Safety & Security
BIMCO has published a standard contract for the employment of security guards on vessels. This new contract -- GUARDCON -- has been developed to provide shipowners and private maritime security companies (PMSC) with a clearly…
GAC Protective Solutions reports that a maritime security alert has been issued after a merchant vessel was reported hijacked in position 0700N 06949E approximately 305 NM northwest of Male, Maldives on March 26. The vessel…
InterManager President Alastair Evitt says that any move by governments to ban the payment of ransoms to pirates would have a "massively detrimental effect on the risk to the world's seafarers and the global economy."…
The UK P&I Club has issued a loss prevention bulletin on the dangers of pressing up ballast tanks. In a recent case, says the bulletin, an entered vessel pressed up its ballast tanks in order…
Resolve Maritime Academy opened its new Simulation Training Center this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA facility adjacent to Port Everglades.Sharing the ceremonial scissors in our photograph are (L to…
The Navy reports that guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318) rescued 24 Filipino mariners in the Persian Gulf, early March 15.At approximately 2 a.m., local…
Wärtsilä has signed a five-year service agreement with U.S.-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.The long-term service agreement covers six vessels, a total of 27 Wärtsilä…
With the Costa Concordia incident still impacting bookings, the top executives of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) gave delegates gathered at Cruise Shipping Miami their views on cruising's safety record and policies as well as…
The BBC reports that the captain of a vessel involved in a collision with a Stenaline ferry at the mouth of Belfast Lough will appear in court on Friday on a charge of having excess…
Athens-headquartered Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) reports that one of its vessels, the 179,546 dwt Capesize bulk carrier STAR POLARIS, sustained bottom damage when entering the port of Eregli, Turkey. Following a survey of…
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