European Maritime safety Agency Celebrating 10 year CleanSeaNet Service

CleanSeaNet is the Near Real Time European satellite based oil spill monitoring and vessel detection service, set up and operated by the EMSA since April 2007. The service provides aggregated products on possible oil spill’s, pollution alerts and related information to the operational maritime administrations within 30 min. after satellite acquisition to allow an effective use of the data…

Flashback in maritime history: Suez Canal opened to shipping 17 November 1869

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Suez Canal opened to shipping on 17 November 1869. Excavation of the Canal had taken ten years, using forced labor and rudimentary mechanical equipment. Construction had been opposed by British interests, who feared competition in trade with India. Once the Canal opened and proved successful, British interests acquired a majority ownership. The Canal…

MAIB investigation Report of the fatal accident onboard the bulker Graig Rotterdam

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of the fatal accident onboard the bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam in Alexandria, Egypt on 19 December 2016. The vessel was discharging a deck cargo of packaged timber. At 1109, the bosun, a Chinese national, fell overboard and into a barge that…

EMSA Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) European Maritime safety Agency has issued the Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents. It consists in a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP). General: During 2016 there were 106 reported fatalities, 957 persons injured, 26 ships lost and 123 investigations launched. With 3145…

IMO – Port State Control regimes collaboration

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The IMO issued a news release stating that port state control regimes have pledged to strengthen their collaboration with the IMO and amongst themselves. They also agreed to consider moving away from ‘black/grey/white’ lists toward expanding an individual ship risk profile approach. A recent workshop (24-26 October) for port State control (PSC) MoU/Agreement Secretaries…