Editor's Pick


China MSA: Regulation on data collection for energy consumption of vessels

According to the new regulation, applicable vessels calling at Chinese ports are to submit to the MSA the 'Data Report Format for Energy Consumption of Ships', and providing information on the last voyage, prior to their departure from the port.


MLC amendments 2016 on crew welfare enter into force

The second set of amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for improving crew safety and welfare have entered into force, as of 8 January 2019. The amendments, agreed in 2016, are comprised of additions to the guidelines of Regulation 4.3. They cover health and safety protection and accident prevention.


MSC 100: Revised guidelines on fatigue approved

The IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 100) approved revised guidelines on fatigue, which provide comprehensive information on the causes and consequences of fatigue, and the risks it poses to the safety and health of seafarers, operational safety, security and protection of the marine environment.



Career Paths: James Wilkes, Gray Page

Mr. James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page explains how he joined maritime industry and what makes his current role exciting. 'Treat people as you would wish to be treated' is the best advice he has ever heard, reminding him that respect and kindness are the most important elements to step his career forward.


BWMC implementation: The time for delays and denial is over

Mr. Mark Riggio, President of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) talks about the current challenges toward BWMC implementation, highlighting that the deadline for a BWTS installation expires, thus the sooner they start planning, the better.


9 cruise trends we will see in 2019

In view of the new year ahead, we attempted to predict key cruise trends that are awaited to shape the industry landscape in 2019 and beyond, mostly pushed by a shift to environmental sustainability mixed with the constant acceleration of smart technology.


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



USCG searches for two missing after anti-pollution support boat capsizes

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are looking for two people in the water near Bootheville, Louisiana after the support boat they were on capsized during a training exercise involving the oil spill response vessel Louisiana 'Responder'.


TAIC: A nitrogen cylinder burst resulted to one fatality

Transport Accident Investigation Commission issued a report on the February 2017 accident in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on board the passenger cruise ship Emerald Princess. The report highlights a lack of global minimum standards for inspection, testing and rejecting pressure cylinders for stored energy systems on lifeboat launching installations – a system common on cruise ships.


Hong Kong marine department holds seminar to promote navigational safety

Hong Kong's Marine Department held the Navigational Safety Seminar 2019 on January 16, to enhance the awareness of navigational safety among members of the industry. It reminded coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels that they have the responsibility to uphold safety at sea.

Regulatory Update



ADNOC reduces its fleet emissions by 23%

ADNOC Logistics & Services announced that it has reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 23% across a fleet of 27 vessels. This is part of the 'Al Daffah Energy Efficiency Project' to deliver more operational efficiency.

Green Shipping

World's two biggest short-sea ro-ro vessels are LNG-ready

In the past, the Luxembourg-based company CLdN Ro-Ro, decided to build the world's biggest short-sea ro-ro vessels. Celine, after one year of operating, has fully met her owner’s expectations. The former, along with sister-vessel Delphine, incorporate high technology from other vessel types and are LNG-ready.


EIA: Price effects from sulphur cap to diminish over time

The US EIA issued its 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasting that the change in fuel specification, as a result from IMO's 2020 sulphur cap, is expected to put upward pressure on diesel margins and modest upward pressure on crude oil prices in late 2019 and early 2020.




Port of Rotterdam to host the most powerful wind turbine in summer 2019

Port of Rotterdam published a statement on a partnership between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Nederland, 'GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind', concerning the installation of the first prototype of the Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine at Rotterdam-Maasvlakte in the summer of 2019.


Danish flag experiences fast growth

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that Denmark has the fastest growing flag in global shipping? Namely, during 2018 Denmark experienced an increase of 19,9 % in terms of gross tons, which is the largest annual increase ever.


Ocean Alliance to deploy 330 ships on new Day 3 product

French container shipping company CMA CGM announced the launch of the Ocean Alliance Day 3 Product, along with its partners in the Ocean Alliance, COSCO Shipping, OOCL, and Evergreen. A total of 330 ships will be deployed under the new service, which is expected to start from April 2019.