently bring invasive species with them. (Photo Credit: Kim Holzer/Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category C of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council last Thursday (February 2).
The IMO Council comprises three groups of states, designated as Categories A, B and C. Category C is open to 20 states that have special interests in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.
As an island nation, Jamaica depends on the maritime industry to support jobs and to import foods and goods. The country seeks to be a viable maritime hub that would attract more shipping and allied services and help grow the economy.
Caption: Jamaica launched its bid for the IMO Council. (Photo Credit: Maritime Authority of Jamaica)