Safety & Regulation
Shipping accidents have been on the rise worldwide every year since the European Union accident investigation directive came into force in June 2011.
Drone cargo ships, known colloquially as ‘ghost’ ships, are unlikely to start operations within the coming decade and an intermediate step of partially automated ships with much reduced crew levels should be expected beforehand.
Japanese classification society ClassNK has made amendments to its rules and guidance for container carrier construction, which will apply to ships contracted for construction on or after 1 April 2016.
An Indonesia-registered ferry was forced to transfer its passengers to another vessels on 29 November after hitting a floating object during its journey from Batam, Indonesia to Singapore.
The Korea P&I Club, which has a low market share among its own country's ship owners, is changing its strategy to seek growth. From next year, the club, whose conservative underwriting policy prevented it from insuring big ships, will take Capesizes into its books.
Indonesia’s ratification of the Ballast Water Convention this week might meet the tonnage requirement of the convention, which enters into force in November next year. IHS Fairplay understands that some industry stakeholders have been surprised by the development, which hinges on Indonesia’s tonnage data, which may have exceeded previous estimates.
The TEN-T core ports of Turku, Naantali and HaminaKotka in Finland along with Stockholm in Sweden have teamed up with Äland-based Viking Line to invest EUR8.1 million (USD8.6 million) in measures to cut shipping's environmental impact in the Baltic Sea and improve maritime links between the two countries.
Signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct have agreed to look beyond piracy and broaden the code's remit to address other maritime crime in the region, including marine terrorism, environmental crimes, human trafficking and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
P&I Clubs and marine insurers have issued a warning to owners that the danger of cargo liquefaction remains real and have urged that steps are taken to reduce the risk. The Gard P&I club has published new guidance to its membership questioning whether the market fully understands enough about bulk cargoes such as bauxite to be able to successfully ship them from the load port to its final destination.
New safety training resources from Intertanko to be published next year could prove useful for ship operators of all ship types and trades. The Information paper on safety management initiatives in shipping, written by psychologists Claire Pekcan, vice-chair of Intertanko’s human element in shipping committee (HEiSC), and Christine Tomlinson, also of HEiSC, is aimed at guiding ship operators through the multiple safety management initiatives on offer.