Legal & Regulations

  • Ports authority faces fraud investigation

    Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has suspended the Tanzania Ports Authority’s (TPA) director general, Deusdedit Kakoko, after an audit report showed embezzlement of government funds at the state corporation.


  • Italy agrees to divert cruise ships from Venice...

    The long-running debate about cruise ships sailing through the waterways of Venice, Italy took a turn on March 25 with ministers from Italy agreeing to a temporary ban on large cruise ships docking in the historic city. When the cruise industry returns to service, large ships will divert to a nearby industrial port.


  • Norway extends Hurtigruten’s limited coastal...

    Faced with the ongoing COVID virus-related travel restrictions and the anticipated launch of a competitor’s service on the Norwegian coast, Hurtigruten and the Government of Norway announced a short-term agreement to maintain the current coastal voyages. According to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications maintaining the service is critical for commerce and cargo transportation along the coast.


  • French Navy seizes record cargo of Cocaine from...

    The French Navy completed a record seizure of more than six tons of cocaine from a cargo ship sailing in the Gulf of Guinea. Believed to be one of the largest individual seizures in the region, the operation involved close cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies working with the navy.


  • Blinken warns Germany of sanctions risks for Nord...

    At a NATO ministerial summit in Brussels on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made clear that sanctions are on the table as a mechanism for addressing European participation in the nearly-complete Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. 


  • ICS warns of dangers of not having vaccination...

    The complexity of implementing a vaccination program for seafarers has drawn much discussion with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) the latest organization to warned that the lack of access to vaccinations is “placing shipping in a legal minefield.” The unresolved issues of how to implement inoculations for seafarers is creating a “perfect storm” for shipowners warns the labor organization saying that the shipping lines might be forced to cancel voyages and face legal and financial issues if crew members are not vaccinated causing ships to be denied entry to ports.


  • Royal Navy busts Heroin smugglers in Arabian Sea

    Drugs worth more than $4 million to terrorists have been seized by Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose – her third bust in just over a month. The frigate intercepted a suspect dhow in the northern Arabian Sea, recovering nearly three tonnes of hash and heroin in a ten-hour operation.


  • 220 Chinese vessels stake out another reef in...

    China's maritime militia has shown up in force at Union Banks, an atoll within the Philippine's EEZ claim. According to the Philippine Coast Guard, about 220 maritime militia vessels were anchored in a line off one of the atoll's reefs on March 7. 



ILA lawsuit throttles South Carolina container terminal traffic

It is unclear whether ocean carriers will avoid a newly opened container terminal in South Carolina until a labor dispute is cleared up. But at least for now, it appears most shipping lines are steering clear of the Port of Charleston’s Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal to avoid being caught up in a lawsuit filed by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).