Safety & Security
May 24, 2012 —Shipowners from all over Asia gathered to form a massive human SOS as a demonstration of their support for the international SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign. The shipowners meetings this week in Australia for…
May 22, 2012 — Capt. Eric Christensen, chief, Commercial Vessel Compliance at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters has sounded what he calls a "high-level alarm for detentions of U.S.-flag vessels." Coast Guard analysis of recent actions…
Early May 15, following a decision taken in March by the Council of the European Union to allow the EU Naval Force to take disruption action against known pirate supplies on the shore, EU forces…
The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) held its 45th Committee meeting in Riga, Latvia, May 7 - 11, 2012. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the impact of the Costa Concordia tragedy,…
A 156,000 dwt, 2011 built tanker has been hijacked by Somali pirates. GAC Protective Services says that a maritime security alert has been issued for the Arabian Sea after Liberia-flagged product tanker Smyrni was confirmed…
A video uploaded on Liveleaks.com and said to be taped in the Indian ocean 120 miles off Somalia, shows what the site calls Somali pirates having a "very bad day." A report by Bloomberg says…
Japan's Imabari Shipbuilding has developed the Aero-Citadel, a newly designed superstructure that couples energy efficiency with anti-piracy measures. Imabari's Aero-Citadel superstructure has a slim, streamlined shape that combines the ship's accommodations, engine room, and exhaust…
CNN is carrying a story that says that German cryptologists have discovered al Qaeda documents that outline a number of plans - including one to seize cruise ships, hold passengers hostage, dress them in orange…
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…
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