Practical advice from The Swedish Club helps crews face COVID-19

(Jun 25 2020)

The Swedish Club has launched its COVID-19 Handbook, offering clear, simple and practical advice to help both those at sea and those on shore to face the day to day challenges posed by the pandemic.



A day after another Iranian tanker arrives in Venezuela, the US sends another warship

(Jun 25 2020)

The US military said Tuesday that a Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed along the coast of Venezuela in what the command responsible for the region called a "freedom of navigation operation."



Oil tankers carrying two months of Venezuelan output stuck at sea

(Jun 25 2020)

Tankers carrying nearly two months' worth of Venezuelan oil output are stuck at sea as global refiners shun the nation's crude to avoid falling foul of U.S. sanctions, according to industry sources.



Beyond the ships at sea

(Jun 18 2020)

A decade ago, we set out to shed light on what’s really happening at sea; A daring mission to harness cutting edge technologies and provide an innovative look at maritime data, with the goal of creating a paradigm shift in understanding, analyzing an...



BSM and CMMI on a “True North 72” heading for cooperation on maritime innovation

(Jun 18 2020)

International ship manager Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) have signed an MoU to launch a game-changing initiative named “True North 72” aiming to encourage innovation across the maritime supp...



Brazil's Petrobras says it will not hire oil tankers that visited Venezuela

(Jun 18 2020)

Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA has told shippers it will not hire any tankers that have visited Venezuela in the past 12 months.



Greek tanker operators distance from Venezuelan trade

(Jun 18 2020)

Greece-based tanker operators NGM Energy and Dynacom Tanker Management, with tankers included in a recent list of US sanctions, have said that ships under their management will no longer load cargoes in Venezuela.



US sanctions prompt Greek shipowners to cease Venezuela oil activity

(Jun 18 2020)

Greek shipowners have pledged to stop commercial activity with Venezuela.



Iran prepared to retaliate if U.S. stopped Venezuela-bound tankers

(Jun 18 2020)

An Iranian news agency close to the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday Iran’s naval forces were preparing to target U.S. commercial vessels in the Gulf last month in case U.S. forces interfered with Venezuela-bound Iranian oil tankers.



Oil tankers queuing off Chinese coast proof of rapid rebound

(Jun 04 2020)

Queues of tankers have formed off China’s busiest oil ports amid a rapid rebound in fuel demand.



Last oil tanker in Iranian flotilla reaches Venezuela

(Jun 04 2020)

The oil tanker ‘Clavel,’ the last of a five-tanker Iranian flotilla, has made it to Venezuela’s shores to deliver much-needed gasoline.



Tehran urges IMO to begin legal proceedings against US threat on Iranian tankers

(Jun 04 2020)

In a video conference with Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Kitack Lim, the CEO of Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Mohammad Rastad criticized US' threats against the Iranian oil tankers carrying gasoline to Ven...



Asia, Fight against COVID-19

(May 28 2020)

The Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) held its 29th Annual General Meeting on 28th May 2020.



Vortexa Insights: US crude to Asia & scrubbers

(May 28 2020)

In US Insights this week, we focused on the strong support Asia has lent US crude flows in recent weeks, pointing to resilient demand - especially in East Asia.




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low carbon strategy - digital tanker market models - battery explosions - better catering onboard - challenges of ballast installations