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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.  


CrewInspector.com Signs Agreement with Oceanwide Crew

Online crew management system provider CrewInspector.com 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.   


US to be World's Biggest LNG Exporter by 2022

Pic: Shell

 The International Energy Agency predicted that the US will become the world's No. 2 exporter of liquefied natural gas by the end of 2022 with a capacity of 3.7 trillion cubic feet per year, second only to Australia.  The U.S. is already the world's largest producer of natural gas


GOC, Nigerian Army 81 Division Visit to DG, NIMASA

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside receiving a plaque from the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Peter John Dauke when the GOC paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA DG at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos. (Photo: NIMASA)

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stressed the strategic importance of security agencies to the achievement of safe and secure shipping and a viable and vibrant maritime sector for the country’s benefits.


Grand Bahama Shipyard Continues Relationship with PC Maritime Services

(Photo:GBS)

Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) informs its exclusive agency agreement in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg will continue, as PC Maritime Services’ new owner, Hilka Willms, takes the helm.    Upon the retirement of Hans Stoop


Dredger Newbuild Heads to Australia

(Photo: Damen)

A newly built Damen Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) 650 has completed sea trials in Shanghai and is now underway to new owner, Gippsland Ports in Australia on her own keel. The TSHD, named Tommy Norton, is the first Damen dredger built for Australia.   


GoM Rigs Evacuated ahead of Storm Cindy

Image: NOAA National Hurricane Center

Facing incoming Tropical Storm Cindy, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have begun evacuating platforms and rigs as the storm moves north-westward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.   Data from offshore operator reports submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental


Shipping Industry Submits Ambitious CO2 Reduction

Photo: European Community Shipowners Associations

 Four major international trade associations – BIMCO, INTERCARGO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO – have made a joint proposal to the IMO concerning ambitious CO2 reductions by the international shipping sector


Glosten Designs Hybrid Ferry for Kitsap Transit

(Image: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten said it has completed the design of a new passenger-only hybrid ferry for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Wash.   The new hybrid electric 150-passenger ferry will be the first in


Korean Shipbuilding Parts Export to China Surge

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China's imports of shipbuilding parts and equipment produced by South Korean firms surged this year, Yonhap reported.   The report quoted Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) saying that China's imports of South Korean shipbuilding parts and equipment reached US$28


S&P Confirms Hapag-Lloyd Rating After Merger with UASC

Image: Hapag-Lloyd

 Rating agency Standard & Poor’s confirmed Hapag-Lloyd’s B+ rating and took the company off its CreditWatch with future negative implications. Hapag-Lloyd was upgraded to Outlook Negative.    The merger with UASC has added debt to Hapag-Lloyd’s capital


Aspin Kemp, MAN Diesel & Turbo Finalize Partnership

Photo of Jason Aspin - AKA, Wayne Jones - MAN Diesel & Turbo and H. Wade MacLauchlan - Honorable Premier of Prince Edward Island courtesy of Brian Simpson/Gov of PEI. Photo of closing ceremony agenda courtesy of David Rashed.

Canadian engineering firm Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and German based engine and turbomachinery market leader MAN Diesel & Turbo SE have finalized an agreement between the two companies whereby MAN Diesel & Turbo steps in as a 40 percent shareholder in AKA.  


US Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Billings

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy has christened its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15),  in Marinette, Wisconsin.   The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service.  


Mayor of Shanghai Visits CMA CGM Tower

Photo: CMA CGM

 Rodolphe Saadé, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group, has received this Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Yong YING, Mayor of Shanghai, who is on an official visit to Marseille for the signature of the 30 years of twinning between the two cities.  


Conrad Shipyard Founder Parker Conrad Passed Away

John Parker Conrad, Sr. (Photo courtesy of Conrad Shipyard)

John Parker Conrad, Sr., founder of Conrad Shipyard, died peacefully on July 6 surrounded by family and friends at his home in Morgan City, La. He was 101 years old.   A shipbuilding pioneer and a legend along the Gulf of Mexico coast and beyond, Parker founded Conrad Industries in 1948


Denmark to Deploy 'Sniffer Drones' to Monitor Polluting Ships

Image: Explicit

 The Danish EPA has contracted Danish startup Explicit to monitor sulphur compliance from ships. The monitoring will be conducted from the air by sampling exhaust plumes from vessels in waters around Denmark.   The operation will deploy a unique new sniffer technology developed by


Cyprus to Establish Deputy Ministry of Shipping

Photo: Cyprus Shipping Chamber

 Cyprus Parliament has passed a bill establishing a shipping junior ministry, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported quoting government sources.   The bill, tabled by the government, was approved unanimously, the agency reported, adding that two proposed amendments had been withdrawn






 
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