Kidnapped Bonita crew released

After 35 days in captivity, nine crew members taken hostage from the bulk carrier MV Bonita off Cotonou, Benin, have been released. The ship’s Norwegian owner, J.J. Ugland, said that following the crew’s release on […]

Vietnam hosts meeting to tackle piracy in the Asia-Pacific region

Senior international maritime stakeholders have been meeting in Vietnam to work on building counter-piracy capacity in the Asia-Pacific region.  The meeting programme is being co-hosted by the Vietnam Coast Guard and the Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing […]

Chinese seafarers’ union secures higher wages

The Chinese seafarers’ union, the National Committee of the Chinese Seamen and Construction Workers’ Union, has reached an agreement with the China Shipowners’ Association to raise Chinese seafarers’ minimum wages by 4% for 2020–21. In […]

Three ferries collide at Indonesian port

Strong ocean currents around the Indonesian port of Bakauheni dragged a ferry at anchor towards two others. The collisions resulted in extensive damages above the waterline to all ships involved.   According to the head of the Bakauheni Port Authority, Iwan Syahrial, the […]