The reduction of the IMO global fuel sulphur cap to 0.5% will come into force on 1 January 2020. Shipowners have some very difficult and important decisions to make on how to comply with these stringent requirements.


The risk of cyber-attacks is ever present across all industries and sectors. In this article we look specifically at some vulnerabilities associated with ECDIS systems.


A recent UK court judgment has found cargo insurers not liable for general average contributions as the owner failed to exercise due diligence, leading to the breakdown of a vessel’s main engine.


Unmanned and autonomous vessels are quickly becoming a reality. We briefly summarise the current state of play, consider possibilities for the future and outline some of the emerging risks this technology presents.


Captain Terje Lovoy looks at some of the questions raised when making ourselves familiar with safety management systems and how we can make SMS easier to read and more logical to follow without losing the key information.


In the second of this series of articles, Harry Hirst of Ince & Co considers how various court cases involving collisions have provided practical guidance to duty officers (OOW) and masters on taking action to avoid collision. A common theme is the us…


In this article Capt Richard Meikle of Solis Marine consultants discusses how VDR can be useful tool to improve navigational practices.


Climate change, vessel design, technological advances and the potential commercial advantages, have led to an increase in vessels transiting Polar Regions.


Owners of submarine cables and pipelines are monitoring and warning ships that come too close.


Delays caused by main engine breakdown are not only costly in themselves, they can also lead to cargo damage claims.  This article focuses on main engine damage, low sulphur fuel and cylinder oil.


The State of California has adopted new legislation on ballast water management, taking effect on 1 July 2017.


The leadership shown by a vessel Master during a long detention in Venezuela is rewarded.