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A series of amendments to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic that seeks to boost seafarers’ rights to shore leave have come into effect in an attempt to streamline and approve procedures for ships’ arrival, stay and departure from ports. We look into why a new standard was necessary.

We also take a closer look at the implication of India’s move to manage part of the strategic Chabahar Port that essentially allows India to bypass Pakistan to reach markets in central Asia, speak to Maritime UK about the challenges ahead for the UK’s ports following Brexit, and find out what is being done to regulate and mitigate emissions at ports around the UK.

Finally, we investigate the expected route for Kanal Istanbul, a planned artificial shipping channel between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, in light of concerns from environmentalists, and find out how shipping giant Maersk managed to reduce facilitation payments by 96% on its vessels in its fight against maritime corruption.

In this issue

Shore leave: will a new standard protect seafarer rights?
International maritime law is supposed to protect the right to shore leave, but since 9/11 many seafarers have found this right eroded. Patrick Kingsland finds out whether a new amendment could change this.
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Chabahar Port: building a gateway to prosperity in south-eastern Iran
Iran has allowed India to take over part of Chabahar Port, allowing the country to bypass Pakistan to reach markets in Afghanistan. The deal is expected to enhance regional connectivity, but geopolitical challenges remain. Joe Baker investigates.
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Brexit: the potential impact on UK ports
With the Brexit deadline looming, the potential impact on the UK’s ports is still unclear. Some have expressed concern that leaving the European Union without a customs deal could cause chaos, however a renewed focus on maritime could bring benefits. Joe Baker reports.
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Improving air quality at UK ports
A recent report has found that emissions from shipping are far higher than previously thought. As this raises concern for air quality in ports, Eva Grey considers what is being done to regulate and mitigate emissions at UK ports.
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Kanal Istanbul: Erdogan’s drive to build a new strait
Turkey recently announced the route for Kanal Istanbul, a planned artificial channel between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. While it promises to bring economic advantages, environmentalists are putting up a fight, as Eva Grey finds out.
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Tackling corruption in the maritime world
In its latest sustainability report, Maersk hit out at the ongoing corruption in the maritime sector. Eva Grey asks, what forms does corruption take at sea and how is the industry fighting it?
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In March, US President Donald Trump placed a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% on aluminium imports from China. While some have argued that the impact on maritime may be ‘minimal’, the tariffs could lead to a trade war between the two nations. We analyse the potential impact of a US-China trade war on shipping.

We also take a closer look at the Mayflower autonomous ship ahead of its maiden voyage, discuss the development of Nigeria’s shipping sector, and explore Sweden’s efforts to decarbonise maritime transport and ask what challenges remain before zero-carbon shipping can be achieved.

Finally, we list the most useful apps for seafarers, and consider the issue of cyber incidents in the maritime industry and ask what can be done to raise awareness among regulators, policy makers and insurers.