Covid-19 fears lead bulk carrier crew to refuse to offload cargo in Bangladesh

The master and the crew of bulk carrier Tomini Destiny (IMO 9718155) were in conflict with the vessel’s owner after the ship’s Indian captain invoked Master’s Authority under the International Safety Management Code and applicable Safety Management System. He refused to offload his cargo at Chittagong Port, Bangladesh, fearing that his ship could be infected…

UAE makes crew change concessions

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has eased its restrictions on crew changes amid growing concerns that a lack of international cooperation was leading to some crew on ocean-going vessels effectively becoming prisoners on their ship, unable to return home at the end of their contracts. The UAE Federal Transport Authority (FTA) said the first stage…

Forced Covid-19 payments could threaten stability of global insurance industry

Requiring insurers to cover Covid-19 related losses retroactively could seriously threaten the stability of the global insurance industry, the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) warned on Monday April 6th. It notified governments worldwide of the danger of forcing insurers to pay out for losses suffered due to the coronavirus, even when pandemic losses were…

Two new marine underwriters at Markel International

Specialist insurer Markel International has appointed Danielle Yu and Nitin Marathe as marine underwriters to its Hong Kong and India offices respectively. Marathe has been with Markel India since February 24th and has more than 20 years’ experience in aviation and marine in India, specializing in marine hull and machinery, as well as ports and…

Ruby Princess docks south of Sydney

Cruise ship Ruby Princess (IMO 9378462) docked south of Sydney, New South Wales, on April 6th to get help for sick crew members, who required urgent medical treatment. The Ruby Princess, which is currently the target of a criminal investigation led by the NSW homicide squad, has more than 1,000 crew still on board. The…

Prolonged layups at Carnival

Carnival Corp has said that it expected to put the vast majority of its ships in prolonged layups during the global pause of its cruise operations brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. During the layups the ships will be manned by a limited crew, at a cost of about $1m a month. Carnival said that…

Safety Digest from MAIB

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its first 2020 collection of accidents involving vessels from the merchant, fishing and recreational sectors. The Safety Digest draws the attention of the marine community to some of the lessons arising from investigations into recent accidents and incidents. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876845/2020-SD1-MAIBSafetyDigest.pdf

Syndicate results 2019 #2 Beazley Furlonge Ltd 623, 2623, 3623, etc

A P Cox Active underwriter Beazley reported that most of the lines of business underwritten in its marine (MAT) division, led by Tim Turner, had seen significant price erosion over a number of years; recent rate rises had not yet proved sufficient to reverse the damage. For 2019 the division recorded a combined ratio of…

Taiwan fishing boats that anchor abroad set to be quarantined

Crews on deep-sea fishing boats that have anchored off other nations or engaged in improper interactions during the Covid-19 pandemic will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on their vessel when they return to Taiwan, effective immediately, Fisheries Agency Director-General Chang Chih-sheng has said. Crew members of deep-sea fishing vessels and near-sea tuna fishing boats…

BC Ferries suspends some major sailings for 60 days, lays off hundreds

British Columbian ferry operator BC Ferries has suspended services along some major routes and is cutting sailings on others after traffic fell dramatically because of the Covid-19 pandemic. BC Ferries CEO Mark Collins told CTV News on Friday April 3rd that “we are reducing our capacity by about 50%”. All sailings on the Nanaimo to…