Fast-changing Arctic and North Atlantic conditions bring route risks: AGCS

Climate change is freeing up new trade routes in some areas, while increasing the risk of ice in others, said Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in its Safety And Shipping Review 2018. The insurer noted that earlier this year specially-designed LNG tanker Eduard Toll successfully journeyed from South Korea to Montoir, France via northern…

Marine accident round-up : 20th July 2018

UK War Risks Club said it had been advised of an unexploded bomb or mine presenting a hazard off the Chinese port of Lianyungang at reported position 34°54′04.8″N, 120°14′00″E . “Members should check with local authorities and other sources for navigational warnings and updates on the situation.” https://www.ukwarrisks.com/news-resources/news/article/reported-unexploded-bomb-or-mine-off-lianyungang-china-144654/ Cement carrier Raysut II (IMO 8317332)  has…

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…

Vietnam orders vessels back to port ahead of tropical storm

Vietnam ordered vessels back to port and prepared evacuation plans in flood-prone northern provinces ahead of tropical storm Son Tinh, which made landfall in northern coastal areas late on Wednesday July 18th Son Tinh soaked parts of the Philippines on Tuesday and had sustained wind speeds of up to 90 kph (56mph), the National Centre…

Cargo ship runs aground north of Caithness

General cargo ship Priscilla (IMO 9411745) ran aground on the Pentland Skerries between Orkney and the Caithness coast, northeast of Duncansby Head, at 03:30 local time on July 18th, while en route from Klaipeda, Lithuania, to Silloth, Cumbria, England. There were six crew members on board the 89-metre vessel at the time. The Thurso RNLI…

Marine accident round-up : 19th July 2018

Bulk carrier Ikan Kerapu (IMO 9697959)  ran aground early on July 15th in the Irbe Strait of the Gulf of Riga. The ship was en route from Riga, Latvia, whence it had sailed on July 14th, bound for Taranto, Italy. On July 17 it was still stuck. 2015-built, Panama-flagged, 41,753 gt Ikan Kerapu is owned…

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…

Salvage operation for SSL Kolkata continues

Salvage operations at stricken general cargo ship SSL Kolkata (IMO 9346574) continued this week despite swells of between two and four metres. Only a minor oil leakage from the vessel has been detected so far. SSL Kolkata was sailing from Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to Kolkata when a fire broke out due to an explosion…

Convoy shunt in Suez Canal after grounding

Container ship Aeneas (IMO 9426790) ran aground in the Suez Canal during the evening of July 15th while transiting the canal in a southbound convoy. Although Aeneas was soon refloated and towed to the southern Suez anchorage before resuming her voyage, but as a result of the grounding bulk carriers Panamax Alexander (IMO 9233402), Sakizaya…