Editor's Pick


Foreign-flagged ships detained in UK during September

Five foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during September 2018, after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).


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.

PSC Focus

Tips to ensure a positive PSC inspection under Liberian law

Liberia Maritime Authority issued a document to assist Master’s on their responsibilities and duties under Liberian Maritime Law and Regulations and provide guidance to ensure a positive Port State Control inspection.


Maritime Knowledge

Why practicing mindfulness meditation onboard

Mindfulness: the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, basically through meditation. We all feel stressed at times, although stress in the right amount is useful and essential for survival, the effects of stress can be unpleasant or uncomfortable.  How useful could mindfulness be to seafarers though?


10 Tips for a better conversation

A conversation requires balance between talking and listening and somewhere along the way this balance is frequently lost. Talking to people of diverse backgrounds, such as seafarers, office executives, CEOs and ship owners can be a challenging process. Stereotypical advice, such as making eye contact, smiling back or nodding may be misleading.


A Whale of a tale: Protecting whales in busy waterways

Most reports of collisions between whales and ships involve large whales, but all species can be affected.  These collisions often go unnoticed and unreported. As a result, animals can be injured or killed without no one ever noticing!


Entering an era of change and opportunity
rs. Carleen Lyden Walker, Executive Director, NAMEPA, emphasizes on sustainability as an opportunity of change for the shipping industry.

Sustainability challenges for the shipping industry
Mr. Jan Fransen, Managing Director of the Green Award Foundation, provides a list of current sustainability challenges the shipping industry has to deal with.

Lessons Learned


Lessons learned: Language attributed to ship grounding

In its Monthly Safety Scenario for October, the Swedish P&I Club presents a case of ship grounding, discussing what can happen when someone communicates in a language that is not understood by everybody onboard.


Autopilot error leads to landing craft grounding

ATSB published the report on the grounding of 'Lauren Hansen' off Melville Island, in the Northern Territory. The incident took place on 10 April 2018, with ATSB citing an error on the autopilot as the cause of the grounding.


Grounding highlights need of ECDIS alarms in open waters

In the latest edition of its Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a grounding of a small bulk carrier on a sandbank. The vessel had been following a planned track in the ECDIS, but the ECDIS alarms had been turned off. The ship remained aground for 6 days and was refloated by salvors.

Top Stories



USCG: What to do if credentials are lost due to Michael

The US Coast Guard National Maritime Center issued a notice to announce that, in accordance with Federal Regulations, duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) may be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Michael or subsequent flooding.


MSC container ship experiences mechanical failure on West Scheldt

The container ship 'MSC Arushi R.' experienced troubles on October 17, while it was sailing on the West Scheldt, near Hansweert, in Netherlands. The troubles were probably caused by mechanical failure.


UK MAIB: There was no agreed plan before CMA CGM Centaurus heavily hit pier

The UK MAIB issued an investigation report on the allision of the UK-registered container ship 'CMA CGM Centaurus' with the quay that resulted in collapse of a shore crane and subsequent injury of 10 persons. MAIB noted that many of the factors in this accident can be attributed to a focus on completing acts of pilotage as quickly as possible.

Regulatory Update


Ship Recycling

24 workers have died in South Asian shipbreaking yards in 2018

In its quarterly update, NGO Shipbreaking Platform reported that a total of 113 ships were broken in the Q3 of 2018, and 79 of these ships were sold to the beaches of South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking. Meanwhile, between July and September, three workers have lost their lives in shipbreaking in Alang, India. So far this year, Platform sources have recorded 24 deaths and 9 injuries in South Asia.


Study: ‘Just-in-time’ concept saves thousands of CO2 tonnes

If sea-going vessels were better informed about the availability of berths and adapted their speed accordingly, substantial savings could be made in terms of fuel and CO2 emissions, according to a study commissioned by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and research institute TNO.


US BWM requirements: Operational limitations in type approval testing

The US Coast Guard recently published a letter to the Coast Guard-accepted independent laboratories (ILs), providing guidance for evaluating manufacturer-identified operational limitations during type approval testing of ballast water management systems (BWMS).




Shell leaves from Denmark's offshore oil and gas

British oil major Shell, through its affiliate Shell Overseas Holdings Limited, has reached an agreement with publicly listed Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco), to sell its shares in Shell Olie-og Gasudvinding Danmark B.V. (SOGU) for a consideration amount of $1.9 billion.


Positive response for UK's offshore wind leasing

UK seabed's manager, The Crown Estate, announced that it will launch a second phase of engagement with the market and stakeholders regarding a new offshore wind leasing, after a positive market response to its first proposals.

Short Sea

USCG proposes surcharges on Great Lakes pilotage rates

Under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, the USCG has proposed new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 shipping season. This rule would adjust the pilotage rates to account for anticipated traffic, an increase in the number of pilots, anticipated inflation, and surcharges for applicant pilots. The result is an increase in pilotage rates, due to adjustment for inflation and the addition of two pilots.