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One seafarer evacuated after fire breaks out on MSC boxship off UAE

A fire broke on an MSC boxship en route from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, with one crew member airlifted to hospital by the UAE National Search and Rescue Centre after sustaining burns. Video released by the emergency services shows tugs spraying water over the ship’s stern

Casualty Containers

Ammonia supply chain getting ready for shipping, despite delays

Stakeholders in the ammonia supply chain have been rushing to help the clean fuel play a significant role in shipping’s decarbonisation. They are hoping some of the main challenges such as safety considerations can be overcome in the next couple of years

Sustainability Fuels

Panama Canal draught restrictions could cut boxship loads by 40%

Ships planning to transit at or near maximum authorised draught should factor in possibility of further reductions during the waiting period, marine mutual warns

Panama United States

Product tanker crew released after hostage ordeal in Libya

After months in captivity, the seafarers are making their way back home, according to a Lloyd’s List Intelligence incident report

Crewing Piracy and Security

US and UK Navies ‘respond’ to vessel harassed by IRGC in Strait of Hormuz

Fast-attack Iranian ships ‘harassed’ the unidentified tanker, but the situation de-escalated about an hour afterwards when they departed the scene, the US Navy said. The incident comes on the back of the US pledging to increase its presence in the crucial Strait of Hormuz after Iran hijacked three tankers in about two weeks in April and May

Political Risk and Trade Piracy and Security

Government intervention imperative in tackling ‘shadow’ oil fleet

Höegh LNG and Gard chairman says risks emanating from the growing shadow fleet of tankers circumventing Western shipping sanctions cannot be ignored and must register with governments to avert catastrophe

Casualty VLCC

Lubricants support crew safety as alternative fuels emerge

It is essential that lubricants are not overlooked as alternative fuels emerge. Any change to either fuel or lubricant could potentially affect crew safety, engine health and engine efficiency

Ship operations Fuels

Iran oil exports reach record levels in May

Iran’s oil exports in May reached their highest level since early 2019, when waivers issued by the Trump administration following its reimposition of sanctions expired. Proclamations made earlier this year by the US administration to curb China’s purchases from Iran have not materialised

Sanctions Iran

EU proposes maritime safety rules revamp

Proposed new rules focus on improving and modernising maritime safety rules, while updating the European Maritime Safety Agency mandate

Safety EU

AMSA bans Wisdom Marine bulker for three months

The vessel’s manager Well Shipmanagement has been identified as a poorly performing operator, with a fleet detention rate more than five times the average for ships visiting Australian waters. AMSA added that a review of other ships managed by the company found significant systemic failings and a trend of unacceptable performance

Ship Management Safety

Shell rules out ammonia — for now — as alternative marine fuel in decarbonisation report

Oil major says liquefied natural gas is the leading near-term alternative fuel to replace heavy fuel oil, which along with methanol ‘preserves longer-term options’

Sustainability Fuels

NCB absorbs Exis Technology division

Detecting dangerous goods is becoming increasingly a job for technology. New body brings software developer under the remit of its not-for-profit organisation

Containers Safety
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