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ITF and JNG respond to potential attacks on two tankers

Joint press release from the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the Joint Negotiating Group. Two marine tankers, the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panamanian-flagged Kokuka Courageous, were left abandoned and adrift after what appear to be attacks on the vessels while transiting the Gulf of Oman. “Luckily the 44 seafarers were rescued, and no lives were lost” […]

Samskip fine tunes multimodal network for post-Brexit hard choices

Samskip fine tunes multimodal network for post-Brexit hard choices Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip says experience gained up to March 31, 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October’s revised Brexit deadline   Europe’s largest multimodal transport group by freight volume expects […]

QUESTIONNAIRE on a language / languages of communication on the Danube

Currently, there is no regulation regarding the language used in radiocommunication on the Danube. From 1st July 2019 to 31st December 2024, the regulation from paragraph 6 of Article 4.05 of the General Provisions for the Navigation on the Danube (GPND) shall be in effect, under which, in order to commence radiocommunication between ship stations […]


Some of the world’s leading maritime search and rescue experts will be meeting in Vancouver, Canada to share knowledge and improve their skills this weekend (15-18 June). Every year around 360,000 people are believed to drown and the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC 2019) is seeking ways to reduce this number. […]

Kokuka Courageous taken under tow

The Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) managed product carrier Kokuka Courageous is now safely undertow in the Gulf of Oman heading towards Khor Fakkan Following a security incident yesterday the Kokuka Courageous sustained damage to her hull on the starboard side. Our crew evacuated the vessel as a precaution. With the assistance of the US Navy […]

IMO Secretary-General speaks out on suspected tanker attacks

Speaking during the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 101st session at IMO Headquarters in London, Secretary-General Lim said: „These suspected attacks, coupled with the attacks in the UAE last month, concern me greatly. IMO has developed a comprehensive regime of regulation through the ISPS Code and the SUA Conventions and Protocols to prevent and respond to […]


The attacks occurred just east of the Strait of Hormuz, involving a Marshall Island flagged ship and a Panama flagged ship. “We strongly call for nations to do what they can to de-escalate tensions and ensure the safe passage of merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz,” says Angus Frew, BIMCO Secretary General & CEO. […]

ClassNK releases Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels (Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol/LPG)

Tokyo – Leading Classification Society ClassNK has released Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels (Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol / LPG). In order to reduce atmospheric pollution caused by sulphur oxides (SOx) and particle matter (PM) found in vessel emissions as well as weather effects caused by GHG emissions, environmental regulations have been getting more strongly enforced. In […]

BSM Statement regarding the MT Kokuka Courageous

BSM Ship Management (Singapore) has launched a full-scale emergency response following a security incident on board our managed products carrier the Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman earlier today (June 13, 2019). The 21 crew of the vessel abandoned ship after the incident on board which resulted in damage to the ship’s hull starboard side. The […]