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A tugboat owner and captain has been given an eight-month jail sentence after his actions led to the death of a crewmate in heavy weather.

A report from the Swedish Club shows that 50% of the value its hull and machinery insurance claims from 2004 to 2013 relate to collisions, contacts and groundings caused by "poor lookout or lack of situational awareness".

Improvements to Seafarer's Identity Documents (SIDs) are to be considered after a meeting between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and industry stakeholders.

The 2014 IMO Exceptional Bravery at Sea medal and certificates have been awarded to Captain Andreas Kristensen of the Britannia Seaways and its crew.

Offshore crew supply vessel operator Seacat Services today launched a new tank-tested catamaran, Seacat, certified by DNV GL.

North P&I Club is recommending that shipowners cancel shore leave and crew changeovers when calling in ebola-affected territories, as well as incorporating ebola-specific clauses in their charter-parties.

There is widespread outrage at the failure of the Indian authorities to release the 35 personnel arrested aboard the floating armoury Seaman Guard Ohio, when the ship was detained by the Indian Coast Guard in October 2013. Although they have been released from custody, they remain unable to leave the country, their documents still held by magistrates in Tutincorin.

Seafarers and private security guards from Advanfort’s Seaman Guard Ohio patrol vessel now face further detention and re-trial in India, after a last-minute appeal against the Indian High Court’s verdict to drop all charges.

North P&I club is advising shipowners to “check their new ships very carefully” after finding aspects of shoddy construction aboard various newbuilds.

A barge being towed by the 2004-built tug, Manyplus 12, which went missing on 13 June  between Sibu and Port Klang in Malaysia has been found with the 11 crew from the tug.


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