Insights from Data Analytics help ReCAAP

Throughout 2017, ReCAAP ISC embarked on incorporating Data Analytics into its analysis to enhance its information sharing capabilities. Since 2007 ReCAAP ISC has collected the data on more than 1,500 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The data enabled the Centre to conduct deeper analysis on the nature of incidents. Using…

Industry’s struggle with container ship fires continues: AGCS

Major fires on container vessels are among the largest hazards for the global shipping industry and the insurance industry’s fears of a major cargo ship fire were realized on March 7th this year when a fire occurred on board ULCS Maersk Honam, reported Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in its Safety And Shipping Review 2018….

Singapore MPA updates on importance of safe navigation in Singapore waters

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a circular emphasizing the importance of safe navigation in the Singapore Strait and Singapore waters. Circular 9 of 2018 notes that the Singapore Strait and the Port of Singapore are busy waterways, with large numbers of ships of different types transiting and making port calls. Shipmasters…

Search schedule for sunken YM Efficiency containers delayed

An Australian Maritime Safety Authority sub-sea survey to locate the missing containers from YM Efficiency (IMO 9353280) that was due to conclude early in July has been held back by poor weather and sea conditions. The survey was now due to finish this week, if conditions remained safe enough to send the hydrographic survey vessel…

UN says anti-piracy fund has boosted maritime security in Somalia

The UN counter-piracy fund has improved maritime security in Somalia and on the Western Indian Ocean coastline through enhanced prosecution of culprits, an official said on Friday. Jaime Serpanchy, the Secretary of UN Counter Piracy Trust Fund (CPTF) has said. The UN official spoke to Xinhua on the sidelines of the 21st Plenary Session on…

NTT Data UK to provide cloud-based “Cargo 10 Virtual Worker” to TMK

IT services provider and consulting group NTT Data UK has entered into a partnership to provide Cargo 10 Virtual Worker to Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK). NTT Data UK said that this was “the first of several planned Robotic Process Automation (RPA) initiatives at TMK”, adding that the service helped to automate marine transactions to deliver…

Australia rejects sheep exporter’s alternative plan

Australia’s Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) has suspended the licence of livestock exporter EMS Rural Exports. As a result the export to the Middle East of 45,000 of 60,000 sheep stranded in Western Australia has been prevented. EMS Rural Exports is a sister company of Emanuel Exports, an exporter involved in a recent court case…

USCG holds public hearing on Bouchard tank barge explosion

The US Coast Guard will open a formal public hearing today, July 16th, to consider evidence relating to the explosion and fire aboard  Bouchard No 255 tank barge, resulting in the deaths of two people, off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas, on October 20th 2017. The barge was said to have been carrying 140,000…

Premiums up 10% year on year at UK Defence Club

UK Defence Club saw its gross written premiums increase by 10% between policy years 2016 and 2017, while the surplus rose from £780,000 to £4.89m (post-premium reduction for credit continuity scheme). GWP rose to £22.9m last year, from £19.8m in 2016. The number of ships entered reached 4,200, up 7% year on year. Free reserves…