• 2018 June 26 18:06

    ICS worries about the new policy of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants

    The global trade association for ship operators – the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is increasingly concerned about the new policy of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants rescued by ships at sea.

    In the interest of protecting safety of life at sea, ICS is calling on all EU heads of government, at their summit later this week on 28 June, to urgently address the concerns raised by the Italian Government about the large number of rescued persons arriving in Italy, in order that the policy of prompt and predictable disembarkation – consistent with UNHCR principles – can be fully maintained.

    Having previously refused access to vessels operated by humanitarian NGOs, it is now understood that commercial ships, which have been requested by the Italian Rescue Co-ordination Centre to pick up people in distress, have also been refused permission by the Italian Government to disembark these rescued people in Italy.

    “If correct, this refusal by Italy to allow prompt and predicable disembarkation from merchant ships, which are complying with their obligations under maritime law, could have serious humanitarian consequences for the safety and welfare of hundreds if not thousands of distressed people” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe. “If the policy is extended this would also have significant implications for the movement of trade throughout the Mediterranean. But the industry’s immediate concern is humanitarian and for the welfare and dignity of those people that have been rescued and their need to receive proper medical assistance ashore.”

    Following the election of the new Italian Government, ICS says the crisis now seems to be taking an ever more political direction.

    “At their summit later this week, it is of the utmost importance that EU leaders get to grips with this serious new problem of EU States refusing to disembark rescued persons that have been correctly rescued by merchant ships as required by international law.” said Mr Hinchliffe.

    The global shipping industry, as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), is committed to meeting its obligations under the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to come to the rescue of any person in distress at sea. Since the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean escalated three years ago, around 100,000 people have already been rescued by merchant ships, with many more rescued by military vessels and boats operated by humanitarian NGOs.

    The crisis in the Mediterranean is still far from over, with thousands of migrants still attempting to make the dangerous sea crossing in overcrowded and unseaworthy craft. Shockingly, according to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) a further 3,000 migrants lost their lives during 2017.




2019 May 25

15:25 Svitzer begins sea trials of new line handling technology
13:41 HII’ first cut of steel kicks off advance construction for Columbia-Class submarine program
12:38 Two new LNG-Hybrid vessels to join Seaspan Ferries fleet
11:33 GSL to acquire three containerships

2019 May 24

18:07 Port of Antwerp 1st port of call for reefer service from Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama
17:49 Hannu Ylärinne appointed COO and Executive Vice President of Arctia Group having retained his position as CEO of Meritaito
17:28 Coast Guard issues waterway restrictions on Mississippi, Illinois Rivers
17:11 NOVATEK obtains new licenses on Krasnoyarsk Territory
17:02 CMA CGM launches the Reefer Pharma division for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products
16:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 4M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 5.11 million tonnes
16:28 Teekay Tankers reports 1Q 2019 results
16:17 Acta Marine names its third W2Work offshore vessel Acta Centaurus
15:53 Ambal ferry returns to Baltijsk-Ust-Luga line after scheduled maintenance
15:27 Surveillance camera installed by Freeport of Riga Authority on Krievu Island for coal dust monitoring
14:59 Port of Tallinn got acknowledged as socially responsible company
14:01 Port Houston volume up nine percent year-over-year
13:50 Feodor Shishlakov appointed head of Volgo-Baltic Administration
13:22 PSA, PFR and IFM investors jointly acquire DCT Gdańsk
12:18 ASI Marine develops an alternative safe method for surveying in hazardous high flow areas.
12:00 Lotos shipyard launches Peotr Veliky, cruise ship of Project PV300VD
11:37 New tugboat built by Damen to expand port fleet of Nakhodka TSP
11:16 SeaBird announces update on vessel acquistion and contemplated private placement of new shares
11:06 Jotun creates new standard for predictable, long-term antifouling protection with SeaForce and HydractiveTM technology
11:01 Global Ship Lease announces agreement to acquire three containerships
10:45 Russian ship owners got 29 new seagoing commercial ships with total deadweight of 552,400 tonnes in 2018 - CNIIMF
10:24 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.22% to $68.59, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.23% to $58.62
10:11 NORDEN boosts Middle East activities with new 3-year contract
10:09 Royal IHC names 2,300m³ TSHD LESSE
09:58 Rotterdam sends hyper-smart container on trip around the world
09:47 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:26 ZIM announces changes to MGX Service
09:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,068 points
08:50 Bunker prices review at global sea ports, Week 21st, 2019

2019 May 23

18:43 DOF Subsea secures contract in Brazil
18:21 ZIM Q1 2019 revenues rose 6.0% to $796.2M
18:06 MOL to Join Consortium on TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)
17:44 CNIIMF forecasts NSR cargo traffic to reach 100 million tonnes by 2035
17:11 USCG closes case of downed aircraft in Prince William Sound
17:06 Port of Rotterdam sees significant progress in development HES Hartel Tank Terminal
16:55 GOGL announced net loss of $ 7.5M vs net income of $ 23.6M in 1Q 2019
16:30 New digital solution from Rolls-Royce and ZF improves availability and CO2 emissions of ships
16:05 CMA CGM orders 50,000 Traxens trackers
15:23 OCTOMAR Serviços Marítimos takes delivery of Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2206
14:47 RF Navy’s destroyer participated in combat training in the Sea of Japan
13:36 High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini visits ITS Carlo Margottini
13:05 Singapore to host Port Maintenance and Facilities Management Summit on 24-27 September 2019
12:29 Optimarin gears up for retrofit wave with expansion and new hires
12:19 FESCO and Russian Railways launch transit service for delivery of goods from Japan to Europe through Russia
11:43 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:21 Severnaya Verf starts cutting metal for third processing trawler of Project 170701 ordered by NOREBO Group
11:08 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Baltimore with Koch
10:26 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.69% to $70.5, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.6% to $61.05
10:08 Port of Antwerp aims for more efficient road transport with night-time opening hours on Right bank of Scheldt
09:57 Kuibyshev reservoir level allows for fleet operation - RF Transport Ministry
09:39 NOVATEK signed MoU with Ninh Thuan Province in Vietnam
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,059 points
09:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:08 Royal IHC signs contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala
08:25 Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company sign heads of agreement for Port Arthur LNG