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…

More problems with ecological inspectors in Ukrainian ports

Standard Club has said that it would like to maintain members’ awareness of the problems relating to so-called ecological inspectors in Ukraine. It recently released a web alert on this topic (IMN, June 22nd, 2018), which was withdrawn in response to a correction by the club’s correspondent, which issued the original alert. This correspondent has…

New Zealand – Biofouling regulatory requirements reminder

P&I Services, West of England Club’s Correspondents in Auckland, has published three circulars containing general guidance on the MPI’s requirements and expectations of the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure compliance with “Biofouling on Vessel Arriving to New Zealand – Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS)” which became mandatory on May 15th. New…

Reports to ReCAAP in H1 2018 at lowest for 10 years

The 40 piracy incidents reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre from January to June 2018 marked 15% year-on-year decrease and were the lowest in number for the first half of the year for 10 years Of the 40 incidents reported from January to June 2018, 29 were actual incidents while 11 were attempted cases. Of…

UN says anti-piracy fund has boosted maritime security in Somalia

The UN counter-piracy fund has improved maritime security in Somalia and on the Western Indian Ocean coastline through enhanced prosecution of culprits, an official said on Friday. Jaime Serpanchy, the Secretary of UN Counter Piracy Trust Fund (CPTF) has said. The UN official spoke to Xinhua on the sidelines of the 21st Plenary Session on…

Could Iran disrupt Gulf oil flows?

The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said last week that Tehran would block all exports through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if countries followed the US “request” that other countries stop buying Iranian oil from November 2018, reports Reuters. With 20% of global oil consumption passing through the Strait from Middle East crude…

Two cargo ships struck off registries

Two countries, Sierra leone and Tanzania, have struck general cargo ships Crystal Galaxy (IMO 8418356) and Snow White (IMO 7422180) off their registries in recent weeks after the ships were found to have been involved in transporting grains from Crimea to Syria. In June Snow White loaded grain in Crimea, bound for Syria. Sierra Leone’s…

Liberia adopts law amendments for ship finance

The Republic of Liberia has amended Liberian maritime law to allow lease financing structures to be recorded as mortgages. Liberia said that it was now the only flag state with preferred status in China able to record financing charters. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, Liberian International Ship & Corporate…

Australia rejects sheep exporter’s alternative plan

Australia’s Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) has suspended the licence of livestock exporter EMS Rural Exports. As a result the export to the Middle East of 45,000 of 60,000 sheep stranded in Western Australia has been prevented. EMS Rural Exports is a sister company of Emanuel Exports, an exporter involved in a recent court case…