Editor's Pick


Building professional resilience: A quick guide

There is no doubt that professional resilience means a lot for maritime, argues Mr. Apostolos Belokas. But, which are the capabilities, skills, and self-care practices that contribute to it?


Learn from the past: Exxon Valdez incident

March 24 marks the 29th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez accident. On this date in 1989, one of the most catastrophic – if not the most catastrophic – oil spills of the 20th century took place.

Cyber Security

Cyber security in the EU GDPR framework

The implementation of the GDPR from May 2018 comes with many challenges for all organizations as they will need to adopt new business practices, internal policies, technical and organizational measures.



Implementation timeline for IMO’s DCS

The IMO fuel oil consumption data collection system is now effective, requiring from ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above to submit annual reports on fuel oil consumption, as per Reg. 22A.


DO’s and DON’Ts for CSR

SAFETY4SEA has issued an informative infographic citing key points for both consideration and avoidance, illustrating how companies may integrate CSR effectively into their operations.

Maritime Health

Mosquitoes: practical guidance for seafarers

There is a series of mosquito borne and transferred diseases on board vessels. If not properly controlled, such vectors could breed on ship and could certainly be carried by ship.


2020 SAFETY4SEA Fuel Options Survey Mr. Apostolos Belokas presents the preliminary findings of the survey highlighting that the majority of responders believe a postponement of 2020 sulphur cap deadline is possible.

Compliance towards 2020 sulphur cap
Mr. Stylianos Mavrelos, Capital Ship Management, addresses the different compliance options. Considering that a postponement of the Sulphur cup regulation seems unlikely, the majority of the vessels will continue burning ULSFO and or MGO.

Lessons Learned


Alcohol and adverse weather cause fatal man overboard

Absence of light, wet surfaces and alcohol consumption were the contributory factors of a fatal fall onboard a fishing vessel, the UK MAIB concluded.


Early avoiding action important for collision prevention

A high state of vigilance is required when navigating in the vicinity of fishing vessels for which appropriate watch keeping arrangements should be in place.


Workboat's engine stops working because of fuel contamination

While a workboat was trying to conduct a transfer operation, its engine stopped working. Despite the fact that the crew made several attempts to restart it, they were all unsuccessful.

Top Stories




High Arctic sea ice mobility rises marine hazards off Newfoundland

Heavy ice conditions along Canada’s east coast during spring 2017 presented hazardous conditions for the maritime industry at a time of year when vessels typically do not need to contend with sea ice. Greater ice concentrations and a thicker ice pack than are typical of this area created the anomalous ice cover, according to a study by the American Geophysical Union.

Green Shipping

IEA: Global energy demand, carbon emissions rise in 2017

Global energy demand rose by 2.1% in 2017, more than twice the previous year’s rate, boosted by strong global economic growth, with oil, gas and coal meeting most of the increase in demand for energy, and renewables seeing impressive gains, according to IEA's Global Energy and CO2 Status Report for 2017.


IMO, IAPH work on ports emission reduction strategy

A strategic partnership between the IMO-executed GloMEEP energy efficiency project and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is helping selected countries to develop port emission inventories and subsequently draw up a port emission reduction strategy.




A trade war can damage shipping industry

On 1 March 2018, the American President pushed through a metals tariff plan, that puts 25% tariff on imports of steel and a 10% tariff on imports of aluminium. They are set to enter into force on 23 March 2018. BIMCO explains why these trade-restrictive measures are in principle bad for shipping.


Salvage on vessels carrying pollutants increased in 2017

The International Salvage Union (ISU) published its Pollution Survey results for 2017, noting that last year, it provided 252 services to vessels carrying more than 3.4 million tonnes of potential polluting cargoes, a significant increase from 2016.


Port of Long Beach handled more that 600,700 TEUs in February

Port of Long Beach reported a remarkable start to 2018 and significant traffic, more than 600,000 TEUs in February.