Insurance industry is partly to blame when fishing vessels “go dark” at sea by turning off their mandatory satellite tracking equipment.
The ocean conservation charity foundation has argued that EU-flagged vessels operating in the Indian Ocean that go dark are in likely breach of international, flag state and coastal state law, and that the UK insurance industry is “enabling” them by continuing to provide cover, thereby putting seafarers’ lives at risk.
As already mentioned, the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) as shown on UKHO Chart Q6099 has been removed from the shipping industry’s list of HRAs from January 1, 2023.
The security situation in the Indian Ocean and Southern Red Sea, and submitting related notice to IMO Maritime Safety Committee, had requested to withdraw the Indian Ocean as HRA due to piracy decline.
A harbour pilot from PSA Marine died on Feb 11, after falling into waters off Kusu Island.
The pilot fell overboard while disembarking from a tugboat to board a launch boat off the Southern Islands, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), adding that he was wearing a lifejacket at the time.
The 2,038 TEU Wan Hai 288 and the 920 TEU Resurgence collided on the Long Tau River in southern Vietnam on 11 February. The two ships were severely damaged and several containers from the first ship were destroyed as the port bow of the vessel was hit by Resurgence, whose bow was crunched in the incident.