Safety & Regulation

Armed lookout on board a naval ship

The International Maritime Bureau has warned of a surge in armed attacks against ships off the coast of west Africa, accounting for more than 40% of global piracy levels in the first quarter of the year.

Ship emissions seen in a port in Southern France.

Think tank the International Transport Forum says about one-third of the world’s 100 leading cargo ports currently operate emissions reduction financial incentive schemes, but that very little is known about the effects they have on shipping emissions.

LPG tanker Crystal Sunrise

Two tankers collided off the coast of Singapore on 17 April, resulting in butane gas leak, although no casualties have been reported. 

Salvage operations

UK law firm has warned hull insurers that the entire focus of salvage activity has changed, with environmental damage and pollution now taking priority over property salvage.

AMSA Australia port state control detention

Ship detentions in Australia were at a record low in 2017, but the number of ships barred from Australian ports as repeat offenders was on the rise.

Galloway Express livestock carrier

Coroner calls for permanent standing group to investigate deaths and disappearances at sea.

Heavy fuel burning

The move was expected, given the industry-wide support for the ban, which regulators and shipowners largely agree would help port state control administrations enforce the 0.5% global cap on sulphur contained in bunker fuel, which goes into force on 1 January 2020.

An older vessel

The International Maritime Organization’s stringent global cap on sulphur emissions and a sharp rise in fuel bills could encourage further demolition of older vessels when emission regulations come into force from 1 January 2020.

Port of Antwerp

The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention’s VGM amendment was introduced in July 2016 to ensure the accuracy of container weights to prevent vessels from becoming destabilised and stacks collapsing or being lost overboard.

NHC's investment portfolio returned USD35.85 million

Its result rose by more than one third to USD29.83 million because of a steep increase in financial income.