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World’s Largest Container Line Sees Massive Drop in Profit

Maersk LogoThe Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group reported a profit of $224mn for the first quarter of this year, a drop of 86 per cent compared to the $1.6bn in the first three months of 2015.

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Violence Grows as Pirates Kidnap Crews for Ransom

PiracyPirates in the Gulf of Guinea yielded ransom payments of up to $400,000 for kidnapped seafarers last year, according to a maritime piracy report released by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP).

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Maritime Groups Unite in ‘Fair Trial’ Attack

PrestigeThe judgement of the Spanish Supreme Court in January this year in the Prestige oil spill case has raised fundamental questions as to whether it was reached in a fair trial, said the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The Supreme Court’s judgement was reached after just one day, without hearing any new evidence and in the absence of the tanker’s captain Apostolos Ioannis Mangouras, the ICS said.

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Need for Extra Capacity at Irish Ports

Dublin PortThere was a 7 per cent increase in the total volume of traffic at Irish ports last year, with all major traffic modes delivering substantial growth, according to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). This was its highest level since 2008.

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'Toolbox Talk'

MAIB LogoThe need for “toolbox talks” for even the most basic of tasks on board a ship was stressed in the first Safety Digest for this year from the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). In the report, Steve Clinch, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, said: “Toolbox talks can be a particularly useful way of ensuring a common understanding of how even the most basic tasks are to be carried out.

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NGO Welcomes EU Guide to Recycling Facilities

Gadani Beach 2013Technical guide for ship recycling facilities that want to be approved under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation has been published by the European Commission.

Such yards will need to ensure safe working conditions, pollution control including proper downstream waste management and enforcement of international labour rights.

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