Safety & Regulation

Electronic fingerprint identification will be required for seafarers and terminal operators seeking unescorted access at 525 high-risk maritime facilities across the United States.


A fire that burned for more than three days aboard a passenger ferry in Puerto Rico was finally extinguished on 20 August.


The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Asia Pacific Indonesian has called for the owner of hijacked tug Charles 001 to accept responsibility for crew kidnappings and pay for their release.


World Shipping Council president John Butler

A coalition of maritime groups aims to convince the IMO to put back deadlines under the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention so owners can install second-generation cleaning systems.


Lars Rhodin, Swedish P&I Club managing director

Maritime claims are not becoming more frequent despite the global shipping market's continuing downturn, according to Swedish P&I Club managing director Lars Rhodin.


Imports of certain commodities from 68 countries into China must prove they are mosquito free or will have to be fumigated on arrival.

Cargo to China could be delayed by up to three days on arrival unless it has been fumigated before shipping, according to new information from freight forwarders.


Caribbean Fantasy

The US Coast Guard rescued hundreds of passengers from a ro-ro ferry approximately 4 km off the coast of Puerto Rico after a fire broke out in the ship’s engine room on 17 August.


Product tanker Vier Harmoni

Product tanker Vier Harmoni may not have been hijacked off Malaysia, according to the International Maritime Bureau.


Cielo di Milano

Crew members employed by Italian owner d’Amico Shipping face up to USD250,000 in fines and up to five years in prison for illegally dumping oily water and attempting to hide the evidence.


Zika

China's Zika virus measures are raising red flags among US shippers, while Asia-Europe remains unaffected so far.