Stowaways – Complicated, Messy, Expensive and Possibly Dangerous

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  By Rick Spilman, Old Salt Blog Recently, the New York Times published Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship, the first of a four part series, by Ian Urbina. At the core of the article, Urbina tells the story of two South Africans who have the misfortune to stowaway onboard a Greek reefer ship whose owner is notorious for shady dealings. Only one of the … [Read more...]

IMB Piracy Report Shows Continued SE Asian Attacks Against Small Tankers

IMB's Live Piracy Map showing Attempted Attacks, Boardings, vessel's Fired Upon, Hijackings, and Suspicious Vessels.

  A new report published Wednesday by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlights a continuing trend in South East Asia in the hijacking of small coastal tankers by maritime pirates, averaging one attack every two weeks. According to the report, five small tankers were hijacked in South East Asian waters in the second … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 225 Years of Service

The wreck of the Liberian tanker Argo Merchant off Nantucket, 1976. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

  By William Thiesen, Atlantic Area Historian, Coast Guard Compass Blog The U.S. Coast Guard has been the steward of the nation’s maritime environment since the 1820s. This mission dates back to 1822, when Congress tasked the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service with monitoring Federal forest preserves that provided specialized ship timber required for construction of U.S … [Read more...]

Centuries-Old Shipwreck Discovered Off North Carolina Coast

The research vessel Atlantis with the submersible Alvin hanging off its stern. Photo Credit: Luis Lamar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scientific sonar spots unknown shipwreck, possibly dating to the American Revolution Scanning sonar from a scientific expedition has revealed the remains of a previously unknown shipwreck more than a mile deep off the North Carolina coast. Artifacts on the wreck indicate it might date to the American Revolution. Marine scientists from Duke University, North Carolina … [Read more...]

The New S-52 ECDIS Standards: What Do They Mean for You?

Photo: UKHO

  By Tom Mellor, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Much has been written about the mandatory carriage of ECDIS, but one of the most important initiatives currently underway is the revision to the technical standards for ECDIS. On an ADMIRALTY paper chart our highly skilled cartographers have presented accurate and reliable information to the mariner for over two … [Read more...]

Shipping Industry Confidence at Seven-Year Low

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  Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. Respondents complained predominantly about low freight rates and overtonnaging, while … [Read more...]