• Deficient SMS blamed for enclosed space deaths

    A casualty report into the enclosed space multiple deaths on board the bulk carrier Sally Ann C in March this year has been released. It points to an incomplete safety management system (SMS), absence of warning notices in the danger spot, and "impulsive actions" as among the causes of the

  • US sees LNG bunkering failures

    American regulators recommend vessel operators review safety procedures based on recent 'near misses' that have occurred during bunkering operations. The US Coast Guard's Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (NCOE) in Port Arthur, Texas, which issued the notice on 25 September,

  • Claims for three-quarters of Sewol victims filed by deadline

    As compensation claims for the Sewol ferry disaster closed on 30 September, 75% of victims' families and survivors had made filings. Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew on a routine Incheon-Jeju trip, capsized on 16 April 2014, leaving 304 dead or missing. Many of the dead were students and

  • EU agrees to seize human trafficking vessels

    The European Union will launch the 'active phase' of its military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea on 7 October. Following the first, intelligence-gathering phase of EUNAVFOR MED, this next stage will see EU naval forces being able to board, search, seize, and divert

  • Med ECA remains out of sight

    There is no medium-term prospect of the Mediterranean following other seas of the European Union (EU) and becoming a sulphur emission control area (ECA). While EU countries bordering the Mediterranean might, in principle, be in favour of forming an ECA, Jordi Vila, head of port operations and

  • Southeast Asia crime tops the week

    Pirate and maritime crime activity in southeast Asian waters is "at a high level" for the week from 20 September, according to intelligence co-ordinator MARLO. A total of four incidents were recorded in the MARLO Piracy Analysis and Threat to Shipping report, as against two the previous week.


  • Djibouti seeks bigger Suez role

    Djibouti invests in port development to address a regional infrastructure deficit, reports Carolina Eslava D’isidoro, East Africa

    Photo: Main gate of Djibouti Container Terminal. Credit: Djibouti Container Terminal

  • Crewless ships and legal risks

    By Richard Clayton, chief maritime analyst, IHS Maritime & Trade

    Image: A design for an unmanned ship. Credit: Rolls-Royce

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  • Indian Register of Shipping forms advisory committee in Singapore

    The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has established an advisory committee in Singapore in a bid to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia. The committee, comprising members from leading maritime and offshore companies based in Singapore, will help IRClass strengthen its ties with the maritime
  • Major milestone for project ¡VAMOS!

    The Viable Alternative Mining Operating System (¡VAMOS!) project, funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, now has conceptual design plans for a submerged mining vehicle prototype, along with all its associated equipment. First reported by IHS Maritime when it kicked off
  • Tauranga dredging finally under way

    After court battles lasting more than four years, the New Zealand port of Tauranga is widening and deepening its shipping channels from 12.9 m to 14.5 m inside the harbour, and 15.8 m outside. The work is being carried out by Danish dredging contractor Rohde Nielsen and is the final building block
  • BSM to manage six Maersk Line ships

    Maersk Line has decided to hand over the management of six vessels to Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM). "Currently managed in-house by Maersk, the six vessels ranging in size from 2,500 to 11,000 teu will be managed over the next five years from BSM's Ship Management Centre in Hamburg,
  • Golar floating LNG project approved

    The final investment decision has been made on the floating LNG (FLNG) project in Cameroon that will utilise Golar LNG's carrier Hilli. The binding agreement with Cameroon's government, its state oil company, and independent oil company Perenco was finalised on 30 September. The agreement allows
  • High season fails to lift container rates

    Present high season in container shipping has not been strong enough to support freight rates and it is questionable whether the capacity cuts that alliances of lines have unveiled will be enough to support them either, a senior shipping analyst said. "Spot freight rates fell by 10% in September on
  • National heroes

    16 Sep 2015

    China’s policy of promoting ‘champions’ in key strategic industries lies at the heart of its economic development, writes David Yang, principal analyst, IHS Economics & Country Risk Since becoming a World Trade Organization (WTO) member in 2001, China has enjoyed a period of spectacular economic growth to become the second-largest economy in the world. In … more

  • Borrowers and lenders

    12 Sep 2015

    Shipping needs to choose its financing solutions carefully, reports IHS Maritime & Trade’s Richard Clayton Monaco, Rio, Singapore, New York, Dubai, Shanghai, London. The list of maritime finance conference venues gets longer every year. Dozens of look-at-me sponsors support the generation of capital in the form of public and private equity, master limited partnerships (MLPs), bonds, … more

  • Measurement measures up

    02 Sep 2015

    Monitoring fuel use aboard a vessel is a complex, careful, and vital process, both aboard and ashore. Engineering crews must know how much and what type of fuel is in the tanks (full, empty, or in between). In An introduction to fuel measurement, author Nigel Draffin successfully sets out to logically and clearly present reliable existing … more

  • Crewless ships and legal risks

    01 Sep 2015

    By Richard Clayton, chief maritime analyst, IHS Maritime & Trade Are unmanned ships safer or less safe than fully crewed vessels? Can human navigators on the bridges of dredgers perform their tasks more accurately than remote operation of dedicated dynamic positioning-dynamic tracking systems? How close are we to the fully hands-off ship? There has been … more