North reports solid renewals after P&I’s “challenging” year

Having approached the renewal with what it defined as “the objective of reducing exposure in certain areas”, North’s combined owned and chartered tonnage reduced slightly for the new policy year, but is still projected to be in excess of 245m gt. North P&I Club reported continuing growth in its diversified business lines and “solid progress”…

Skuld reaches 100m mutual gt in 2021 P&I renewal

Norway-based marine insurer Skuld saw mutual P&I gross tonnage (GT) increase by 5.5% for the mutual P&I policy year 2020 to 2021. As of February 20th 2021, Skuld’s mutual P&I tonnage stood at 101m gt. Skuld said that it had also increased its market share across all other lines of business, including hull and energy…

Explosion on Chinese bulk carrier off Gibraltar

Gibraltar authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of an explosion aboard cargo ship CSSC Cape Town (IMO 9853888), off Gibraltar on February 19th. Two sailors were seriously injured in the accident, with two more suffering minor injuries. Rescue crews from Gibraltar treated two of the injured on board, while the two more seriously…

Some crew of Hankuk Chemi return home to South Korea

The crew of chemical tanker Hankuk Chemi (IMO 9232369) are on their way to South Korea, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said earlier this week. The vessel and its crew were detained by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz on January 4th 2021 over alleged marine pollution. It has been claimed that the…

Wakashio captain insists chief officer is to blame for grounding

In his third and latest appearance before a Mauritian court of investigation, the captain of wrecked bulk carrier Wakashio, Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, has continued to insist that it was the chief officer’s fault that the vessel grounded last July, eventually causing a fuel leak that polluted much of an environmentally sensitive part of the Mauritius…

Oil spill mystery off Israel and Lebanon

Not only are we no closer to knowing the identity of the vessel presumed to be responsible for tar balls washing up along 120km of Israel’s Mediterranean coast, and now in southern Lebanon as well, but Israel appears to be keen to prevent any further information leaking out, for at least a week. A court…

Maersk Eindhoven waits for clearance to dock in Yokohama

Container ship Maersk Eindhoven (IMO 9456771), which last week suffered a loss of some 260 containers and damage to 65 more after a rolling incident caused by a short-term power failure, was yesterday circling off the Japan coast while waiting for permission to dock at the APM Terminal in Yokohama terminal. It was expected to…

MFB adds Nico Saunders to maritime team

London-based marine-focused solicitor partnership MFB  has added Nico Saunders to its team of maritime solicitors. Saunders specializes in international shipping and transport disputes. He joins a number of new recruits at MFB over recent months. These include: Charlie Young, who handles a broad range of P&I and FD&D matters. working closely with ship owners, operators…

Supreme Court allows appeal in Eversmart case

In the first appeal to the UK Supreme Court relating to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (Collision Regulations), the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by the owners of VLCC Ever Smart. Justices Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Briggs, Lady Arden, Lord Hamblen, Lord Burrows, aided by Nautical Assessors: Captain Nigel Palmer OBE…

Waves Group opens office in Rotterdam

Waves Group has opened a European office in Rotterdam, Waves has named Jan-Peter Breedeveld, a Civil/Structural Engineer, to lead the development of Waves Group’s European operations. Breedeveld has worked as an Engineering/Project Director on major offshore projects across Europe, Asia, and the Americas for more than 30 years. He joins Waves Group from Subsea 7’s…