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AMVER Merchant Ship Rescues Senegal Sailors Off Cape Cod

Fourteen Senegal nationals arrived in Brooklyn today aboard a merchant ship after being plucked from their 60-foot catamaran about 800 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., Saturday afternoon. All 14 rescued, reportedly in good physical condition, were placed in the care of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Center received a distress report and diverted the "AMVER"-participating merchant ship OOCL Melbourne to render assistance. The merchant ship OOCL Melbourne was transiting from Barcelona, Spain to Brooklyn. A joint-agency boarding team of Coast Guard Sector New York and Customs and Border Protection officers met the merchant ship OOCL Melbourne at Ambrose Light Anchorage, about 12 miles outside the Port of New York and New Jersey. The boarding team remained on board until the ship moored at the Red Hook shipping terminal in Brooklyn. The Crew and Master of merchant ship were commended by the Coast Guard for their seamanship and professionalism in going out of their way to come to the "rescue" of 14 on the catamaran, and for their voluntary support of AMVER / rescue at sea program. They maneuvered their 770 foot merchant ship alongside the distressed catamaran to remove the 14 sailors in the middle of the North Atlantic during January weather and sea conditions.


Malta Flag Reaches Record Tonnage in 2015

Image: Transport Malta

 Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, through its Merchant Shipping Directorate, reports a strong and positive performance for 2015.   The Maltese Register of Shipping saw an increase of almost 8.3 million gross tonnage in 2015, representing a growth rate of 14.3 percent compared to the year before, Transport Malta said.    The registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 66


GSM Design Group acquires FORAN V60

The Polish firm GSM Design Group has signed an agreement with Sener to use the FORAN System. GSM personnel have already received on site training in the FORAN Structure discipline, given by the Polish engineering company, StoGda, Sener’s representative in Poland. GSM is an engineering group established in 1999, whose main activity is offering services to shipyards and maritime engineering departments. The company carries out projects both for large passenger and merchant ships and for


Danish Navy Foils Pirate Attack off Somali Coast

According to a report from AFP, a helicopter from a Danish warship under NATO operational control foiled a pirate attack August 28 on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden. The Danish ship Esbern Snare launched a helicopter in response to a call for help from a merchant vessel, the Danish Navy told AFP. According to the report, a statement from NATO's maritime command said the attacked merchant ship was the Panamanian flagged MV Caribbean Carrier.


Shippers Urge EU to Act in Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

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Thousands of lives will be lost in the Mediterranean unless EU governments take urgent action, say shipowner groups and seafarer unions   European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.    Since 2014, thousands of people have been attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe


India Takes Steps To Prevent Attacks On Vessels

Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India Pon Radhakrishnan. Photo: Twitter official page

 Gulf of Aden (East Coast of Africa), Malacca Strait and West Coast of Africa are shipping routes which suffer  incidents of pirate attacks.    Steps taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future are:-   (i)    Guidelines for anti-piracy measures issued through Merchant Shipping Notice No.1 of 2011 dated 14.1.2011 to be implemented by Indian Ships.  The guidelines provide for elaborate anti-piracy measures (Best Management Practices)


Maritime Security: More Work to be Done

Global maritime anti-terror laws introduced last year have broadly enhanced sea security, but many challenges lie ahead, a principal architect of the measures said in an interview, according to a Reuters report posted on www.btimes.com. James F. Wall, until 2004 chair of the UN International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) security arm responsible for drawing up the law, said merchant ships were generally more secure than the ports which still need more security.


This Day in Naval History - May 12

By Navy News Service 1780 - Fall of Charleston, SC; three Continental Navy frigates (Boston, Providence, and Ranger) captured; and one American frigate (Queen of France) sunk to prevent capture. 1846 - U.S. declares war against Mexico. 1975 - SS Mayaguez seized by Khmer Rouge and escorted to Koh Tang Island. 1986 - Destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971) deters an Iranian Navy attempt to board a U.S. merchant ship.


This Day in Naval History – October 19

1843 - CAPT Robert Stockton in Princeton, the first screw propelled naval steamer, challenges British merchant ship Great Western to a race off New York, which Princeton won easily 1915 - Establishment of Submarine Base at New London, Connecticut. 1944 - Secretary of Navy orders African American women accepted into Naval Reserve. 1987 - Destruction of an Iranian oil-drilling platform used for military purposes.


This Day in Naval History - March 13

From the Navy News Service: 1895 - The first submarine building contract is awarded to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co. 1917 - Armed merchant ships are authorized to take action against U-boats. 1959 - The Naval Research Laboratory takes the first ultraviolet pictures of the sun. 1963 - USS Albany (CG 10) and aircraft from Navy Airborne Early Warning Squadron 4 from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, aid five ill crew members of Norwegian freighter Jotunfjell.  


Last Port of Call for the U.S. Merchant Marine?

Part II in a two-part series, continued from the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. Read Part I here.     Government Ownership If reliance on the foreign commercial market is risky because of uncertain reliability, then what of U.S


Bureau Veritas Gains EU Maritime MRV Accreditation

Patrick Le Dily (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has gained accreditation from United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), in their pilot scheme, to carry out assessments and verifications for compliance with the European Union’s Maritime Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation.  


IMO Secretary-General Urges Vigilance after Tanker Hijack

Official photograph of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

In the wake of the recent hijacking of tanker Aris 13 off Puntland, Somalia, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged the shipping industry to be vigilant and apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks.  


Steel Cut for First Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship

Photo: Fincantieri

A steel cutting ceremony has signaled the start of construction for the first of three new cruise ships for the Virgin Group’s new cruise line, Virgin Voyages.   The three new ships are being built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Genoa, Italy for scheduled deliveries in 2020


Status Report: Major Port and Merchant Shipping Legislation in India

Photo: Indian Ports Association (IPA)

 With a view to promote the expansion of port infrastructure and facilitate trade and commerce, the proposed bill aims at decentralizing decision making and to infuse professionalism in governance of ports.     The new Major Ports Authority Bill


Sulu Sea Kidnappings a Threat to Shipping - IMB

File Image: Suspected pirates off Somalia are intercepted by authorities (CREDIT: IMB)

The Sulu Sea between eastern Malaysia and the Philippines has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Tuesday.   The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf


Maritime Piracy Drops But Kidnappings Rise

Graphics:  ICC International Maritime Bureau

 Sea piracy plunged to its lowest levels in 18 years in 2016, but kidnappings of crew members for ransom is escalating off west Africa and in the Sulu Seas near the Philippinessayd International Maritime Bureau (IMB).   The global maritime watchdog said  in its annual report that


Los Angeles Port sets Highest Western Hemisphere record

PORT OF LOS ANGELES 2016 CARGO VOLUMES BEST EVER FOR A WESTERN HEMISPHERE PORT Photo Port of Los Angeles

Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles reached 8,856,782 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in 2016, marking the busiest year ever for a Western Hemisphere Port.  The previous record was set in 2006, when the Port of Los Angeles handled 8,469,853 TEUs.  


Pirates Attacking Bigger Ships off Philippines

File Image: a piracy interdiction operation (Credit: IMB)

Attacks in waters east of Philippines shift to big ships; ReCAAP, security groups recommend avoiding Sulu and Celebes Seas.   Asian pirates are focusing more of their attacks on larger merchant ships near the Philippines, hoping for bigger ransom payments from kidnapping their crew


Islamist militants free Korean, Filipino from cargo ship

Islamist militants in the Philippines allied with Islamic State freed on Saturday a South Korean cargo ship captain and a Filipino member of his crew held captive for more than three months on a southern island, an army spokesman said. Park Chulhong


MOL, Partners to Study LNG-Fueled Bulker

MOL Executive Officer Toshiaki Tanaka, second from the left, at the signing ceremony. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd

 Japenese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has entered into an agreement with five parties to launch a joint study of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled Capesize bulker.   MOL has announced that it has reached an agreement to launch a joint study of a LNG-fueled Capesize


More than 1,300 Migrants Rescued at Sea in One Day

More than 1,300 migrants were rescued in 13 separate missions in the Mediterranean on Friday, bringing the total helped over the last three days to more than 2,600, the coast guard said.   The migrants, who were aboard 13 vessels, were saved in the central Mediterranean by ships from the


Last Port of Call for the US Merchant Marine?

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The privately owned U.S.-flag foreign trading fleet, which is an essential component of U.S. sealift capability, stands on the edge of a precipice. The fleet – roughly stable in terms of cargo carrying capacity from 2000 to 2012 – has declined from 106 vessels in 2012 to 78 vessels at


Royal Navy's HMS Dragon Rescues Yacht Crew

The sea boats from HMS Dragon went to help the 14 sailors in the Atlantic ocean. Photo: Royal Navy, UK

 Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon rescues 14 stricken sailors from damaged British racing yacht.   "The crew of Dragon have rescued 14 sailors in treacherous weather conditions today after a racing yacht suffered damage in the Atlantic ocean," says a statement from Royal Navy.


Vessel Losses: Is Shipping Resuscitating Its Record?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Safety at sea has improved significantly in the past twenty years, with losses of large merchant vessels becoming a relatively rare event, says a report from Clarksons Research.   Whilst casualties appear to be more common among older and smaller vessels






 
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