Another Chinese research vessel disrespects Palau laws

Another Chinese research vessel, HAIYANG DIZHI LIUHAO entered Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone without permission or notification to the Palau government on 24 May 2023, at around 1:20 pm, disrespecting Palau’s laws

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Shipping lobby group advises caution on climate targets

An influential shipping industry group has quietly warned shippers to think carefully before they sign up for a new plan to reduce pollution and eventually eliminate their contribution to climate change. The

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Project Cerulean: A vast ocean of possibility to explore

In 2018, Swire Shipping and the University of the South Pacific launched a new project to research and design a low-carbon wind powered, commercially-operated freighter to stimulate outer-island Pacific trade. Route

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Cop28 host UAE tried to weaken global shipping climate ambition

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tried to weaken global shipping’s climate target last week, sparking fears that it will lack ambition as host of the Cop28 climate summit. According to four sources in the room, the UAE

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Palau Shipping Registry claims ITF report ‘misleading’

The statistical evidence presented by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on Palau-flagged vessels is “wholly inaccurate, misinterpreted and clearly misleading”. This was the statement made

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Vessels registered to the Cook Islands, Palau targeted in shipping crackdown

Up to 1,000 ships flagged to the Cook Islands, Palau, Sierra Leone, and Togo will be targeted for safety, maintenance and seafarer welfare inspections across the Mediterranean Sea in the coming eight weeks by an army of

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Ship insurers accused of enabling fishing vessels to ‘go dark’

When it comes to illegal fishing, London’s ancient business of ship insurance may not get much attention. But according to a new complaint, the UK capital’s insurance industry is partly to blame when fishing vessels

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‘PNG Logistics Co Invests to Better Service South Pacific’

Papua New Guinea’s oldest business group, Steamships Trading Company Ltd, has invested millions in its Logistics Division in re-fleeting and new equipment with several million more to be expended prior to 2025. The

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Pacific proposal calls for high price on shipping emissions

Pacific nations this week have lodged new submissions at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), calling for a high price on GHG emissions. According to the Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport (MCST),

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Punching above its weight, Pacific pushes for ship polluters to pay

Punching above our weight has been the statement echoed in London this week to describe the tiny Pacific’s bold push against some of the global heavyweights to have polluters (ship) pay-up for their pollution.  This

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Kiribati government looking to get flights back in the air

Kiribati’s transport boss says his ministry aims to re-establish air service connections in the Line Islands. The Minister of Information, Communication and Transport, Tekeeua Tarati, said part of the work is to

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The Pandemic, War and the Effect on Island Travel

It’s an early Tuesday morning in the seaside town of Levuka. A fish salesman is busy opening his doors to suppliers as they bring in their catch after the night’s fishing. A shop owner scurries around preparing to

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