Editor's Pick


Australia increases marine pollution fines

The West of England P&I Club informed of an increase in fines for those polluting Australian waters. As of 1 July 2018, the  maximum fine for a spill in Commonwealth waters has increased to $4.2 million for a Master and $21 million for a corporate Owner or Charterer.


Questionnaire for Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU CIC on MARPOL Annex VI

Paris MoU reminds of the launch of a joint three-month CIC on MARPOL Annex VI, along with Tokyo, Black Sea and Indian MoU, issuing also the questionnaire which focuses on eleven items to check compliance with air pollution prevention requirements and to boost awareness of the 2020 sulphur cap.

PSC Focus

Requirements for ships before entering US ports

The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) reminded the need for verifying and submitting the Critical Items Checklist (RMI Form MSD 340) before arrival in any US Port. Namely, it updates on deficiencies in the US, including examples that have caused detentions.


Maritime Knowledge

Emergency Procedures: What can make towing dangerous

Besides the transport of another ship which is generally devoid of its own motive power, tugs/ towboats are also used during port operations assisting in safe berthing and unberthing operations. The work of tugboat pilots and crews is important but also challenging enough. Which are, therefore, the necessary preventive actions to be followed, in case of towing?


Environmental sustainability the biggest challenge for shipping

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Nick Brown, Communications Director at Bureau Veritas, invites industry to continue bridging the gender gap and supporting effective leadership by setting clear targets and avoiding micro-managing.

Maritime Knowledge

Emergency Procedures: Actions required in case of machinery spaces casualty

Engine room crew perform their duties in an extremely demanding working environment; high temperatures and pressure systems. Despite of taking all the precautions and safety measures, while handling engine room machinery systems, accidents do happen!


Cameras onboard improve navigational safety
Interview with Kyriakos Alexopoulos, Managing Director - Marel Electronics at Posidonaia 2018

Price differential in fuels to make scrubbers a cost-effective solution
Interview with Martin Koller, Product Manager, Andritz, at Posidonia 2018.

Lessons Learned


Ship agent's negligence leads to major dunnage disposal charges

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has recently reported a dispute in which a ship agent in Australia was held liable to its shipowner principal for excessive charges demanded by a contractor for the disposal of dunnage and other materials related to the packing of cargo.


Lessons learned: Fuel spray fire due to machinery failure

The ship was standing by at location due to fog preventing operations. At 03:20 the high-level alarm on the forward bilge sounded. On investigation of the alarm, the forward bilge was found to be full of fuel oil. The fuel was seen to be spraying from the port main engine onto the engine room plates.


Water jet gun fails and injures diver

As IMCA notes, a saturation diver suffered a lost time injury (LTI) to his left arm during subsea high-pressure water jetting operations. The incident took place when the water jet gun failed, and a part came off the gun.

Top Stories



Two armed robberies against ships in Asia reported last week

In its weekly piracy report for 31 July- 6 August, ReCAAP ISC informed of two armed robberies against ships in Asia: Both incidents involved ships at anchor, in the Philippines and in Indonesia. Included are two more armed robberies against ships occurred in Africa: at Lagos in Nigeria and in Georgetown, Guyana.


Malaysia Shipowners' Association: Cabotage policy should be reconsidered

From June 1, 2017, Malaysia decided to loose the restrictions in cabotage policy in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan. However, this situation should be reconsider the Malaysia Shipowners' Association (MASA) said, noting that it did not reduce the price of goods, and is damaging local shippers.


Maersk container ship collides with fishing vessel

Maersk's container ship 'Cecilie Maersk' had a collision with the fishing vessel 'Le Puffin' on August 7. The container ship was heading to Le Port, Reunion off Madagascar.

Regulatory Update



EU imports of US LNG are on the rise

Since April 2016, when the first US LNG carrier arrived in the Portuguese port of Sines, EU imports of LNG from the US have increased from zero to 2.8 billion cubic meters.


European Parliament calls for stronger measures on plastic pollution

In mid-July, the European Parliament's Environment Committee voted to strengthen the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy, which aims to reduce plastic pollution and marine litter.


Port of Amsterdam to accommodate largest solar project in the city

Over 41,000 solar panels will provide sustainable energy in the Port of Amsterdam for logistics services provider CWT. The panels will be spread across five locations, and they will form the largest solar project in Amsterdam.




Canada transfers four port facilities to develop prosperity

The Government of Canada announced an agreement in principle for the transfer, as of 30 March 2020, of the ports of Matane, Gaspé, Rimouski and Gros-Cacouna to the Government of Quebec, under the Port Facility Transfer Program.


New York to examine offshore wind technologies

New York's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a memorandum of understanding has been signed by New York power agencies and partners to conduct a study of successful offshore wind transmission models, to determine how key learnings can guide the state's procurements of offshore wind generation.


Ghana steps up efforts against illegal fishing

Ghana has stepped up its efforts against ‘saiko’, an illegal practice driving the collapse the country's inshore fishery, whereby industrial trawlers sell fish to local canoes at sea. On 8 August, the country’s Fisheries Enforcement Unit intercepted an alleged saiko canoe loaded with tonnes of frozen fish.