In March, the maritime industry reached a full year of ongoing COVID-19 issues as it continued on recovery efforts. March also saw one of the largest ever disruptions to maritime trade as one of the world’s largest containerships blocked the Suez Canal for over six days.
Here are five of the stories getting the most attention in March. Check out any that you missed!
1: VIDEO: Giant containership blocks Suez Canal
One of the world’s largest containerships, Evergreen’s 20,388 TEU Ever Given, got stuck in the Suez Canal March 23, blocking traffic in both directions. Hundreds of vessels were backed up at an expense well over a billion dollars. Take a look back at our first story on the incident.
2: NTSB reports on flooding of towing vessel moored at shipyard
The National Transportation Safety Board issued its report on a May 17, 2020, incident in which the Blessey Marine towing vessel Alton St. Amant was found by a shipyard worker to be partially submerged while moored at a shipyard in the Harvey Canal in New Orleans, La. So, what happened?
3: Crew vaccination requirements threaten “perfect storm” for shipping
The International Chamber of Shipping warned that lack of access to COVID-19 vaccinations for seafarers is placing shipping in a legal minefield and leaving global supply chains vulnerable.
4: Ingram Barge tow is first of 2021 Mississippi River navigation season
Around 1:45 p.m. on March 19, the Ingram Barge Company’s M/V R. Clayton McWhorter, originating from the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois and pushing 12 barges en route to St. Paul, Minn., was locked through Lock and Dam 3, near Welch, Minn., marking the unofficial start of the 2021 Mississippi River navigation system,
5: Blakeley BoatWorks delivers Tier 4 linehaul towing vessel
Recently delivered to Cooper Marine and Timberlands by Blakeley BoatWorks, the M/V Gretchen V. Cooper is the first linehaul-towing vessel in the U.S. to be powered by Tier 4 Caterpillar high-speed engines with selective catalytic reduction.