Safety & Security
U.S. maritime unions say that cuts in manning levels and burgeoning paperwork loads are increasing the risk of maritime accidents worldwide. At a time when carriers have reduced crewing levels, ships' officers are being forced…
"Tragic accidents, from the Titanic, to the Estonia or the Costa Concordia, put ship safety in the spotlight," said EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, setting out the European Commission's priorities for passenger ship safety at…
Lloyd's Register has published the first dedicated set of rules for stern-first ice-class ships. The release of the rules comes as more and more ships are being ordered with options such as podded propulsion systems…
The Cruise Lines International Association has appointed a panel of experts to assess the recommendations made in an operational safety review launched by the industry following the Costa Concordia tragedy. The panel of will evaluate…
Oceanwide Expeditions says that 74 passengers and 21 crew members from the Antarcic expedition cruise ship MV Plancius have been transferred to a rescue ship. On April 9, the Plancius experienced mechanical problems that saw…
Rear Admiral Mary E. Landry, USCG retired,will be back at work at the Coast Guard, April 22, though she won't be wearing quite as much gold braid as in this file photograph. As the newest…
The UK P&I Club is publishing a series of "Risk Focus" booklets that highlight specific areas of risk. This month (April) sees the publication of the first: "Risk Focus: Slips, trips and falls." The series…
Here we go again. Another of those Antarctic "adventure" cruises has gotten a tad more adventurous than passengers may have expected. This time round, the vessel in question is the MV Plancius, operated by Oceanwide…
Classification society Bureau Veritas has joined forces with French maritime security consultantcy Securymind to provide an auditing and verification service for companies providing armed guards to protect ships against piracy. Security companies offering services to…
Bergen Risk Solutions, the Norwegian based specialist in political, maritime and security risk assessments that puts a special focus on Nigeria and the Niger Delta, has identified a worrying new trend in Nigerian piracy -…
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