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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

UN warned crewing crisis could involve ‘a million’ seafarers

The International Chamber of Shipping, which estimates 400,000 seafarers are trapped at sea and the same number trapped on land, says the industry is at breaking point and governments must step in to solve the humanitarian crisis

International Crewing

Marine insurers must define ‘just a glitch’, IUMI told

‘It may be beneficial if the maritime industry puts more effort into reporting and finding the root causes, not only behind cyber and software incidents involving newer technologies, but also older precursor devices,’ says Frank Gonynor

International Casualty

EU proposes asylum plan for migrants rescued at sea

Plan includes a ‘solidarity mechanism’ that will cover disembarkation, but Ecsa says ships need reassurance that pre-screening of migrants mentioned in the proposal will be ‘preceded by a swift and safe disembarkation of the rescued persons at the nearest port’

EU Regulation

Will pandemic lead to a maritime crime spike?

Impoverished coastal communities and stranded seafarers are easy marks for malefactors, International Union of Marine Insurance hears

International Insurance

Russian nuclear icebreaker to develop northern sea route

The action comes as other nations step up their interest in the Arctic, especially the US and UK, which seek to keep the region’s waters free of domination by any single country

Russian Federation United Kingdom

Golden Ray capsizing caused by unstable loading, US Coast Guard says

The coastguard analysis showed Golden Ray failed to comply with International Maritime Organization stability standards at the time it capsized, as well as during its two voyages prior to departing the port of Brunswick

US States Casualty

Insurers respond to piracy risk in Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea is considered a greater risk area following recent piracy attacks further out from Nigeria’s economic zone. Better policing and ship security measures may have pushed pirates further afield in search of easier targets

Middle East and Africa Nigeria

Salvage of capsized Golden Ray clears hurdles for October start

‘As with any major wreck removal, there is always a need for creative solutions. I think that’s what makes a good salvor,’ said T&T Salvage president Mauricio Garrido

International United States

ITF warns against cutting corners on safety

The ITF says it understands the need for flexibility during the pandemic, but short cuts taken ‘by some in the industry have gone too far, for too long’. It is urging governments and industry to better enforce Solas and other international rules

International Crewing

Education key to container packing concerns

Safety grouping hopes a trickle-down effect will improve practices where containers are packed, but previous voluntary efforts to improve supply chain safety have led to regulation

International Containers

Pandemic disruption fans fuel instability concerns

A trend among ship operators to buy and store on board fuel oil blends amid a low price environment has led to concerns about fuel instability, say experts

International Bunkers

Ports spared as Hurricane Sally batters US Gulf coast

The US National Hurricane Centre said the centre of Sally will move across southeastern Alabama on Wednesday night, over central Georgia on Thursday, and move over South Carolina on Thursday night

US States Tankers and Gas