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Keep informed with daily analysis and insight on safety and security issues affecting shipping. From piracy activities to the latest safety measures to casualties

Crew of Houthi-hijacked Galaxy Leader allowed ‘modest contact’ with families says vessel’s registered owner

Public relations company issues second statement on behalf of registered owner and shipmanger since car carrier was hijacked on November 19

Political Risk and Trade Crewing

Houthis escalate Red Sea attacks on commercial shipping with strikes against three vessels

The Houthis have escalated their Red Sea threat with four attacks on three commercial ships in a span of just seven hours. A spokesperson for the Houthis mentioned attacks on only two vessels, which it said were due to their links to Israel, but only one of the three appears to have any such links

Piracy and Security Yemen

US destroyer shoots down Iranian-made drone in Red Sea

A US Navy guided missile destroyer shot down an Iranian-made drone launched from Yemen on Wednesday, as it was escorting a US navy oiler and a US-flagged ship carrying military equipment in the Red Sea

Piracy and Security Political Risk and Trade

Seafarer decarbonisation training framework launched

The fuels needed to meet to net zero will mean seafarers having new skills. A taskforce to ensure that happens is launching its training framework during COP28

Sustainability Crewing

ICS expresses ‘serious concern’ at Red Sea attacks

Gard issues loss prevention advice for vessels transiting region

Insurance Piracy and Security

EU navies monitoring dhow hijacked off Somalia

EU Navfor said it tracked a dhow hijacked last week out of concerns it could be used to stage attacks on further ships, but gave few details

Middle East and Africa Piracy and Security

Top 10 class societies 2023

The world’s leading classification societies are fundamental to the decarbonisation and digitalisation of shipping. The year 2023 has seen a flow of communications from class regarding approvals in principles for new carbon-reduction technology and concept designs for alternative fuel vessels — even including the once-derided nuclear power. Meanwhile, LRs Nick Brown steps down from two-and-half years as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies, to be replaced by Rinas Roberto Cazzulo in January 2024

Top 100 People Classification

Zim to alter routes amid threat to Israel-linked vessels

Israeli carrier Zim is rerouting some vessels in light of the threat to safe transit of global trade in the Arabian and Red Seas

Containers Piracy and Security

Israel-linked shipping reroutes as Yemen threat escalates

Pirates or Houthis? The identity of the attackers who boarded Zodiac-owned Central Park over the weekend remains unclear. But the net effect of this latest incident — coupled with missile and drone attacks, the seizure of Galaxy Leader, and an unwillingness from navies to commit to escorts — is driving ships with even partial links to Israel to divert

Piracy and Security Political Risk and Trade

Ukraine seeks defence reinforcements from partners to protect Black Sea corridor

More than 5.6m tonnes has been exported under Ukraine’s self-managed route with analysts saying it is now more effective than the UN-brokered Black Sea Initiative 

Ukraine crisis Dry Bulk

Fire-damaged MSC post-panamax boxship sold for recycling

The 8,034 teu MSC Rita is the largest containership to have been sold for recycling since the normalisation of container markets in the third quarter of 2022

Ship Recycling Mediterranean Shipping Co

Zodiac crew unharmed after Somalia attack

Zodiac’s chemical tanker Central Park was boarded by pirates on Sunday morning, not, as initially reported, Houthi naval forces. All crew are safe and the vessel and cargo undamaged. US navy has apprehended five individuals who are being held for questioning

Somalia Piracy and Security
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