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IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu says action must be taken to improve the safety standards on passenger ferries following the fatal fire on the Norman Atlantic.

Ten people have died in the Norman Atlantic ferry fire accident on Sunday and it remains unclear if others are still missing, despite the rescue of more than 400 people, reports said.

A fire onboard an Italian ferry has left one dead and more than 280 people still onboard as rescue efforts continued, reports said.

Fire that broke out on board containership Al Riffa has been extinguished but fire fighting could still be ongoing on containership San Felipe, according to a spokesman from Malaysia’s Port Klang Authority (PKA).

Fire broke out onboard two containerships that brushed against each other on Tuesday night at Malaysia’s Port Klang, reports said.

A major fire broke out at a Brisbane shipyard on Monday in a boat shed where a naval vessel was under repair.

MSC Flaminia, which in September 2012 suffered a crippling fire claiming the lives of three crewmen, has been refitted as an eco-ship and re-entered service.

Chemical tanker Maritime Maisie has been granted refuge by the South Korean government after almost 100 days adrift in the Sea of Japan.

The Asian Shipowners Forum (ASF) has urged the region’s governments to act following reports that product tanker Maritime Maisie is still adrift in critical condition after nearly three months.

Firefighting efforts began on Friday to put out a container fire on a barge off the Bahamas.

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