Crystal Symphony ducks Florida and docks instead in Bahamas

Under threat of arrest if it docked in Miami, the Crystal Symphony (IMO 9066667), as had been predicted, diverted to The Bahamas – accompanied by 300 paying passengers. After Genting Hong Kong applied for provisional liquidation last week in a Bermuda court, bunker supplier Peninsula Petroleum Far East secured a US federal court order for…

Indonesia eases ban on coal exports

Britannia Club has reported that, following the total ban on coal exports imposed by Indonesia on December 31st because of concerns about domestic supplies, it appeared that the situation was now improving. The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources have revoked the export ban for 139 companies. It was reported that domestic coal stocks…

Many Philippines seafarers still missing a month after Typhoon Odette

About a month after Typhoon Odette hit the Philippines on December 26th 2021, there is no trace of the tug Strong Trinity (IMO 8204755) which went missing with 12 seafarers off Talisay City in Cebu during Typhoon Odette in December 2021. The Philippine Navy has used SONAR to try to find the vessel, but has…

EU renews its commitment to Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy patrols

The European Union has said that it intends to carry on with the deployment of its member states’ warships in the Gulf of Guinea After a review of the Coordinated Maritime Presences (CMP) pilot programme, which has seen member states deploy warships to the region over the past two years to help local forces in…

Bulker strikes stern of Canadian icebreaker on St Lawrence River

Bulk carrier Federal Crimson (IMO 9732151) collided with the stern of its escort icebreaker on the St. Lawrence River during the morning of Saturday January 22nd, damaging the icebreaker and forcing a brief closure of the waterway. The Federal Crimson was under way upbound on the St. Lawrence, escorted by the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker…

Gard provides special extension of cover for communicable disease/coronavirus risks

Norway-based marine insurer and Group Club Gard has provided a special extension to fixed premium P&I Members and Small Craft customers for communicable disease/coronavirus risks. Similar to last year, the market reinsurance contract covering Gard P&I (Bermuda) Ltd and Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig –’s fixed premium P&I business (fixed premium P&I covers are reinsured outside…

Japan Club announces new disease exclusion clause

Reporting on its 609th Meeting of the Association’s Board of Directors on January 14th, the Club resolved to amend Rule 37 of the Rules of the Association and to introduce a new special clause entitled “WHO Communicable Disease Exclusion Clause”, effective February 20th 2022. The Club said that “due to the requirements of the global…

NGO Shipbreaking Platform has Canada shipbreaking in its sights

NGO Shipbreaking Platform has joined local residents and K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) in calling on federal, provincial and regional Canadian authorities to make sure that the activities carried out by the operator, Deep Water Recovery Ltd (DWR), “cease to cause harm to both local communities and the surrounding environment”. NGO said that 18 months had…

Marine accident round-up : 25th January 2022

Norwegian coaster Bjugnfjord (IMO 7502021), which developed a heavy list in Kattegat in Danish waters in rough weather during the evening of January 20th, has sunk. The vessel was about 10nm north of northern coast of Zealand island, Denmark and was en route from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Randers, Denmark. The ship issued a distress signal,…

US court issues arrest warrant for Crystal Symphony

The provisional liquidation of Genting Hong Kong has resulted in a court in Florida issuing a warrant for the arrest of cruise ship Crystal Symphony (IMO 9066667). The vessel is operated by Crystal Cruises a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong. Crystal Symphony’s current voyage was scheduled to terminate in Miami on Saturday January 22nd. The…