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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.

Nitin Gadkari, India's Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways

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)

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.

MT Almi Spirit. Photo by Taurus Tankers

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.

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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.

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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…

South China Sea disputes increasing demand for US security presence: Pentagon

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…

Photo: Maersk Line

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.

Planet Earth Courtesy Wikipedia

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…

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano.

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.

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle

Cyber Attacks Threaten Shipping & Dominate Maritime News

The maritime industry must redouble its efforts to secure IT systems and data. In June, Maersk Line A/S’s information systems were severely disrupted by the so-called Petya virus. FMC provided Maersk with relief to help them get through the difficult situation. In Mid-July, a researcher penetrated a ship’s internet system through its very small aperture system (VSAT). The ship was operating in the South America trade. An internet security researcher identified as “x0rz” discovered that many shipboard VSAT systems can be penetrated through the public internet…

Combination photo of rescue of 14 crew members of MV Coastal Guard by Indian Navy and Coast Guard. (Courtsey: Twitter handle of Sitanshu Kar, spokesperson of ministry of defence)

Indian Navy, Coast Guard Save 14 From Sinking Vessel

In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel, the Indian Navy and Indian coast guard rescued 14 people from the crew of the Indian flag cement carrier ship, MV Coastal Pride, that sunk 75 nautical miles off the coast of Daman, on Wednesday morning. It was after a call by the vessel, Navy and Coast Guard swung into action to rescue 14 crew members of the vessel. What ensued was a dramatic rescue of 14 crew members. "In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel MV Coastal Pride…

Image: Panama Maritime Authority

Venezuelan ship VMF Alita Sank off near Panama

A ship Venezuelan flag, name VFM Alita sank last week in Caribbean waters of the Panama Canal after colliding with another anchoring vessel, which caused hole above the waterline and water ingress. According to the information revealed on Sunday by a Panamanian official source, the ship increased list to port board to 40-45 degrees and partially is under the water with big danged of capsizing. The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) confirmed on his Twitter account the accident and sinking of the merchant ship…

Pic: Orient Overseas Container Line

OOCL Implements Shipping Ban on Whale, Shark and Dolphin

Hong Kong-based shipping giant Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)  said it would not accept cargo bookings for whale, shark, dolphin and their related products with immediate effect. In the last month, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said that as part of its ongoing commitment to preserving the marine environment, the company has placed an embargo on any consignment containing shark fins or other shark-related products, with immediate effect. "The World Wildlife Fund has informed us that consumption of shark-related products…

Sushma Swaraj. Photo: External Affairs Ministry

Two Indian Sailors Killed in Yemen Vessel Fire

Two Indian sailors were killed in a fire on board a vessel off Yemen while three Indians injured in the fire have been admitted to a hospital in Oman, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. Sharing the tragic news on twitter, the minister also expressed her condolences to the bereaved families. "We have lost two Indian sailors Mahesh Kumar Rajagopal and Deepu Lathika Mohan due to fire in a vessel Al Sadaa. My condolences," she tweeted. The minister said the injured have been admitted to a hospital in Salalah, Oman.

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Day of the Seafarer Campaign (25th June): #AtSeaForAll

International Maritime Organization (IMO is gearing up for its annual campaign to mark the Day of the Seafarer, an official United Nations observance day held each year on 25th June. The purpose of the Day is to celebrate the unsung heroes of shipping, the industry which underpins global trade on which we all rely to transport food, fuel, commodities, raw materials and goods around the world. As in previous years, the campaign is centred on social media. This year, the theme being used across all platforms is: "At Sea for All".

Reservists assigned to Sector Jacksonville pose for a picture. Photo USCG

Rear Admiral Bennett “Bud” Sparks Award for USCG Sector Jacksonville

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville was awarded the Category Two 2015 Rear Admiral Bennett “Bud” Sparks award by the Reserve Officers Association, June 7. The award will be presented at the 2016 Reserve Officers Association National Symposium in Reno, Nevada, Sept. 12. The Sparks award is named in honor of Rear Admiral Bennett "Bud" Sparks who served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1942 to 1989. It is presented annually by the ROA to recognize the successful integration of reserve and active duty workforces to achieve overall readiness.

Washington State Ferries Launches Student Art Contest

Washington state students in grades six through eight have an opportunity to have their artwork on upcoming spring ferry schedules. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division is now accepting submissions for its spring drawing contest until mid-January. The theme for the contest is “Ferries + Puget Sound Wildlife,” and entries must be original works of art. “We’ve printed ferry schedules for over 60 years, but before last year, we never involved our customers quite like this,” said Washington State Ferries (WSF) Service Planning Manager, Lisa Ballard.

Pirates Kidnap Cargo Ship Crew Nigerian Waters

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russians and one Ukrainian after attacking the cargo ship the BBC Caribbean off the coast of Nigeria, the Russian embassy said on its official Twitter account. The embassy has asked Nigerian authorities to assist in locating the abducted people, it said late on Tuesday. The Nigerian navy and police were not immediately available for comment. The general cargo vessel BBC Caribbean is managed by Briese Schiffahrts. "The armed pirates approached (the vessel) in a boat…

Abu Dhabi Port Eases Restrictions on Tankers Going to and from Qatar

Abu Dhabi port authorities have eased restrictions on oil tankers going to and from Qatar, according to industry sources and shipping circulars seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority issued a new circular on Wednesday removing previous restrictions on non-Qatar owned, flagged or operated vessels sailing to and from Qatar. This effectively allows direct trade between the two ports and co-loading of crude cargoes, a Singapore-based shipbroker said. A Middle…

File photo: Maersk Line

Maersk Says It's Been Cyber Attacked

Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said the Petya cyber attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world on Tuesday. The attack came as computer servers across Europe and in India were hit by a major ransomware attack. "Global cyber-attack Petya is affecting multiple businesses," Maersk said on Twitter. The breakdown affected all business units at Maersk, including container shipping, port and tug boat operations, oil and gas production, drilling services, and oil tankers, the company said.

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.

LCDR Golding

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.

Allison Williams

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…