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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

Support vessel sent to aid fire-damaged Antarctic supply ship

Australia has sent a support vessel after its Antarctic resupply ship Everest was ‘engulfed’ by fire. The ship is diverting north to Fremantle under its own power

Antarctica Australia

‘Extraordinary reduction’ in hull claims’ cost and frequency

Record lows attributed to reduced shipping activity and are unlikely to continue as world trade picks up, industry told

Sweden Norway

Plight of abandoned seafarers is ‘very critical’

A crew member from the abandoned bulk carrier, Ula, told Lloyd’s List that the situation has reached a critical point. The 19, mainly Indian, seafarers are feeling neglected and helpless, and suffering from depression

Dry Bulk Crewing

Iran releases seized South Korean tanker

Iran has released the South Korean tanker Hankuk Chemi, which was seized in January amid a row concerning oil funds frozen by South Korean banks. South Korea said the captain and cargo were safe

Middle East and Africa Iran

Court intervenes in US port crime watchdog dispute

New Jersey is seeking to withdraw from a bi-state commission that monitors corruption at New York’s port complex

United States US States

From the News Desk: Carbon crunch

Pressure is growing for more ambitious decarbonisation targets. Efficiency looks doable, and there are other, smaller ways shipping can better measure and reduce its emissions. But the bigger goal of future fuels looks vexing as ever

International From the News Desk

Cargoship in tow as salvors avert grounding off Norway

Smit Salvage tugs are towing the Dutch yacht carrier Eemslift Hendrika to safety after Norwegian authorities carried out an operation to avert grounding and an oil spill in the Norwegian Sea

Europe Norway

Iran reports another possible limpet mine blast

Iran reported another explosion, this time on its cargoship Saviz, used by its military in the Red Sea. No one was hurt. Israel did not confirm or deny it was responsible

Middle East and Africa Iran

Eemslift Hendrika salvage mission postponed but grounding risk ‘small’

UPDATE: Salvors are preparing to tow the listing Dutch yacht carrier Eemslift Hendrika away from Norway’s coast after the dramatic helicopter rescue of its crew on Monday. The NCA said the danger of it running aground was small, despite earlier warnings it could hit the coast tonight

Norway Casualty

Kenya calls for redrawing of High Risk Area, amid high costs and dwindling Somali piracy

Kenya wants its waters excluded from the Indian Ocean High Risk Area drawn up in response to Somali piracy in 2009. It has complained the designation hurts its economy despite its waters being safe from piracy

Middle East and Africa Kenya

Crew rescued from listing Dutch cargoship Eemslift Hendrika off Norway

A Dutch cargoship is in danger of sinking off Norway after it started listing and taking on water, prompting the urgent rescue of 12 crew yesterday. The ship has about 350 tonnes of heavy oil on board. Plans are being drawn up to salvage the ship, but bad weather is hampering the operation

Norway Specialty

MSC reaffirms northern sea route rejection as Russia ramps up Arctic rhetoric

‘MSC will not seek to cut through the melting ice of the Arctic to find a new route for commercial shipping. I consider this a position the whole shipping industry must adopt,’ says chief executive Søren Toft

International Containers