UNCTAD – world maritime fleet statistics

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issued statistics regarding the world maritime fleet. UNCTAD this week uploaded 2017 maritime statistics on the world shipping fleet by flag and by country of ownership, as well as the 2016 tonnage for ship building and scrapping. Greece takes the top place of ship owning countries and outranks Japan,…

Allianz Safety and Shipping Annual Review 2017 (for year 2016)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has issued its fifth ”Safety and Shipping Review”, a report which focuses on key developments in maritime safety and analyzes shipping losses during the 12 months prior to December 31, 2016. Report Highlights 85 large ships lost worldwide in 2016, down 50% over a decade. Top losses were reported in South China and Southeast Asia; East Mediterranean region is considered…

Risk Focus: KIDNAP and RANSOM

This report from UK P&I club, explains why kidnapping for ransom has increased recently in the Gulf of Guinea, and assesses whether this increase will continue. It describes what happens during a kidnap, and provides some insight into the training available for shipping companies and crews. The Gulf of Guinea is currently thought to be the most dangerous region for…

PSC Concentrated inspection campaigns on Safety of Navigation and Life Saving Appliances

The Port State Control’s concentrated inspection campaigns (CIC) on Safety of Navigation and Life Saving Appliances will start on 1 September 2017. CICs are periodical inspections that focus on a specific topic and are carried out during routine PSC inspections with an additional checklist for a period of 3 months. This PSC news summarizes considerations…

ClassNK releases their 2016 Port State Control annual report

This Annual Report on Port State Control (PSC) summarizes deficiencies identified during PSC inspections carried out in various countries around the world. This report is prepared with the objective of building awareness with the present state of PSC and thereby improving future onboard maintenance and inspections, and as well as Safety Management System. It also contains interesting photos…

IMO further pushes back Ballast Water Compliance Dates

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) finished up its 71st meeting with new resolutions on Ballast Water Management among others. The most noteworthy resolution to emerge from MEPC 71 was a new implementation scheme for Ballast Water Management (BWM) requirements. The new plan requires compliance with the Ballast Water Management Convention standards at the…