IUMI 2020: Nero Drydock recovery still in progress, legal proceedings underway

An accident involving a yacht in dry dock in Genoa last year continues to be a matter of legal dispute when it comes to where liability should be ascribed and whose insurers will pay for it. Filippo Pellerano, of the charterer’s legal representative Studio Legale Mordiglia, said at the IFY Worksop IUMI 2020, held this…

Energy assess damage from Sally; TS Beta now a threat

Energy producers in the Gulf of Mexico and exporters onshore were assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Sally, whose main impact was via torrents of water on land because it was particularly slow-moving. They had begun to boot up idle Gulf of Mexico operations after shutting down for five days, but Tropical Storm Beta has…

Japan sending team to probe Mauritius ship grounding

Japan is to send a five-person team to Mauritius to investigate the grounding of the Wakashio (IMO 9337119) off the island’s coast, which subsequently led to an environmental crisis. Japan’s government said on Friday that a team of five people would be sent to Mauritius on Sunday September 20th. Bulk carrier Wakashio, which was in…

SWZ analyzes Orion crane accident

An analysis by SWZ-Maritime’s offshore expert Björn von Ubisch has concluded that the crane accident with DEME’s new offshore vessel Orion 1 was a result of the fact that, while the ship could handle the “whiplash” effect, the crane could not. Liebherr has started repairing the crane, with delivery planned in 2021. In May this…

IUMI 2020: Electronics on new yachts now cost more than machinery

A typical yacht has a 1-in-1,000 chance of being struck by lightning during its lifetime, significantly greater than the 1-in-70,000 chance for an individual, and when that loss occurs, one would expect an average $1m loss for a $5m boat, according to Rick Salway, who was presenting at the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI)…

American Club issues alert on importance of sanctions compliance

American P&I Club has issued an alert and a video on the importance of compliance with US sanctions. The company stated that American Club was “in a better position than most to advise ship owners on the complexities of US Sanctions”. The alert is “part of a mission both to illuminate those policies and to…

Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream – Update on new US sanctions

The International Group of P&I clubs IG) has issued an update on the new US sanctions with reference to NordStream 2 and Turk Stream. Nord Stream is a system of offshore natural gas pipelines from Russia to Germany. It includes two lines running from Vyborg to Greifswald forming the original Nord Stream (NS1), and two…

Marine accident round-up : 21st September 2020

Seven crew members of crude oil tanker Cabo Victoria (IMO 9778674) tested positive for Covid-19 while it was moored in Quintero Bay, Chile. A further 13 were carrying out preventive quarantine in a health residence because they were in close contact with the infected. On September 17th the ship which had more than 28 people…

Bay of Campeche piracy warning from JWC

The Joint War Committee (JWC) has issued an advisory that notes the increased criminal activity in the Bay of Campeche. Off the Atlantic coast of Mexico. It said that offshore assets were being targeted. Adding that significant under-reporting was leaving the full picture unclear. Armed and violent access to a number of platforms and energy…