Marine accident round-up : 24th September 2018

Motorboat Krym slammed into chemical oil products tanker Mekhanik Pogodin (IMO 9598397) which was moored near Naftohavan in Kherson, during the evening of September 16th. The causes of the accident were being investigated. The owner of the motorboat was reported to have been “in a state of alcoholic intoxication”. The tanker had been blocked in…

Governmental intervention in marine casualties

In Swedish Club’s latest issue of Triton the insurer has reported on governmental intervention in marine casualties, which was the theme for the Panel Debate at the Members’ Day preceding the Club AGM. Managing Director Lars Rhodin wrote that seaborne transportation was no longer a shared risk in the way it was historically perceived. From…

Calls for tighter quality control in shipping

The wave of contaminated fuel that has clogged and damaged engines on hundreds of oil tankers and container vessels in past months has led shippers to demand stricter quality controls around the world. Because large volumes of fuel oil are blended with so-called cutter stocks by suppliers and sold on through an extensive network of…

ABP signs MoU on blockchain initiative

UK port operator, Associated British Ports (ABP), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programs to examine the implementation of blockchain technology to improve port connectivity. The MOU was signed this week with blockchain-specialist logistics software company Marine Transport International. ABP operates 21 ports across the UK,…

More than 10 tons of cannabis resin intercepted in Malta

In what was described as Malta’s largest-ever drugs bust, 10 tonnes of cannabis resin with a street value of €28.5m were found inside a containership at Malta. The vessel had been sailing towards Libya from Syria. The Maltese government said that the container ship had been followed for days before its arrival in Malta. Three…

Typhoon Mangkhut devastates small vessels in Hong Kong

Hundreds of badly damaged small vessels were washed ashore on and around Hong Kong as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut last week, while many others simply sunk. At one yacht club the damage was so great that staff had to swim to work. Luxury vessels, dinghies and other small vessels were severely hit in Sai…

Crew from bulk carrier Glavus kidnapped in Nigerian waters

Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from bulk carrier Glarus (IMO 9220471) in Nigerian waters on Saturday September 22nd the ship’s operator has revealed. It was observed at last week’s IUMI 2018 that pirates off the West African coast have expanded their entrepreneurial efforts from the traditional theft of oil or cargo into the kidnapping of…

Skuld highlights the difficulties and complexities of “bad” bunkers

Marine insurer Skuld has written on the complex problem of “bad” bunkers and the implication of any spreading of the “infection”. The insurer said that members and customers would be aware of the widely reported problems with fuel supplied at ports in the US Gulf region, Caribbean and Far East. Certain compounds – phenols and…

Marine accident round-up : 21st September 2018

Storm Ali in the UK caused cruise ship Nautica (IMO 9200938) to detach from its moorings in Greenock, Scotland, and drift away from the dock on September 19th.  At the time the majority of passengers were reported to be ashore. “Nautica encountered extremely strong winds which resulted in the parting of mooring lines and the…

Appeal Court decision provides important time bar guidance

Standard Club’s senior claims executive Ben Chandler has reported on a recent English Court of Appeal decision that provided important guidance on the applicability of charterparty time bar provisions to letters of indemnity (LOIs). The Songa Winds [2018] EWCA Civ 1901 looked at the interrelationship between LOIs and charterparty time bar provisions. Standard Club noted…