• 2021 May 19 14:03

    IMO agrees on new measures to detect and report containers lost at sea

    The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 103) meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was held remotely from 5 to 14 May. One of the issues discussed at the meeting - among a very comprehensive list on the agenda, was new measures to mitigate for containers lost at sea, according to BIMCO's release.

    Containers lost at sea represent a potential danger to maritime safety and is a threat to the environment, particularly with regard to the plastics they contain. Over the course of three months late last year and early this year, almost 3,500 containers were lost in a number of incidents in the Western Pacific. This is far above the numbers usually registered for the same period and has raised concern regarding the causes of these incidents.

    The causes that may lead, in some cases, to the loss of containers at sea vary from; it may be due to bad weather conditions or high waves creating instability on board. The fact is that it is difficult to have precise figures on the number of containers lost, particularly as container visibility from the bridge may be limited by the containers themselves, and only the upper tiers and the nearest bays can be seen.

    When a relatively distant stack of containers collapses, it is difficult to determine immediately and precisely how many containers are involved and when they fell. These events generally occur in adverse weather conditions that prevent immediate on-site investigation. For the crew, it is extremely dangerous to walk along unstable container stacks.

    The MSC therefore agreed to initiate new measures to detect and report containers lost at sea, which may enhance the positioning, tracking and recovery of such containers. The IMO agreed to establish a compulsory system to declare the loss of containers and setting up means on board to easily identify the exact number of losses.

    Together with such a system, the ships are obliged to report the loss of (a) container(s) through a standardized procedure, possibly detailing, e.g. identification, cargo carried (particularly dangerous goods or harmful substances), or whether these containers may float and constitute a risk of collision with ships and boats.

    Over the next couple of years, the IMO will develop such measures in order to mitigate containers fallen into the sea in the first place, and to restore fidelity in the safety of container transport with the present fleet.




2021 September 23

11:00 13th Annual Capital Link Shipping & Marine Services Forum took place with great success on September 13, 2021
11:00 Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines sign partnership to cooperate on smart ship and autonomous ship control solutions
10:34 APM Terminals partners with Siemens for energy optimisation and emission reduction at terminals
09:58 Torqeedo and Fassmer Shipyard announce the CIT-E Ferry - a passenger ferry for public transport
09:46 MABUX: Global Bunker Market may demonstrate firm upward evolution on Sept 23
09:29 Crude oil prices continue increasing
09:14 Baltic Dry Index as of September 22

2021 September 22

18:05 ClassNK joins as signatory to Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization
17:47 Localization level of LK-60 icebreakers estimated at 92% in finance terms
17:20 Torvald Klaveness joins over 150 industry leaders and organizations in call for decisive government action to enable full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050
16:55 SC Zvezda counts on signing contracts for 10 tankers under Vostok Oil project in October 2021
16:31 Transition to unmanned navigation and navigation with reduced crews will be possible in Russia in three years
16:30 LR, HHI and KSOE sign MoU to develop digital twin technology for an LNG carrier
16:10 APM Terminals Pipavav marks 1,000 days of safe operations
15:39 Wärtsilä and SHI agree to collaborate on ammonia fuelled engines for future newbuilds
15:14 NAVTEK proves first zero-emissions tugboat performance
14:43 Additional EUR 90 million to be invested in Saimaa Canal infrastructure development
14:14 Valmet AB orders Agilon automated warehouse solution and overhead cranes from Konecranes
13:57 Northern Sea Route will be covered with satellite communication services – expert
13:16 ABB’s Eero Lehtovaara appointed Chair of EU association Waterborne Technology Platform
13:13 LNG bunker terminal construction begins in Bilbao
12:04 Big Data Exchange, National University of Singapore and Sembcorp Marine to explore development of sustainable ocean Data centres
11:31 Russia’s Inland Water Transport Development Concept aimed at raising IWW cargo traffic by 65%
11:08 Pier T Terminal in the Port of Long Beach begins pilot program for 24-hour cargo pickup
10:40 Vadim Shpityak appointed as General Manager of Moby Dik and Yanino Logistic Park
10:15 Tollerort to become preferred hub for COSCO services
09:57 More than 300 ships to be built by 2032 under subsidized leasing programmes
09:40 Crude oil prices increase on reduction of reserves
09:39 MABUX: No firm price trend on global bunker market on Sep 22
09:22 Baltic Dry Index as of September 21
09:13 Havyard Leirvik hands over the third and last of the ‘triplet ships’ for ESVAGT
08:35 KiwiRail gets world-first green loan certification for new ferries

2021 September 21

19:01 Grimaldi to launch the Civitavecchia-Arbatax-Cagliari service
18:05 RTCOMM and Konnect Russia agree to join hands in development of satellite communication services for sea and river ships
18:02 “K” LINE to procure 8 next-generation of environmentally friendly car carriers
18:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maera with ASL
17:54 ABS publishes guide to ammonia-fueled vessels
17:47 RTCOMM and Iridium join hands to develop mobile communication services to improve clients security in Russia’s hard-to-reach areas
17:37 AD Ports Group and the General Company for Ports of Iraq sign MoU to promote cooperation and investments
16:58 RTCOMM and KNS partner to expand ocean satellite communications services
15:36 Hydrographic survey vessel Gorizont returns from the Arctic expedition
15:11 MOL Group Adopts Car Carrier Operation Digital Transformation Promotion Project 'Mathematical Optimization': Part II
14:59 Wärtsilä signs five-year Optimised Maintenance agreement featuring latest digital innovations with STQ of Canada
14:07 New ESPO Green Guide 2021 outlines a vision for ports towards a green future
12:34 International Maritime Exhibition and Conference NEVA 2021 opens in St. Petersburg
12:12 AtoB@C Shipping orders six highly efficient 5,350 dwt hybrid vessels
11:52 Damen Shipyards Group set to develop its localization in Russia
11:31 Port Houston sets new record for containers in August 2021
11:05 ASD Tug 3010 Ice Arc4 series to be laid down for Atomflot in September 2021
10:58 Stena Line and Frederikshavn sign agreement for two fossil fuel free ferries by 2030
09:51 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product rose to RUB 25,185 pmt as of September 17
09:37 MABUX: Global bunker market turned into downward trend on Sep 21
09:33 Crude oil prices increase in expectation of Covid related restrictions to be eased
09:19 Baltic Dry Index as of September 20

2021 September 20

18:27 Strategic Marine announces new 42m Gen 4 Fast Crew Boat
18:07 FSG to build RoRo vessel with LNG propulsion for Australian company SeaRoad
17:45 Sovcomflot Board reviews Group’s results for H1 2021
17:26 Shell to build one of Europe’s biggest biofuels facilities at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam
17:16 Maiden call of EMA service at Vado Ligure connecting Eastern Med with US East coast
17:00 Rosmorrechflot estimates Russia’s demand for technical ships in 2025-2030 at over 800 units