Libya: Tanker owners and crew at risk when trading oil in Libya

Correspondents Shtewi Legal and Pandi Services in Tripoli have informed P&I Clubs of problems that shipowners might face while trading oil in Libya. The correspondents noted that, since the fall of the Gadaffi regime and the subsequent formation of a government recognized by the UN, certain factions had exploited the ensuing chaos, selling government oil…

Maersk Honam will arrive soon at Jebel Ali

Damaged and disabled ULCC Maersk Honam is expected to arrive at Jebel Ali in Dubai within a few days, having reached the Gulf of Oman. Being towed by Alice Prima, Amazon Chieftain Z, Maersk Involver, Posh Perseverance and Zwerver 2, the tugs have an ETA at Jebel Ali of between April 21st and 28th. “We…

Many container claims could easily be avoided, says Shipowners’ P&I Club

In a recent container operations risk assessment, P&I Club Shipowners’ has said that it came as no surprise that the nature of this trade gave rise to a considerably large volume of claims, “many of which could have been easily avoided had greater oversight and diligence been exercised”. Shipowners’ Club noted that the marine transportation…

Dryad analyzes Houthi attack on oil tanker

Risk management company Dryad Maritime has analyzed the implications of a recent incident in the Southern Red Sea where fully-laden very large crude carrier (VLCC) Abqaiq was shot by a projectile fired by Houthi fighters on Tuesday April 3rd while the ship was south-west of the port of Al Hudaydah in Yemen. Owner National Shipping…

Wise Honest detained by Indonesia

Bulk carrier Wise Honest (IMO 8905490) has been detained by the Indonesian authorities in the Makassar Strait near Balikpapan, Eastern Kalimantan. On April 2nd the ship was seen by authorities to be acting erratically, leaving shipping lanes and straying into Indonesian waters. Upon inspection the authorities found several detainable deficiencies, mostly regarding ship documents either…

Specialty Program Group Acquires Norman-Spencer’s Marine/Crane Business

New Jersey-based insurance holding company Specialty Program Group (SPG) has bought the assets of Ohio-based Norman-Spencer Agency’s (NSA) crane programme, personal lines watercraft programme and commercial lines recreational marine programme divisions, for an undisclosed sum. NSA’s US-wide personal lines watercraft programme and commercial lines recreational marine programme divisions focus on personal and commercial recreational marine…

Piracy incidents down in Asia in Q1, says ReCAAP ISC

There were 14 piracy incidents reported in Asia during Q1 2018, down from 27 incidents. Q1 2018 consisted of  nine actual incidents and five attempted incidents, while Q1 2017 comprised 21 actual incidents and six attempted incidents, accfording to the latest report from ReCAAP ISC. Of the 14 incidents reported during Q1 2018, one was…

Maersk Honam fire continues to burn

Mediterranean Shipping Company has updated its customers on the situation aboard the ULCC Maersk Honam following the fire which broke out aboard the ship in the Arabian Sea in early March. MSC is Maersk’s partner in the 2M alliance. Maersk Honam is currently being towed to Jebel Ali, where salvage operations will take place and…

Final report on Sanchi incident to be released within month

The final report on sunken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi (IMO 9356608) will be released within a month from now, according to Hadi Haghshenas, deputy director for Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO). He told Iranian media that the results of the investigation into Sanchi, which sank on January 14th after colliding with freighter CF Crystal…

Arrested cargo ship released by Tunisian authorities

Cargo RoRo Ural (IMO 7725386), which was arrested at Sfax, Tunisia, on February 15th, was released on April 6th, minus her cargo of military equipment, which was seized by Tunisian authorities. The $4.1m cargo was described by Tunisia as a shipment comprising everything required to set up a military camp, including armoured vehicles and weaponry….

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