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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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New Panama Canal Toll Structure

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has proposed for a new toll structure after more than a year of consultations industry stakeholders. The proposed restructuring calls for each segment to be priced based upon different units of measurement and modifying pricing…

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Northern Sea Route Insurance Needs

Interest in traversing the Northern Sea Route continues to increase, with seasonal changes making the route a more viable option for longer periods of the year. Part of the preparation for such a voyage is to understand the extent and…

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Freight Contracts Modified for Ebola

Some of the shipping industry’s biggest trade associations are modifying freight contracts to reduce commercial exposure for companies whose ships travel to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak and to protect crews from the deadly virus. Uncertainty about the spread…

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Concordia Captain Explains Actions

The captain accused of causing the Costa Concordia disaster says he sailed the cruise ship close to a nearby island to impress passengers. In his first testimony at his trial, Francesco Schettino said he wanted to give passengers a better…

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Seafarers Facing Prison and Fines

Seafarers are amongst the most heavily regulated working sector in the UK with up to five governmental agencies dedicated to enforcing law and prosecuting criminal acts.  “Even on the best run ship…accidents can, happen”, says Howard Quinlivan, solicitor advocate with…

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What Does The Polar Code Mean?

Last month, the International Maritime Organization adopted the landmark “Polar Code”, the first mandatory blanket legislation for the improved safety of ships operating in the world’s polar regions. The new Code specifically addresses potential hazards unique to arctic and antarctic…

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Piracy Ransoms Remain Legal

A new Counter Terrorism and Security Bill, presented to the UK parliament on Wednesday, will not change current rules on piracy ransom payments, insurance industry experts and maritime lawyers believe. The bill is a response to heightened concerns over radicalisation…

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