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Stephen Askins’ Webinar on tanker security in the new ‘tanker wars’

Stephen Askins along with Intertanko’s Phillip Belcher, UK Chamber of Shipping’s David Balston, BIMCO’s Jakob Larsen engaged in candid discussion on present and future tanker safety and security issues in the wake of the Stena Impero and Grace 1 seizures. Topics discussed: The threat. Implications for ports who choose to receive Adrian Darya 1 (ex-Grace 1). […]

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Could BMP 5 and the use of a citadel have prevented the capture of the Stena Impero?   »

The UK Sunday papers rightly are questioning why “we” wern’t prepared for the Iranian reaction to the detention of the Grace 1 (language matters here – Gibraltar have lawfully “detained” the Grace 1 and Iran have unlawfully “captured” the Stena Impero). There is no legal equivalence between the two events. Indeed Lawrence Freeman asks the […]

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Grace 1 – Gibraltar passes new law to seize ship and exposes “British” tankers to reciprocal action by Iran   »

Image Source: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/panama-says-it-cut-iran-oil-tanker-from-boat-registry-after-terrorism-alert The reaction of the Iranian government to the boarding of the Grace 1off Gibraltar has been swift and direct reciprocal action has been threatened against “British” ships. Whether that is British flagged as opposed to British managed or operated ships, is unclear. But in the light of the recent attacks on tankers in […]

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Fujairah Attacks – JWC Amends Listed Area – Act of War or Terrorism?   »

After an extraordinary meeting and in the light of the growing uncertainty in the region the Joint War Committee has moved quickly to amend the Listed Areas so the waters of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman west of 58 degrees East are now seen as an area of perceived enhanced risk. That amendment […]

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The “B Atlantic” Supreme Court Decision – Attempted smuggling is not a “malicious act”

On 22 May 2018, the Supreme Court published its judgment in the case of the “B Atlantic”.[1] The decision will be of particular interest to owners and operators whose vessels trade to areas where the risk of judicial detention is higher than normal. It highlights the risk that traditional war risks insurance may not respond […]

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Seaman Guard Ohio – @TheChennai6. Was Sri Lanka’s own floating armoury scandal to blame?   »

On November 28th 2017, over four years after their original arrest, the crew and men from the Seaman Guard Ohio were released having been acquitted of all charges by the Indian High Court in Medurai. They were driven from Chennai Central prison having won, not only what one of the men’s sisters described as their “battle […]

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Trading to Yemen – Where are we?

  Recent news in respect of the commercial maritime picture in and around Yemen culminating in the extraordinary reports of a missile attack on the Turkish flagged Ince Inebolu, has been difficult to unravel. Both sides of the proxy war are making claims and counter-claims to suit their respective narratives. An already complex environment is seemingly […]

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Ransoms revisited   »

US Executive Order signals change of approach to payments to terrorists, in contrast to UK’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act. On 24th June 2015 President Obama issued an Executive Order which set out the conclusions to the recent US review on dealing with hostages. Like the UK, the US had a strict policy against even […]

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Trading to Nigeria – Countering the threat of Piracy – Workshop   »

Partner  Stephen Askins  along with Steve Harwood at EOS Risk Group will be hosting an interactive workshop at the Marine Club in Piraeus on 21 September 2017.    

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