Ariel Re to launch managing agent at Lloyd’s

Ariel Re has obtained regulatory approval to launch a Managing Agent at Lloyd’s of London. The new managing agency, Ariel Re Managing Agency (ARMA), will assume the management of Ariel Syndicate 1910, together with SPA 6117, from Argo Managing Agency Ltd. Ariel Syndicate 1910 started underwriting in early 2008. Today Ariel Re employs almost 100…

Glencore sued in US court over alleged off-spec HSFO

Ship owner Serifos Maritime is suing oil trader Glencore for $2.18mn for allegedly supplying its vessel with off-specification high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) in Singapore in March. Serifos owns of 309,396dwt tanker Serifos (IMO 9410399), which had been fitted with a marine exhaust scrubber ahead of the 2020 introduction of new sulphur limits for shippers. A…

Marine accident round-up : 5th October 2022

Container ship Nordic Italia (IMO 9474395) collided with 12-metre Polish fishing boat DZI 18 early in the morning of September 30th when 30nm NE of Swinoujscie, Poland, while en route from Szczecin, Poland, to Helsinki, Finland. The container ship was reported to have dragged the fishing boat in its bow for about an hour before…

Marine accident round-up : 4th October 2022

Chemical/oil products tanker Diamond 8 (IMO 9132612), which has been implicated in several investigations into North Korean sanctions evasions has reportedly tried to pass itself as a ship that had been in a Southeast Asian scrapyard for a year. Investigators spotted the Diamond 8 near Fujian Province in June 2022, using a radio identifier linked…

US Coast Guard completes more than 150 rescues after Hurricane Ian

By the morning of Saturday October 1st the US Coast Guard had saved more than 150 people and more than 50 pets during its initial response to Hurricane Ian, Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan said on Friday. The hurricane came ashore on September 28th as a high Cat 4 / near-Cat 5 event  near Fort Myers,…

Marine accident round-up : 3rd October 2022

The Maritime Union Of India (MUI) said on September 28th that it had helped an Indian seafarer return from Libya where he had been stuck on his ship in port after the owners of the East Express (IMO 8215754) ceased operations. Roshan Raj spent 19 months on the ship since February 2021 and was at…

Tanker that collided with Maersk-operated containership accused of sanctions-avoidance

Further details have emerged of the collision between crude oil tanker Zephyr I (IMO 9255880) and container ship GSL Grania (IMO 9285653) early on September 27th local time in the Malacca Strait, halfway between Malacca City and Singapore, including a claim that the Zephyr I was in the process of sanctions-avoidance. The tanker was reported…