Alex Wood

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Will cruise sector bounce back as biggest ever ship sets sail?

Photo credit: Pascal Bredel, The cruise sector is finally getting its mojo back after a tumultuous few months. In 2018, it was estimated that the world cruise industry was worth a hefty $150 billion. But as the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the sector, even the biggest players were left reeling[…]

Tracking the world’s largest containerships

Image credits: Carsten Feldhusen, The Ever Ace left the UK-based port, Felixstowe, last week after dropping off thousands of containers. The 400m-long (1,300ft) ship has a capacity for 23,992 standard containers, which is moderately more than similar-sized vessels. The gargantuan vessel, operated by the Taiwan-based container shipping company Evergreen[…]

Port of Valencia means business amid strong growth

Photo Credit: FERNANDO.R, Spain’s east coast is already an incredibly busy maritime hub. But the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) wants to ensure the area is ready to cope with the ever evolving regulatory landscape.  One eye on energy transition and decarbonisation appears to be key and tenders looking[…]

Port congestion issues cause on-going headaches

Vaccine rollouts around the globe have gathered pace, but with plenty of countries still suffering from stubbornly high Covid cases logistical challenges across supply chains remain.   In China – where the virus originated in late 2019 – the situation is still delicately balanced. Last week, a host of Chinese ports[…]

Full steam ahead for the LNG-propelled ‘Mardi Gras’

Photo Credit: Kenneth Karsten,  Cruise ships running on liquefied natural gas [LNG] are gaining popularity.  Industry heavyweights Carnival Corporation currently have four LNG vessels on their books. The latest arrival, the Mardi Gras, made its US debut last week after docking for the first time at Port Canaveral‘s Cruise[…]

Seafarer vaccination push must remain key priority for policy makers

The race to vaccinate seafarers is slowly gaining momentum.  Coronavirus cases remain stubbornly high globally despite the efforts of governments. But with vaccinations now on the table, there remains hope Covid-19 can be brought under control in the second half of 2021.  India has sadly become the epicentre of the[…]