Security, Crisis, Conflict & Piracy

  • MSC Containership Loses 13 Containers Overboard Off South Africa

    Aug 15, 2018 — The South African Maritime Safety Authority has issued an urgent warning to vessels east of South Africa to be on the lookout for cargo containers that reportedly fell from a containership off the coast of Durban a week ago.
  • Major fire in Port of Antwerp triggers disaster plan

    Aug 13, 2018 — A major fire in the port of Antwerp has been brought under control, the port authority said, but could go on burning for the rest of the week.
  • Tackling misdeclared cargoes and containership fires

    Aug 3, 2018 — The issue of container fires started as a result of misdeclared dangerous cargoes remains a serious one for the sector and since 2011 some 17 container lines have come together as the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) to try and tackle the problem.
  • Why the Trucking Shortage Is Costing You

    Aug 2, 2018 — A shortage of truck drivers that has been simmering in the United States for years has reached a full boil, causing anxiety from small factories to the Federal Reserve.
  • Santos three-day stevedore strike to delay cargo

    Aug 1, 2018 — Strike misery at Brazil’s Port of Santos is likely to return Wednesday, as stevedores launch a 72-hour strike aimed at persuading container terminal managers to pay for a back-dated pay increase and to increase the number of freelance dock workers, as opposed to using their own terminal staff.
  • APL Antwerp Loses Eight Containers Overboard at Port of Virginia

    Jul 31, 2018 — The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners of loose cargo containers in the water at the Port of Virginia after a reported eight containers fell overboard from a ship on Sunday afternoon.
  • Shippers, forwarders and hauliers now planning for 'no deal' as Brexit looms

    Jul 30, 2018 — Shippers are pushing forwarders for more certainty on post-Brexit customs – some now actively working with a presumption of a hard Brexit. Meanwhile, the UK Road Haulage Association (RHA) has slammed MPs claiming “no deal is better than a bad deal”, suggesting some foods we take for granted could become “luxuries”.
  • Transportation is now the third most vulnerable sector exposed to cyberattacks

    Jul 27, 2018 — The reams of personally identifiable information in the possession of healthcare and pharmaceutical companies makes them a clear target for cyberattacks, but the transportation industry, which now ranks third in security vulnerability according to a recent whitepaper released by Gallagher, has different exposures than just the threat of losing drivers’ licenses or social security numbers.
  • Cosco caught in new cyber attack as email and telephone systems go down

    Jul 25, 2018 — Cosco’s UK systems are down following a cyber attack which affected its US operations late last night. The company’s Pier J Terminal at the Californian port of Long Beach was the first to be affected. The port said it was monitoring the situation, while local media reported that it did not seem as severe as a previous cyber attack on Maersk.
  • New IMB report shows persistent piracy risk in Gulf of Guinea

    Jul 24, 2018 — The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents.
  • U.S. House OKs Bill to Delay TWIC Deployment at High-Risk Facilities

    Jul 20, 2018 — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation calling for a delay in deploying thousands of biometric readers for transportation security cards at the nation’s high-risk ports and commercial facilities. A companion bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 3094) has been referred out of committee but has yet to go to the floor for a vote.
  • South China, Southeast Asia waters lead global shipping losses, says Allianz review

    Jul 20, 2018 — The waters of South China and Southeast Asia have become the accident hotspot for global shipping, with 30 vessels, making up almost a third of the 94 losses worldwide coming from the region in 2017.
  • ReCAAP: Piracy Incident Reported in First Half of 2018 at Lowest Level in 10 Years

    Jul 19, 2018 — The number of maritime piracy incidents reported to the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre in the first half of 2018 fell to its lowest number in the past 10 years, the agency reported Tuesday. From January to June 2018, ReCAAP had a total of 40 incidents reported, of which 29 were actual incidents while 11 were attempted cases. Among those, 37 (92%) were armed robbery against ships and three (8%) were categorized as piracy.
  • Multiple ship groundings and collisions send Suez Canal into chaos

    Jul 17, 2018 — Egypt’s Suez Canal, one of the busiest waterways in the world, is experiencing traffic mayhem after a series of ships grounded or collided in its waters in the space of two days. The canal is currently struggling to bring operations back to normal, with local media reporting that five vessels were involved in the accident, which eventually led to a standstill on Sunday.
  • Maersk Line diverting two services to Liverpool from delay-hit Felixstowe

    Jul 16, 2018 — Maersk Line is diverting one of its transatlantic services with MSC and its COEX service to the Port of Liverpool for 12 weeks from Felixstowe which has been hit by delays over the last month since installing a new IT system.
  • Strike at Portuguese ports to cause delays

    Jul 13, 2018 — AGS Lisbon would like to inform you that the Portuguese Union of Dockers and Logistics (SEAL) filed a general strike notice for the period from 9 to 28 July 2018.
  • Strike to cause delays at Nigerian ports

    Jul 13, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform you that considerable delays are to be expected due to strike action and traffic congestion in Apapa and the Tincan port axis, in Lagos, Nigeria. The National Association of Truck Owners (NATO) are embarking on strike action in protest of the exorbitant fees paid to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Navy before ships can access the ports.
  • Tentative agreement for six-year NY port contract

    Jul 12, 2018 — The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) have announced a tentative agreement on a six-year local contract for the Port of New York and New Jersey.
  • Thorco Lineage Refloated But Remains Adrift in French Polynesia

    Jun 29, 2018 — The general cargo ship Thorco Lineage has been towed off of the atoll in French Polynesia where it ran hard aground last Saturday, but as of Thursday, the ship was once again adrift after the tow line parted.
  • Pirates’ Strategies and Countermeasures in the South China Sea

    Jun 19, 2018 — The South China Sea averages about 150 piracy incidents per year but can see spikes of activity that push it up to 550. Almost 30 percent of worldwide maritime traffic travels through the area. This includes all of the European goods to China, and almost all of the oil from the Persian Gulf to South East Asia.