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  • training

    New project launched to address Arctic shipping safety

    A new three-year research project, called SEDNA, has been launched to address safety and efficiency in Arctic ship operations. Its aim is to  develop the ‘Safe Arctic Bridge’, a human-centered operational environment for ice-going vessels. Its design and layout will focus on the navigational requirements of the Arctic, namely ice, weather and a lack of chart data. ...

  • poisoning

    CO poisoning onboard motor cruiser leads to fatality

    In November 2016, the owner of the 7.75m motor cruiser Vasquez fell unconscious after being overcome by carbon monoxide that had been emitted from failed rubber bellows that formed part of the inboard engine’s wet-exhaust system. Although rescuers came to his aid, it was not possible to save his life. ...

  • noaa

    NOAA warns of above-normal active hurricane season in Atlantic

    The US NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook, warning that the season has the potential to be the most active since 2010, with forecasters predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season and increasing the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes.  ...

  • container

    Advancing safety in containership sector

    Bigger boxships demand a firefighting infrastructure with enhanced capacity explains Matthew Temblay, ABS vice president for containerships. As key for the owners and operators is the ability to protect life and cargo onboard, ABS decided to move forward with the development of a new standard for fire safety. ...

  • Panama

    Panama Canal expansion was not waste of time

    It’s now a full year since Panama opened the upgraded Panama Canal, but the canal remains unable to handle any vessel carrying 13,500 TEU’s or more. However, this does not mean that the expansion was a waste of time and money, Xeneta notes. ...

Recent Posts


IUMI supports industry efforts on cyber security

The International Unit of Marine Insurance announced that it supports the efforts of the IMO, classification societies and shipowner associations to understand, assess and mitigate the risk of cyber threats, in order to make them more transparent and understandable to operators.

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Changes in dry bulk carrier inspection triggers announced

Effective 01 January 2018 RightShip's age trigger for a bulk carrier inspection for vessels over 8,000 dwt will change from 18 years to 14 years, after which an annual acceptable RightShip inspection will be required, according to the company. The observations of Inspectors feeds back into the vetting process, providing critical control to improve safety.

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Ship station license becomes digital in Denmark

In line with its plans to enhance digitalization in shipping, the Danish Maritime Authority announced that the Ship Station License has now become digital, reducing the number of administrative burdens imposed on the industry. The DMA has recently digitized other ship certificates too.

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Inmarsat broadens network

Responding to the high demand for the ground-breaking Fleet Xpress service, Inmarsat announced its plans to enhance installation support network by boosting from six to 33 the number of ports where the service installation with a flat fee is now available. Inmarsat’s service which won the 2017 SMART4SEA Excellent Award last January, will now be available at 12 Asia Pacific ports, 11 in the Europe Middle-East and Africa region, and 10 ports in the Americas.

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New merger in the tanker sector

Tanker Investments (TIL) has confirmed its merger with Teekay Tankers, creating the 'world’s largest' publicly-traded mid-sized conventional tanker company with combined total assets of $2.4 billion, operating 62 ships.

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loss prevention

UK Club advises on the benefits of ventilation

The UK P&I Club says that it has received a number of claims concerning damaged grain cargos due to cargo sweat and provides advice on the benefits of ventilation. Cargo sweat can be caused primarily by either cargo heating up or from a vessel transiting from a warmer to cooler environment.

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USCG issues new policy letter on Subchapter M

The USCG announced the release of a policy Letter to provide guidance to the Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection and the marine industry on the applicability of 46 CFR 136.202, Certificate of Inspection phase-in period, to existing towing vessels using the Towing Safety Management System option to obtain an initial COI under 46 CFR Subchapter M.

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NYK containership collides with US warship

On June 17, 2017, the NYK containership collided with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Shimoda in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. On June 19th, US Navy confirmed that all seven missing sailors from the USS Fitzgerald were found dead in flooded berthing compartments.

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ABS shares IMO MSC 98 highlights

ABS has issued a brief bulletin providing highlights of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee’s 98th session, which met from June 7 to 16, 2017. The Committee adopted SOLAS amendments effective from 2020 and discussed about the IGF Code revisions, IMSBC Code amendments, cyber risk and autonomous shipping among many other issues.

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