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18 May 2020

Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Departs Los Angeles

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Los Angeles (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed Los Angeles Friday after supporting local COVID-19 response efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.Mercy has been at the World Cruise Center Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles since March 27, serving state and local healthcare providers by treating non-COVID-19 patients in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Medical professionals aboard the ship treated a variety of patients and performed medical procedures including general…

01 May 2020

USNS Comfort Leaves New York

The hospital ship USNS Comfort departs New York after treating patients in the world's epicenter of coronavirus infections (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Keia Randall)

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort departed New York harbor on Thursday, just a month after arriving to help ease the strain on overburdened city hospitals dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak.The 1,000-bed Navy vessel, headed back to its home base in Norfolk, Virginia, never neared its capacity, even as the city quickly became the world’s epicenter for COVID-19 infections.The vessel, painted a gleaming white with red crosses, was a symbol of hope when it arrived on March 30 to cheers from the docks.

21 Apr 2020

BWTS Technology Adapted to Fight COVID-19

(Image: U.S. CDC)

France-based BIO-UV Group said its technology used to kill invasive species found in ships’ ballast water tanks can also be used to protect seafarers, health workers and first-responders from picking up the coronavirus from surfaces.The company behind the ultra-violet light technology based BIO-SEA ballast water treatment said it is developing a surface disinfection scanner system that could be ready for market introduction by the end of May.The 50cm handheld device emits a ray of UV-C which is passed over the surface…

17 Apr 2020

Nippon Paint, Corning Unveil Antivirus Coating

Nippon Paint and Corning Inc have donated RMB 5 million worth of the new coating to hospitals in China’s Hubei Province. (Photo: Nippon Paint)

A special coating from Japan's Nippon Paint and US-based technology company Corning Inc, has been developed to protect workers from picking up viruses from painted surfaces.Nippon Paint's Antivirus Kids Paint, developed specifically for frontline hospital use, incorporates Corning Guardiant Antimicrobial Particles ‚Äď a nascent technology designed to safeguard against viruses from adhering to hospital surfaces.Experts estimate that viruses can remain viable on some surfaces for several days‚Ķ

16 Apr 2020

Marlink Supporting Crews During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Photo: Marlink)

Satellite communication provider Marlink has launched a range of airtime packages and application solutions to support its customers in the maritime, fishing and offshore industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.The ‚ÄėStrongerTogether‚Äô initiative includes connectivity packages such as additional data top-ups, increased bandwidth and free or discounted voice minutes for ship operators to keep the crew onboard connected with their families as well as solutions to enhance remote IT‚Ķ

16 Apr 2020

At Least 32 Dead on Migrant Ship Left Adrift for Weeks

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At least 32 ethnic Rohingya died on a ship that drifted for weeks after it failed to reach Malaysia, Bangladesh coast guard officials said on Thursday, following the rescue of 396 starving survivors.A human rights group said it believed more boats carrying Rohingya - a Muslim minority - were adrift at sea, with coronavirus lockdowns in Malaysia and Thailand making it harder for them to find refuge."They were at sea for about two months and were starving," a Bangladesh coastguard official told Reuters in a message…

14 Apr 2020

Stena RoPax Ferry to Become a Hospital Ship

Stena Saga (Photo: Stena Line)

Stena RoRo said it is preparing to convert an out-of-work vehicle and passenger ferry into a hospital ship to assist in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The large roll-on/roll-off passenger vessel Stena Saga previously sailed on Stena Line's Oslo‚ÄďFredrikshamn route from 1994 but has been idled since the service was permanently suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak and travel restrictions imposed by several countries.Seeking an alternative use for the vessel, Stena‚Ķ

08 Apr 2020

Indonesia Ferry Passengers Jump Ship Amid Coronavirus Fears

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Several passengers on an Indonesian ferry jumped into the sea and swam ashore after authorities sought to block the vessel docking due to fears of suspected coronavirus cases, as tensions rise over the spread of the disease across the archipelago.The ferry traveling from via Indonesian Borneo and the island of Sulawesi was blocked when trying to make port in Maumere in the eastern island of Flores, amid fears three crew members on board had contracted the novel coronavirus.Passengers flung themselves into the sea in life vests and swam ashore as authorities debated whether the ship, the Lambel

03 Apr 2020

Inmarsat Offering Crews Discounted Voice Calls

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Inmarsat has formalized a 50% discount for crew voice calling services available for up to 40,000 ships in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seafarer well-being.The maritime satellite service provider is also ensuring that calls made to the SeafarerHelp service provided by welfare organization ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network) are available free of charge. In addition, Inmarsat is working with crew healthcare specialist Vikand and software platform provider FrontM…

01 Apr 2020

Cruise Passengers Await Florida Deal Allowing Them to Disembark

(Photo: Holland America Line)

The U.S. government and Florida were working on a plan on Wednesday to allow thousands of cruise ship passengers exposed to an onboard coronavirus outbreak to disembark, a day after President Donald Trump urged the governor to drop his opposition to their docking.Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said he was not opposed to them docking in his city. But he said a clear protocol was needed to protect residents of his South Florida city from infection.“There can be no missteps in this process…

01 Apr 2020

China's Ports Brace for Second Hit as Virus Spread Wipes Out Exports

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China's ports and shipping firms are bracing for a second wave of supply chain disruptions that may be deeper and more prolonged than during the country's coronavirus lockdown as the global spread of the virus chokes off international demand.With Beijing reporting only sporadic domestic transmission of the coronavirus since March, workers have been allowed to return to posts, factories are restarting and ports are rushing to clear a backlog of cargoes.But with virus outbreaks now overwhelming healthcare systems and shutting logistics channels in other major economies…

27 Mar 2020

Nigeria Imposes Cargo Vessel Restrictions to Curb Coronavirus Spread

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Nigeria will only allow cargo vessels that have been at sea for more than two weeks to dock in its ports to prevent the spread of coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday.Health experts fear a widespread outbreak in Africa's most populous country of 200 million people which could overwhelm its creaking healthcare system.Nigeria has closed its land borders and international airports in the last week to curb the spread of the virus.Buhari said on Twitter he had issued a directive that "only cargo vessels that have been at sea for more than 14 days be allowed to dock in our ports…

20 Mar 2020

California Asks Trump to Deploy USNS Mecy to LA 'Immediately'

USNS Mercy (Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Kelsey L. Adams)

California‚Äôs governor on Thursday asked President Donald Trump to send a U.S. Navy hospital ship to the port of Los Angeles ‚Äúimmediately‚ÄĚ as the state braces for an expected surge in the number of coronavirus cases over the next eight weeks.Trump said earlier this week the Navy hospital ships Mercy and Comfort would be pressed into service, one on each coast, as healthcare systems become badly strained during the pandemic.But U.S. defense officials have said the ships were not yet ready to sail on the emergency mission‚Ķ

25 Feb 2019

NEXT GEN 2019: Burning Issues and Cutting Edge Marine Safety

NEXT GEN Presenters (Photo: Shock Mitigation)

3 One Day Workshops - Southampton UK April 2-4, 2019As the digital age rapidly arrives all around us, it (or IT) may have overlooked that safety at sea is still all about people. To meet the changing requirements of modern fleets, smart organizations and specialist equipment manufacturers now need to work together to blend traditional safety methods with innovation.A unique program of three specialist safety days for the sub IMO / sub 80 feet professional sector is being held back-to-back at the Grand Harbor overlooking the port of Southampton UK this April.

30 Apr 2019

WiseTech Global Acquires Xware

Photo: WiseTech Global

Global logistics software group, WiseTech Global has announced the acquisition of Xware, a messaging integration solutions provider in Sweden.Xware‚Äôs secure, interoperable messaging solution, xTrade, is designed to link organisations to their suppliers and partners, allowing them to safely share information across application to application, business to business, managed file transfers, business process management and IoT Ő∂  essential for real-time messaging, queued business flows and data integration.

30 Jan 2019

INSIGHTS: Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

Admiral Karl L. Schultz, the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.

Admiral Karl L. Schultz assumed the duties as the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on June 1, 2018. He previously served from August 2016 to May 2018 as Commander, Atlantic Area where he was the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions spanning five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. Previous operational assignments include Sector Commander in Miami, Florida, as well as command tours aboard Cutters VENTUROUS, ACACIA and FARALLON. His senior staff assignments include Chief of the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs; Congressional Liaison to the U.S.

24 Jan 2020

Coronavirus Places Shipping on High Alert

Ports in Singapore have started screening inbound travelers on passenger and commercial vessels for coronavirus symptoms (© hit1912 / Adobe Stock)

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has placed the shipping industry on high alert amid a rising death toll in China and reports that the fast-spreading illness is reaching new shores.The flu-like coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China on December 31, has killed more than two dozen people in China and is believed to have infected more than 900 worldwide, according to several media reports. Cases have been confirmed in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, and internationally in travelers returning from China to Japan…

01 Aug 2019

Operation ATALANTA Deputy Meets with French Forces

Deputy Operation Commander R. Adm. Giovanni Battista Piegaja (right) meets with French Base Commander Colonel Francois Tricot (centre) and Deputy COMFOR FFDJ Colonel Emmanuel Antoine (left). Photo: EU NAVFOR

Operation ATALANTA Deputy Commander R. Adm. Giovanni Battista Piegaja spoke with French Base Commander Colonel Francois Tricot and Deputy COMFOR FFDJ Colonel Emmanuel Antoine, during a meeting with the French Forces stationed in Djibouti (FFDJ).The FFDJ hosts the Support Element ATALANTA (SEA) and the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircrafts (MPRA) Detachments from Spain and Germany on the Air Base (BA 188).During the meeting, R. Adm. Piegaja expressed gratitude to the French Armed Forces for the support they provide to the Operation ATALANTA MPRAs…

03 Dec 2019

10 Tech Trends to Impact Shipping Industry

Technology Outlook 2030 (stills from video). Image: DNV GL

A new report has identified the ten technology trends, and their associated risks, that will shape industry and society in the coming decade.The rapid advancement of digitalization is behind many of the trends, profoundly challenging our personal and societal assumptions, according to DNV GL, the global risk management and quality assurance company.The report 'Technology Outlook 2030' said that the relationship between humans and technology is switching, with humans increasingly augmenting the decisions of artificial intelligence…

04 Dec 2018

Interview: Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz visits with Coast Guard crews stationed in
New York City. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco.

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was offered the opportunity to interview Admiral Karl Schultz, the 26th Commandant in the history of the United States Coast Guard, in his office in Washington, DC. Just five months into his tenure, his plate is predictably full with a number of challenges, including: Attracting and retaining future U.S. Coast Guard personnel; addressing a number of assymetric threats, including cyber attacks; and ensuring captial and operating budgets are adequate to safely and efficiently carry out a global mission envelope, to name but a few.

13 Mar 2019

Brexit Brings Jobs to Rotterdam Port

Pic: Port of Rotterdam

Europe's largest port, Rotterdam, said that  eleven British firms set up in Rotterdam in anticipation of Brexit last year.According to Rotterdam Partners these British firms represent nearly a third of the international firms that established a location in the port city last year.The new arrivals include companies like Cogoport, Webhelp, Airlift Systems and GE Healthcare. Together, these 36 international players will be creating over 1,430 new jobs and making a combined investment of EUR 199 million in the port city‚Äôs economy.These international firms were attracted by Rotterdam Partners‚Ķ

14 Jun 2019

DNV GL Names New Vice Chair

Photo: DNV GL

International accredited registrar and classification society DNV GL has announced that Jon Fredrik Baksaas has been appointed the Vice Chair of its Board of Directors.The Norway-headquartered classification body said in a press release that Baksaas started his working career in DNV in 1979 and worked in Norway and Japan until he left DNV in 1985.He went on to work in Stolt-Nielsen and Aker and topped his executive career with more than 25 years in Telenor ‚Äď the last 13 as CEO and President until he stepped down in 2015.Baksaas has served 12 years as a member of the DNV Council.

26 Jul 2019

Interferry Charts a Course for Growth

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.While I respect the mantra of cautious optimism, I can’t help feeling genuinely excited that 2019 could prove to be a milestone year in the continuing growth of Interferry’s influence as the global voice of the ferry industry. We’ve come a long way since our US origins in 1976 as what was essentially a networking movement, but developments in recent months already suggest we are on course for yet more enhancement of our present-day worldwide networking and lobbying relationships.

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