Intercargo: Despite No Losses Last Year, There’s ‘No Room for Complacency’ in Bulk Shipping Safety

Despite no reported losses in 2018, cargo liquefaction continues to pose a major threat to bulk carriers and their crews, according to bulk shipping association InterCargo. The warning from Intercargo comes as it releases its annual Bulk Carrier Casualty Report, analyzing bulk carrier casualties from 2009 to 2018. Although there were no reported losses in 2018 and overall … [Read more...]

INTERCARGO Analyzes 10 Years of Bulk Carrier Casualties

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) has released a report into bulk carrier casualties from 2008 to 2017, providing an analysis of statistics and trends over the last ten years of bulk shipping. According to the report, 53 bulk carriers over 10,000 dwt have been identified as total losses during the 2008 to 2017 time period, with cargo shift … [Read more...]

Nickel Ore: Russian Roulette At Sea

By Alexander Healey Panama finally reveals what happened to three bulkers lost in 2010. But little action is being taken to improve safety for seafarers. Ever had the urge to play Russian roulette at sea? Well forget the gun. Indeed, forget Somali pirates, murder in the Gulf of Guinea and Italian-captained cruise ships. Instead turn your gaze to Indonesia's remote … [Read more...]

Vinalines Queen Sinks, 22 Seafarers Lost at Sea

By Clay Maitland, On Christmas day, the bulk carrier VINALINES QUEEN, carrying a cargo of nickel ore from Morowali, Indonesia to China, went missing.  The ship and its crew of 22 must now be considered lost.  Although it is certainly too soon to ascribe a known cause of sinking, it is probably fair to say, as an American judge did many years ago: “Sometimes … [Read more...]

Shipping industry wants “UN Force of Armed Military Guards” to replace private security firms on ships

A "Round Table" of international shipping associations including ICS, BIMCO, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO has urged the UN to establish a "UN Force of Armed Military Guards" to replace unregulated privately-contracted armed security personnel deployed onboard individual merchant ships traveling in piracy-prone areas of the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.  The plea was made in a … [Read more...]