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In focus – Safety

Has the environmental agenda side-lined safety and allowed complacency over relatively low casualty rates to creep back in to the industry’s psyche? Amid growing concerns that flag states are not publishing casualty reports there are several unanswered questions when it comes to maritime safety that Lloyd’s List investigates in this special report.

Time to get serious over reporting casualties

Of the 753 very serious incidents that took place since 2014, 363 accident investigation reports exist, giving a compliance rate of 48%, according to the IMO's GISIS database

International Casualty Safety

Viewpoint: Too clever by half

The sales hype around AI in the shipping industry overlooks complaints from pilots about systems that have a mind of their own and, being digitally interlinked, cause alarm when they decide to intervene when they should not be doing so

Safety Ship operations Technology and Innovation

Salvage, a necessity and an afterthought?

The salvage industry opens up on what has changed — and what has not — as ships get bigger

International Casualty Towage and Salvage

Is there a doctor on board?

According to the European Maritime Safety Agency, as much as €1bn per year is spent on ship deviations for medical care in Europe alone

Safety Technology and Innovation Europe

Accident analysis will show how safe autonomous shipping really is

Increased levels of autonomy on board ships are widely thought to promote greater degrees of safety. However, until there is a track record of autonomous operations to analyse and incidents to investigate, it will be too early to link ‘autonomous’ with ‘safe’

International Casualty Containers

Viewpoint: Clearing up the mess

Salvors face enormous safety concerns in the aftermath of fires on containerships as they rummage in a fearsome cocktail of hazardous debris and they raise serious questions for the industry as boxes are packed ever tighter, goods are misdeclared and architects design vessels with increased teu capacity

Towage and Salvage Casualty Safety

Bigger ships, bigger losses

Analysis based on 471,326 corporate insurance claims from 206 countries and territories, with total value of $66.5bn. Marine losses make up 15% of value of all commercial losses, but 49% by number

International Containers Insurance

Set Alert for Safety

Latest From Safety

P&O Ferries switches North Sea ratings from Portuguese to ITF contract Filipinos

‘P&O sees the recent general election result as an opportunity to profit from doubling down on seafarer exploitation on international ferry routes,’ RMT union leader charges in a letter to UK business secretary

Roro Crewing

LNG rail transport opposition could crimp US exports

Energy Transport Solutions, a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy, hopes to liquefy Pennsylvania natural gas and send it by rail to a proposed terminal on the Delaware River in New Jersey for export to the Caribbean, Mexico and Ireland

US States LNG

Gulf of Guinea accounts for more than 90% of crew kidnappings

There were 121 seafarer kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea in 2019, which is an increase of more than 50% compared with 2018

Piracy and Security Crewing

IMO facing call to adopt HFO ban in Arctic

The US, Norway, Finland and other states are backing a heavy fuel oil ban in the Arctic, but with a five-year delay for specific ships

Arctic shipping Fuels

Blast ruptures part of key Malaysian gas supply pipeline

Multiple outages at the Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline heighten the risks of a supply shortfall at Malaysia’s Bintulu liquefied natural gas complex 

Malaysia LNG

Saudis defy global safety shipping rules to switch off AIS for Hormuz transits

P&I Clubs, including those that provide cover for Bahri, have warned that switching off AIS could invalidate insurance

Tankers and Gas Bahri
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