Tindall Riley and Britannia name Richard Heppell as CFO-designate

Richard Heppell has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer Designate for Tindall Riley & Co and Britannia P&I. Heppell will join the manager and the mutual on September 6th. He had recently served as the CFO for specialist insurer and Lloyd’s managing agent Neon. Britannia Club CEO Andrew Cutler  said that “we are delighted that…

Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) in Australia

The American Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is to run a Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) that will concentrate on safety of navigation. It will run from August 1st to September 30th. AMSA said that the FIC would aim to determine the: level of compliance with the safety of navigation requirements of International Conventions, and; familiarity of…

Western Australia shifts South Australia to medium risk for Covid-19

Effective 12:00pm on Thursday 22nd July South Australia transitioned from a ‘low risk’ state to a ‘medium risk’ state under Western Australia (WA)’s controlled border regulations. This means that travel from South Australia to WA is no longer permitted without approval (which will be granted only in very restrictive cases). Meanwhile, the arrival of the…

Indian union says China stopping Indian seafarers from entering

Mumbai-based All India Seafarers Union has said in a tweet that the Chinese government “is not allowing all those ships to enter into the port”. It also said that Indonesia was opening up to crew changes for all seafarers except for Indians and South Africans. The All India Seafarer & General Workers Union sent a…

Work begins on sixth section of Golden Ray wreck

The salvors on the wreck of capsized car carrier Golden Ray (IMO 9775816) in St Simon’s Sound, Brunswick, Georgia, USA, began work late last week on the sixth cut through the vessel’s hull. The previous cut was completed on July 1st. In the three weeks since then the salvors hoisted and removed the fifth section….

Transnet identifies source of cyber threat at South African ports

South African state-owned port and land transport company Transnet has said that it was now working to bring its operations back to normal following a cyber-attack. The logistics group said that it had found the source but it continued to decline to identify it and the nature of the attack. “Transnet has identified and isolated…

Florida wins another round in battle with CDC

In what has become a states’ rights issue, the battle between the state of Florida and the federally-run Center for Diseases and Control Prevention (CDC) took another turn on Friday July 23rd when a federal appeals court reversed course and decided to affirm a lower court order prohibiting the CDC from enforcing Covid-19-related cruise ship…

New Zealand PM wants to stop foreign fishing boats from changing crews

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has asked for legal advice on whether she can stop foreign fishing vessels changing crews in New Zealand. New Zealand  encountered two cases in the past month where a foreign-flagged fishing boat has returned to port for a crew change, but with positive cases of Covid-19 onboard. Both ships…

War risk insurance: Nigeria must tackle piracy, says lawyer

A Nigerian lawyer has insisted that the country needed to address the root cause of piracy on its waters if it wants the war risk surplus currently imposed on vessels transiting the Gulf of Guinea to be lifted. After the launch of the much heralded state-sponsored Deep Blue Project, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime…

Marine accident round-up : 27th July 2021

An oil spill occurred during bunkering operations between crude oil tanker Tianlong Spirit (IMO 9378369) and oil products tanker Desna (IMO 8331510) in the Murmansk region, northern Russia on July 20th. The Northern Branch of the Maritime Rescue Service responded to the spill in the Kola Bay at the LK Volga temporary offshore transshipment complex…