Safety & Regulation

The US National Transportation Safety Board is planning a second search for the voyage data recorder of the El Faro, the US-flagged ro-ro vessel that sank during a hurricane in the Bahamas last October. Recovering it could help investigators figure out what lead to the accident that killed all 33 seafarers on board.

Testing the container weighing system at Felixstowe. Credit: Port of Felixstowe
Felixstowe, the United Kingdom’s biggest box port, is offering a container-weighing service to ensure shippers can comply with new Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) regulations. A SOLAS amendment that will come into effect on 1 July this year requires every export container carrying cargo to have its weight verified before it is loaded onto a ship.

Potential security threats at America’s ports have been highlighted following the arrest of two men for allegedly making counterfeit ID cards used to access terminals at the Port of Los Angeles.

 Danelec VDR
Danelec Marine and Radio Holland have combined to provide VDRConnect, a product that uses a special module attached to an onboard Danelec VDR to send data to Radio Holland’s Global Technical Assistance Center (GTAC).

Tug boats are moored to grounded container freighter CSCL Indian Ocean. Credit: PA
The 19,000-teu CSCL Indian Ocean reached a berth at Hamburg’s Predoehlkai this morning following its successful refloating last night by 12 tugs under favourable tidal conditions.

Standard & Poor's
Protection & Indemnity (P&I) clubs have been warned that the upcoming 2016/17 renewal will be a litmus test for their ability to achieve their wider aims. Speaking in London to an audience of senior management from across the international Group of P&I Clubs, Standard & Poor’s insurance ratings director Mark Nicholson said the rating firm was well aware of the pressure clubs faced at present.

VDR under inspection. El Faro
Stricter standards governing the use of voyage data recorders on commercial vessels may be necessary based on what's so far known in the investigation into the sinking of the El Faro, according to the US Coast Guard. “I think it’s a very likely consequence,” Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft told IHS Fairplay in a recent interview.

A Nigerian naval officer, Lagos. Credit: PA
Maersk Line confirmed today that one of its containerships and its 25-strong crew were saved by the Nigerian navy after pirates boarded and took control of the vessel off the Nigerian coast last Friday.

CSCL Indian Ocean on the Elbe
The 400 metre container ship CSCL Indian Ocean remains stuck today after it grounded last week.