SMART4SEA Conference & Awards
2018
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SMART4SEA Conference & Awards
2018
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Major issues

  • nautilus

    Nautilus: Modern slavery in UK waters is “alive and kicking”

    Despite new powers enabling the Police, the Border Force and the National Crime Agency to board and search vessels, Nautilus International has identified the exploitation of individuals, mainly of South and South East Asian origin, and profiteering by certain ship-owners continues. ...

  • drones

    Polar Code amendments to STCW Convention

    The Standard P&I Club highlights that the new STCW amendments concerning master and deck officers on ships operating in Polar Waters will take effect on July 2018 and not in January 2018 as it was previously announced. ...

  • amsc

    USCG highlights role of AMSCs in cyber security

    In the recent National Cybersecurity Awareness Month post, the US Coast Guard Office of Port & Facility Compliance provides some insight on the role of Area Maritime Security Committees in protecting the Marine Transportation System from cyber-related risks. ...

  • ecdis

    ECDIS safeguards ignored at Muros grounding

    In the early hours of 3 December 2016, the bulk carrier Muros ran aground on Haisborough Sand, 8 miles off the Norfolk coast and the master’s attempts to manoeuvre the vessel clear were unsuccessful due to a falling tide. The vessel was following a passage plan shown on its ECDIS. ...

  • IMB reports 121 piracy incidents in 2017

    A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the latest report by IMB. The report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia. ...


Latest news

peel

Peel Ports to implement air traffic control technology

Peel Ports Group, UK’s second biggest port operator, will apply air traffic control technology to a commercial port group in the UK for the first time, in order to enhance maritime operations. The technologies to be used include vessel identification and tracking, solid-state radar and weather stations.

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club

UK Club warns over liquefaction risks

The bulk carrier M/V Emerald Star that sank in the Philippine Sea last week, with the loss of 10 crew members, is believed to have been carrying a cargo of nickel ore at the time, although it is too early to say whether the cargo played any role in the ship’s sinking, the UK Club announced.

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convenience

Port of Oslo declared Port of Convenience

The decision was made due to several violation cases of seafarers' collective agreements and of ILO Convention 137 in the port. In response, Port of Oslo and the City Government in Oslo organized a dialogue meeting on 13 October, focusing on the fight against social dumping.

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ShipMoney urges for less cash onboard

Financial services provider ShipMoney highlights that shipping companies are paying out unnecessary high costs by continuing to pay seafarers with cash.With the cost of delivering cash to vessels ranging from 3% to 10% of the value being transported, shipping companies are losing significant amounts of money by paying crew via hard cash or wire transfers, the company says.

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cargo

Liquefaction risk remains despite export ban of mineral ore from Indonesia

The Japan P&I Club informs that a bulk carrier laden with nickel ore cargo from Indonesia to China, sank off the Philippines. As evidenced by this latest tragedy, the great reduction in the quantity of nickel ore shipped from Indonesia by the regulations has not lessened the risk of liquefaction of the relevant cargo, the Club notes and urges operators to take more precautious measures.

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