Editor's Pick


Blockchain: The New Kid on The Block

In this article, Constantin von Hirsch, Syndicate Executive, Eastern Syndicate, gives his thought on blockchain. As Mr. von Hirsch explains, blockchain technology could eventually lead to a sea change in the shipping industry. The potential impact of blockchain technology has been described by some commentators as the biggest revolution in shipping since the introduction of the container in the 1950s. It may be a while yet before there is widespread adoption – or even interest – but the technology is already being used in shipping as well as other industries, and has already proved to be a success.


Bunker Time Bars: Buyers Beware

Rebecca Penn-Chambers, Syndicate Executive, Eastern Syndicate, provides an overview on common issues surrounding notification of off-specification bunker disputes. Ms. Penn-Chambers says that bunker quality disputes are not new, but there has been an upward trend in the number of disputes. The consequences of burning offspecification bunkers can be severe, in extreme cases leading to the breakdown of, or damage to, the vessel’s engines and/or the time and expense of de-bunkering. Responsibility for bunkering will depend on how the subject vessel is employed.


2020 and beyond: The Ship Operator’s Perspective

During the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, Mr. Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA, focused on 2020 sulphur cap and the operators’ perspective regarding the GHG emission reduction. Mr. Kourkountis noted that unless safe, cheap and CO2 free fuel is made available in the near future, the shipping industry must implement a combination of emissions reduction measures to achieve the ambitious targets of 2030 and 2050. As expected, in the last MEPC no significant change was made to the regulations regarding the 2020 sulphur cap.

Loss Prevention

How the Master can mitigate cargo claims

When informed that wet or damaged cargo has been found in a hold, the Master's initial actions can do a lot to help their position and can even help in defending or reducing liabilities. For this reason, the North P&I Club describes the Master’s role in mitigating cargo claims.


Losing control of the beach was just the icing on the cake

In this article, Mr. Mark Clark, Director of the MTI Network, discusses the necessity of a coordinated media response in case of a large mega box ship casualty. Analyzing the example of the MSC Napoli grounding off UK in 2007, Mr. Clark explains what are the key steps to follow when managing such a media crisis.


ReCAAP ISC: First half of 2019 sees lowest number of incidents in 13 years

A total of 28 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 25 actual incidents and three attempted incidents) were reported in Asia during January-June 2019 compared to 41 incidents during January-June 2018, which accounts for a 32% decrease, according to ReCAAP ISC's half yearly report for 2019. Both the total number of incidents and the number of actual incidents this year are the lowest among the 13-year period of January-June of 2007-2019.


EU sanctions Turkey over drilling off Cyprus

In light of Turkey’s continuation of illegal drilling activities and a few days after the second Turkish drill ship arrived off Cyprus, the European Council announced some preliminary sanctions against Turkey.


Israeli NGO sues Gibraltar to free Grace 1

An Israeli NGO asked a court in Gibraltar to seize and sell the Iranian-controlled tanker Grace 1 to please a US court judgement. The vessel was seized on July 4 by the UK Royal Marines while passing near Gibraltar.


Watch: Spanish Police operation in island used as drug-smuggling base

Spain's Guardia Civil arrested six members of a hashish-smuggling gang during an operation on the Chafarinas Islands, off the coast of Ras Kebdana, Morocco. According to information, the gang allegedly used a boat as a semi-permanent staging base for smuggling, as well as 11 speedboats.


New finance scheme to help installation of hybrid power systems

A new finance agreement that will enable offshore and marine asset owners to decrease their fuel consumption, costs and emissions has been launched. Namely, Blueday Technology, which designs energy systems, has collaborated with energy infrastructure fund manager SUSI Partners to provide a new financing structure for asset owners.

Maritime Knowledge

Vision vs perception: How visual perception affects decision making at sea

How we see, how we process multiple information sources, such as alarms and bridge sensors and how perception is affected by other factors such as night conditions, fatigue and movement, can be proven  crucial factors for the safe operation of a ship and the safety of seafarers in general. In a report, 2018, CHIRP Maritime explores key issues in the areas of Perception and Decision Making explaining how the eyes work with the brain.

Women in shipping

Watch: Career advice for female leaders in shipping

In line with IMO's World Maritime Day theme for 2019 'Empowering Women in the Maritime Community', ABS issued a video depicting few of the organization's female leaders discussing career advice for women pursuing a career in the maritime industry. Women in leadership positions remains a hot issue across all business sectors, and maritime included. Of 6,500 engine officers at sea currently, only 1% are estimated to be female.


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, and one that avoids them. 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.


South Africa signs compensation regime for hazardous and noxious cargoes

South Africa has become the latest country to accede to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship. The treaty has now been ratified by five States (Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Africa and Turkey). The total quantity of contributing cargo has reached 9.8 million tonnes.

Ship Recycling

Germany enters the Hong Kong Convention

Germany is the latest newly-added member in IMO's treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. Mr. Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, 16 July, to deposit the instrument of accession.


New Maritime Levy and fees apply in New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand informed that changes to fees and the levy came into effect on 1 July. The organization has put together the following questions and answers to guide operators through the Maritime Levy and fees process. Passenger capacity is now an important factor for all passenger vessels when calculating the Maritime Levy. The Maritime Levy is paid by all commercial maritime operators.


Re-thinking Maritime Training: Challenges and solutions

In an era where we experience hologram concerts, when we use our smartphone while we are at the office to control the AC at home, when deep learning algorithms are used to apply smart supermarket shopping, no one could argue that technology is defining our lives in every sector. The maritime industry cannot but keep up with these rapid changes.


European satellite-navigation system remains offline due to outage

The European satellite-navigation system, Galileo, remains offline as it suffered an outage on July 12, which was described as a technical incident regarding its ground infrastructure. Engineers are working to fix the problem, but as of now there is no update regarding when the service will resume.


Maersk succeeds first mango-reefer operation from Mumbai to London

Maersk completed its first successful shipped-mangoes operation from Nhava Sheva in Mumbai to London's Felixstowe. Exporter Bombay Exports, exported 21 tonnes of Kesar and Badami mangoes into the time-frame of three weeks via Maersk’s reefer containers that use advance Remote Container Management (RCM) technology and container atmosphere technology.


Watch: Rating seafarers' life at sea

The Mission to Seafarers calls those working at sea to complete the anonymous Seafarer Happiness Index survey, in order to have their say about life on board. The survey will help the industry better understand what needs to be changed.


Pirates kidnap ten Turkish seafarers in the Gulf of Guinea

Following the Turkish Foreign Ministry's statement, ten Turkish seafarers onboard the Paksoy 1 freighter were kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, on Saturday night, July 13. The ship is now on anchorage at the port Tema, Ghana. The Turkish Foreign Ministry is closely collaborating with authorities in Nigeria and Ghana to safely release the crew.


NTSB: Poor lookout led to collision of fishing vessel with tanker

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an investigation report on the collision of the fishing vessel 'Polaris' with the tanker 'Tofteviken' in the Atlantic Ocean in May 2018. NTSB identified a poor lookout as key cause of the accident, in breach of COLREGs.

Green Shipping

Bureau Veritas is the latest addition to IWSA

Bureau Veritas is the new member of the International Windship Association (IWSA) to assist in the development of various renewable solutions. BV's addition is expected to boost IWSA's development with the establishment of regional wind propulsion ‘centres of excellence’ or ‘hubs’ around the world.


China's trade with Belt and Road countries reaches US$617 billion

China's trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marked a robust growth in the first half of this year, according to official data provided by the General Administration of Customs (GAC), on Friday.


Watch: Equinor's Trestakk field from A to Z

The Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor started production from the Trestakk subsea field on Haltenbanken in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday, July 16. In the meantime, the company published a video presenting the procedure from A to Z, for an offshore field to come online.