Cause and prevention of container loss at sea

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The causes of losing containers overboard are numerous and often complex, though very often basic operational errors are a factor. The consequences of container loss should justify time, cost and effort by ship owners and operators in reviewing and improving preventative measures. GARD P&I club has put together a fine article which tackles this issue. …

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First Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea published

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The first version of the inaugural ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea‘ is published by Human Rights at Sea after the initial drafting session was held in Switzerland on 20-21 March 2019 at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. The Declaration was first announced to students in Malta on 4…

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New guidance available on Arrested and Detained vessels and Abandoned Seafarers

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) New guidance is now available to assist welfare organisations dealing with incidents of seafarers being abandoned and vessels being arrested or detained. The booklet, entitled Arrested and Detained Vessels, and Abandoned Seafarers, has been produced by ISWAN in partnership with InterManager, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) and the…

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IMO – Electronic information exchange mandatory for ports from 8 April 2019

  (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports comes into effect from 8 April 2019. The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the…

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Flashback in maritime history: Union Faith-Warren J. Doucet tow collision and 25 fatalities, 6 April 1969

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 6 April 1969, the steamship Union Faith, operating with a local pilot, was upbound on the Mississippi River at New Orleans. The towboat Warren J. Doucet was downbound with three tank barges, each holding about 9,000 barrels of crude oil. A second towboat was made up to the port quarter of the face barge.…

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