Editor's Pick


Shipping decarbonization: Three key elements to move forward

Definitely decarbonization is the number one challenge for the industry, Mr. Eiriki Nyhus of DNV GL comments, citing three key elements to accelerate pace. He concludes that climate change is the key driver for more action, meaning that policy makers ‘have to actually start today’ and not wait till 2023!


Timeline of energy transition developments until 2050

According to DNV GL's Energy Transition Outlook, until 2050, energy from renewables will meet 50% of our energy needs. In addition, increased electrification of energy demand, along with the rise of wind and solar energy, will grow the world’s electricity transmission and distribution systems.

Green Shipping

Energy transition fast, but not enough to meet Paris Agreement goals

Natural gas projects will receive a significant investment over the coming years, while the global energy demand will peak in 2035. What is more, the increased electrification of energy demand, along with the rise of wind and solar energy, will grow the world’s electricity transmission and distribution systems.


Maritime Knowledge

Engine room safety: Best practices

The industry has mostly shed its focus on navigational safety or pollution prevention; however, the issues related to engine rooms and installations should not be disregarded considering that many accidents have been reported due to engine failures, loss of power or other engineering related causes.


Addressing seafarer mental health issues: Do's & Don'ts

Taking care of the mental wellbeing of crew is vital and currently industry places a high priority on the issue. MLC, 2006 is a landmark convention on crew welfare but not enough; therefore, shipping operators need further policies to promote the health, safety and welfare of seafarers.

Cyber Security

Ransomware: A big problem or a big business?

Have you ever thought that ransomware is being created, bought, and sold in underground economies? According to a security firm’s research, from 2016 to 2017, there has been a 2,502% increase in the sale of ransomware on the dark web while cyber criminal economy has hit global revenues of $1.5 trillion a year.


The added value of pursuing maritime education
Interview with Alexander Coutroubis, Head of Department of Maritime Studies, NYC at Posidonia 2018

Cyber vulnerabilities affecting maritime industry in the future
Interview with Cynthia Hudson, CEO, HudsonAnalytix at Posidonia 2018.

Lessons Learned


Near grounding of Aquadiva: Pilot and crew had different passage plan

ATSB issued an investigation report on the near grounding of the bulk carrier 'Aquadiva' in the Newcastle Harbour, NSW, in 2017. The report revealed that bridge resource management (BRM) techniques were not effectively implemented throughout the pilotage.

Loss Prevention

INTERCARGO: Ammonium Nitrate should not be treated as group C

Currently, the Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer is listed as a group C cargo, however, the M/V CHESHIRE accident showed that this cargo, or at least some of the ammonium nitrate based fertilizers shipped as this cargo, should treated differently under the IMSBC Code.


Lessons learned: Contact while berthing

In the latest edition of its Monthly Safety Scenario, the Swedish Club describes a case of a contact of a vessel with another vessel during berthing and cites a number of questions to take into consideration regarding the errors that led to the incident.

Top Stories



Filipino court dismisses seafarer's claim for disability under POEA

The Filipino Supreme Court has dismissed a seafarer’s claim for disability benefits under the POEA contract, as the seafarer failed to report to the company-designated physician, the Standard P&I Club informed.


Storm detaches cruise ship from moorings in Scotland

A storm called Ali is currently hitting Scotland. The storm detached the cruise ship 'Nautica' from its moorings in Greenock, Scotland. The vessel drifted away from the dock on September 19.


Crew dies from toxic gases in bow thruster compartment

The investigation report of the fatality onboard the 'Scot Berlin' revealed as the immediate cause of the accident, the entry into a space which had a significant presence of toxic gases suspended in the air.

Regulatory Update



BIFA: Maersk's sulphur surcharge 'blatant profiteering'

The British International Freight Association has described Maersk’s recent imposition of a ‘sulphur surcharge’ as unjustified and blatant profiteering. Robert Keen, BIFA Director General said that these are very major increases, and they will be received negatively.


US LNG exports to China reduced due to trade war

As the trade war between Beijing and Washington increases, less ships carrying US LNG have been going to China. Specifically, in 2017 China bought about 15% of all US LNG shipped in 2017. During 2018, it has received from only four vessels since June, in comparison to 17 during the first five months of the year.

Green Shipping

Canada awards contract to assess shipping impact on marine environment

Following a last year announcement that it would fund a research to assess the impact of shipping in the marine environment, the Government of Canada now announced that it has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies Ltd. to look at methodologies and tools to assess the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems.



Maritime Health

UK Club: Ten basic rules for a healthier heart

As part of its crew health scheme series, the UK P&I Club informed that it has observed a recent number of heart disease cases involving young seafarers. Healthy lifestyle choices can positively reduce the risk of getting heart disease, and for those at risk already, it can help to prevent deterioration of the condition, it noted.


DNV GL launches revised design standard for floating wind turbines

DNV GL has published the revised standard for design of floating wind turbine structures DNV GL-ST-0119, and a new guideline for the certification of floating wind turbines, DNVGL-SE-0422. The two documents define design and certification requirements for floating offshore wind turbine concepts, prototypes and projects.


Maersk announces business integration plans

Maersk announced that on January 1st, Damco’s Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line’s Ocean Product will be integrated and will be sold as Maersk products and services. This is part of Maersk's re-structural plan, Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk said.