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FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General

FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General The Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) Joint Manning Group (JMG) honored IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu at a welcome lunch, held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. Attended by stakeholders from the various sectors of the Philippine maritime industry, the event also featured discussions on crucial issues, which include the STCW Manila Amendments, the EMSA report on the country’s compliance to STCW requirements, anti-piracy efforts, and the importance of Filipino seafarers to the world’s merchant fleet.   The Joint Manning Group is composed of the Philippine Maritime Industry’s five leading manning agencies – the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc. (FAME), Filipino Shipowners’ Association (FSA), International Maritime Association of the Philippines (INTERMAP), Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Ship Managers Inc. (PAMAS), and Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC).  The FSA, one of the leading and oldest maritime associations in the country, holds a pivotal role in the development of both the local and overseas shipping sector and in the involvement of the Philippines in international maritime affairs. Signs Agreement with Oceanwide Crew

Online crew management system provider signed an agreement with Oceanwide Crew (Humares B.V.) Dutch crew manning agency to provide its proprietary crew management system. The agreement stipulates full database migration of 20,000 seafarer applications and related information such as certificates and seagoing service to ensure smooth transition to the new crew management platform. Additionally, CrewInspector

Ocean Sunrise Runs Aground, No Environmental Damage

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

On Feb. 19, the 624-foot bulk freighter Ocean Sunrise sat at anchor in the waters off Long Beach, Calif., after been removed from the rocks surrounding Island Freeman. Strong winds and heavy rains pushed the freighter from its mooring location into the tiny, man-made island the night before. The Coast Guard and California response agencies finished inspections of the hull and determined the vessel posed no threat to the environment, as the hull's integrity was not compromised

Abu Dhabi Speeds Port Paper Work

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has signed a MoU with Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) & several government agencies with the aim of speeding up port formalities. The MoU, signed on the sidelines of the recent World Ports and Trade Summit 2013 (WPTS), in Abu Dhabi was between ADPC; Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA); Abu Dhabi Customs Administration (ADCA); and Abu Dhabi Terminals.

 Intended to act as a ”One-stop-shop” for the ports’ service and to integrate and

Seacurus Welcomes New Lloyd’s Seafarer Abandonment Risk Code

Specialist  marine insurance intermediary Seacurus has welcomed the decision of Lloyd’s to amend its risk codes to include a new class of insurance covering seafarer abandonment (SA).   Lloyd’s provides guidance to underwriters on the classification of business into various categories using a risk coding scheme which provides a common basis for the classification and description of risk. Thomas Brown, managing director of UK-based Seacurus, says

Singapore: Ferry Emergency Exercise Tests Multi-Agencies’ Readiness

Passengers evacuated to life raft using a cat-slide. Photo: MPA

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed ‘FEREX 2016’ yesterday (September 02).    The annual ferry exercise (FEREX) aims to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore.    More than 450 personnel from 15 agencies and companies took part in this full deployment exercise which included deployment of resources at sea at the Western

Lewis-Manning VP Canadian Shipowners Association

Photo courtesy Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA)

Bruce Bowie, President of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA), announced the appointment of Robert Lewis-Manning as Vice-President, Operations effective November 30. Lewis-Manning holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Royal Roads, a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie, as well as a Command Certification (Masters) from the Naval Operations School in Halifax. He comes to the CSA after a 24-year career in the Canadian Navy where he held positions as Team Leader for

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 1

1897- Federal Civil Service rules were applied to Life-Saving Service (under Executive Order May 6, 1896).   1916-The official birthday of Coast Guard aviation.  On this date LT Elmer F. Stone reported to Pensacola Naval Air Station for flight training.  He was the Coast Guard's first naval aviator.   1945- Invasion of Okinawa in the Ryukyu Islands commenced.  In all, seven Coast Guard-manned transports, 29 LSTs, the cutters Bibb and Woodbine

USCG: Ship Captain Fails Breathalyzer Test

Freighter captain taken into custody by Coast Guard in Astoria, Ore.   The captain of a Maltese freighter was taken into custody by Coast Guard officials in Astoria, Tuesday.   The captain of the 738-foot motor vessel Laconia was taken into custody after his blood-alcohol level was found to be in excess of the legal limit for commercial vessel operators.   A Coast Guard Vessel Boarding and Safety Team from Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore

Search Uncovers a 200 Year Old Shipwreck in Indian Ocean

Image by Australian Transport Safety Bureau

 A shipwreck thought to date to the nineteenth century has been discovered in the Indian Ocean by the team searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.   The search for the plane, over an area of 46,000 square miles, is being directed by Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center (JACC).  CNN reported on Jan 13 that in December a search boat glimpsed a shipwreck that may be 200 years old.   

Skipper Fined for Dumping Trash at Sea

A barge skipper has been fined £500 and more than £2,000 in costs, after pleading guilty to dumping trash at sea, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   On the morning of May 26 this year, the barge Beta was traveling from Exmouth to Plymouth

Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping

Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday.  

Naptha Tanker Explodes at Southern China Port

An oil tanker carrying 3,400 tonnes of naphtha exploded during discharge at a southern Chinese port on Thursday and one person on board was missing, official Xinhua news agency reported. The rescue team said explosions occurred in the engine room as the tanker was discharging at Dongfang port

Britain Says Will 'Man-mark' Passing Russian Warships

Britain said on Thursday it would keep a close eye on a fleet of Russian warships approaching British waters on their way to the eastern Mediterranean. The Norwegian military on Wednesday released pictures taken by surveillance aircraft of the fleet

General Atomics Battery for New Navy Submersible

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery systems for use on U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) new Dry Combat Submersible (DCS), a long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting

MOB Device for Immediate Alert for Fast Response

ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products  Photo Emerald Marine

Professional mariners know the life-threatening hazards of falling overboard, but may not consider how critical the recovery window is, especially with a moving vessel. Compact and easily carried on a PFD, the ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products immediately sets off

Second Ship of Franklin Arctic Voyage Found, Canada Confirms

Canada confirmed on Monday it has found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous Franklin Arctic voyage of 1845, and said the government will work closely with northern aboriginals on ownership of the artifacts.  

Polaris: World´s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker Delivered

(Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard)

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the most powerful newcomer in the Finnish Icebreaker fleet, icebreaker Polaris, to the Finnish Transport Agency on September 28th, 2016. The Finnish Transport Agency handed the vessel over to Arctia Icebreaking Oy

LR to class Federal German Seagoing Fleet

The WSV (Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration) represented by the Waterways and Shipping Agency (WSA) Bremen, a branch of the German government, is transferring 67 ships into Lloyd’s Register (LR) class to support the seagoing fleet of vessels owned by the German Authorities.

Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Bulk Carrier

The MH-65 air crew that performed the medevac. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Sector Corpus Christi)

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 34-year-old man from a 600-foot bulk carrier 10 miles offshore in the Brownsville Anchorage, off South Padre Island, Texas on Monday morning.   At approximately 9 p.m. Sunday, the vessel shipping agent contacted Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders and

Iran: Saudi Navy Should Avoid Iranian Waters

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) warned Saudi naval vessels taking part in military exercises in the Gulf on Wednesday not to get close to Iranian waters. "The Revolutionary Guards naval forces believe this war game is mainly to create tension and destabilise the Persian Gulf

MPA Tests Joint Oil Spill Response Procedure

Courtesy MPA

The multi-agency joint oil spill exercise was conducted today as part of an on-going effort to ensure our ports remain safe, secure and clean for the international shipping community. Code-named JOSE 2016, the exercise was organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as part of

At least 478 Dead in Haiti from Matthew

The number of people killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti rose to at least 478 people on Friday, as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm, officials said. With the numbers rising quickly, different government agencies and committees differed on the total

Navy to Commission Amphibious Transport Dock John P. Murtha

Amphibious transport dock ship Photo courtesy USN

The Navy will commission the amphibious transport dock ship John P. Murtha (LPD 26), Saturday, Oct. 8, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The ship is named in honor of John P. Murtha, who served his country both as a Marine and in the halls of congress

Container Shipping Line of the Year Award Goes to MSC India

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company (U.K.) Ltd

 MSC India is celebrating winning an award at a prestigious trade event. The agency took the prize for Container Shipping Line of the Year India - Europe Trade Lane in the 7th All India Maritime and Logistics Awards.   Held at the St Regis Hotel in Mumbai

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