Marine accident round-up : 24th September 2018

Motorboat Krym slammed into chemical oil products tanker Mekhanik Pogodin (IMO 9598397) which was moored near Naftohavan in Kherson, during the evening of September 16th. The causes of the accident were being investigated. The owner of the motorboat was reported to have been “in a state of alcoholic intoxication”. The tanker had been blocked in…

ABP signs MoU on blockchain initiative

UK port operator, Associated British Ports (ABP), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programs to examine the implementation of blockchain technology to improve port connectivity. The MOU was signed this week with blockchain-specialist logistics software company Marine Transport International. ABP operates 21 ports across the UK,…

More than 10 tons of cannabis resin intercepted in Malta

In what was described as Malta’s largest-ever drugs bust, 10 tonnes of cannabis resin with a street value of €28.5m were found inside a containership at Malta. The vessel had been sailing towards Libya from Syria. The Maltese government said that the container ship had been followed for days before its arrival in Malta. Three…

Containership difficulties in Antwerp after pilots strike

Harbour pilots at the Port of Antwerp began an indefinite strike last Monday. As many as 40 cargo ships were stranded outside the Belgian port, waiting to berth, with several ultra-large container vessels deciding to divert to the Port of Rotterdam. The strike also has affected operations in the smaller ports of Zeebrugge and Ghent….

Marine accident round-up : 21st September 2018

Storm Ali in the UK caused cruise ship Nautica (IMO 9200938) to detach from its moorings in Greenock, Scotland, and drift away from the dock on September 19th.  At the time the majority of passengers were reported to be ashore. “Nautica encountered extremely strong winds which resulted in the parting of mooring lines and the…

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) seasonal measures introduced

BIMCO has reminded its Members that the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest native to Asia which poses a high biosecurity risk to Australia. They are more frequently found on goods arriving in Australia between September and April and at these times Australia introduces seasonal measures to manage the risks. Target risk…

Consignees claim $200,000 over part-damaged consignment of seeds

A cargo recovery agent was engaged in relation to three containers of seeds that had arrived wet. The cargo had a total value of US$145,000. An initial survey concluded that the wet damage was condensation caused due to the container vents being blocked, thereby preventing air circulation. A further more detailed survey found that only…

Capsizing and sinking of fishing vessel Langley Douglas

On the morning of September 11th 2017 commercial fishing vessel Langley Douglas developed a port list, capsized, and subsequently sank 60 miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia. A US Coast Guard helicopter rescued the five people on board. No injuries or pollution were reported. The Langley Douglas was valued at $1.95m. The National Transportation Safety…

Investment in African ports loaded too far towards import facilities, says local agent

Although very large investments have been made in African ports, that investment has been focused on container terminals rather than bulk cargo terminals, warned Christian Fassino, deputy general manager at Cote d’Ivoire based Compagnie des Experts Maritimes (CEM), an Average Agent in West Africa that provides loss prevention and post-damage services. As container terminals are…