First, issues around ship safety made an unwelcome return this week with a series of casualties reported. The highest profile of these was the collision between the 35,362-dwt handysize bulker OS 35 (built 1999) and an LNG carrier off Gibraltar. The incident is ongoing with fears that the bulker is about to break up. A heavy fuel oil leak has already been reported.

Meanwhile, a Transpetrol aframax that grounded for several hours in the Suez Canal yesterday was successfully refloated, causing disruption to marine traffic in the process.