Unity Ukraine war risk insurance now covers all non-military cargo

Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC) has announced a major expansion of its Unity Ukraine war risk insurance facility. Launched in November 2023 to support Ukrainian exports of grain and other critical food supplies Unity now provides affordable war risk insurance for ships carrying all non-military cargo – such as iron ore, steel, and containerized shipping – and underpins Ukraine’s wider maritime export ecosystem.

Unity offers hull and separate protection & indemnity (P&I) war risk insurance at...


Training On First Aid: A Lifesaving Imperative

  • Research from the University of Manchester reveals that up to 59% of ‘pre-hospital’ deaths from injuries could be prevented with simple first aid.
  • The urgency of this need is heightened in environments like ships, where heavy machinery, dangerous equipment, and hazardous conditions are managed, thousands of miles away from the nearest hospital.
  • In 2022, EMSA reported 2,510 marine casualties and incidents. With the lack of professional medical care on board, first aid training becomes even more...


Securing Global Shipping: Navigating Emerging Threats In The Red Sea

  • In recent decades, global shipping—carrier of 80 per cent of world trade—has faced numerous threats that challenge the long-established right to freedom of navigation for all merchant ships.
  • Piracy, hijackings, armed robbery, regional conflict, and the COVID-19 pandemic have put seafarers’ lives and well-being at risk.
Emerging Threat: Uncrewed Aerial Devices

A new danger to international shipping has emerged: uncrewed aerial devices aimed at ships going about their lawful business. Seafarers,...


Vessel used in trades that funded Houthi arms hit by U.S. and U.K. sanctions

Houthi arms

As Houthi attacks on merchant ships continue with a seemingly abundant supply of Iranian weaponry, sanctions announced today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in coordination with the United Kingdom, shed some light on how those Houthi arms are being funded.

Designated in the sanctions are Hong Kong ship operator Cap Tees Shipping Co. and the 1998-built, 15,084 dwt crude oil tanker Artura, which is said to have been involved in another saga of...


New Houthi targets pounded after attack on TSP tanker Torm Tor

The U.S. and the U.K. on Saturday launched a fresh wave of attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen after the Iranian-backed terrorist organization continued its attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. Among the most recent reported by U.S. Central Command was a February 24 incident that saw the USS Mason (DDG 87) shoot down one Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBM) launched into the Gulf of Aden from Iranian-backed Houthi controlled areas of Yemen. CENTCOM says the missile was likely targeting MV Torm Thor,...


Four seized on dhow brought to U.S. to face charges

Seized weaponry on dhow included type of Houthi missiles fired at merchant ships

Four foreign nationals aboard the dhow suspected of smuggling Houthi weapons that was interdicted by U.S. forces on January 11 have been charged in a criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia. Ten others have been detained as material witnesses.

Weaponry found on board dhow [Photo: U.S. Navy]

Two Navy SEALs lost their lives in the incident, with CENTCOM subsequently releasing photographs of weaponry found aboard the dhow.

Defendant Muhammad Pahlawan is charged with: (1)...


Administration moves to counter cybersecurity threat from made-in-China port cranes

The White House has announced a series of measures being taken by the Biden administration to enhance cybersecurity in U.S. ports and, in particular, address the threat posed by Chinese-manufactured port cranes. They include providing funding to rebuild America’s industrial capacity to produce port cranes with trusted partners.

The measures to counter the cybersecurity threat from the Chinese port cranes include a new Executive Order on “Amending Regulations Relating to the Safeguarding of...


Red Sea: French frigates take out Houthi drones


#MerRouge | Cette nuit, interceptions de drones aériens en provenance du Yémen par les frégates .
Contributions à la sûreté maritime de Suez à Ormuz et à la liberté de navigation, objectif déclaré de l’opération #ASPIDES, lancée le 19/02, sous commandement . pic.twitter.com/CnPfKrB4hF

— Armée française – Opérations militaires (@EtatMajorFR) February 20, 2024

The EU’s EUNAVOR ASPIDES naval mission, formally announced only yesterday, is already up and running with French FREMM frigates...


Red Sea: EU launches new naval mission ASPIDES

As Houthi attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea continued, the European Union today officially launched EUNAVFOR ASPIDES, saying that the objective of the defensive maritime security operation is to restore and safeguard freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Gulf.

In announcing the decision, the European Council did not go into details of what ships would be involved, but reportedly France, Germany, Italy and Belgium have so far confirmed they plan to contribute ships to ASPIDES. Its...


Bilge alarms did not sound, fishing vessel Hotspur capsized and sank

In its latest report on a fishing vessel accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that flooding into the lazarette, a compartment below the main deck, or port void (empty) space likely caused the 1998-built, 53-feet long fishing vessel Hotspur to lose stability, capsize and sink near Nunez Rocks, Alaska.

Hotspur began listing to port when it was transiting through Dixon Entrance near Nunez Rocks, off the southern tip of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska on August 2,...


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