Somalis release Abdullah and its crew

The hijacked Bangladeshi bulk carrier Abdullah (IMO 9745598), along with its crew of 23, was released by Somali pirates early on Sunday April 14th. Two of the pirates said that a $5m ransom had been paid. “The money was brought to us two nights ago as usual… we checked whether the money was fake or…

German and French NGOs question safety of livestock carriers

Germany-based NGO Animal Welfare Foundation and French environmental organization Robin des Bois have questioned the safety of livestock carriers in a just-published report on the safety risks associated with livestock carriers trading from the European Union. This organizations produced a similar snapshot three years ago. The average EU-approved livestock carrier is now older (43 years…

Container feeder service restored between Ukraine and Romania

Ukraine has restarted an additional container service, establishing a feeder operation between the port of Chornomorsk and Constanta, Romania. This is the first container service on the Black Sea since the invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago. It expands on a limited service that had been operating along the Danube. Transport of bulk…

Marine round-up : 16th April 2024

A fire was reported to have broken out aboard offshore processing ship SeaRose FPSO (IMO 9274501) during the late afternoon of April 11th while it was undergoing a major refit in the drydock at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. It had docked there in January. About 50 firefighters responded to the call. The…

MSC container ship seized by Iran as Middle East situation escalates

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized container ship MSC Aries (IMO 9857169) on Saturday April 13th in the Strait of Hormuz, days after the country’s government warned that it could close strait. The vessel was boarded by Iranian special forces about 50 miles off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, MSC said. Then on Saturday night, Iran launched hundreds…

General Average confirmed on the Dali

The owner of container ship Dali (IMO 9697428), which crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26th, has started a formal process for General Average. AP Moller-Maersk indicated that the General Average had been declared by Singapore-based Grace Ocean, according to a customer advisory released on Friday from MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA. “This decision…

US investigators interview Dali vessel personnel

Investigators into the Baltimore Bridge accident on March 26th have conducted interviews with key cargo ship personnel from the containership Dali (IMO 9697428), US National Transportation Safety Board (MTSB) chair Jennifer Homendy said at a Senate hearing last Wednesday April 10th. Homendy said investigators remained on site and had interviewed the pilots (there were two…

Russian crude and refined oil products trapped on tankers: report

Russian crude oil and refined oil products have become trapped at sea on four tankers after the US sancioned the vessels with fresh Iran-related sanctions, reported Reuters, citing LSEG data shown on Friday. On April 4th the US imposed new Iran-related sanctions against a shipping firm Oceanlink Maritime DMCC and its vessels, citing its role…

Britannia addresses the Dali situation:

Group Club Britannia has written to its members stating that, while it does not usually comment publicly on specific cases, it has decied to release a circular to answer a number of questions Members might have arising out of the Dali allision with the Baltmiore Key Bridge on Mach 26th It was confirmed that the…