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Greece 2022: Environmental initiative Helmepa turns 40

This year marks the completion of four decades since shipowner George P. Livanos led the Greek shipping community in an innovative environmental effort

Greece Environment

Supply chain delays raise theft risks

Cargo theft fell in 2021 compared with the previous 12 months, but the disruptions in supply chains have made weak security systems easier to exploit

International Containers

Methanol to make significant impact in 2020s, says Maersk

Industry experts in Mumbai discussed availability, pricing, safety, and environmental impact of this fuel. The IMO is expected to focus on the full lifecycle when evaluating GHG performance of fuels, with methanol coming out well

International Sustainability

UN tries to raise $80m to fix FSO Safer, but gets just $33m

A UN meeting at The Hague raised $33m of its $80m target to transfer oil from floating storage vessel Safer to another ship, averting the risk of a catastrophic spill. The IMO and Greenpeace called for more funds, with $144m needed for the whole operation

Middle East and Africa Yemen

Total losses continue downwards trend, according to Allianz report

Progress reflects increased focus on safety measures over time, through training and safety programmes, improved ship design, technology and regulation

International Casualty

Ukraine invasion is amplifying pandemic disruption, warns Allianz

More fires, increased incidence of general average, use of tanker and bulkers to carry boxes and owner decision to extend working lives of vessels all highlighted in annual safety study from leading underwriter

International Casualty

Safety focus for new generation of vehicle carriers

Safety features incorporated into new ships as high-profile car fires on pure car and truck carriers suggest existing regulations do not yet account for the risks of shipping lithium ion batteries

International Casualty

Pandemic-related crewing issues worsen due to Ukraine war

Short-term fixes to move and house Ukrainians in Europe look set to last, and the loss of crew has worsened an existing shortage

Europe Ukraine

P&O Ferries resumes some services on key routes

Spirit of Britain expected to resume operations on Dover-Calais route, while return to service of  European Highlander permits the beleaguered ferry operator to provide a full service on its Scotland-Northern Ireland service

Passenger Roro

Electronic chart proliferation increases safety and insurance risks

Issue highlighted by Supreme Court case that found CMA CGM vessel unseaworthy after passage plan issues

International Crewing

At least 500 seafarers still stranded in Ukraine

The International Maritime Organization says about a quarter of the 2,000 seafarers stranded in Ukraine a month ago remain in the country, with vessel-tracking data showing more than 300 vessels still in its territorial waters 

Containers Dry Bulk

Crew do not need to be on lifeboats during drills

InterManager has highlighted the issue, given the continuing needless deaths, because some parts of the industry are not aware that seafarers do not have to be present in lifeboats during drills which take place every quarter

Safety Regulation
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