Equal Rights for Spanish Seafarers on Norwegian Ships

Owner Goes to the Wall

Privately-owned shipping company Copenship has filed for bankruptcy in Copenhagen after losses in the dry bulk market, its Chief Executive Michael Fenger told the press. Copenship had been operating over 50 chartered small-sized dry-bulk vessels carrying goods such as grain,…

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Hitting Piracy with Insurance

Specialist marine insurance intermediary, Seacurus, has developed a petro-piracy endorsement which can be added to existing kidnap & ransom (KR) insurance cover. The coverage was developed in response to the evolving threats to ships, their cargoes and crews when transiting…

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Arrests Made in Singapore Bunker Fraud

Twelve men in Singapore have been arrested in relation to an illegal sale of SGD 4000 ($3200) worth of marine gas oil (MGO).  The suspects are not Singaporean nationals, and were detained after an investigation allegedly found that seven members…

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Loopholes In Minimum Wage Rules

A new report, commissioned by the specialist transport trade union RMT from maritime specialists at Cardiff University has found serious loopholes in the country’s legislation regarding the minimum wage paid to seafarers. A shocking table of shame indicates that on…

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Ransom Payments to Pirates Protected

Nautilus has welcomed a UK government pledge not to outlaw the payment of ransoms to secure the release of seafarers held hostage by pirates. The Union had written to ministers to express concerns over the potential for proposed new counter-terrorism…

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Human Rights Activists Even Question Pirate Ruling

The Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) international maritime initiative has delivered its verdict on the payment of compensation to pirates held by the French authorities. The two cases concerned nine Somali nationals, who in 2008, having hijacked two French-registered vessels…

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Owners Scramble to Escape Liability

Shipping firms have paid millions of dollars into U.S. accounts to prevent their vessels from being detained due to non-payment of bills for fuel supplied by the bankrupt OW Bunker, indicating the impact from the collapse of the Danish firm…

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