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  • efficiensea2

    EfficienSea2 deploys smart buoy to optimize navigation

    The European project EfficienSea2 is testing a new Smart Buoy solution, aiming to allow ships to have improved navigational services and to receive data in support of vessel operations, when reaching ports. The buoy will allow port authorities and ships to collect and share information in a completely autonomous system. ...

  • internet

    MSC ship released after detention for internet outage

    The Mediterranean Shipping Company has reached an agreement with the Somali government over the accidental internet cable outage, that created a large disruption of web connectivity in the region.  ...

  • australia

    Australia: Flag of Convenience is risk to national security

    The Australian Senate inquiry finds flag of convenience shipping poses risks to national security. FOC shipping refers to international trading vessels registered in tax havens such as Liberia, Panama and the Marshall Islands and are renowned for their lax labour laws, poor investment controls and lack of ownership oversight.  ...

  • accidents

    Kalmar: Zero accidents is ‘mission possible’ ahead automation

    Ahead of the automation that takes place within the shipping industry, Finnish port equipment manufacturer Kalmar stresses that “a zero accident port is definitely a mission possible”, suggesting that machines detect their surroundings and notice things that human eyes and ears might not, thus helping humans to prevent accidents.  ...

  • gps

    USCG urges for vigilance due to recent GPS disruptions

    The US Coast Guard Navigation Center informed that 20 ships were reported suffering a GPS disruption, in the Black Sea, since 22 June 2017. In view of this, it urges operators to exercise caution and reminds them how to report a disruption and the actions they should take to mitigate the effects of a disruption. ...

Recent Posts


Fire caused while welding on board cargo vessel

The Swedish P&I Club has issued its Monthly Safety Scenario for June, regarding an incident of fire on board a general cargo vessel. The fire was emitted during welding operations, a common practice when carrying cargo, in order to secure it. By presenting this case, the Club urges operators to think of possible actions if something similar occurred in their vessels.

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New joint working group focuses on cyber security

Inmarsat said that it is a founding member of a new joint working group formed by the International Association of Classification Societies, to develop a coordinated position on cybercrime and its prevention. The company notes that stakeholders unity was critical in meeting the unpredictability of the cyber security threat to shipping.

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WSM sets Big Data high on the agenda

Wilhelmsen Ship Management says it is continuously developing its digital solutions. The company commits to digitalization by utilizing Big Data in its operations. Already, the WSM has deployed various digital reporting systems onboard as part of its ship management operations, having a wide data framework.

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RMI urges operators to check breathing devices’ efficiency

The RMI published a Safety Bulletin issued by UK MCA, regarding Hwayan Emergency Escape Breathing Devices, that have been found not to fulfill the required rate for delivery of breathing air to the user. The RMI recommends that operators check EEBDs onboard, and if they are found to fall between the affected lot numbers, to contact the manufacturer and undertake an air pressure test.

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Marshall advises on ships’ chests certification

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator has received a report that Indian Port State Control has been strictly enforcing Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 Standard on ships’ medicine chests. As of today, they will be issuing a Code 17 to vessels that do not comply with the requirement.

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US MARAD to fund small shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced it will make available $9.8 million in Federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small U.S. shipyards. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, aim in a modernization of operations, efficiency improvement and a highly skilled workforce.

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IMO supports free-flowing maritime traffic in South-East Asia

The key IMO treaty supporting the free flow of international maritime traffic – the Facilitation Convention – was the subject of a regional seminar held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 22 to 26 May. The aim was to support a more effective implementation of the Convention as a whole, as well as the maritime “single window” concept on data exchange.

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Asian shippers are ready for more VSAT enabled digitalization

Many Asian shipping companies are ready to embrace the increased capacity and greater data usage enabled by maritime VSAT, according to a recent Marlink survey. Marlink initiated the survey to further deepen its understanding of the Asian markets, align its service development roadmap and ensure the specific needs of Asian operators are met with flexible communication services.

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Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete merger

Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company officially merged, in Hamburg, on May 24. Hapag-Lloyd will remain a publicly traded company registered in Germany with its headquarters in Hamburg. UASC’s 58 vessels will be integrated into the fleet of Hapag-Lloyd and the combined fleet will then include a total of 230 vessels.

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Wärtsilä initiates organisation to drive digital transformation

Wärtsilä said that it is currently implementing a digital transformation, in order to take a leader role in the smart marine and smart energy ecosystems throughout their entire lifecycle. The aim is to increase efficiency while enabling a zero emissions society. To accelerate its digital transformation, the company has established a new digital organisation.

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