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

lpg

Ireland advises on the use of LPG installations

The Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport issued a marine notice, providing guidance on the use of LPG installations on merchant vessels, fishing vessels, pleasure craft and other marine craft. When handled incorrectly, the dangers associated with LPG systems include fire, explosion, burns, etc.

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nyk

NYK to test unmanned container ship in Pacific

Aiming to expand its research on autonomous shipping, Japanese Nippon Yusen Kaisha has set plans to test a remote-controlled container ship across the Pacific Ocean in 2019. The plan comes after the fatal collision of US warship John McCain with a merchant tanker on 21 August, off Singapore.

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hhi

HHI asks 5,000 workers to take unpaid leave

Hyundai Heavy Industries is asking 5,000 workers to take unpaid leave from September, as it faces a decreasing rate in ship orders until June 2018. The world's largest shipbuilder, seeks to "persuade" 30 percent of its workforce to take time off from work without pay, in order to maintain competitiveness amid industry downturn.

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ukho

UKHO urges operators to check ECDIS compliance ahead of CIC

Ahead of the IHO’s compliance deadline of 31 August 2017, the UK Hydrographic Office urged owners and operators to ensure their ECDIS systems are using S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0. The deadline coincides with the launch of a worldwide Concentrated Inspection Campaign by Tokyo MoU and Paris MoU.

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security

Plastic security barriers possible solution over razor wire

In the recent issue of North P&I Club's Signals newsletter, James Wilkes, Managing Director of Grey Page, gives an insight into the problems that razor wire, fitted for anti piracy purposes, can pose for vessel operations and a possible solution using barriers made of high density polyrethane plastic material. 

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