Marine accident round-up : 18th January 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for two people in the water near Bootheville, Louisiana after the support boat they were on capsized during a training exercise, which involved oil spill response vessel Louisiana Responder. USCG Sector New Orleans reported that watchstanders received a report at approximately 10:40 on Wednesday January 16th…

Rotterdam Port reports fewer accidents in 2018

The Port of Rotterdam has reported that 29,475 sea-going vessels arrived at the port in 2018, 200 fewer than in 2017. The number of accidents fell from 129 to 118 on approximately 1m shipping movements. Among these, were 14 accidents involved pleasure craft. Harbour Master René de Vries said that this was “quite a lot…

Old CSL Virginia sold for demolition

Cyprus-flagged container ship CSL Virginia (IMO 9289568), which sustained a significant gash last year when it collided with Tunisian passenger/cargo RoRo Ulysse (IMO 9142459) last October 7th north-west of Corsica, has been sold for demolition in Bangladesh. The ship, renamed Virgin Star, was sold on December 21st 2018 for $488 per LDT, putting the overall…

Increase in piracy last year, West Africa the new hotspot

Piracy increased in 2018, with the most significant rise in attacks being against ships and crews around West Africa, according to a report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 worldwide in 2017. Reports of attacks in…

Marine accident round-up : 17th January 2019

Cargo ship Rix Emerald (IMO 9116802) ran aground off Landskrona, Sweden,  during the morning of January 15th. She was in ballast at the time. No oil leakage was observed. No one from the crew of eight was injured. A sobriety test carried out on board proved negative. The reason for the grounding was as yet…

Smit Salvage gets salvage contract for Star Centurion

Netherlands-based Smit Salvage has been awarded the contract for the salvage of pipe layer Star Centurion (IMO 9241712) which has been lying on her port side on a sandbar almost completely under water off Singapore after being struck by oil products tanker Antea (IMO 9250153) earlier this week. Smit Salvage will be working with Indonesian…

Marine accident round-up : 16th January 2019

General cargo ship Nauma (IMO 9362827) reportedly has leaked oil into the waters of Fremantle, Western Australia. The alarm was raised early on January 12th at the north-eastern end of the inner harbour, when oil was observed spilling out of the ship. Absorbent booms were laid at both ends of the ship by response teams….

Hannover Re & HDI Global launch new specialty insurance venture

HDI Global Specialty SE, a new specialty lines insurer launched as a collaborative venture between Talanx Group companies Hannover Re and HDI Global, has commenced underwriting with planned premium volumes of more than €1bn. Marine, political risk and legal expense are part of its wide portfolio. The insurer was formed after HDI Global and Hannover…

The Swedish Club: New lessons from past experiences

The Swedish Club has published a new edition of Claims at a Glance, a summary of cases and statistics taken from its experiences in Loss Prevention over the last three years. Swedish Club said that Claims at a Glance offered the Club’s own perspective on some of the cases it has recently dealt with and…

Maersk Honam cut in half, to be rebuilt in S Korea with new forward section

Denmark-based shipping company Maersk has said that a portion of container ship Maersk Honam (IMO 9784271) will be transported by heavy-lift vessel to Hyundai Heavy Industries in February where it will be rebuilt. Maersk Honam has been cut into two parts at the Drydock World Dubai (UAE). The 228.5-metre-long sound section, which runs from midship…

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