MSC stops trading with sanctions-hit Russian entities

Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said last week that it had stopped any new trade with Russian entities targeted by US sanctions, Reuters reports. The container group was responding to a statement by the US on April 6 that sanctions would be  imposed against Russian entities and individuals – a reaction to Russia’s alleged meddling…

Libya: Tanker owners and crew at risk when trading oil in Libya

Correspondents Shtewi Legal and Pandi Services in Tripoli have informed P&I Clubs of problems that shipowners might face while trading oil in Libya. The correspondents noted that, since the fall of the Gadaffi regime and the subsequent formation of a government recognized by the UN, certain factions had exploited the ensuing chaos, selling government oil…

New measures for prevention and control of ship pollution in Tianjin Port

Japan Club has informed members of new pollution measures in Tianjin Port. Hong Kong Reman Marine Services Co, a specialist in sludge disposal, tank cleaning and oil spill emergency response, has stated that new measures at Tianjin port on Prevention and Control of Ship Pollution had been promulgated on February 23rd under Order No.1 of…

UK Club updates members on Brazilian visa requirements for seafarers

Correspondent Proinde has updated UK P&I Club on Brazil’s new migration law, implemented in November 2017, and its impact on seafarers. The new Brazilian Migration Law, which was enacted in May 2017, replaced the Alien’s Statute, which harked back to the days of military rule. The new law eliminated criminal sanctions for immigration offences, it…

Greek seamen, engineers, cooks, strike over proposed reforms

Greek ferries did not sail on Wednesday April 18th after seamen, marine engineers and ship cooks refused to work in protest against planned government reforms, which they claim will hurt their labour rights. The strike was organized by the Greek seamen federation (PNO), which said that the government was preparing a reform that would allow…

Crew get owed wages, return home to Ukraine

Sixteen crew members of container ship Avonmoor (IMO 9145279) have received their wages and returned home to Ukraine after being abandoned for four months in Morocco, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has reported. The seafarers were abandoned in January 2018 in the Port of Casablanca by shipowner Tylos Shipping and Marine services. Wages were…

South Korean destroyer arrives in Ghana to help rescue kidnapped crew

South Korean Navy destroyer Mumnu The Great, carrying elite naval troops, arrived in waters off Ghana earlier this week with the aim of helping to rescue three South Korean nationals who were kidnapped in March, according to a South Korean news agency report, citing unnamed military sources said. The South Koreans were abducted from their…

Court says that Equanimity was wrongly impounded

An Indonesian court ruled this week that luxury $250m yacht Equanimity, which had been linked by US investigating authorities to an alleged corruption scandal at Malaysian state fund 1MDB, was wrongfully impounded. Authorities seized the Cayman Islands-flagged yacht in Bali in February at the request of US authorities. The court has now ordered that it…

Djibouti looking to partner PIL & CMA CGM in building Doraleh ports

Djibouti, which is in a confrontation with DP World over the running of its existing port, is reported to be undertaking discussions with shipping companies PIL and CMA CGM to develop ports in Doraleh. The Doraleh International Container Terminal would have an annual capacity of 2.4m teus when completed in 2020. Further expansion would eventually…

Dryad analyzes Houthi attack on oil tanker

Risk management company Dryad Maritime has analyzed the implications of a recent incident in the Southern Red Sea where fully-laden very large crude carrier (VLCC) Abqaiq was shot by a projectile fired by Houthi fighters on Tuesday April 3rd while the ship was south-west of the port of Al Hudaydah in Yemen. Owner National Shipping…

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