MSC container ship seized by Iran as Middle East situation escalates

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized container ship MSC Aries (IMO 9857169) on Saturday April 13th in the Strait of Hormuz, days after the country’s government warned that it could close strait. The vessel was boarded by Iranian special forces about 50 miles off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, MSC said. Then on Saturday night, Iran launched hundreds…

General Average confirmed on the Dali

The owner of container ship Dali (IMO 9697428), which crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26th, has started a formal process for General Average. AP Moller-Maersk indicated that the General Average had been declared by Singapore-based Grace Ocean, according to a customer advisory released on Friday from MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA. “This decision…

Russian crude and refined oil products trapped on tankers: report

Russian crude oil and refined oil products have become trapped at sea on four tankers after the US sancioned the vessels with fresh Iran-related sanctions, reported Reuters, citing LSEG data shown on Friday. On April 4th the US imposed new Iran-related sanctions against a shipping firm Oceanlink Maritime DMCC and its vessels, citing its role…

Haitian gangs rob cargo ship of food

Members of the Haitian gangs 5 Seconds and Taliban (possibly named after, but with no llnk to the Afghan Taliban) recently captured freighter Magalie (IMO 7413892) at Port-Au-Prince’s Varreux terminal district, according to local media, stealing a sixth of the vessel’s cargo of rice, which is Haiti’s primary staple food. All of the crewmembers were…

Marine round-up : 15th April 2024

On Friday, in an inexplicable brainstorm, I named the French prime minister incorrectly. He is, of course, Gabriel Attal, not, as I said, Jean-Marc Ayraul, who has not been prime minister of France for many many years. Claims consultancy and service company WK Webster has said that “it is understood that General Average may now…

Investigation into Baltimore bridge collapse looks at Dali’s electrical system

The investigation into the Baltimore Bridge disaster on March 26th has begun to look at the electrical systems on container ship Dali, which lost propulsion and control shortly before alliding with the bridge and causing its entire collapse. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called in the ship’s builder, South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries…

Reappearance of Somali Pirates a threat to maritime security, says IMB

The increase in the amount of piracy off the coast of Somalia in the past few months has been confirmed by the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which has provided more granular detail. During the first three months of 2024 there were 33 incidents recorded globally, compared to 27 during the same period in 2023….

Houthis target three merchant vessels, one US destroyer

The Houthi militia said on Wednesday April 10th that it had used drones and missiles to target four vessels in the Gulf of Aden, part of their stated campaign of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. Attacks were claimed in a television speech from the group’s military spokesman Yahya Sarea on the container ship MSC Darwin…

Marine round-up : 12th April 2024

Denmark’s government has reached a “broad political agreement” to ban the discharge of washwater from scrubbers into its waters. The ban that will cover ships with open-loop scrubbers within 22km of the Danish coast, and will come into force on July 1st 2025. The Danish Environment Ministry said that the use of open-loop scrubbers had…

Let’s not forget the oil on the Yemen

It seems a long time ago that the major concern in the Red Sea was a possible environmental catastrophe as a result of the 1.1m barrels of oil aboard the rusting hulk of FSO Safer (IMN June 1st 2023 and other dates). Newer developments in the region have taken over the headlines, but the Safer…