Editor's Pick


How to comply with CRMS for biofouling

In an interview with GREEN4SEA, Paul Hallett, manager of the Biosecurity and Environment Group at MPI New Zealand, highlighted current challenges of biofouling, emphasizing on Craft Risk Management Standard for Biofouling.

Green Shipping

How to minimize the effects of biofouling

The introduction of invasive aquatic species (IAS) as a result from international shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems and research suggests that 70-80% of IAS introductions occur through biofouling. Madlene Wangrau of UK P&I Club, discusses the issue of biofouling and how shipowners and crew could reduce its risk.


Ship owner fined for being out of date on BWM legal requirements

In its latest claims review, International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) informed of a case highlighting the importance of keeping up to date with the latest legal developments and requirements.


Maritime Knowledge

Procedures: How to conduct a safe cargo fumigation

As one of the most challenging operations for solid cargo trade, the safe transportation of grain cargo requires several hazards and parameters to be considered and many measures to be taken. Fumigation is one of these. Fumigants are chemicals which, under certain conditions, will enter a gaseous state and, in sufficient concentration, will be lethal to pest organisms that are considered detrimental for the condition of most grain cargoes. But under which circumstances can fumigation take place?


ISM Code is more than paper compliance

Mr. Theophanis Theophanous, Managing Director of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) Greece, highlights that mandatory implementation of the ISM code, has had an advantageous impact on maritime safety and pollution prevention.


Focus on risk mitigation techniques vital for enhanced maritime security

Mr. Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO, provides an overview of the status of maritime security in the piracy affected areas around the world, citing possible reasons for the escalation of piracy in the GoG. In addition, Mr. Larsen highlights that industry should not be complacent with the lower activity reported in Somalia.


2018 SAFETY4SEA Conference - Highlights
The 2018 SAFETY4SEA Conference successfully concluded on Wednesday 3rd of October, in Eugenides Foundation, Athens, attracting 700 delegates representing a total of 340 organizations.

2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards - Highlights
The prestigious award ceremony of the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards was successfully concluded on October the 2nd at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the SAFETY4SEA Conference.

Lessons Learned


Lessons learned: Language differences lead to collision

The UK MAIB issued the second edition of its 'Safety Digest', providing useful lessons learned from maritime casualties it has encountered. In the first case of the report, UK MAIB describes a collision between two vessels that occurred from misunderstanding due to language differences.


Fatal man overboard highlights importance of practical safety drills

UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the fatal overboard incident from the fishing vessel 'North Star', after a crewman had his leg entangled in the fishing gear and was dragged overboard. The investigation found that the vessel’s documented risk controls did not reflect the operational practice onboard, and that the crew underestimated the risks associated with a crewman becoming entangled in the back rope and being dragged overboard.


Overwhelmed bilge pump leads to sinking

UK MAIB analyzed the sinking of a fishing vessel as its bilge pump was overwhelmed by the volume of water ingress. Notable is that the vessel was certified with most recent surveys revealing no areas of concern. MAIB highlighted that the two men onboard were saved as they had enough time to collect and don their emergency use lifejackets.

Top Stories



Three missing after bulk carrier sinks in Sea of Okhotsk

The bulk carrier 'Anatoly Krasheninnikov' sank in the Far Eastern Sea of Okhotsk on November 9. The ship had 13 people on board at the time of the incident, while ten were saved by a nearby ship. The other three remain unaccounted for, but aerial search for them has been suspended because of difficult weather.


Four rescued after fishing vessel took on water

The US Coast Guard rescued four fishermen on Wednesday, November 14, after abandoning their boat off the coast of Rockland, Maine. The vessel was taking on water, as the captain of the ship reported.

Maritime Knowledge

Learn from the past: Prestige sinking, one of the worst oil spills in Europe

The 13rd of November marks 16 years after the Greek-owned and Bahamas-operated tanker ‘Prestige’ encountered heavy weather during a routine voyage and eventually sank off the coast of Spain, causing the worst environmental disaster in the country and one of the greatest oil spills in Europe.

Regulatory Update



Danaos to install scrubbers on six vessels

Danaos published its third quarter and nine months results, in which it announces that until now it has pledged to install scrubbers on six vessels. The company is also in discussions to install scrubbers on five more vessels.


MPC to equip up to 55 ships with scrubbers

MPC Container Ships signed agreements for the purchase of five scrubbers. They will be retrofitted on five vessels within the company’s fleet before 1 January 2020, which is the implementation date of the new sulphur emission cap regulation.

Green Shipping

US Navy completes oil removal from atomic bomb test ship

The US Navy's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) successfully removed 229,000 gallons of oil from the sunken World War II vessel, ex-Prinz Eugen located in the Kwajalein Atoll.




Maersk: Container industry to be hit by trade war

US importers are stocking up on Chinese goods before the import tariffs apply, Maersk informed. However, it warned that a trade war would damage demand for container shipping in the future.


Transparency International: UK, US, Marshall Islands, Panama could obstruct IMO reform

Ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap, Transparency International said that the IMO should give the new working group a remit that allows it to effectively increase public scrutiny and civil society participation. The NGO is also worried that some of the Member States could obstruct IMO's reform.

Short Sea

India sees first container movement on inland waterways

Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, announced he is set to receive India’s first container cargo being transported on inland waterways. The newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal is the first of the three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter-Modal Terminals being constructed on River Ganga at Varanasi, as part of the government's aspiration to stretch the transportation of Ganga between Varanasi to Haldi allowing the navigation of large vessels.