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Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh has petitioned Iran for the “unconditional” release of Desh Shanti, the tanker under arrest at Bandar Abbas port.

Crew members on vessels calling at Egyptian ports have reportedly been approached by mysterious persons seeking to board, referring to themselves only as “businessmen”.

The Leonhardt and Blumberg owned boxship Hansa Brandenburg has berthed safely in the port of St Louis, Mauritius, with preparations being made for the discharge of containers.

The 1,740 teu container vessel Hansa Brandenburg is adrift in the Indian Ocean, having suffered a serious fire enroute from Singapore to Durban.

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has announced the launch of a new Charter of Good Practice for the Provision of Legal Services to Seafarers.

Eleven crew are missing after Bangladeshi general cargo vessel MV Hope capsized in heavy weather off the Thai beach resort of Phuket.

Barbican Group Holdings has acquired UK maritime insurance broker Seacurus.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has condemned a “lack of effective regulation” that led to the sinking of general cargo vessel Swanland and the deaths of its six crew.

The crew of Sunship’s City of Xiamen, taken hostage off the coast of Nigeria last month, were released at the weekend.

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