Safety & Regulation

Ship recycling activity. Credit: DSIC
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.

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.

CSCL Indian Ocean. Credit: Olaf Schmidt
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.

Workers fumigate a mosquito-prone area to halt Zika spread. Credit:PA
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.

CSL Melbourne: Credit: David Pratt
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.

The vessel is stranded off Singapore. Credit: PA
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.

Hope I. Credit: Fotoflite
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).

We don’t design them but are expected to provide security says IUMI’s Lange. Photo: IUMI
Marine insurers may well be on a collision course with the maritime market after the incident of the Modern Express prompted further calls for action from underwriters.

US Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Sea. Photo: USCG
Moving LNG on US-flag vessels, bolstering security at foreign ports, and enhancing Arctic navigation were some of the provisions included in a USD18.2 billion Coast Guard bill that now awaits White House approval.