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Classification society ClassNK has expressed concerns over the freak accident of containership MOL Comfort which broke into two parts in the Indian Ocean, as investigation into the cause of the major structural failure has only just begun.

A Singapore-flagged oil-supplying tug, MDPL Continental One, was attacked last week and four crew members taken hostage by pirates.

MOL has contracted a salvage company and is proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls of stricken MOL Comfort after the containership split into two on the Indian Ocean due to a major structural failure, the Japanese line said on Thursday.

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 national union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers  (RMT) has called for corporate manslaughter charges in response to findings concerning the 2011 sinking of the Swanland, which resulted in the deaths of six crew.

United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) boxship ASIR suffered an engine room explosion, resulting in injuries to three of its officers, while sailing from Suez to Jeddah.

The master of the Jolly Nero is under investigation for manslaughter as nine are feared to have died after the boxship ploughed into the control tower in the Port of Genoa late Tuesday.

Singapore: The Myan-Aung, a 1,100 dwt tanker, capsized and sank following a collision with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) operated car carrier Malacca Highway, on the Yangon river on April 28th. all of Myan-Aung’s 17 crew have been reported safe.

Piraeus: Two seafarers have drowned and a further eight are missing after boxship Consouth collided with general cargo vessel Pirireis, 75nm off Sapienza.

Oslo: Gas transportation company IM Skaugen (IMS) today announced a drop in gross revenues and profit in the first quarter of 2013.

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