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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

Bulk carrier industry draws up new guidelines on ventilation

The guide is designed to provide a better understanding of how and when to ventilate given the different types of bulk commodities carried with each having different requirements. Proper ventilation is essential to preventing damage to cargo and to ensure crew safety

Dry Bulk Safety

Greek-owned aframax damaged in blast off Saudi Arabia

An explosion believed to have been caused by a mine has punctured an Economou-owned crude oil tanker berthed at Al Shuqaiq, on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast. Reports said no one was harmed

Middle East and Africa Saudi Arabia

Yemeni rebels allow UN access to ‘floating bomb’

Environmental experts have likened the Safer to a ‘massive floating bomb’, holding 34 storage tanks of oil that could paralyse Red Sea shipping lanes, befoul Yemen’s coastline and hinder food imports into the poverty-stricken land

Yemen Casualty

Resold China-flagged tankers lift first Venezuelan cargoes in six months

Sales and purchase brokers note trend of elderly tanker tonnage being sold to anonymous buyers for sanctions busting

Asia Pacific China

Safety report unveils connivance on dangerous practices

The industry has spent eight months complaining that its key workers should be repatriated swiftly. In reality, it has spent years ignoring protests that rest and work hours regulations are openly flouted

International Safety

Singapore Strait thefts on the rise

Singapore’s piracy watchdog ReCAAP reported a rise in maritime crime incidents in the Singapore Strait, mostly on the Indonesian side of the shipping lane. Economic hardships in Indonesia brought on by the pandemic may help explain the rise in incidents

Asia Pacific Singapore

Greek owners urge priority vaccination for ‘heroes of the sea’

Seafarers have been shunned by authorities in many ports as coronavirus fears have overridden the need for crew changes

Europe Greece

Crew taken from bunkering vessel after hijacking

Three crew were kidnapped from the bunkering tanker Stelios K about 65 nautical miles south of Lagos. The ship was hijacked south of Togo on November 16 but the pirates stayed on board the vessel for a week until next Monday morning, it what a source called a ‘seriously strange’ case

Middle East and Africa Nigeria

Is video analytics the answer to safer ships and safer seas?

Video Analytics can be used to detect or even predict unsafe situations, spot unintentional operator errors, or avoid accidents by analysing historical events

International Lloyds Register

Armed guards ‘not the answer’ to piracy threat

Many more kidnappings have led shipowners to call for armed guards on ships transiting the Gulf of Guinea. But most of its states forbid non-local guards and sea conditions are not considered suitable for floating armouries

Middle East and Africa Benin

Italian classification society repels cyber attack

‘Rina’s IT department managed to repel subsequent attacks and immediately took the necessary countermeasures to contain their effects,’ the Italian classification society said

Italy Classification

Bunkering ship in suspected hijacking off Togo

Authorities are working to secure the release of the Togo-flagged bunkering vessel Stelios K after its owners lost contact with the ship on November 16. The vessel has since been reported hijacked. Dryad Global say the crew are safe but the attackers are still on board

Piracy and Security Middle East and Africa