ABB Boosts Remote Support for Ships Amid COVID-19

Responding to global COVID-19 travel restrictions, many firms are offering increased remote assistance to vessels where on-site visits are not an option.Technology company ABB said Wednesday it has increased the remote availability of technical…

ABS Publishes Marine Autonomy Guidance

Classification society ABS published guidance on the journey to autonomy, including a goal-based framework for autonomous requirements. The ABS Advisory on Autonomous Functionality addresses the application of autonomous functions in the maritime and offshore industries…

Tanker Rates Fall Ahead of OPEC+ Meeting

Supertanker freight rates have fallen after last week's highs as industry participants await the outcome of a meeting of oil producers on Thursday before making further bookings, industry sources said.Freight rates could drop further if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries…

Italy Closes Ports to Migrant Ships Due to Coronavirus

Italian ports cannot be considered safe because of the coronavirus epidemic and will not let migrant boats operated by charities dock, the government has ruled.The decision was taken late on Tuesday after a ship operated by the German non-governmental…

COVID-19: Your LMS Can Help You Now More Than Ever

It is clear that we are living in unprecedented times. Equally clear is that we will get through this pandemic, but that it is going to take some strength, stamina and especially some innovation to come through as unscathed as possible. It is…

Allseas' Pioneering Spirit Vessel to Remove Valhall Platforms

Offshore installation and decommissioning firm Allseas has won a contract to remove three complete offshore platforms and two jackets in Norway for Aker BP.The company said on Wednesday that Aker BP had awarded it a deal to Aker BP for the removal…

2020 Warehouse/DC Equipment Survey: Making the right moves to offset pressures

The percentage of respondents “holding off” on investments dropped modestly, and the overall spending outlook remains steady. The survey’s big picture has respondents staying close to the high bar for spending set in recent years, while layering in select investments to help solve for top challenges like tighter cycle times, additional customer requirements and the need to maximize available workforce.

Pentagon Chief Accepts Acting Navy Secretary's Resignation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had accepted Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s resignation.“This morning I accepted Secretary Modly’s resignation.

Patients on US Hospital Ships Test Positive for COVID-19

Some patients being treated for trauma aboard U.S. military hospital ships in New York and Los Angeles have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said on Monday.“Have we had patients who ultimately were determined to have coronavirus on the hospital ships?

How Ocean cargo industry may rebound from COVID-19: Part II

As we noted in yesterday’s edition, Analysts for Drewry’s “Container Forecaster” observe that the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has laid bare the fragility of humankind and the supply chains that help us to live as we have become accustomed.