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OW Bunker – Can’t we talk this through?

02/04/2015

The bunker market used to be a fairly convivial place to do business. Similar to other sectors in the City, lunchtimes and the hours after work were often spent in the company of fellow suppliers,…

Plain speaking on piracy: what happened in 2014 and what should happen in 2015

29/01/2015

James Wilkes of Gray Page – writing in  Cargo Security Intelligence, where this article first appeared – issues an unequivocal call to shipowners and governments to take concerted and firm action over the issue of…

Christmas casualties: are holiday periods a more dangerous time to be at sea?

13/01/2015

by Capt. John Evanson, Master Mariner Why was there such a concentration of maritime “casualties” over the end of year holiday period? The incidents with NORMAN ATLANTIC (IMO 9435466, built 2009), BULK JUPITER (IMO 9339947,…

The Waiting Game: why recovery in the shipping sector has stalled

04/01/2015

Predictions of a recovery in the shipping sector in 2014 have proved to be premature. James Walters of Gray Page – writing in Bunkerspot, where this article first appeared – looks at why the much anticipated upturn may…

Ebola and the Shipping Industry

09/10/2014

What does the current Ebola outbreak mean for the shipping industry, especially for those operating or chartering ships calling at ports in West Africa? The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been declared an international…

Ten things you should know about piracy in West Africa

16/07/2014

1.There are various types of maritime crime in West Africa; generally, only two of these can be considered as piracy – ‘hijack for cargo theft’ and ‘kidnap for ransom’. 2. Hijack for cargo theft has…

Ship security alert systems are failing at the time they are needed most

19/05/2014

Ship security alert systems are a statutory requirement, but conforming only to the minimum standards undermines their practical value when ships are under threat. Fortunately, with a little thought and application, ship security alert systems…

The changing dynamic of West African maritime crime in 2013/2014

03/03/2014

Kidnappings up 85 per cent, overall maritime crime up 21 per cent, successful hijack for cargo theft down by 50 per cent: the ever shifting threat in West Africa. Last year reported incidents of maritime…

Global maritime incident monthly (October 2013)

31/10/2013

Report, in PDF format, mapping major maritime incidents, including piracy, maritime crime and maritime casulties which took place during October 2013.

What are the impacts of an expanded JWC listed area in the Gulf of Guinea?

04/10/2013

In June 2013, the Lloyd’s Joint War Committee (JWC) expanded its Gulf of Guinea Listed Area – previously consisting of Nigerian and Beninese waters – to include Togolese waters north of 3˚N. This announcement came…

Global maritime incident monthly (September 2013)

30/09/2013

Report, in PDF format, mapping major maritime incidents, including piracy, maritime crime and maritime casulties which took place during September 2013.

Update on hijack for cargo theft in the Gulf of Guinea: low loss, high risk

19/09/2013

In recent months there has been a discernible rise in hijack for cargo theft activity in the Gulf of Guinea. During the period of May – August 2013, five commercial tankers1 were reported hijacked, compared…

Global maritime incident monthly (August 2013)

31/08/2013

Report, in PDF format, mapping major maritime incidents, including piracy, maritime crime and maritime casulties which took place during August 2013.

Iran: new president, new sanctions?

15/08/2013

In a climate of ever-increasing US and EU sanctions against Iran, what will the country’s election of a ‘moderate’ president mean for sanctions and the shipping industry? Iran’s newly elected leader, Hassan Rouhani, has been…

Information security at Nigerian ports

02/08/2013

In the majority of hijacks for cargo theft, pirates have demonstrated a degree of prior knowledge regarding the target vessel and its cargo. Pirates have hijacked tankers as far as 89 nm offshore (CAPE BIRD,…

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