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7 July – Ship in Mariupol seized by Russian-backed separatists

06 July 2022

Having been stuck in the port of Mariupol since the beginning of the Russian invasion, on 30 June 2022 the Liberian flagged 15,800 DWT bulk carrier MV Smarta was forcibly appropriated and converted into state property by the Russian-backed separatist “Donetsk People's Republic”, without compensation to the owners.

Boost in orders for ships below 8,000 TEU drives order book to 17.3% of fleet

23 June 2022

In October 2020, the order book for new container ships bottomed out at 8.4% of the combined trading fleet. For ships smaller than 8,000 TEU, the order book bottomed out one month later at 3.7% of the trading fleet, and only accounted for 18.2% of the total container order book. Interest in the smaller segments, however, is bouncing back after months of hibernation.