Miller Insurance Services recruits Ferriolo for cargo role in Singapore

Independent specialist (re)insurance broker Miller Insurance Services has announced the appointment of Alberto Ferriolo, who will be based in the broker’s Singapore office. Ferriolo joins from Aon Netherlands, where he was an account manager in the Commodity team, working with clients across both European and Asian markets. He will be based in Miller’s Singapore office,…

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…

US investigators interview Dali vessel personnel

Investigators into the Baltimore Bridge accident on March 26th have conducted interviews with key cargo ship personnel from the containership Dali (IMO 9697428), US National Transportation Safety Board (MTSB) chair Jennifer Homendy said at a Senate hearing last Wednesday April 10th. Homendy said investigators remained on site and had interviewed the pilots (there were two…

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…

Britannia addresses the Dali situation:

Group Club Britannia has written to its members stating that, while it does not usually comment publicly on specific cases, it has decied to release a circular to answer a number of questions Members might have arising out of the Dali allision with the Baltmiore Key Bridge on Mach 26th It was confirmed that the…

Greenpeace targets Estonian-owned tanker

Activists from enviro-campaign group Greenpeace on Friday April 12th painted slogans on an Estonian-owned tanker in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Greenpeace said that the ship supplied bunker fuel to vessels transporting Russian oil that posed a danger to the environment. The campaigners, who arrived in small boats, scrawled “Oil Is War – People…

Increase in cases of broken mooring lines, says Gard

Norway-based marine insurer and Group Club Gard has said that it had recently registered several incidents of broken mooring lines during strong gusts of wind. Valentin Klivnoy wrote that most incidents involved cruise vessels, but that other large vessels were also at particular risk. In the recent cases reported to Gard, the wind speeds were…

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…

Depression and anxiety increasingly hitting Ukrainian seafarers

Seafarer charity Stella Maris. the official maritime charity of the Roman Catholic Church, has warned that Ukrainian seafarers were experiencing increased levels of loneliness and depression, and that there were fears of conscription if they returned home. Stella Maris regional port chaplains in the UK for Southampton and Southern ports, Charles Stuart and Gregory Hogan,…