Safety & Regulation

Patrick Verhoeven ECSA secretary-general

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.

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.

ECSA believes ratifying certain south Asian recycling yards would encourage others in the region to improve environmental and safety standards.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.