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Ship Recycling

Bangladeshi shipbreaker fined over illegal ship dismantling

The Bangladeshi Department of Environment (DoE) has fined a Chittagong-based shipbreaking company, after it was found illegally dismantling a grounded vessel on the beach in Chittagong.


Learn from the past: Erika oil spill, Europe’s environmental disaster

December 12th marks 19 years since one of the most notorious marine oil spills ever reported in European waters. On 12 December 1999, the Erika, a 25 year-old single-hull oil tanker, broke in two off France, polluting almost 400 km of French coastline.


Court upholds $1.8 billion compensation from Prestige oil spill

Spain's Supreme Court decided that the captain and the insurer of the Prestige oil tanker must pay over 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in compensation for Spain's biggest environmental disaster and one of Europe's worst oil spills. The Prestige oil tanker had sank in 2002.



Polar Code, two years on: What’s next?

Is Polar Code enough to ensure safety & environmental protection of seafarers, passengers and Arctic people? The majority (74%) of the participants in a quick SAFETY4SEA Poll replied no, while just 26% are satisfied with the application of the Code.


China Emission regulations: An overview

In this article, SQE Marine provides information about the current situation on Chinese emissions regulations. Specifically, China relevant authority (MSA) has set three ECA’s in China area in which from 01-01-2019, all vessels should use (all time) fuel with 0.5% m/m sulfur content.

Maritime Health

Treating burns and scalds onboard

Seafarers should be very cautious when handling hot pipelines, steams and fires to avoid burns and scalds. Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by wet heat, electricity, or chemicals; both are treated in the same way while the amount of pain that the patient feels isn't always related to how serious the burn is. Even a very serious burn may be relatively painless.


Ask SAFETY4SEA: What is OPA 90?
What is OPA 90? Should we expect any regulatory updates? In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, questions Mrs. Cynthia Hudson, CEO, Hudson Analytix, about OPA 90 challenges ahead for the shipping industry.

SAFETY4SEA HowTo: 10 leadership tips to improve team performance
Team performance is key part of success. Learn 10 valuable tips about how leadership can improve team performance.

Lessons Learned


Lessons learned from loss of control incidents at low speed

The West of England Club informed that it has experienced two claims where, in separate incidents, a container vessel and a tanker inexplicably lost control whilst departing port under pilotage.


Independent check of installation could have prevented explosion in CSV

The Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) released its report on the work accident on board the Normand Maximus off the coast of Brazil on 21 February 2017. Because of the incident one died, while another one got seriously injured and three persons sustained minor injuries.

Loss Prevention

Shipping of liquefiable bulk cargoes: lessons from real-life incidents

Mr. Lee Hiok Liang, Naval Architect, T&T Salvage, shared lessons learned from real-life bulk cargo liquefaction accidents, stressing that, apart from transportable moisture limit, sea condition is the other closely related critical parameter that causes high humidity cargoes to be unstable.

Top Stories



Watch: Man jumps overboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship, gets banned for life

Royal Caribbean Cruises has reportedly banned for life a 27-year-old man and his friends from travelling on its cruise ships, after he was shown jumping overboard from the 9th deck of 'Symphony of the Seas', the world's largest cruise ship to date.


Watch: Cargo vessel crashes on pier in Barranquilla, Colombia

General cargo ship 'Murueta' collided with pier at around on January 16, while berthing at Sociedad Palermo, Barranquilla, Colombia. Both the ship and pier sustained damage.


IOM: 200 migrants died in Med Sea in 2019 so far

A total of 200 migrants are believed to have lost their lives attempting to cross the winter waters of the Mediterranean Sea in the first three weeks of 2019 alone, according to data provided by the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Regulatory Update



Norway issues fines for breaching sulphur regulations

The Norwegian Maritime Authority issued five fines for breaching sulphur regulations during 2018 in comparison with two in 2017. Except the five violation fines, NMA sent three additional notices for breach sulphur regulations, which are being processed for the time being.


Mediterranean ECA would significantly improve air quality, study finds

A French study started in 2017 by the Cerema, CITEPA and INERIS, reports that air pollution from ship traffic in the Mediterranean Sea can significantly be reduced, because of the introduction of an Emission Control Area (ECA).


Watch: The Ocean Cleanup technology explained

The Ocean Cleanup organisation is developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. After being successfully tested, it moved to Great Pacific Garbage Patch and started cleaning plastics.




The benefits of using bigger or smaller container ships

For terminals in the world’s biggest port cities, adapting to the mega container ships constitutes a major challenge. Namely, according to Jan-Olaf Probst, Director Business Development DNV GL, terminals must have the capability to deal with peak workloads, and handle large numbers of containers in a short period of time.


Ghana must enshrine transparency to save fishing industry, says new report

Transparency, such as publishing details of fishing licences, must be improved to eradicate illegal fishing and prevent the collapse of Ghana’s fishing industry, according to a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and Hen Mpoano, under the EU-funded Far Dwuma Nkɔdo project.


Tankers: VLCC market remains stable

The Baltic Exchange focused on analysing, in its weekly report, the performance of tankers in the shipping sector. The report mainly focuses on VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax and Clean. Namely, the very large crude tankers (VLCCs) are the ones that remained stable in the previous week.