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  • Are Stricter Controls Needed for Provisional Registration?

    In the world of shipping, for a ship to change flag is nothing unusual. A change in ownership, bareboat charter, or the change in the area a will ship operate are just some of the many reasons for changing flag. Some of these other reasons may be more dubious than those listed.

  • Yacht Registration – a competitive business

    In the same way that there is stiff competition between registries for the registration of ships, so too is there stiff competition for the registration of yachts. One might think that the larger registries such as Panama and Liberia would have a monopoly on the registration of yachts as well as ships, but this is not the case. In the case of yachts, there are other registries that are able to offer specific benefits that other registries are not able to offer.

  • Will The Increase In Cruises Mean An Increase In Regulation?

    The Mediterranean and the Caribbean were once the main attractions when people considered taking a cruise. However, as the popularity of cruising continues to increase, new destinations are opening up.

  • Who's keeping Watch?

    Now that we are in the 21st century, one would expect that with all the sophisticated technology that has been developed, there would be far fewer accidents at sea. Yet it seems that hardly a day goes by without there being a report of a collision at sea somewhere in the world.

  • Can Anyone Put An End To Piracy?

    Piracy has been a problem ever since the days when ships were first used to carry cargo for commerce. Colonialism and the increase in seaborne trade that came with it, especially between England, Africa and the Caribbean, made the act of piracy particular profitable in the 17th century.

  • The Choppy Ride to Getting the STCW Convention Right

    Way back in 1978 the STCW Convention introduced international requirements for training, certification and watchkeeping, in an attempt to standardise the competency of seafarers internationally. Previously these standards were set by individual countries which caused there to be a wide variation in the training given, and the competence attained by seafarers from different parts of the world.

  • MOU Blacklists, Grey lists and white lists - Tips for avoiding the blacklist

    The technical performance of a flag state is measured by a calculation based on the number of inspections and detentions of its ships over the past three years, where a minimum of thirty inspections have been carried out.

  • Nor-Shipping 2015

    This year's Nor-Shipping is less than a week away and runs from 2nd to the 5th June in Oslo. The event is even more notable this year with it being the 50th Anniversary of the event, making it the longest running maritime exhibition in the world. The event offers those in the maritime industry from all over the world the opportunity to meet up, attend conferences and seminars, and to view exhibitions. Each year many ship owners, shipbuilders, shipbrokers and representatives from the classification societies and from technology providers attend the event.

  • Top reasons for Port State Control detentions

    For a ship owner or operator, Port State Control does not rate as one of their favourite topics of conversation. When a ship is detained by PSC due to a deficiency of one sort or another, it can be a costly affair. Not only will there be additional port dues and a possible off-hire situation, such delays also have a negative impact on the profitability of a vessel.


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