Editor's Pick


MACN: Sharing anti-corruption knowledge across the maritime industry

Currently, MACN has shed its focus on promoting a global anonymous incident reporting system for seafarers while it looks for further developing its projects in the Suez Canal, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Argentina and starting a new one in India.

Maritime Knowledge

OCIMF MEG 4 Review: Mooring lines issues in the spotlight

Vessels use mooring lines in order to be secured next to dock, pier or terminal. The lines may be ropes, wires, or combination. The minimum size and number of required lines for a vessel are determined by the Classification society during construction and follow the existing guidance by IMO IACS Recommendation 10 etc.

Maritime Knowledge

Procedures: Mooring line handling tips

Mooring and unmooring operations provide the circumstances for potentially serious accidents. There is no doubt that, this duty requires a good technique initially in lifting the heavy eye of the rope, followed by a good pulling technique. Care must be taken, therefore with the laying out of heavy mooring ropes and wire ropes/hawsers.


Union of Greek Shipowners welcomes MSC 101 results

The Union of Greek Ship Owners applauds MSC's 101 decision on adopting an action plan for mandatory measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil, as well as Resolution MSC.465(101) recommending as a matter of urgency governments to, inter alia, take action against oil fuel suppliers in confirmed cases of deliveries of fuel oil that does not comply with the minimum flashpoint as required by the SOLAS Convention.


Spain discovers 10 tons of hashish on board container ship, crew arrested

Spanish authorities informed that they have captured hashish worth about 20 million euros ($22 million) from a container ship that allegedly was smuggling the drug from North Africa to the eastern Mediterranean.


US finds $1 billion worth of cocaine hidden in ship in Philadelphia

US federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine, with a worth of more than $1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia. This is considered as one of the largest drug seizures in the US history, according to the US Justice Department.


17 dead after overloaded boat capsizes in Indonesia

As sources report, 17 people have confirmed dead and at least one remains missing after the overloaded Arim Jaya ferry was capsized off the coast of Giliyang Island, East Java, Indonesia. The victims include four children. Officials report that that 39 passengers survived.


Watch: Japanese warship collides with dock in Brisbane

The Japanese warship 'JS Kunisaki' collided into Brisbane's Portside Wharf while trying to dock, Tuesday, 17 June. There were no injuries of crew onboard or spectators but the vessel was left visibly damaged.


Three officers arrested over alleged arson regarding Grande Europa's fire

Three officers of the Grimaldi Group who were onboard the Grande Europa when it caught fire off Mallorca last month, have been been arrested in Spain for alleged arson. Namely, the third officer and two other crew members are facing accusations of setting off two fires on the ship.


REMPEC to further consider a potential Mediterranean ECA

To address negative effects on human health and ecosystems of maritime activities, more than 80 participants from 19 Mediterranean coastal States and European Union, as well as the IMO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), other governmental and non-governmental organizations, the industry and associations, met in Malta last week to discuss several technical issues and strategic issues.


Dos and Don’ts for mentally strong people

“Kick your bad mental habits and toughen yourself up!” This is Amy Morin’s motto, author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do.” In this SAFETY4SEA article we narrow them down in 10 dos and don’ts after having already broached the matter of difficult co-workers and how they drain us of the mental strength we need, in previous Opinion Article. How do we therefore face toxic coworkers rationally and keep our feelings in check? In particular, developing mental strength is considered to be a triple approach.


How to deal with difficult bosses

What kind of boss or immediate supervisor do you deal with? Although in all kind of industries, loyalty and dedication from employees is required by leaders, they are said to rarely return their half of the equation, leaving employees feeling left behind and unsupported by ignoring their ideas or even belittling them in public. Here are the 4 types of “bad bosses” that make employees quit organizations: “The puppet” of the business; The “center of the universe”; Problem centric boss; Neutral Boss.


Crushing the “ANTs”: The alternative to toxic thoughts

“I can’t do much”, “This always happens to me”, “My whole day is ruined”. Do you hear similar “ANTs” buzzing around in your ears, sabotaging your best self? The wide field of ANT (Automatic Negative Thinking) is gaining more and more popularity lately. Having already discussed the “Cognitive Behavior Theory” in previous SAFETY4SEA Issues, it is high time we address where negative thoughts come from and explain the consequences, they bring to both our personal and professional life.


California passes bill that calls for 75% reduction in single-use plastics by 2030

At the end of May, California Senate passed the 'California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act' according to which the producer manufacturers and retailers in California should reduce the waste generated by single-use packaging and products by 75%  by 2030 through producing less plastic, recycling more of it, making reusable packaging, or using compostable materials.


France joins fishing vessel training treaty

As IMO announced, France is the 29th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). According to the announcement, the Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above. During the review of the STCW-F, the Sub-Committee envisages finalization of the revised Convention and new STCW-F Code in the second half of 2021.


Fixed vs Growth mindset: It’s time to change the way you think

There are two types of mindsets: one that embraces each challenge as an opportunity to learn something new, and one that avoids them, often out of fear of failure. People that avoid conflicts can be described as having a fixed mindset while those who see problems as challenges have a growth mindset. Many people have a fixed mindset because they believe basic qualities like intelligence or talents are fixed traits and they are responsible for success.


Non-compliant AIS devices can cause major disruptions

While Automatic Identification System is designed to mitigate collisions and enhance situational awareness by exchanging real-time vessel information, this navigational tool can degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems if it is non-compliant with adopted international standards, USCG warned. Further research indicated that most of these ghost targets have turned out to be as AIS-like devices used to mark fishnets.


SEA Europe: EU shipbuilding needs more investments in innovation

The European Maritime Technology Sector needs more significant investments in research, development and innovation for the further development of digitalisation, automation and autonomy in the shipbuilding processes, to secure its competitiveness, as well as to cope with its societal challenges, SEA Europe said in a new statement.

Cyber Security

Addressing cyber risks on passenger vessels

In collaboration with Secure State Cyber, the Shipowners Club identifies common cyber risks on board and what actions operators can take to protect their vessels. Namely, a series of FAQs focuses on passenger ships and the cyber risks regarding on board Wi-Fi and passenger devices. As, What should passengers do if they think they’ve been hacked? or Are there specific signs that passengers should be cautious about when using the vessel’s Wi-Fi?


10 fishermen kidnapped from vessels off Malaysia

A group of heavily armed men, suspected to be linked to terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, have kidnapped a total of 10 crew men from two fishing vessels in Malaysian waters off Sabah, in the early morning hours of Tuesday.


RSPCA Australia lodges complaint over brutal cattle treatment

RSPCA Australia has lodged a formal complaint with the federal Department of Agriculture, after receiving images and footage revealing brutal treatment of Australian cattle live exported to Israel onboard the Bahamas-flagged livestock carrier 'Maysora'.


ITF calls Thai gov. to take further steps on ILO conventions 87 and 98

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) called on the Thai government to implement and enforce the 'Work in Fishing' Convention, and ratify ILO Conventions 87 and 98, to decrease the risks of forced labour or labour rights abuses in seafood industry supply chains in Thailand.


Danish company reveals sail-assisted cruise vessel

Danish Company Knud E. Hansen announced its latest design for a sail-assisted cruise vessel that is able to accommodate up to 100 passengers and has a variety of 6,000 nautical miles.


Shipping confidence slightly down due to trade wars

Confidence in the shipping industry has fallen marginally over the past three months, largely as a result of ongoing concern over trade wars and increased regulation, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from shipping adviser and accountant BDO.


Greek shipping boosts Greek banks' performance

According to Petrofin Bank Research, Credit Suisse has remained stable in its top position in Greek ship finance of a fifth year in a row. Credit Suisse has a $7 billion book among Greek owners, larger than second place DVB on $3.1bn and BNP Paribas in third place with a $2.92bn outlay.