Car carrier Höegh Xiamen declared a CTL

Car carrier Höegh Xiamen (IMO 9431848), which caught fire early last month off Jacksonville, Florida, has been declared a constructive total loss (CTL). The vessel is owned by Ocean Yield and is on a bareboat contract to Höegh Autoliners. The fire broke out on June 4th (IMN, June 8th) on deck seven, shortly after the…

Cargo vessel boarded by pirates

Cargo vessel Kota Budi (IMO 9638630) was reported boarded by armed pirates off Benin, West Africa. Maritime security consultancy Dryad Global said that five Chinese national crew members were kidnapped from the vessel. According to Dryad the vessel could be seen to have been drifting at the time of the incident at 153nm offshore. AIS…

Offshore processing ship attacked off Bonny Island

A group of armed men attacked offshore processing ship Sendje Berge (IMO 7360057) about 30nm southwest of Bonny Island in the Gulf of Guinea on July 2nd. A number of its crew members, were kidnapped, said UK-based security firm Dryad Global. The incident was confirmed by BW Offshore, the operator of the FPSO. It said…

US lifts sanctions on two shipping companies

The US has lifted sanctions on Marshall Islands-based Delos Voyager Shipping Ltd and Greece-based Romina Maritime Co Inc. The sanctions had been imposed in June over accusations that  the companies were operating in the Venezuelan oil sector. The US Treasury Department’s action on Thursday July 2nd lifted Venezuela-related sanctions on four companies, including Marshall-Islands based…

US files suit to seize gasoline on four tankers heading for Venezuela

US prosecutors filed suit late on July 1st to seize the gasoline aboard four tankers that Iran was shipping to Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has given the tankers a high profile, stating that they showed that the Venezuela government would not be defeated by US pressure. In the civil-forfeiture complaint, the federal prosecutors aimed…

Philippines sets up ‘green lane’ to ensure safe ship crew changes

The Philippines government has said that it was establishing a “green lane” that would enable speedy and safe travel for seafarers. The plan would be to facilitate speedy disembarkation during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. A joint circular for the “Philippine Green Lane” was signed Thursday July 2nd by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, Labour…

Cluster of Covid-19 cases on MSC container ship

Hong Kong and mainland China are looking into a cluster of Covid-19 cases on container ship MSC Flavia (IMO 9467433). A crew change had previously been undertaken in Hong Kong as part of recently introduced more lenient rules for seafarers. That has led to fears of wider community exposure in the territory. Hong Kong’s Centre…

Loss prevention at Steamship, events last year

Chris Adams, Head of Loss Prevention at Steamship Mutual, wrote an extensive piece for the mutual’s annual management report, detailing the incidents that led to losses at Steamship Mutual last year. In terms of passenger injury claims, there were noteworthy incidents involving falls into or from vessel tenders whilst embarking/disembarking, highlighting the need to have…

Syndicate Results 2019 #55 Syndicate 2488 Chubb

The Lloyd’s syndicates have now published their results and, in some cases, added detail and an outlook for 2020. As in the past two years, IMN is summarizing the results from all syndicates that have a marine interest which have provided some information on the marine side. The results benefited from prior period reserve releases…

Marine accident round-up : 6th July 2020

On Friday IMN referred to the Celanova (IMO 9268394) as a chemical oil products tanker. It is in fact an LPG tanker. Thanks to Bill Millar at Secumarit for pointing this out. Carnival’s Genoa-based Costa Cruises has extended its operational pause through to August 15th. It has cancelled all cruises in Northern Europe for the…