ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp, a free, confidential, 24/7 helpline which supports thousands of seafarers every year, was named ‘Shoreside Team of the Year’ at 2017 Safety at Sea Awards, held during London International Shipping Week. Members of ISWAN and the SeafarerHelp team joined a host of representatives from the shipping industry at last night’s ceremony, which took place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in London. The Safety at Sea Awards are one of the most prestigious maritime industry awards and SeafarerHelp was announced as the winner out of four shortlisted entrants in the Shoreside Team of the Year category,
Fujian Orient Shipping feeder containership Dong Fang Fu suffered a chemical leak while it was berthing at Taiwan’s Keelung Port on Friday. According to the Bureau of Environmental Protection in Keelung, 14 barrels of nitric acid leaked from a container on the 1,032 teu ship and contaminated some part of the deck and cabin. The bureau deployed an emergency biohazard response team to clean up the chemicals and managed to contain the chemical leakage in a few hours with no casualties reported. So far no contamination has been found in the port waters, however environmental authorities are still monitoring.
THE Alliance, a new container grouping which launched this April, has revealed the amount it has set aside in the event one of the five partners follows Hanjin Shipping by going bust. The five lines – Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, NYK, MOL and Yang Ming – have put $50m into an insolvency contingency fund designed to protect customers’ cargo and the ocean transportation chain should one of THE Alliance’s carriers experience financial distress or an insolvency event. The size of the contingency fund has however attracted criticism for being too small.
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