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Keep informed with daily analysis and insight on safety and security issues affecting shipping. From piracy activities to the latest safety measures to casualties

X-Press Pearl operator says master bailed following court hearing

The Russian master of the fire-stricken boxship X-Press Pearl was released on bail after appearing in court without charge, according to the vessel’s owner 

Sri Lanka Containers

Sri Lanka probes oil patch near X-Press Pearl

Ship operator X-Press Feeders said a ‘grey sheen’ has been observed emanating from the vessel. There is no confirmed fuel oil pollution yet

Sri Lanka Containers

Nigeria’s anti-piracy initiative wins shipping's approval

Nigeria announced its Deep Blue maritime security project — a mix of coastal surveillance, troops, patrol boats and aircraft it is hoped will help the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Nigeria Piracy and Security

Suez Canal Authority says Ever Given’s master was responsible for speed before blockage

SCA rejects insurer’s claim that vessel whose grounding caused a six-day shutdown of the key waterway in March was under the charge of local pilots when it entered the southern channel

Egypt Containers

Crewing crisis is ‘manageable but not sustainable’

V.Group says the broad spread of crew-source countries has been beneficial. However, new fuels and technologies will place increasing pressure on training and skills

Germany United Kingdom

Abandoned crews languish as cases drag on

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has recovered $45m in owed wages last year alone; a significant figure given the challenges

Crewing Regulation

Lives are being lost while crewing crisis drags on, Anglo-Eastern chief says

Anglo-Eastern chief executive Bjorn Hojgaard told a crewing webinar 18 of his company’s 30,000 seafarers had died from Covid-19 in recent months, with an average age of 37

International Crewing

Shipping warned not to ignore safety in sustainability push

Shipping is facing intense pressure to comply with decarbonisation targets but ‘the Greta Thunbergs of this world’ are likely to call for a shortening of timelines, a webinar discussion heard

Environment Safety

Evergreen vessel returns to Italy to repatriate master’s body

The master of Ital Libera died with a suspected coronavirus infection in April. Since then, no port in Asia has been willing to accept his body for return to Italy

Asia Pacific Evergreen

Divers recover X-Press Pearl’s ‘black box’

Divers have recovered the VDR from the wreck of the X-Press Pearl as the authorities draw up plans to prevent any oil spillage from the fire-stricken containership

Sri Lanka Containers

Alternative tank inspection process saves lives and serves the sea

MOL Chemical Tankers has equipped its vessels with spectrophotometers that allow seafarers to monitor all tank cleaning operations as they happen, without having to enter the confined spaces of the cargo tanks

International Tankers and Gas

Port states raise concerns about crew change breaches

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control said the share of deficiencies over seafarer employment agreements rose 58% from 2019 to 2020, in a year when inspections plunged because of the coronavirus pandemic

Asia Pacific Europe