Pilot involved in Ever Forward’s Chesapeake Bay grounding is suspended

The operating license of the Ever Forward pilot who steered the container ship (IMO 9850551) into the muddy bottom of the Chesapeake Bay on March 13th this year has been suspended, the Maryland Department of Labour has said. The Department cited the pilot’s excessive use of his mobile phone at the time. A report from…

New Turkish insurance rules delay Kazakh oil deliveries

The decision by Turkey to ask western insurers to guarantee cover for ships transiting the Bosphorus Strait that were found to have broken sanctions rules has not just caused a bottleneck for Russian tankers; it has also caused a backing-up for Kazakh oil exports. In fact, a majority of the 19 or so tankers stuck…

Russia-linked superyacht will be sold – proceeds will go to Ukraine

In an unusual diplomatic move related to western sanctions against Russia, it has been reported that the 92.5-metre superyacht Royal Romance (IMO 1012268), valued at about $200m pre-sanctions and belonging to Ukrainian-born, pro-Kremlin businessman and political leader, Viktor Medvedchuk will be transferred to the Ukrainian government and sold at an auction overseen by Ukraine’s Asset…

Enthusiastic bidding for US west coast offshore wind leases

Bidding commenced enthusiastically on December 6th for the first US offshore wind energy leases on the Pacific Coast, reported the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is overseeing the online auction. After 20 rounds, the auction was recessed until December 7th. Five leases in total are being offered, two off Northern California and three…

Singapore and Netherlands accept IMO Convention amendments

Singapore and the Netherlands have become the latest countries to accept amendments to the Convention on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which will expand the size of the Council, extend the term of its Members, and recognize three additional language texts as authentic versions of the Convention. Eng Dih Teo, CEO of the Maritime and…

Ukraine grain exports down 29.6% at to 18.1m tonnes so far in 2022/23

Ukraine has exported just shy of 18.1m tonnes of grain so far in the 2022/23 season, down by 29.6% from the 25.8m tonnes exported by the same stage of the previous season, according to official agriculture ministry data. The volume included more than 6.9m tonnes of wheat, 9.7m tonnes of corn and about 1.5m tonnes…

Right of insurer to recoup maintenance and cure payments

Kristin Poling, Claims Executive with UK Club, has looked at the Eastern District of Louisiana’s decision concerning an insurer’s right to recoup maintenance and cure payments. In June this year in Jones v. Select Oilfield Services, LLC, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108114 (E.D. La. June 17, 2022) the Eastern District of Louisiana handed down a…

Pilot decision to reduce speed probably caused a loss of rudder effectiveness

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the probable cause of a collision was the decision of the pilot on one of the vessels to reduce the vessel’s speed in order to create less wake when passing a pipeline removal project. The NTSB said that this probably caused a loss of rudder…

Dirty bulkers are now being used to carry food crops to Asia

Dirty bulk ships that had been used to carry iron ore are being scrubbed clean so that they can transport grain to Asia. The unusual shift of cargoes has been prompted by a slump in demand for iron ore, a result of the downturn in the Chinese housing market. Freight rates for bulk carriers are…

Marine accident round-up : 8th December 2022

Tug AM Accord (IMO 9166132) remained in Port Authority custody at berth SM-14 on December 2nd awaiting the resolution of the case against the owner of the tug. The agent in the local court has filed a claim for loss of cargo and other expenses. Earlier, the tug owner had changed the vessel’s flag to…