Seafarers Held After Collision

Seafarers Held After Collision

Germany says two of its citizens were temporarily detained in India after  their ship was allegedly involved in a fatal collision with a local fishing  boat. The Foreign Ministry says the two German seamen have been released on bail in …

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RUF Justice

A set of Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) under which armed guards will respond to violent acts against ships is currently under development – they will hopefully provide some legal reassurance to Masters and shipowners too…The contentious subject was the topic…

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Guardcon Goes West

BIMCO is set to review its standard security contract Guardcon to ensure that it is fit for purpose for companies operating in West Africa. According to reports the new recommendations are due to be published next month, and are in line…

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Cleaning Up

The system for charging International Group reinsurance costs applicable to tankers which switch during a year between carrying clean and dirty cargoes, or to OBOs which switch between wet and dry cargoes will be changed for the 2013/14 policy year…

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BP Takes Guilty Plea

BP Exploration and Production Inc. pleaded guilty today to 14 criminal  counts for its illegal conduct leading to and after the 2010 Deepwater  Horizon disaster, and was sentenced to pay $4 billion in criminal fines  and penalties, the largest criminal…

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Insurance and Legal Problems Ahead

As the security industry wrestles with the development of a new ISO standard for armed guards, lawyers and insurers have been discussing worst case scenarios where there is potential misuse of lethal force. Using the case of the Italian marines…

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Self Defence Concept Gets Legal Attention

As the use of armed guards on ships has intensified, there has been one nagging little doubt…is shooting pirates really self-defence? It feels like it should be, but Courts can be contrary and there hasn’t really been much in the…

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Ten Years on – The Prestige

Ten years after the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain, four men, including the ship’s captain, went on trial this week over the disaster, which caused the worst oil slick in the country’s history. The first day of…

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Arms Trafficking Suspicions Dropped

A U.S. cargo ship and its crew are expected to head home Monday or Tuesday, after being held for over a week by Venezuelan authorities on suspicion of arms trafficking. Venezuelan authorities dropped arms-trafficking charges against the 14 American crew…

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