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Far fewer vessels sink on the world seas

Far fewer ships are sinking across the world, and last year the number dropped to a record low, according to a report by insurance firm Allianz. One fourth of ships sink in one particular area.

Explosion kills two workers at yard in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is faced with another fatal accident at one of its shipbreaking yards. Two workers lost their lives while another five were injured in an explosion on a tanker vessel, writes Shipbreaking Platform.

Imperiled cruise ship ignites major tax debate in Norway

Several Norwegian political parties criticize Viking Ocean Cruises' owner for paying too little domestic tax, writes media NKR. This criticism has prompted a flood of tweets from the Norwegian Shipowners Association – resulting in a range of comments.

Maersk changes safety approach to prevent casualties

Seven employees lost their lives while on the job for Maersk in 2018, and the frequency of severe accidents has not improved in recent years. According to CEO Søren Skou, the company has introduced "a different approach to safety and a new safety organization."

Number of shipping casualties declined last year

The number of shipping casualties declined four percent globally in 2017, which is the second-lowest level in a decade. A new report examines the major shipping accidents of last year and flags challenges for the industry ahead.

Sanchi could burn for a month

Iranian oil tanker Sanchi is still burning after four days in the wake of a collision with CF Crystal in the East China Sea. The tanker could potentially burn for a month, writes Reuters.

The 2015 shipwreck of Thorco Cloud remains unclear

Since Thorco Cloud's dramatic shipwreck over one year ago, the accident report has still not been completed, meaning that the question of liability and compensation cannot be addressed. The Danish carrier has criticized delays in the process, which falls under the responsibility of the flag states and the Indonesian authorities.

Demand for speedy investigation of shipwreck

Bulk carriers are demanding a fast investigation of Stellar Daisy's shipwreck one week ago. With the exception of 2015's Bulk Jupiter incident, investigation reports have long failed to impress.

Insurance firm warns of dangerous loads after shipwreck

London P&I Club and two partners have issued new guidelines for sailings with dangerous cargo which can become liquefied if humidity levels are too high. Last Friday, Stellar Daisy was shipwrecked after sailing with category A cargo.

Statoil: Two accidents could have seen fatal outcomes

Statoil has just completed a report related to a well accident in the Troll field and a hydrogen leakage at production facility Mongstad. The company acknowledges that the two incidents could have resulted in fatalities.

Statoil investigating if cutbacks impede safety

The comprehensive focus on cost reductions at Statoil could be detrimental to safety at the oil company which, in the past two months, has suffered eight serious incidents, writes Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

Norwegian authorities withdraw criticism of fatal rig accident

Authorities have withdrawn its criticism that COSL Drilling Europe violated safety regulations, initially detailed in an accident report after the rig COSL Innovator was hit by a huge wave in the North Sea. The accident caused the death of one employee.

"Mega ships are not the biggest threat"

Whether a ship is big is not necessarily the key factor deciding the scope of an accident shipwreck occurs, explains one of the world's leading global consulting firms, LOC, in an interview with ShippingWatch. The biggest threat lies elsewhere, says the firm.

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