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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

Terror link to blast on car carrier in Gulf of Oman

The cause of an explosion reported on the Ray Shipping vessel Helios Ray in the Gulf of Oman is being investigated. Security experts said it could be another Iranian limpet mine attack, noting geopolitical tensions and the vessel’s link to Israel

Iran Israel

DFDS vessel’s engine failure linked to poor maintenance

Recommendations to MAN and Lloyd’s Register after component failure

United Kingdom Casualty

Evergreen wins pivotal collision regulations case in Supreme Court

‘It’s the first judgment we’ve had in over 40 years on the collision regulations, and it really goes to town on how to interpret the regulations as they apply to all ships, not just big ones’ — barrister

International United Kingdom

Israeli oil-spill ship shortlist narrows

Both locations suggest that aframax tanker Minerva Helen, named as one of the suspected vessels, was not responsible

Israel Environment

Unions call for all seafarers to be vaccinated

The Nautilus Federation of 22 unions wants a worldwide vaccination programme for seafarers and inland waterways transport crew, to help resolve the crew change crisis and ensure seafarers do not miss out on vaccines

International Crewing

‘There is no longer piracy in Southeast Asia,’ says analyst

Piracy in Southeast Asia is declining, with membership of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group dwindling, no recent kidnappings and few serious crimes against vessels thanks to better security co-operation, a webinar was told

Asia Pacific Philippines

Australia sets new safety checks for livestock carriers

Australia is increasing its scrutiny of livestock carriers with a six-month safety campaign aimed at finding ‘systemic issues with maintenance and stability’. Livestock carriers, often elderly and converted from ro-ros or boxships, have been the subject of several major casualties

Australia Casualty

Maritime experts to examine seafarer exhaustion

Following on from ‘A Culture of Adjustment’, this webinar brings together maritime safety heavyweights who all believe it is time to stop kicking the safety can down the road

United Kingdom Crewing

Suicides at sea go uncounted as crew change crisis drags on

Maritime charities fear the toll of the lockdown measures on seafarers’ mental health and there are anecdotal reports suicides have risen in 2020. But with no central database to count them, shipping is left in the dark

International Crewing

Four injured in Gibraltar bulker explosion

Four crew were injured and two taken to hospital with burns after an explosion on a Hong Kong-flagged capesize bulk carrier at the port of Gibraltar on Friday night

Gibraltar Dry Bulk

From the News Desk: Unsafe passage

DNV GL’s warning of a ‘looming safety gap’ in the green transition comes amid concerns over firefighting standards, asbestos on ships, and even lack of piracy protections. As ever, more attention to the human element is needed

International From the News Desk

Another Maersk boxship loses containers in north Pacific storm

Extreme weather in the north Pacific has led to a number of incidents of containers lost overboard. Latest event is the second Maersk vessel in less than a month to lose boxes

Maersk Group Containers