Safety & Security
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was detained on Saturday for questioning by prosecutors, along with First Officer Ciro Ambrosio. Prosecutors reportedly are considering charges that could include manslaughter, abandoning ship before all others, and causing…
The grounding of a cruise ship Costa Concordia should serve as a wake-up call to the shipping industry, says maritime professional union Nautilus International. As we reported earlier, the ship, carrying some 4,234 passengers and…
Three people are confirmed dead after the cruise ship Costa Concordia grounded off Italy Friday evening. Up to 70 were reported missing as of Saturday morning, though a cabin search of the ship was continuing.The…
At first light on January 2012, Somali pirates opened fire on the Spanish Navy combat replenishment ship Patino, which is serving as the current flagship of EU  Navfor.Patino had just completed the escort of a…
Portsmouth, N.H., based Juliet Marine Systems, Inc., (JMS), a privately funded company, today announced plans to select a weapons integrator for GHOST, a high-speed attack craft specifically designed by JMS to protect waterways like the…
NATO is warning that the M/V LIQUID VELVET, a Marshall Islands flagged, Greek owned chemical tanker, may be being used as a pirate mothership.  It was last reported making way 120 nm off the coast…
In two months, the great, the good and the not-so-great-or-good will gather at the annual three-day jamboree of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA).  One of the hardy perennial topics is sure to be “the image…
The U.S. Navy has rescued the crew of an Iranian fishing vessel that had been used as a pirate mother ship and has detained 15 suspected pirates.At approximately 12:30 p.m, January 5, an SH-60S Seahawk…
In its recently published annual analysis Reflections 2012, The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) examines the critical issues facing the shipping industry now and in the coming year. In the analysis, BIMCO emphasizes the…
After taking office January  1, new IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu is making a number of changes in the structure of the IMO Secretariat.Sekimizu said: "The biggest challenge I see in the coming years, in terms…
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