Editor's Pick


EMSA to improve maritime surveillance using drones

EMSA has secured four contracts for maritime surveillance services based on remotely piloted aircraft systems. These contracts aims to improve maritime surveillance capabilities to European agencies and member states.


New WTO report analyses potential impact of blockchain on trade

Amid rising interest on blockchain, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a new report seeking to demystify the technology and analyse its capacity to transform world trade.

Cyber Security

BIMCO to launch cyber security clause in spring 2019

BIMCO announced it is developing a clause dealing with cyber security risks and incidents that might affect the ability of one of the parties to perform their contractual obligations.



Investment return to make scrubbers a compelling choice

Erik Haveman, Global Sales Director, EGCS, Alfa Laval, insists on scrubbers for compliance with the 2020 Sulphur Cap, highlighting that the experience of manufacturers can help anticipate all challenges during system retrofitting.


SeaSense - Expert Thinking on Fatigue

atest MARTHA Fatigue Report revealed that fatigue has safety and long-term physical and mental health implications and long tours of duty (over 6 months) may lead to increased sleepiness, loss of sleep quality, reduced motivation which could contribute to ‘near-misses’ and accidents onboard


Smuggling and ship detentions

Rod Lingard, Club Manager of the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Ltd, referred to a recent English Supreme Court decision, the insurance implications of the decision, as well as Loss Prevention measures to be taken to prevent ships being targeted with smuggling allegations.


Effective management of a BWTS retrofit
During the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore, Mr. Andreas Zontanos, Partner, Argonavis, shared tips on the effective management of a BWTS retrofit, noting that this takes careful planning and communication to make a project to succeed.

MPA Singapore: The [email protected] Singapore Campaign
During the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore, Mr. David Foo, Director (Port Systems), MPA Singapore, revealed that human element remains a major concern for safety and he provided an update on the ongoing efforts to address the human element, as well as share new initiatives and ideas on how MPA seeks to address the issue.

Lessons Learned


Ferry caught in storm due to improper weather forecasting

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board released its report about the heavy rolling of the ‘MV Epsilon’, on February 8, 2016, while it was sailing from Cherbourg in France. As a result, ten passengers and two crew members got injured.


Injury while mooring: Time took higher priority over safety

Transport Malta's MSIU issued an investigation report into a serious injury onboard the Maltese-registered product tanker 'Santa Maria', in November 2017. The report indicated as immediate cause of the accident the crew member’s fall in close proximity to the rotating warping drum.


Use of drugs on board can lead to serious accidents

UK MAIB published this accident report where a deckhand was carried away from a small potter by a 2kts tidal stream. The deckhand jumped into the water to cut the backline of a string of pots that had fouled the starboard propeller, despite the fact that the vessel’s skipper had arranged for a nearby fishing vessel to assist.

Top Stories



Solstice sinking with one fatality: The crew had no stability information

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the sinking of the fishing vessel 'Solstice', approximately 7 miles south of Plymouth, England, in September 2017, that resulted in one fatality. The report highlighted stability issues, noting that the weight of the catch in the net was excessive and that the height of the lifting point at the stern was high.


Corroded cargo hold access cover leads to fatal fall

Transport Malta released its report on the fatal  fall of a stevedore inside a cargo hold on the 'Eugenia B'. The incident took place on 30 November 2017, when a stevedore fell during cargo operations. He was transferred to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.


One dead, one missing after Chinese freighter capsizes

The Chinese freighter ‘Rui Xing Lun’ capsized on on December 8 in the Bohai Sea. When the incident took place, the freighter had ten crew on board, of whom one died and one is missing. According to reports, the ship experienced a snow storm near Shandong province.

Regulatory Update



BIMCO issues two 2020 sulphur clauses

BIMCO announced it has published two sulphur content related bunker clauses in a bid to ease the industry's compliance with the upcoming IMO's 2020 sulphur cap regulation.

Ship Recycling

Sustainable ship recycling project in Bangladesh: Second phase launched

The second phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh has been launched at a meeting of stakeholders in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 November.


EU ship recycling regulation could fail to meet its target as it fails to accept realities

Rohit Agarwal, Partner at GSR Sentinels LLP, provides his opinion on EU's regulation for ship recycling (EU SRR). Mr. Agarwal believes that there will be no European VLCCs or large ocean going ship that will be scrapped in Europe in 2019.




IMO awards Chinese rescue diver with bravery accolade

A rescue diver from China, Mr. Zhong Haifeng, who conducted a number of underwater dives to save three people from a sunken cargo ship, received the 2018 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during 2018's IMO Awards ceremony.

Short Sea

River Rhine back to normal as water levels rise

Freight shipping on the river Rhine in Germany has returned to its normal pace after raining heavily in the past week, which caused the water levels to rise, according to Reuters.


Greece, China confident about Belt and Road cooperation

Greek businessmen and Chinese scholars expressed their optimism regarding the cooperation between the two countries as far as the Belt and Road Initiative is concerned, during a forum on December 10 at Piraeus port.