Merchant Marine

  • Shifted Offshore

    Pirates have reportedly moved the captive Danish family onto a ship off the Somali coast and have threatened to kill them if further attempts are made to free them. The […]

  • Shipowners Slammed

    Discussions at the UN Security Council have centered on the observation that shipowners need to do more to secure the release of captives. “The primary responsibility for the release of hostages […]

  • BMP4 Beckons

    Despite the fact that so few ships are reportedly applying the lessons of Best Management Practices (BMPs) it seems that another updated version will soon be released. The next incarnation of […]

  • Safe Arrival

    The recently released crew of the “Rak Afrikana” has arrived safely into Mombasa. During the rescue effort “Rak Afrikana” had begun to take on water and eventually sank, the crew […]

  • Armed Guards, PVs and Training

    The use of armed guards, insurer-funded patrol vessels and the level of training crew members receive before transit… Are you aware of what the industry thinks as a whole? As […]

  • Seafarers Released

    Somali Pirates have released the Bangladesh-flagged ship “MV Jahan Moni” along with 26 Bangladeshis after 99 days captivity. On its release, the ship started for Port of Salalah in Oman, […]

  • Shipping Failing

    It has long been suspected, but even the very highest eschelons of shipping now recognise, that too few vessels are applying best industry management practice to protect themselves. According to […]

  • NPA Closing Security Deal

    According to local sources the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is in the final stages of a security partnership deal with the American company Castle Shipboard Security Program. With port and maritime […]

  • Death Threat

    Somali pirates have threatened to kill four Pakistani hostages onboard “MV Suez” if a $20 million ransom is not paid by March 15. “Efforts for the early release of Pakistanis […]

  • Port Call Advice

    The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Port Security Advisory for Libya , suggesting security measures for ships to take when calling upon Libyan ports. Civil unrest in Libya has […]