Westerdam given permission to dock

Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship was granted permission to dock after being turned away from at least four other ports due to fears over coronavirus cases on board, a company spokesperson said in a […]

Industry demands regulatory action as container fires continue

A powerful group, led by the global marine insurance industry, has tabled a submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) calling for greater firefighting standards on the world’s container vessels.  The submission calls for amendments to SOLAS chapter 11-2 regulations on enhanced provisions for early fire detection and the effective control of fires in containerised cargoes stowed under and on […]

Docker fatally crushed by cargoes

A cargo of 60 concrete boards fell on two dockers in the Japanese port of Nagoya on the morning of 3 February 2020, killing one and seriously injuring the other. The incident happened at Yatomi […]

South Africa’s coronavirus precautions at ports

With the coronavirus declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, South Africa’s port authority, working with the National Department of Health and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, has implemented strict health […]