Twitter Buoy Informs Ocean Race Sailors
Sailing enthusiasts all over the world are being kept abreast of conditions in Galway Bay ahead of the grand finale of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) thanks to the deployment of a unique eight metre high buoy in the sea off Mutton Island reports Ireland's 'The Connacht Sentinel'. The Galway Buoy is providing up to date information on the progress of the 39,000 mile VOR ahead of the last leg into Galway as well as wind and sea conditions in the vicinity of the finishing line before the conclusion of the nine month race on July 3.
India's Ministry of Shipping on Twitter
Mr Nitin Gadkari, India's Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways earnestly believes that social media has an important role to play in the task of nation-building in Worlds' biggest democracy. Ministry of Shipping is now on Twitter. This will act as an effective tool of two-way communication between the Ministry and people of India. “Ministry of Shipping” can be followed on @shipmin_india.
Life Ring Found from Cargo Ship Missing off Bahamas
A life ring has been found from the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing on Thursday after sailing through Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter on Saturday. The Coast Guard did not say where the life ring had been found. This is the first trace of the El Faro, a 735-foot (224-meter) cargo ship with 33 crew on board. (Reporting by Eric Beech)
Pemex Says Port Accident Injures 17 Workers
Mexican national oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that an accident at a terminal near the Gulf coast port city of Tampico has injured 17 workers, but none were badly hurt. The company said in a post on its Twitter page that all the workers were receiving medical treatment following the accident at the Madero terminal, which processes both crude oil and other petroleum products. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia)
India Cuts Excise Duty On Petrol and Diesel
India on Tuesday cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by two rupees a litre to protect retail consumers from higher global crude oil prices, the government said. The new excise duty will be effective from Oct. 4, the Finance Ministry said in a message on Twitter. The finance ministry had earlier ruled out lowering excise duties on petroleum products, citing pressure on government finances. Reporting by Manoj Kumar
China Social Media Debut for Maersk CEO
Nils S. Andersen, Maersk Group CEO in Q & A session with members of Chinese social media network Sina Weibo. During the CEO's recent visit to China, he engaged with Maersk employees, industry professionals, students, and general public in a new way - through Sina Weibo, the most popular Chinese social media platform with over 250 million users. ‘It’s exciting for me to be able to reach so many of you directly here today thanks to new technology,’ said Mr. Andersen when greeting Maersk Group’s Weibo followers on video. One week ahead of Mr.
Marines Thwart Biggest Bunker Robbery in Singapore
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Johor Baru thwarted the biggest robbery attempt so far this year on marine fuel oil (MFO). MMEA director-general Admiral (Maritime) Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said in a Twitter message that the robbers went on board the MT Almi Spirit at 7am and that MMEA boats had intercepted the vessel. “ALMI SPIRIT was boarded by six robbers in the Straits of Singapore at 7am. It (the vessel) has been intercepted by KM Rawa and a speedboat in Tanjung Pelepas, Johor,” he said in the message.
Latvia Spots Russian Submarine
The National Armed Forces of Latvia said they found a submarine on Sunday and a group of Russian warships in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia. The Sputnik reports that the Armed Forces saw Russian Kilo-class sub and a Tarantul-class corvette between four and six nautical miles off the country's maritime border. It is reported that several courts of the Russian armed forces identified a short distance from the boundary of the territorial waters of Latvia. Earlier it was reported that the armed forces of Latvia counted nine Russian military aircraft on its border for days.
Maersk Booking System Back In Action after Cyber Attack
Maersk Line, one of the world's largest container shipping companies, said on Wednesday its cargo booking system was back up and running after a global cyber attack crippled its IT networks a day earlier. "Further to earlier communications, we are now able to accept bookings via INTTRA," the company said on Twitter. Earlier, Maersk said it was using alternative channels to take orders manually and to communicate with customers until it could resolve its IT problems.
Ferry System Launches Student Drawing Contest
In honor of the new school year, Washington State Ferries announced its first-ever drawing contest. WSF prints 400,000 winter ferry schedules every year and distributes them in ferry-served communities and in its 10 ferry terminals and 22 vessels. This year, WSF would like young student artists to illustrate what “winter on the water” means to them. The winning drawing will be featured on the cover of the winter 2017 sailing schedule. “Our ferry system is an iconic part of our state…
Chinese Navy Ramps up Drills in Disputed Sea
The Chinese navy has conducted live-fire exercises in the disputed South China Sea , reports Reuters. China claims almost all of the energy-rich waters, through which more than US$5 trillion of maritime trade passes each year. The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan have overlapping claims. China's defence ministry said the drills were routine, even though other countries have made claims over various parts of the disputed territory. "The People's Liberation Army Navy in recent days organised a fleet to go to relevant seas in the South China Sea…
Obama Calls Paris Climate Pact 'best chance' to Save the Planet
U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed the landmark climate accord reached in Paris as strong and historic, calling it the best chance to save the planet from the effects of global climate change. "Today the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we've transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change," Obama said. Speaking at the White House hours after the deal was completed…
More Fuel on the Way to Puerto Ricans
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello reported progress in getting fuel supplies to the island's 3.4 million inhabitants on Monday as they faced a 13th day largely without power after the U.S. territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria. "We've been increasing the number of gas stations that are open," Rossello said at a news briefing, with more than 720 gas stations now up and running. Puerto Rico relies on fuel supplies shipped from the mainland United States and distribution has been disrupted by the bad state of roads.
ACP Commemorates 13 Years of Local Administration
The Panama Canal is celebrating 13 years under Panamanian administration. During this period, the Canal has strengthened its role in international commerce as a result of investment in the modernization of its infrastructure, its expansion and an alliance with its natural surroundings. “The Panama Canal reaffirms its relevance in international commerce more than ever as a result of the decisions and actions that Panamanians have taken with regard to its management,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano.
NOAA Mobile App Provides Free Nautical Charts
As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. The app, which is only designed for Android tablets for the testing period, will be released today. MyNOAACharts, which can be used on land and on the water, has GPS built-in capabilities that allow users find their positions on a NOAA nautical chart.
Rosie the Riveter: WWII Women Shipyard Workers Visit the White House
Six of the original “Rosie the Riveters” who worked in Kaiser Shipyard during World War II gained a little more recognition after being welcomed to the White House by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. ABC reported that Phyllis Gould, one of the original riveters, wrote a letter to Vice President Biden stating her dream was to meet him and the President, prompting the meeting at White House. The six women, who worked as welders, electricians and draftsman at the Richmond, Calif. shipyard while the men fought overseas…
Jeanius Consulting Joins BIMCO
BIMCO today confirmed the first communications agency to join as one of its associate members. Jeanius Consulting offers a service encompassing maritime PR, marketing and social media management and works with a wide range of clients and associations throughout the industry. Dealing with the full range of global maritime publications, they totally embrace digital and social media alongside more traditional mediums, being rather a 'champion of social media' for the industry especially Twitter.
Liberian Registry Debuts Shipping App
The Liberian Registry has launched a mobile app to enable owners, managers, operators and others to communicate and interact with the registry on a round-the-clock basis. The FlagState App builds on Liberia’s commitment to provide innovative technology and services to its clients, who own, manage and operate more than 4,000 vessels worldwide. From an iPhone, iPad or an android device, users can read up-to-the-minute news and developments; access a comprehensive Global Maritime Events Calendar and…
SNA Symposium from a Junior Officer Perspective
This week, Navy leadership, Sailors, media and industry are gathered at the annual Surface Navy Association Symposium (SNA) in Crystal City, Virginia. As part of our effort to bring you the important information from across the Fleet, @USNavy will be retweeting several attendees, including LCDR Golding (@micaelagolding). LCDR Golding is part of the Junior Officer Panel this week at SNA and is the lead action officer for the Ballistic Missile Defense Policy. LCDR Micaela Golding was born in Kingston, Jamaica and was raised Portsmouth, R.I. She received an appointment to the U.S.
Missing Cargo Ship Sah Lian Found
The MV Sah Lian vessel which was reported missing on September 7 while on its way from Kuching to Limbang, was found about 26 nautical miles from Tanjung Baram, Miri. Sarawak Region enforcement chief Maritime First Admiral Ismaili Bujang Pit said, the cargo ship was located at around 4pm Thursday. “The ship, which was reported to have experienced a break down, was spotted by a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) vessel, KM Mersuji, and all its crew members are reported to be safe,” he said.
Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean
The Italian coastguard has said it had coordinated the rescue of thousands of migrants as they sailed across the Mediterranean on rickety boats, bringing the number of people rescued this weekend to 5,800. The migrants were to be taken to the Italian region of Calabria as well as the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa, it said. The bodies of eight migrants were found on board two of the rescued vessels. Two other people drowned after they jumped into the sea to rush towards the rescue teams, the coastguard said.
General Dynamics Helps Boost USN Network Capacity
General Dynamics’ four-channel Digital Modular Radios (DMR) are being upgraded with high-frequency dynamic routing (HFDR) software to turn the radio’s four channels into eight virtual channels. In addition to HFDR, the new high-frequency virtual channel exploitation software expands the DMR’s communications capacity to 16 virtual channels when operating in the high frequency (HF) line-of-sight and ultra-high frequency (UHF) satellite communications frequencies. With the two new software upgrades, the U.S.
31 ARENA Projects Completed
ARENA has invested $1 billion in more than 230 projects, fellowships and scholarships that are paving the way for a more diverse energy future for Australia. Thirty one of these projects have now been completed, with many more scheduled to reach key milestones and/or completion in 2015. Each of these projects is producing valuable knowledge and outcomes that are being shared with the energy industry to help overcome challenges and advance renewable energy in Australia. For example…
U.S. Refinery Workers' Contract Talks Moving Slowly
With just a week of bargaining left until the national contract for U.S. refinery workers expires, the United Steelworkers union (USW) said talks with oil company representatives for a new pact were going slow, according to a Twitter message sent to members. "It's time for the industry to get serious about addressing issues that matter to USW members," the message said. The USW rejected the first industry proposal on Friday, calling it "inadequate and offensive," according to a message sent to members. A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead negotiator for U.S.
U.S. Refinery Contract Talks at Critical Stage
In five days of negotiations for a new three-year contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries, the United Steelworkers union (USW) has sent only messages of frustration to its members. Twitter messages on Friday and Saturday said one industry offer had been rejected and the talks with lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc were moving slowly. On Sunday, the union said its members were being angered by the actions by some oil companies in talks over local issues. "Anger builds by USW members as oil companies play games at local tables," read Sunday's message.
S.Korea Nuclear Operator says Cyberattacks Continue, Reactors Safe
South Korea's nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyberattacks on non-critical operations at the company's headquarters are continuing but the country's nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack. Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co Ltd has been intensifying its cyber security, President and CEO Cho Seok said. He gave no details of the continued cyberattacks or the company's response, citing security reasons. "We cannot let cyberattacks stop nuclear power operation," Cho told a news briefing.