Release of refugee boat captain upheld by Italian Supreme Court

The shift in Italy’s official attitude to migrant/refugees arriving by sea was emphasized last Friday when Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation upheld the release of Captain Carola Rackete, who last year defied official instructions and docked her ship at Lampedusa to offload rescued migrants. The captain was arrested on June 29th 2019 for allegedly intentionally…

All but one of kidnapped crew members on tanker Duke are released: one dead

All but one of the 20 Indian crew kidnapped in December from oil tanker Duke (IMO 9262259), who were kidnapped by pirates Benin on December 15th 2019, have been released, However, one crew member died in captivity. Six pirates boarded the vessel about 115nm south-east of Lomé and kidnapped 20 of the 21 seamen on…

“Roadmap For A Sustainable Future”: Marine Insurance London agenda published

This year’s Marine Insurance London: “Roadmap For A Sustainable Future” takes place at Etc Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London, on March 20th. The full agenda has now been published, with panel participants and speakers including Ian Gooch, CEO London P&I Club; Ståle Hansen, President and CEO Skuld; Andrew Taylor, CEO UK P&I Club; Jon Hancock, Lloyd’s…

Master arrested after found allegedly drunk

Swedish Traffic Control in Oresund tried, but failed to contact general cargo ship Christine (IMO 8502145) on the night of January 16th to alert the vessel that she was on a dangerous course and heading towards the coast. Traffic Control then contacted the Coast Guard, but the ship changed course in time to avoid grounding….

VLSFO has higher black carbon emissions than HSFO

Adjustments made to fuel to ensure that it complies with the IMO 2020 0.50% sulphur cap have resulted in the compliant VLSFO having higher levels of black carbon emissions, according to a report submitted to the IMO. The potentially embarrassing revelations were contained in a submission from Finland and Germany, funded by the German Environment…

Poor lashing, unadjusted route, contributed to cargo shift on

Cargo shift and damage caused to vehicles on Passenger/Cargo RoRo European Causeway (IMO 9208394), travelling between Larne, Northern Ireland and Cairnryan, Scotland, on December 18th 2018, was partly the result of poor lashing and a failure to adjust the route due to predicted bad weather, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has found. The MAIB…

MSA issues guidelines on checking of fuel sulphur regulations

The China MSA has issued guidelines on how compliance with the fuel sulphur regulations will be checked and enforced by local authorities. Guidelines for Supervision and Management of Air Pollutant Emissions aims to standardize inspection procedures and actions related to Chinese sulphur limiting regulations. This includes guidance on the penalties that can be expected in…

Marine accident round-up : 21st January 2020

Cargo ship MSC Adelaide (IMO 9618290) struck a moored pilot boat while approaching Gioia Tauro during the late morning of January 18th, having arrived from Genoa. The boat sank after being crushed between the container ship’s bulbous bow and the quay. An immediate intervention by tugs prevented any pollution. The wreck was quickly recovered by…

Marine accident round-up : 20th January 2020

A derelict Alaska tugboat, the Lumberman, floated away from the spot where it was anchored in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel, Alaska, USA, before eventually running aground. She shifted several hundred yards from the Juneau docks before coming to rest near the Juneau Yacht Club on Saturday January 11th, The Juneau Empire reported. The tugboat may have…