Rapid course change and cargo misassessment were causes of dredger capsizing

A rapid change of course and a misassessment of the make-up of the dredger’s cargo, was the reason for the sudden capsizing of dredger Sirius Høj (IMO 7032375) outside Bogense, Denmark, on March 10th 2018, according to a marine accident report from Danish Accident Investigation Board (Den Maritime Havarikommission – DMAIB). The dredger was working…

India’s Mercator said to have hit cash-flow difficulties

Mercator, once India’s third largest shipping line, has not paid its 350 crew for the past two months, according to Indian newspaper Hindu Business Line. Mercator is currently involved in tankers and dredging. It liquidated its Singapore dry bulk operations a few years ago. A spokesperson for the company told the Hindu Business Line that…

Compliance with MARPOL annex VI “satisfactory” says Paris MoU

At the 52nd Committee meeting of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU) on Port State Control, held in St. Petersburg from May 13th to 17th, the Committee considered the report of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI. The CIC was carried out from September to November 2018. The general conclusion was…

Japan Club report on P&I condition surveys 2018

Japan Club has issued its report on the condition surveys conducted in 2018 policy year. The condition surveys are conducted by independent surveyors for both vessels presented for entry and already-entered vessels that have reached a certain age. The objective is to encourage to maintain the standard of vessel’s management and seaworthiness above a certain…

What happens when you issue multiple sets of bills of lading?

Swedish Club has warned members that, to minimize the risk of conflicting claims of title for the cargo, it was crucial to have just one set of original bills of lading. It noted that problems had occurred where Charterers who were also the cargo owners issued their bills of lading, sometimes unrecognized by the shipowners….

Gulf of Guinea: Nigeria, others lose $777m annually to piracy says UN

A report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has shown that that Nigeria and other countries in the Gulf of Guinea lost $777.1m annually in recent years to piracy and other maritime crimes. UNODC Outreach and Communications Officer in Nigeria, Sylvester Atere said that the amount lost was in addition to human…

Practical issues in the pursuit and defence of cargo claims

Pamela Dunning, Associate at Birketts LLP, has written on the UK Club web site on the new rules on disclosure recently introduced in the English Commercial Court. Practice Direction PD51U – Disclosure pilot for the Business & Property Courts – of the Civil Procedure Rules came into effect on January 1st 2019. It is currently…

Long-haul live exports should stop completely, says animal welfare academic

Long-haul live animal exports are too high a risk and should be stopped completely, according to Donald Broom, the first Professor in Animal Welfare globally. Speaking at the Australian Veterinary Association annual conference in Perth, Australia, the Cambridge University Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare said in a keynote speech that his position was based on…

Syndicate results 2018 #32 MS Amlin Syndicate 2001

The Lloyd’s syndicates have now published their results and, in some cases, added detail and an outlook for 2019. As last year, IMN is summarizing the results from all syndicates that have a marine interest which have provided some information on the marine side. Syndicate 2001 (Active Underwriters M R Clements, M J Taffs, PJ…

Marine accident round-up : 24th May 2019

US-based Cal Maritime’s training ship Golden Bear (IMO 8834407) sustained minor damage after one of its masts hit a shoreside gantry crane as it arrived in Barbados on Tuesday May 21st as part of its 2019 cruise. The allision caused the training ship’s main mast to collapse. The school said that the ship was under…