Marine accident round-up : 19th July 2019

Independent shipowning association BIMCO has put together a guide for how members can use the bunker adjustment factor (BAF) clause to manage rising fuel cost and possible volatility in prices caused the by the 2020 sulphur limit. www.bimco.org (access available to members only). Fishing boat Myojin Maru No. 8 (IMO 9810771) caught fire and went…

Offshore support vessel ‘does a runner’

Offshore support vessel Maridive 702 (IMO 9592197) was arrested earlier this week in Aruba as a result of a $21m claim against the owners by Riverlake Solutions and Stalco Shipping & Brokerage, reports Splash. However, the master subsequently switched off the vessel’s AIS and sailed into international waters to avoid the arrest. The decision to…

Salvage operation for RoRo Coyhaique and 200-plus cattle on board

A salvage operation has started on RoRo Coyhaique (IMO 8009026) which ran aground on July 3rd near Huichas island in the Moraleda channel, near Puerto Aguirre, Aysén Region, Chile, en route from Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Montt. The ship had 20 passengers, 18 crew members and some 200 cattle in trucks on board. She was…

South Africa accedes to HNS compensation treaty

South Africa has become the latest country to accede to the 2010 HNS Convention, a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship, the IMO has said. When it comes in force the treaty will provide a regime of liability and compensation for damage caused by HNS cargoes transported…

Germany accedes to Hong Kong Convention

On July 16th Germany joined the International Maritime Organization’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling, the Hong Kong Convention. Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters in London to deposit the instrument of accession. The Hong…

New arbitration notice clause released

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) has released the Arbitration Notice Clause, which should ensure that notices of arbitration are validly served if the procedure in the clause is followed, North of England has informed its members. North said that in a recent article it had highlighted the importance of being aware of, and complying…

US to discuss proposal for multinational task force for Persian Gulf

US officials will speak to members of the Washington diplomatic corps today July 19th about the recently proposed plan to provide maritime security around the Strait of Hormuz. The briefing will be conducted by Defense and State Department personnel and would be closed to the news media. “A multinational effort is needed to address this…

UK sends warship to Persian Gulf to “protect its interests”

The UK is sending warship HMS Kent warship to the Persian Gulf to protect its interests and ensure freedom of navigation the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Wednesday. The MoD had previously stated that the mission was routine and “long-planned”. A day later the MoD said that the details had been mixed up with…

DP World plans to cut Australian jobs, strike threats ramp up

DP World Australia has said that it will be cutting more than 10% of its workforce in the country, equal to 100 more jobs being cut at both Melbourne and Sydney container terminals. A further 47 “wharfies” are due to finish up this week in Melbourne, said the Maritime Union of Australia, adding that the…

Reported piracy in Asia continues to fall in H1

Regional piracy watchdog ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has reported that there were 28 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, comprising 25 actual and three attempted incidents in Asia during the first half of 2019 that were reported to ReCAAP. Both the total number of incidents and the number of actual incidents reported…