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Cruise Ship Worker Arrested for Smuggling

A crew member aboard a Miami-based cruise ship was arrested on smuggling charges after Royal Caribbean security officers found a laundry bag full of cocaine and 3,000 ecstasy tablets aboard the vessel, the U.S. Customs Service said on Tuesday. Shipboard security officers said the crewman, Peter Westman Campbell of Jamaica, acted suspiciously after Vision of the Seas left the Caribbean island of Curacao on Friday, a Customs spokesman said. They reportedly found a laundry bag with 38.7 lbs. of cocaine in Campbell's possession, detained him aboard the ship and turned him over to Customs officers. A subsequent search by ship officers turned up another 18.7 lbs. of cocaine and 3,000 ecstasy tablets hidden near the ship's beauty salon, the officer said. He added that when the ship arrived at the Port of Miami on Monday, federal agents found an additional 132 lbs. of cocaine aboard. Campbell was arrested on smuggling charges along with two other crewmen, who were detained and questioned by federal agents and will be deported, the officer said. - (Reuters)

Training & Education Directory

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ISPS Code Auditor Training - Fort Lauderdale - Feb 22 & 23

MARITIME SECURITY AUDITOR (ISPS): Maritime security training for ship managers, port facilities, shipboard personnel, and yachts. This module provides trainees with detailed knowledge and understanding of the ISPS Code, thus allowing them to conduct the annually mandated internal security audits. This interactive, classroom training course will provide an overview of the ISPS Code and the most prominent interpretations being enforced that affect all ship types; explain the ISPS Code’s

IMO Guidance on Security Measures

The IMO issued a Circular providing guidance relating to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code. It was pointed out that a written Declaration of Security is generally unnecessary in routine situations and that port state control officials at subsequent port calls should not expect such documents to be in the ship’s records. Port facility security plans should specifically include provisions relating to access to visiting ships by owners’ representatives

SOCP to Meet in Puerto Rico

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 22-24. Topics on the agenda include shipboard and port security plans; bridge technologies; mariner credentialing; and ballast water technology. For more information visit

Pirates Attacks Three Ships in SOMS within Three Hours

Map by ReCAAP

 Three commercial ships were boarded by pirates within just three hours of each other in Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has reported.   The vessels have been identified as the Brazilian-flagged bulk carrier MV Densa Shark, the Norwegian-flagged LNG tanker Clipper Posh and the Panama-flagged tanker Pro Triumph.   Within an interval of three hours on 17 Jun 15

American Technology’s Enhanced LRAD 1000 Selected by Navy

American Technology Corporation (ATC) (NASDAQ: ATCO), a leading innovator of directed sound products and technologies, announced its enhanced LRAD 1000® has been selected by the U.S. Navy as its acoustic hailing and warning device (AHD) for Block 0 of the Shipboard Protection System. The multi-year contract, issued by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, opens the door for ATC's enhanced LRAD 1000 to be deployed throughout the U.S. Navy's fleet

Piracy Quick Reference Guide Released by ABS

In support of the maritime community’s efforts to protect seafarers against acts of piracy, ABS has prepared a quick reference guide (QRG) to assist ships’ crews in implementing the industry’s “Best Management Practices for the Protection of Seafarers from Somali Based Piracy,” commonly referred to as BMPs. Designed specifically for onboard use, the QRG summarizes the recently published version 4 of the BMPs in a user-friendly format that can assist the Master

Northrop Grumman Present at Upcoming DSEI London Expo

Northrop Grumman Corporation will highlight its capabilities in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence (C4I), border security, unmanned ground systems, cyber security as well as navigation and maritime systems at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London. DSEI is the world's largest fully integrated defence and security event specialising in air, naval, land and unmanned systems and brings together international exhibitors from more than

Delta "T" Hooks for Offshore Customer

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Gaining further ground into the offshore crane market, Delta "T" Systems supplied Cranston Eagle hooks to crane manufacturer Appleton Marine, Inc.   These cranes and hooks will be used on medium endurance cutters and national security cutters to move small boats into the water from bigger ships and to load cargo.   With these cutters used by the US Coast Guard, Appleton Marine needed hooks that met the USCG's specific requirements

Fairbanks Morse to Power USCG’s Offshore Patrol Cutters

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When the U.S. Coast Guard’s first new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) is put to sea in 2021, it will be powered by diesel propulsion engines manufactured in Beloit, Wis., by Fairbanks Morse.   The OPC will “provide a critical capability bridge” between the National Security

IMO Supports African Maritime Summit

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) is continuing its work to support sustainable maritime development in Africa by participating in the opening of the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa, held in Lomé, Togo (11-15 October)

CLIA to Outline Cruise Ship Safety at SMC 2016

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The global cruise industry has committed to spending more than $30 billion in designing the most creative and exceptional passenger ships ever envisioned, featuring the most advanced and comprehensive safety systems ever deployed in cruising history.

Inmarsat’s LISW17 set stage for Digital future of Maritime

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Inmarsat has announced plans in support of its diamond sponsor commitment for London International Shipping Week, 11-15 September 2017 (LISW17) by staging three key events focusing on the maritime industry’s digital future. To coincide with the official launch of LISW17 on October 19th

Philippines, Indonesia Sign Maritime Accord

Photo:  Kementerian Sekretariat Negara Republik Indonesia

 The Philippines and Indonesia have agreed to join forces in combating crime on the high seas, after a surge of kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf bandits in waters between the two countries.    Philippines President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo had signed an

Evolution BWT System Begins USCG Shipboard Tests

Photo: Cathelco

Cathelco announced that its Evolution ballast water treatment (BWT) system has begun shipboard testing for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval.   The system has been installed on the Svendborg Strait a 1,085 TEU containership owned by Carsten Rehder of Hamburg.  

Star Bulk Announces $51.5M Offering Common Stock

Courtesy Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the “Company” or “Star Bulk”) (Nasdaq: SBLK) today announced it plans to make an underwritten public offering for $51.5 million gross proceeds of its common stock. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate

Rickmers Maritime Trust May Face Liquidation

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[ Updated ] The Singapore-based Rickmers Maritime Trust has come to a sitatuation where the choice is between restructuring the securities in the company to less than half their current value or shutting down.  So it has warned the investors that if its proposed debt restructuring

United Nations East River Security Zones Scheduled

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U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are scheduled to enforce security zones on the East River near the United Nations Headquarters beginning Friday. The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 16, and continue until Sept. 25, 2016, include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference

Pirates Attack, Loot Container Ship

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Pirates stormed a container ship off the coast of Guinea on Wednesday, making off with money and some of its cargo but leaving the crew unharmed, the government said.   They fired guns and briefly held the crew hostage while they were looting the ship named Wendok

General Dynamics AUV Detects Threats to Ship Hulls

HAUV is a two-man-portable hovering AUV designed for ship hull inspection. Photo GD

General Dynamics Mission Systems featured the Bluefin Robotics hovering-autonomous underwater vehicle (H-AUV) at OCEANS 2016 in Monterey, California. The Bluefin Robotics H-AUV locates, identifies and maps structural issues on a ship’s hull including large ocean going cargo ships

USCG to Commission 6th National Security Cutter

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that the service's sixth national security cutter, Munro, will be commissioned April 1, 2017, at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal in Seattle.    The cutter, which will be homeported in Alameda, Calif

IMCA to Hold Maritime Security Seminar

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is hosting a Security Seminar in London on Thursday, November 10, which will focus on human factors in modern maritime security. Sponsored by Subsea 7 and Technip, the event is a continuation of IMCA's new series of mini-seminars –

Port Everglades Closed for Hurricane Matthew

Broward County’s Port Everglades is closed to all ship and truck traffic as the potential category 4 or 5 Hurricane Matthew approaches the U.S. East Coast.   The port will reopen after the storm once all safety and security protocols are in place and approved by the U.S

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