Safety & Regulation

As a key component of the global supply chain, the shipping industry is expected to safeguard life and ensure safe operations at sea while protecting the marine environment. Maritime stakeholders must navigate a constantly evolving regulatory framework, driven by technological advancement and geopolitical events, and they require news and analysis on safety and regulation. From codes and conventions determined at the International Maritime Organisation to political moves from Asia, the European Union and the US, insight about the operational and cost impacts of achieving regulatory compliance and the issues affecting enforcement are sought by shipowners, port authorities, shipbuilders and equipment suppliers with many looking to classification societies to support their activities.


ESPO and FEPORT take on European Parliament decision seems to imply that they feel the shipping industry has not yet fully grasped the urgency with which it needs to deal with its emissions problem.

Latest Headlines

Patrick Verhoeven ECSA secretary-general
27 Feb 2017
ECSA secretary-general talks to Fairplay about the need for a new 10-year plan for European shipping, the importance of strategy and how his organisation is trying to keep the European Parliament on track with international regulation.
The majority of PSC inspectors conduct their work with integrity and professionalism.
25 Feb 2017
Most PSC inspections are conducted on a highly professional, transparent, and equitable basis, but incidents of corruption have been unofficially reported at a number of ports worldwide, notably in the Black Sea region. 
Recyclers work at a ship breaking yard in Alang, India.
24 Feb 2017
ECSA believes ratifying certain south Asian recycling yards would encourage others in the region to improve environmental and safety standards.
24 Feb 2017
A report shared with Fairplay claims organotins are being used in coatings at illegal levels and traces of the chemical are entering the food chain.  
Increasing burden of carbon emission rules will see older ships suffer huge and sudden falls in value.
23 Feb 2017
Lloyd’s has published a new report that warns insurers face asset-stranding and liabilities on a global scale as a result of climate change.
22 Feb 2017
Ships trading in the United States risk penalties similar to those facing a German shipowner for violating American ballast water regulations, P&I insurer Standard Club has warned.
22 Feb 2017
The International Maritime Bureau’s 2016 piracy figures reveal the Sulu Sea as an area to avoid, but Indonesia, once again, saw the overall highest number of actual and attempted attacks.
The St Lawrence Seaway, pictured here, opens in March.
22 Feb 2017
Low ice coverage means the Seaway opens early this year. Grain and iron expected to lead shipments.
P&I clubs have seen strong support from members during the renewal period.
22 Feb 2017
Marine broker Aon has issued its review of the 20 February P&I renewals and highlighted what it sees as an issue of concern for the market.
Bruce Carnegie-Brown will take on the role in June of this year
22 Feb 2017
Bruce Carnegie-Brown, who succeeeds John Nelson, will be viewed as a solid and safe pair of hands as the market looks to absorb the impact of Brexit.