‘The ship is really a prison’: crew aboard casino vessel detained in Hong Kong speak of dire living conditions, unpaid wages

Some 46 crew members working aboard a casino cruise ship are stuck in limbo as its mysterious owner has failed to pay wages as the vessel is detained in Hong Kong waters. The crew aboard New Imperial Star planned to apply for legal aid and take the owner to court in the city for five-plus […]

Posted by: on Apr 10, 2016 read more

Piracy, Still an Ever Present Threat

With the recent hijack of an oil vessel, MT Sampatiki and abduction of its crew in Delta State, Nosa Alekhuogie reasons that adequate measures should be put in place by the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA to rid the nation’s waterways of piracy Maritime insecurity  in Nigeria waters keeps growing at a disturbing  rate and is […]

Posted by: on Apr 08, 2016 read more

Women at Sea: Is Sea-Blindness Gendered?

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  Statistics from the International Transport Workers’ Federation indicate that as little as two percent of the maritime workforce is made up of women. According to data published by the International Labour Organisation in 2003 the vast majority of these women, 94 percent, work on passenger ships such as ferries and cruise liners, often in […]

Posted by: on Apr 07, 2016 read more

Vietnam seizes Chinese vessel in South China Sea

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Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said on Monday. China has overlapping claims with Vietnam and other south-east Asian countries to waters in the South China Sea, thought to have vast oil and gas reserves and which […]

Posted by: on Apr 06, 2016 read more

Security Guards Fire at Bangladeshi Shipbreaking Workers

Private security personnel of Kabir Steel shipbreaking yard, located north of Bangladesh’s major port city, Chittagong are reported to have fired shots and injured seven people protesting outside the yard. The group of shipyard workers and a deceased worker’s family members gathered outside the yard as they claimed the company was withholding the body of a […]

Posted by: on Apr 05, 2016 read more

Two dead in tanker explosion at Duisburg shipyard

      Atleast two people were killed by an explosion and fire onboard the inland tanker Julius Rütgers at the Duisburg shipyard this morning. The two workers died while loading the tanker, according to local media reports. A search operation is reportedly underway to find a missing third employee and any other victims. The […]

Posted by: on Apr 03, 2016 read more