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Friday, October 20, 2017

Maritime Safety News

Two Missing after Barge Catches Fire in Texas

Two crew members were missing after a barge carrying about 140,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery caught fire early on Friday in the Aransas Pass Anchorage in Texas, according to a report on the Corpus Christi Caller Times news website. Six other members of the crew were accounted for, the report said. The U.S. Coast Guard was responding to the fire two miles off of Texas's San Jose Island, the report said, and a safety zone was set up around the barge to keep out incoming traffic.     Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru

Photo: Bahri Data

Bahri Data, DNV GL Ink Deal to Leverage Big Data

Bahri Data, one of the six business units within Bahri, a leader in transportation and logistics, and DNV GL,  a classification society and recognized advisor for the maritime industry, have signed a contract to co-develop and jointly leverage their Big Data capabilities for safety, quality and compliance innovation. The contract laying the framework for the partnership, was signed in Hamburg, Germany, in the presence of Anwar Siddiqui, President of Bahri Data, Per Helge Pedersen…

Windstar Cruises Appoints Inman as Director

New expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the cruise line. Windstar Cruises has announced that they are welcoming seafaring safety specialist Michael Inman as the newest member of the boutique cruise line’s highly accredited leadership team. Bringing with him a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Inman will report directly to Windstar President John Delaney and work alongside fleet and technical operations officials to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare.

RMI Registry Strengthens Support for Japanese Owners

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), which provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries, has appointed a new Technical Officer in its Imabari office, strengthening its support and services for the Japanese ship owning market. “We now have more than 400 employees in our 27 offices worldwide and by hiring an extremely experienced technical officer in Imabari, who understands every aspect of vessel safety and day-to-day operations…

Potential Port Problems in Nigeria

According to a report on http://www.thenationonlineng.net, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) today threatened to shut down seaports to protest the planned establishment of another body--Maritime Security and Safety Agency. MWUN stated this in a petition signed by its President, Tony Nted and Secretary-General, Aham Ubani, and sent to Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. The petition, which made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, was copied to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Transport.

Malta & Russia – Update Re MV Arctic Sea

The Malta Maritime Authority issued a press release stating that the MV Arctic Sea is under the control of Russian Authorities and is located 16 nautical miles off Las Palmas. A team comprised of officials from the Malta Police Force and the Malta Maritime Authority boarded the ship on 10 September and are currently carrying out a maritime safety investigation in parallel with a law enforcement investigation. (9/11/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

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Today’s Maritime Security: Is the Industry Prepared?

In late June of 2017, AP Moeller-Maersk shut down its container operations at the Port of Los Angeles. It wasn’t due to labor relations problems, equipment malfunction or other reasons that have been known to thwart port operations. It was a cyber-attack. In today’s climate of information technology, there’s no telling where hackers lurk or a cyber security compromises may occur. For the maritime industry and its extended supply chains, the threat is real and looming. “At the local Maersk facility in L.A.…

Rimthan Registration (Photo: Bahri)

Saudi Flag Raised on Bahri's VLCC Rimthan

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has raised the Saudi flag on Rimthan, one of the latest VLCCs received and owned by Bahri, a leader in transportation and logistics. Under the supervision of PTA, the ceremony of Rimthan’s registration under the Saudi flag took place on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Port of Ras Tanura in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and was attended by senior officials of both PTA and Bahri. Thus, Rimthan became the 40th Saudi VLCC, owned and operated by Bahri. H.E. Dr.

Photo: News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Nigeria, Singapore Seal Maritime Partnership

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore have held a bilateral meeting to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators at the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum holding in Singapore. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside met with his counterpart at the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore,  Andrew Tan where they pledged to collaborate for the benefit of both countries.

CG Proposes Safety Zone Around Drillship

The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone around a drillship while it is anchored on location in order to drill exploratory wells at various locations over the US outer continental shelf in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas between July 1 and October 31. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by February 5. 75 Fed. Reg. 803 (January 6, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

Boston Safety Zones Proposed for LNG DWPs

The U.S. Coast Guard proposed to establish new and modify existing regulated navigation areas (RNAs) and safety/security zones off the coast of Massachusetts in the vicinity of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater ports (DWPs) in the Boston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by June 1. 75 Fed. Reg. 16370 (April 1, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Towing Safety Committee Members Sought

The US Coast Guard is soliciting applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be received by May 21. 75 Fed. Reg. 20856 (April 21, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

Salvage Cost of Stranded Tanker Soars

According to a report on www.businessday.co.za, bad weather could drive up the cost of salvaging the stranded oil tanker MT Phoenix to $4.5m, citing information from the South African Maritime Safety Authority. The tanker reportedly ran aground north of Durban on Tuesday. One well-placed industry source cited by the news service estimated the costs could soar even higher. Phoenix reportedly was stranded off a residential area, making the salvage job that much more challenging. (Source: www.businessday.co.za)

Maritime Global News App Launch at SMM

New Maritime Global News App launch at the Maritime Reporter and Engineering News at SMM in Hall B7, Stand 603. Maritime Reporter is changing the way our industry gets its news with the all new Maritime Global News App. This free mobile app is perfect for the busy maritime professional on the move. Updated regularly, the Maritime Global News app delivers all the news you need and want directly to your mobile devices from the world’s leading source for maritime business news and information Maritime Reporter and Engineering News.

Dean Rosenberg

PortVision CEO to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing

Hearing before U.S. Coast Guard & Marine Transportation Subcommittee will focus on how technology can improve maritime domain awareness, response capability and efficiency. PortVision CEO will testify about vessel-tracking technology advances and successes, and benefits of applying latest commercial solutions and best practices to federal agency initiatives. Testimony will draw on company’s experience serving 3,000 users including marine service providers, vessel operators, third-party terminal operators and every major oil company.

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Istanbul Technical University Hosts Chemfleet for Career Day

Chemfleet was the eighth guest of the 19th annual Career Days organized by the Istanbul Technical University Maritime Faculty Career Club. Operation Manager Baris Samur, Personal Manager Ozgur Sarioglu, Vice Personal Manager Mahir Adali, Safety Manager Gokhan Ergin and Technical Manager Ersen Ucakhan participated in the organization as representatives of Chemfleet. Samur and Sarioglu introduced the company to the students, and Sarioglu explained the company’s cadet policy. Moreover, the company representatives spoke about Chemfleet’s safety procedure for chemical tankers.

Koji Sekimizu Secretary General of the IMO. (Source: IMO)

IMO Head Defends Ship Size, Regs

According to the head of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the world’s largest ships are well regulated and safe, Bloomberg news agency reported following an interview. According to the Bloomberg report, regulators haven’t let vessels, especially cruise ships, get so large that they present a hazard, according to Koji Sekimizu, secretary-general of the IMO. The 290-m Costa Concordia was carrying 4,200 passengers and crew on a Mediterranean cruise when it struck rocks on Jan. 13 near .

Seattle Propeller Club Honors Veentjer and Dwyer

The Seattle Propeller Club announced the winner of the 2013 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award as Captain John Veentjer, Puget Sound Marine Exchange Executive Director, aboard Princess Cruises cruise vessel Sapphire Princess while berthed on Pier 66 at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Street Cruise Terminal during the 62nd annual Seattle Maritime Festival Luncheon. The Club also shared news of the selection of Captain John Dwyer, Officer In Charge, Marine Inspection and the Chief of the Inspection Division at U.S.

DOJ Bans Shipping Company for Three Years

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a news release stating that, after pleading guilty, a shipping company has been sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $2.7m for violation of pollution and safety laws and for making false statements. In addition, ships owned or managed by the company will be prohibited from entering U.S. ports for three years. The court awarded $540,000 to nine former crew members who extensively cooperated in the investigation. This is the first conviction of a shipping company for violation of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act. (12/9/09).

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Arab Women in Maritime Association Launched

A ground breaking event took place in Alexandria, Egypt (15-19 October) when 30 women from nine Arab countries officially launched The Arab Association for Women in the Maritime Sector (AWIMA). The new network joins the International Maritime Organization (IMO) family of regional Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector. Ships’ surveyors, harbourmasters, marine engineers and maritime lawyers…

The EU Commission is composed of the College of Commissioners of 28 members, including the President and Vice-Presidents. Photo: European Commission

EU Leads the Way with Ambitious Action for Cleaner and Safer Seas

At the ongoing EU-hosted Our Ocean conference in Malta (5-6 October), the European Union has committed to 36 tangible actions to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas. Amounting to over €550 million and involving activities worldwide, the announcements underline the EU's determination to improve the situation of the seas and send a positive signal of encouragement to the rest of the world – governments and private sector alike - to step up and tackle the growing ocean challenges…

Mark Woodhead Photo KVH

Woodhead Appointed Sr V. P., Training & Content, KVH

KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that Mark Woodhead has been named to the newly created position of KVH senior vice president for training and content, effective on the first of January 2017. In this position, Mr. Woodhead will direct KVH’s market-leading maritime crew welfare, safety, and productivity services, which include Videotel maritime training packages – currently in use on more than 12,000 vessels worldwide – and numerous news and entertainment brands, such as NEWSlink – currently used by more than 9,000 vessels globally. Mr.

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Empowering Maritime Women in East and Southern Africa

Promoting women's access to quality employment and senior management level within the maritime sector is a key priority for International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s gender and capacity-building program and was at the core of the 8th regional conference to support the Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA), held in Mahé, Seychelles (September 26 to 29). Under the theme "A Decade of empowering Maritime Women - What does the future hold for Africa's Blue Economy?"…

Allianz Global Shipping Review 2014

This annual review of trends and developments in shipping losses and safety looks back at 2013 in terms of shipping losses (of over 100 gross tons) by location, type of vessel and cause and also examines future challenges and key risks. Tim Donney, Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting, told MarPro, “While the long-term downward trend in shipping losses is encouraging, there is more work to be done to improve the overall safety of these vessels as well as their cargo, crew and passengers, especially in Asian waters.

Graphics: International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB)

Global Piracy Declines in First Nine Months of 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 International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy. The flagship global 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. The increase in attacks off the coast…

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MarineLink.com Gets a Facelift

MarineLink.com – the commercial maritime industry’s longest running online news site, launched a newly designed version today. The new mobile-friendly site features a sleek new look, enhanced search and archive functions, easier navigation, videos and much more. The new MarineLink will bring the latest news and editorial, as well as insightful archives to the palm of your hand. Marinelink.com, has been the premiere news source online for the commercial maritime industry since it launched in 1998.