Hong Kong

Greek, Hong Kong shipowners reinstate commitment to 2020 sulphur cap

The Union of Greek Shipowners and the Hong Kong Shipowners Association met in Hong Kong to discuss the results of MEPC 74 and the ongoing issues, as well as how the industry can best contribute to successful developments. The two associations said that they remain fully committed to the UN IMO decisions.

Jinhui abandons second Chartworld deal over delivery delay

Hong Kong’s Jinhui Shipping and Transportation announced that they cancelled the purchase of the second of two Supramax bulkers, that they had ordered, as it was not delivered according to schedule. Although Aigeorgis was delivered to the shipping company on time, the purchase of Aifanourios was cancelled after it was not delivered by the May 31, 2019, deadline.

Lessons learned: Fatal fall of crew from tween deck onto cargo hold

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a shipping information note to draw operators’ attention on lessons learned from a recent fatality onboard. When a Hong Kong registered general cargo ship was sailing at sea, the bosun of the vessel fell from tween deck onto the cargo hold bottom resulting in his death. 

China rejects US warning to avoid vessel carrying Iranian oil

China dismissed a warning issued by the US Department of State not to provide services to the tanker ‘Pacific Bravo’ carrying Iranian crude oil, noting that energy deals between the international community and the Middle East nation should be respected.

Unreported dangerous cargo might have caused the KMTC fire

Port Authority Director of Thailand, Kamolsak Phromprayoon, reported that the fire onboard KMTC containership was due to mis-declared chemical cargoes of calcium hypochlorite and chlorinated paraffin wax. The port Authority inspected 35 containers at the centre of the blaze, which resulted to more than half of of cargoes contained chemical products.

Hong Kong joins arrangement for aid of arbitrations

Steampship Mutual’s Rohan Bray, Director Eastern Syndicate, Hong Kong Office, reports that the Hong Kong Government and Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China signed up to an arrangement which will mean each can make and enforce orders in aid of arbitrations conducted in the other jurisdiction.

Lack of confined space entry safety awareness leads to fatal accident

The Hong Kong Marine Department informs of an incident where a stevedore mistakenly entered a fumigated cargo hold of a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier and was later found lying on the spiral ladder of the cargo hold. The stevedores were lack of safety awareness of confined space entry and they were not familiar with the working environment on board the vessel.

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