Port of Antwerp and partners to launch cargo temperature monitoring service

Photo credit: Port of Antwerp
Photo credit: Port of Antwerp

The Port of Antwerp is working along with three partners to launch Europe’s first end-to-end cargo LoRaWAN based cargo temperature monitoring service.

The Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second-largest container hub, is collaborating with Foodcareplus, an international logistics provider, Dockflow, a building logistics enablement platform, and TrakAssure,a provider of cargo monitoring solutions. They have announced a service offering cargo temperature condition monitoring for logistics assets and cargo, and providing exception alerting solutions for Continue reading “Port of Antwerp and partners to launch cargo temperature monitoring service”

The Great Disconnect report finds shipowners pay an average of $3.1 million in ransoms due to cyber attacks

Cyber risk management is the subject of the Great Disconnect report
Cyber risk management is the subject of the Great Disconnect report

Recent research explores the maritime industry’s relationship with cyber security risks, and makes recommendations to shipowners and operators to improve how those risks are managed within their organisations.

The Great Disconnect report is a collaboration between produced by maritime cyber security company CyberOwl, maritime innovation agency Thetius and law firm HFW. After taking into account the views of more than 200 industry professionals through a combination of an industry survey and research interviews conducted Continue reading “The Great Disconnect report finds shipowners pay an average of $3.1 million in ransoms due to cyber attacks”

The importance of verifying wire rope terminations

Wire rope and its associated cable assemblies are an essential part of the marine industry in a variety of load-handling applications. In many instances, maintenance and replacement of these cables involves multiple layers of fabrication and service providers who rely on quality management processes to ensure the correct product is supplied to the end-user.

On January 4, 2021, a Fast Rescue Craft (FRC), while being manually winched to its stowed position onboard a floating offshore installation in the Gulf of Mexico, fell approximately 135 feet into the water when its wire rope end termination failed. Luckily, the crew of the FRC had exited the craft just moments before the incident. The subject wire rope in the casualty had failed within one month of its Continue reading “The importance of verifying wire rope terminations”

Twist-lock foundations should be inspected regularly

Corrosion found on twist-lock foundations
Corrosion found on twist-lock foundations

The American Club has published guidance and some lessons learned following an incident that involved corrosion of the twist-lock foundations and pad eyes.

A general cargo vessel had been modified to carry containers on the cargo hatches. Various twist-lock foundations and pad eyes had been welded to the hatch covers to secure containers. While the vessel was in port preparing to offload and load containers, the newly arrived Chief Officer noticed that many of the twist-lock foundations and pad eyes were significantly corroded. He raised his concern with the Master. They jointly inspected them and found them likely to be unsafe due to the excessive corrosion. Continue reading “Twist-lock foundations should be inspected regularly”

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