The problem of the unpaid seafarer has been resolved on board ships entering Australia by [the Australian Maritime Safety Authority].” Port state control enforcement of the MLC is the new solution for seafarers who have not been paid, the seasoned maritime expert posited. A maritime commentator has explained crew should notify the ITF, who then notifies AMSA. AMSA then attends to conduct a full port state control (PSC) inspection including enforcement of the MLC. The MLC provides an obligation to pay seafarer wages in full and on a monthly basis. If wages are not fully paid, then AMSA will detain the vessel.
Ship operators are not doing enough to prevent ships from grounding of colliding due to errors in navigation. Shipping companies must do more to ensure bridge teams follow guidelines and use electronic navigation devices effectively to prevent accidents. Recent accident reports have highlighted that too many mistakes are occurring, resulting in damaged ships and marine environments. Over the years, there have been too many examples of bridge teams demonstrating that they are not using electronic navigation equipment effectively.
A container ship carrying more than one tonne of cocaine has been seized by Portugal’s drug enforcement agency, in an operation to combat illicit drug trafficking by sea, The vessel was intercepted in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean by the Portuguese Navy and Air Force. It`s a significant seizure, the largest this year, and in the context of large seizures, that’s more than about a ton and we are talking about this kind of boat that was seized, Everything indicates that it is an organization with weight in the international panorama” 17 men between the ages of 24 and 63 were arrested on the vessel and are being questioned.
Big ships make the big headlines, but vessels at the other end of the size spectrum are also making waves as the market braces for an uncertain year ahead. 90% of vessels on the key Asia-Europe route will be more than 14,000 TEU by 2020 compared with only 5 percent six years ago, but while the mega-ship makes sense to carriers as they cut slot costs — so long as demand matches supply – non-operating shipowners focus on charter rates, whatever the size of vessel. Currently the smaller the vessel, the more attractive it is to non-operating ship-owners who have taken big hits as their carrier clients sank into the red.
NYK is aiming to take over 100% ownership of Yusen Logistics with a JPY25.6bn ($224.8m) offer for the shares in the company that it does not already own. One of the “big three” Japanese shipowners, NYK has set out a strategy of becoming a more “asset light” organisation in which it sees a strong fit for the public-listed freight forwarding subsidiary Yusen Logistics. NYK currently owns 59.6% of Yusen Logistics and is offering JPY1,500 per share to minority shareholders that own 40.4% of the company. The Japanese shipowner aims to acquire all the shares in Yusen Logistics.
Classification society ClassNK has just released the latest version of Good Maintenance Onboard Ships. The comprehensive checklist is designed to be used by shipmasters, crew, shipowners, and other key personnel in order to ensure vessels are safe, well-maintained and comply with regulations. To further improve the quality and efficiency of maintenance onboard ships, ClassNK has incorporated its knowledge and experience to provide the most up-to-date checklists for Routine Maintenance, PSC Inspections, Safety Management Systems, Ship Security Management Systems.
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