Safety & Regulation

Singaporeans using technology

Singapore is investing in advanced ship-to-shore communication capabilities to support digital data exchange, among other technology-driven initiatives, to enhance safety within the local maritime industry.

Shine Luck (ex-V.L 8).

The 1992-built 5,245 dwt Shine Luck, which had been moving around Kaohsiung, had nearly collided with another product tanker, the 1986-built 3,042 dwt 19 Winner, in the port, as heavy winds blew around Kaohsiung on the night of 14 June.

BIMCO deputy secretary general Robert Pedersen

BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo, Intertanko, and the World Shipping Council call for IMO action to head off “potentially serious safety issues” posed by new fuel blends.

Port Kembla in Australia

The fire broke out at 0300 h local during loading operations and the port was shut until 0930 h local, according to NSW Ports.

Support is gathering for a risk-based approach to protect against cyber attacks that threaten the digital development of shipping

Drones are improving the safety of surveys and inspections in enclosed spaces. But this nascent technology requires development before it can replace humans entirely

Four to eight armed ‘sea marshals’ from the 180 Squadron will board via the ship’s pilot ladder to protect ‘sensitive vessels’ from heightened terrorism risks in Singapore’s waters

‘Sensitive’ commercial vessels such as VLCCs and LNG tankers should expect to be boarded by the Republic of Singapore Navy’s maritime security unit.

YM Efficiency

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a warning for vessels off the east coast of Newcastle after 82 containers remain undetected.

Greek shipping minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis.

High level discussions between the Greek and Cypriot administrations will define a common approach to the shipping regulation at the EU and IMO, but events in Greece following last September's bunker tanker accident in the Saronic Gulf, have prompted new regulations from shipping minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis, and he says there may be more to come.

Rotor sail installation

Wind propulsion is increasingly being seen as an opportunity to reduce pressure on the carbon budget and possibly cut fuel consumption by 10–30%, industry expert said.