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ON A recent cruise to the Mediterranean on a very large ship I was standing on an open upper deck late in the evening with nobody else around. I soon found my myself wondering what I would do if...

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ON THE elderly small training vessel which I skipper frequently there are very few alarms. The set-up is still very similar to bridges of the typical merchant ships in the seventies, before the...

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LAST year, specialist salvage companies, or "salvors", belonging to the International Salvage Union (ISU), carried out 234 operations worldwide, nine less than in 2017. The ISU has just published...

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LARGE shipping losses are now at their lowest level this century having declined by over 50 per cent year on year, according to insurance company Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty's Safety...

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FEWER ships get into real trouble these days than a few decades ago, but when they do, the risks can be much greater now, with very large vessels and massive quantities of pollutive substances...

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THE United Nations has revised its projections for population growth upwards to 8.6 billion in 2030, from 7.7 billion last year. Those figures were quoted by Simon Bennett, the deputy secretary-...

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READERS will not need this column to inform them that this is a very busy time in Singapore. We are halfway through this nine-day "week" and a huge range of topics have been debated.

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SINCE 2008, shipping accountant Moore Stephens has produced its insightful quarterly Shipping Confidence Survey. However, back in February a press release announced that the firm had merged with...

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THE shipping industry can be forgiven for focusing on how it will cope with next January's mandatory global 0.50 per cent sulphur in fuel cap. Understandably short and medium term factors are...

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IT is always dangerous to be complacent when it comes to criminality at sea. However the latest report from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships...