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The Human Touch in a Digital World

11/06/2018

Over the last 20 years and more, tracking the movements of individual ships has changed considerably. It has become easier in some ways thanks to the development of web-based platforms, but, for every action there is an opposite reaction.

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CARGO MISAPPROPRIATION: WHERE THE RISKS LIE

11/06/2018

Cargo misappropriation gives rise to claims that routinely run to millions of dollars. Yet the drivers and mechanisms of misappropriation, and the ways potential victims can mitigate the risks, are not always understood.

THE MANY FACES OF PIRACY IN THE GULF OF GUINEA

11/06/2018

West Africa faces many security challenges, piracy amongst them. Piracy attacks occur frequently across the Gulf of Guinea – but the greatest concentration is in Nigerian waters.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: No Style – No substance; charterparty disputes

11/06/2018

The French have a saying, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”. It means, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Over the last 12 months or so, we have been receiving a growing number of requests from clients.

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‘Ferries: More than the sum of their bars’

11/09/2017

A ferry is the perfect place for shipping to engage with the general public, but it’s an opportunity that seems to be being missed. By James Wilkes. Like thousands of people, I took a cross-channel…

Somali piracy 2017: the world is watching

23/05/2017

The question as to whether Somali piracy is about to make a sustained return is based on a false premise. It never really went away. What did change in 2012 was that successful attacks of…

When can we say with more certainty that Somalia-based piracy is resurgent?

13/04/2017

This article written by James Wilkes, MD, Gray Page, was first published on Splash 24/7 on 10th April 2017. On March 13, a small products tanker named Aris 13 was hijacked by a group of…

Maritime security reality check

11/04/2017

This article written by Gray Page, first appeared on Splash 24/7 on March 9th 2017. If the first concerns that spring to mind at the mention of ‘maritime security risks’ are cyber-attacks and terrorism you…

Crew abandonment: owners need to be held accountable

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…

Marine pollution: prosecuting seafarers will not solve the problem

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…

Fighting the shipping of illegal wildlife products

Smarter ways of searching for a needle in a haystack; disrupting the shipping of illegal wildlife and counterfeit goods

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…

The age of the ‘professional stowaway’

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…

Ballast water rules foreshadow uncertain future

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…

No short-term fix in battle against piracy

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…

South China Sea ruling: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’

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…

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