Editor's Pick


USCG: Most common causes of PSC detentions on cruise ships

Throughout 2017, USCG conducted 292 cruise ship examinations in 2017 and only 0.34% received a detention, which shows that there is a strong safety culture in the cruise line industry, suggests Lt. Cmdr. Eric Jesionowski, from the CSNCOE.

PSC Focus

Infographic: Key figures from Paris MoU activity 2017

Following release of its Port State Control annual report last week, Paris MoU issued an infographic summarizing the key figures from its PSC inspections throughout 2017. The report revealed a slight increase in the number of inspections and a slight decrease in the detention percentage for 2017; 3.82% compared to 3.84% in 2016.

PSC Focus

ClassNK: Quick closing valves for fuel oil tanks a frequent PSC deficiency

Following release of its PSC annual report in June, ClassNK underlined that deficiencies related to defects with quick closing valves for fuel oil tanks were frequently reported by PSC officers.



Poseidon Marine: Establishing a new mentality for safer shipping

While the voting procedure for the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Christopher Papachastas, Managing Director of Poseidon Marine Supplies, talks about ‘Total Care’ programme for which the company has been shortlisted for the ‘Initiative’ category alongside a number of other distinguished nominees.


Q88 LLC: Leveraging technology as a competitive advantage

Considering today’s training needs, CSMART offers online learning tools, bridging the gap between theory and practice. For the future of maritime training, a key challenge could be cultivating knowledge beyond compliance, Capt. Hans Hederstrom, Managing Director of CSMART, mentions.


CSMART calls for a culture of continuous professional development

For the future of maritime training, a key challenge could be how to cultivate knowledge beyond compliance, Capt. Hans Hederstrom, Managing Director of CSMART mentions, due to increased operational complexity and emerging risks.


Shipping requires a culture change to adapt to smart technologies
Interview with Panos Theodossopoulos, CEO, Propulsion Analytics, at Posidonia 2018.

Operators show increased interest in scrubbers amid forthcoming regulations
Interview with Erik Haveman,Global Sales Director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, Alfa Laval at Posidonia 2018.

Lessons Learned


Improper maintenance causes failure to UPS

A fire alarm was sounded after smoke was discovered coming from a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) room supplying power to remote valves. As IMCA informed, the planned maintenance procedures for UPS had not been followed, which is a key fact to the incident.


Tanker damages hull after scrapping bottom in Suez Canal

The Okeanis crude oil tanker 'Kimolos' sustained damages to its hull after contacting bottom while transiting Suez Canal on July 13. Okeanis Eco Tankers informed that there were no injuries or pollution from the incident.


Cargo ship sinks off Shanghai, 10 missing

Ten people are missing after a cargo ship sank off China's east coast near Shanghai, on Sunday July 15, as Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center announced the same day.

Top Stories



Fishing vessel sinks after being trapped between two ships

On July 14, the fishing vessel 'Kristi' lost power near Clark's Point, a Bristol Bay village near Dillingham, Alaska. The boat became trapped between two ships and its crew escaped moments before the vessel sank.


Cargo ship ran aground off Caithness

On 18 July, HM Coastguard received a report that a vessel ran aground on the Pentland Skerries approximately 5nm north east of Duncansby Head. The 89m cargo ship 'Priscilla', carrying six people onboard, did not report significant damage, while there is no sign of any pollution.


New INTERCARGO project to address bulk carrier safe loading/unloading

From 1 August 2018, the Association will launch a new project through a reporting scheme “INTERCARGO Bulk Carrier Reporting Form (II) – Safe Loading/Unloading at Anchorage”, in a bid to respond to the increasing issues related to safe loading/unloading at anchorage.

Regulatory Update



New report examines the state of polar oceans

The British Antarctic Survey and the Norwegian Polar Institute published a joint report on the state of the polar oceans, which are critical for the planet. The report says that despite the importance of polar oceans, science has still so much to discover. Namely, we might be advancing our understanding about them. but there remains an urgent need for further investigations.


Novatek ships LNG cargo to China via the Northern Sea Route

Russian natural gas producers Novatek informed that it shipped its first cargo of LNG from the Yamal LNG project to China via the Northern Sea Route on July 19. An official ceremony was held to commemorate the arrival of the LNG tankers 'Vladimir Rusanov' and 'Eduard Toll' to the Chinese port of Jiangsu Rudong.


OPEC to be key factor to price recovery until 2040

Despite the fact that non-OPEC production will ensure supply to 2030, OPEC has to continue leveraging its available reserves. This is what Wood Mackenzie says, noting that OPEC will be the key to price recovery through 2040.




Port of Rotterdam welcomes EU proposal to promote sustainable transport

After the European Commission released its proposal for the Connecting Europe Facility II (CEF II) for the period 2021-2027, Port of Rotterdam welcomed it. The Port said that it wants to improve sustainable maritime shipping, and the proposal's vision to protect the climate will help achieve sustainability targets.


Equinor allowed to supply power from onshore to Johan Sverdrup

PSA Norway has given Equinor consent to use a facility to supply power from onshore to the Johan Sverdrup field. Electrical power will be obtained from the onshore grid and converted to DC at a transformer station at Haugsneset close to the Kårstø facility in Rogaland.


EU announces measures for protection against US tariffs

The European Commission announced provisional safeguard measures regarding imports of a number of steel products. These measures address the diversion of steel from other countries to the EU market as a result of the recently imposed US tariffs. The  measures will come into effect on 19 July. Traditional imports of steel products will not be affected.