Royal Caribbean and Miami-Dade County Break Ground To Build World-Class Cruise Terminal at PortMiami

MIAMI, March 8, 2017 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) together with Miami-Dade County, today broke ground for the new cutting edge cruise Terminal A at PortMiami. Terminal A will be a striking addition to PortMiami, serving as homeport to several Royal Caribbean International ships, including two of the world’s largest and most innovative … More Royal Caribbean and Miami-Dade County Break Ground To Build World-Class Cruise Terminal at PortMiami

IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force today (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. The 2014 amendments to the MLC 2006, which comes … More IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

Safety for gas-fuelled ships – new mandatory code enters into force

A new mandatory code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships. Gas and other low-flashpoint fuels are cleaner for the atmosphere as they emit very low levels of air pollutants, such as sulphur oxides and particulates. But … More Safety for gas-fuelled ships – new mandatory code enters into force

What Plastic Rice? Minister Says No Evidence of Fake Rice on Jamaica Market

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday December 14, 2016 – Rice imports from Guyana and Suriname will now be allowed into Jamaica, after the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) temporarily halted the clearance of rice at all ports of entry over reports that plastic rice had entered the local market. On Monday, the JCA stopped the shipments and met … More What Plastic Rice? Minister Says No Evidence of Fake Rice on Jamaica Market

Kingston Takes First Step Towards A Dry Dock

On Thursday, November 3, Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation; Michael Henry, minister of transport and mining and Joachim Schmillen, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Jamaica and The Bahamas, joined members of the Jamaican shipping fraternity as they celebrated the … More Kingston Takes First Step Towards A Dry Dock

Jamaica Welcoming World’s Largest Cruise Ship

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday November 22, 2016 – The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, will make its inaugural call at the Falmouth Cruise Shipping Port in Trelawny today, bringing more than 6,000 cruise passengers to Jamaica. It will continue to make bimonthly calls at that port. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the arrival … More Jamaica Welcoming World’s Largest Cruise Ship

IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulphur fuel oil requirement

In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, 1 January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulphur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020 was taken by the International … More IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulphur fuel oil requirement

Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September … More Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017