Safety & Regulation
Indonesian flagged, general cargo vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has once again been banned from entry to Australian ports for breaching safety and crew welfare requirements. Australian port state control (AMSA) yesterday announced it had directed the vessel not to enter or use any Australian port for 12 months.
Fears that Europe could control the global recycling industry and destroy South Asia's recycling industry were voiced at a recycling seminar in London, UK, this week.
Alcohol and salt water make a dangerous cocktail, but despite legislation and company policies restricting or banning alcohol on board, the drunken sailor is still with us, Stephen Spark discovers
A policy letter soon to be published by the US Coast Guard will contain “very little” not already covered in the IMO convention, according to the Coast Guard’s top safety official. "The only reason I’m even entertaining the idea of putting a policy letter out is because of all the angst in the industry,” Thomas told IHS Fairplay.
The 19,100 teu container vessel CSCL Indian Ocean is going to remain grounded on the river Elbe close to Hamburg for at least a few more days while ship traffic in and out of Hamburg continues as normal.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) aims to deter fuel siphoning by putting armed officers on some small tankers, the ships typically targeted in such attacks.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has updated its safety information on the risks associated with the Zika virus to include the potential transmission of the virus via sexual contact or via blood transfusion.
Australian seafarers are again staging a sit-in on board a vessel after learning that their jobs in the domestic trade would go to foreign crew on ‘third-world’ wage rates. Maritime Union crew on board bulk carrier CSL Melbourne in the port of Newcastle refused to sail the vessel on 30 January after CSL Australia announced their five-year contract with Pacific Aluminium was not being renewed. CSL said they would have to now redeploy the ship internationally.
A Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier is stranded on a reef off the port limits of Singapore, after trying to avoid vessel traffic at a fairway. The 56,853 dwt vessel Ocean Carrier, is managed by China-based Hongda Ship Management. Initially, the 2012-built vessel had embarked on a voyage, transporting iron ore from Hormozgan, Iran to Yangjiang, China.
Australian port state control on 3 February detained Panama-flagged 85,959 gt coal carrier Hope 1 in the port of Newcastle for breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).