09/03/2017

Contact us “if the ship begins sinking or someone dies.” It was a brief message, sent by the owners of four merchant ships abandoned at the UAE’s Ajman anchorage in Sharjah. The 41 Indian sailors to whom it was addressed had repeatedly asked for help. They were surviving on dal…

21/02/2017

US Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden said it best: “The pollution in this case was the result of more than just bad actors on one ship. It reflects poorly on [the ship’s] culture and management.” It was December 2016 and US-based Princess Cruise Lines had just been fined $40…

09/01/2017

2016 was the year shipping acknowledged its role as a facilitator of crime, admittedly an unwitting facilitator, but a facilitator none the less. The key moments were the Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products, signed in March, and the Declaration of…

26/10/2016

Traditionally the goal of the stowaway is to board a ship undetected to gain free passage from one part of the world to another. But evidence from South Africa suggests the emergence of a new class of stowaway with quite different objectives. The advent of the ‘professional stowaway’ has been…

22/09/2016

The latest move by the international community to limit shipping’s impact on the environment has been met with qualified welcome but also trepidation and profound irritation. Irritation because the rules on ballast water management, while costly to implement, may still not be enough to satisfy at least one key maritime…

23/08/2016

Piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to their lowest levels in over 20 years, according to data gathered in the first six months of 2016. The decline is in large part a measure of the success achieved by international intervention and regional cooperation. Two regions that had been…

20/07/2016

China, as expected, has said it will ignore findings from an international tribunal that undermine its claims to sovereignty over large parts of the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in July against Beijing in a case brought by the Philippines. The judgement is…

11/05/2016

Since the end of March 2016, there have been three separate maritime kidnappings of crewmembers from tugboats operating in Malaysian territorial waters between Sabah State, Malaysia, and the southern Philippines. Each incident was perpetrated by the Filipino group Abu Sayyaf – a recognised Islamist organisation known to engage in criminal…

21/03/2016

It’s going to be a longer road to economic recovery for the shipping industry than previously hoped. With loans exceeding assets, dwindling orderbooks and cash flow problems, any recovery in the shipping sector has well and truly stalled. And the recent wave of ‘new’ investors in the sector may be…

28/09/2015

Some vessel sectors are seeing higher freight and charter rates in 2015, but these signs of optimism are being tempered by other macroeconomic factors, such as falling commodity prices, a tumbling Chinese stock market and plummeting scrap prices. James Walters of Gray Page writing in Bunkerspot where this article first…

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