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I saw three ships, three kings… three titans of legislation, now in force appearing. That’s some epiphany dawning with the new decade.

Whilst many ship operators will be prepared for low sulphur fuel as IMO 2020 comes into force, there will be many others who aren’t.

Legislation is one thing, enforcement is quite another when left to individual states. Countries such as South Africa, Jamaica and much of the Caribbean lack domestic laws, whilst the UAE reportedly lacks any intention of robust enforcement from 1 January.

Meanwhile, the EU sets out an over-arching climate policy that aims to set stiffer limits, rules and subsidies across industries, including energy, construction, automobile, aviation …and maritime.

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Navigate Response, the global maritime crisis communication consultancy, announced today that Tom Adams has joined its expanding London team as a Crisis Response Manager.

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There are few incidents more feared by a crisis management team (CMT) than a kidnapping. It is worth considering for a few moments why this is the case. After all, kidnapping is an extremely rare event – it is likely most shipping companies will never experience any such event. Kidnaps globally are falling and have been for 20 years. So, what’s the problem?

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A big part of my job as a communications specialist for the shipping industry is explaining our industry to people who find what we do and how we operate hugely confusing (and in fairness, who can blame them?).

Here are six misunderstandings and points of confusion that I encounter regularly:

  1. How can the owner not have anything to do with running the ship? What is a shipmanager?

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