China Social Media Debut for Maersk CEO
Nils S. Andersen, Maersk Group CEO in Q & A session with members of Chinese social media network Sina Weibo. During the CEO's recent visit to China, he engaged with Maersk employees, industry professionals, students, and general public in a new way - through Sina Weibo, the most popular Chinese social media platform with over 250 million users. ‘It’s exciting for me to be able to reach so many of you directly here today thanks to new technology,’ said Mr. Andersen when greeting Maersk Group’s Weibo followers on video. One week ahead of Mr. Andersen’s visit, a post on the Maersk Group Weibo main page asked followers to post questions for him to answer. Feedback was very positive and hundreds of questions were raised. In a video interview, Mr.
APC: NIMASA behind Anti-Buhari Adverts
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) Friday accused the Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA) of sponsoring a hate campaign against its presidential candidate, Maj- Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). In a statement yesterday, said that the organization has evidence and has confirmed that NIMASA was indeed the sponsor of all the documentaries against Buhari on media platforms. According to the director of media and publicity of APCPCO…
Containerships Collide at Port of Karachi
Authorities are working to retrieve more than 20 containers that fell into the water at Pakistan's southern port of Karachi on Monday following a collision between two containerships. Video footage posted on social media shows the Hapag-Lloyd containership MV Tolten side-swipe the moored containership MV Hamburg Bay while moving into its berth at South Asia Pakistan Terminal. Maritime security vessels were arriving on scene to assess damage and respond to the casualty, according to local reports.
Coast Guard Embraces Social Media
The Coast Guard’s top officer discussed plans to adopt social-media practices to modernize the Coast Guard and increase the organization’s transparency in a teleconference yesterday with bloggers and online journalists. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen spoke about ways the Coast Guard plans to use social-media tools to get the broadest representation of the Coast Guard to the public. “We’re going to be moving from ( Web ) 1.0 to 1.2 to 2.0 to 2.5, and … the challenge and the problem is we shouldn’t take the status quo as an acceptable position,” Allen said. Making the organization more transparent comes at a crucial time, especially during hurricane season, when communication is extremely vital.
USCG offloads 36,000 lbs cocaine in San Diego
The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 36,000 pounds of cocaine Tuesday, which was seized during a counter-drug patrol in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband offloaded by the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf's (WMSL-750) crew represents 17 interdictions of suspected smuggling vessels off the coasts of Central and South America by five Coast Guard cutters between early February and early March. “This offload by the Bertholf represents the great work being conducted in the Eastern Pacific combating the transnational organized crime groups…
3 Rescued Off Port of St. Lucie
The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a disabled boat approximately 12 miles east of Port of St. Lucie, Sunday. At approximately, 5 a.m., the crew of the tug McAllister Sister notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders of a red meteor flare from a 23-foot center console. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew to assist The Coast Guard boatcrew arrived on scene and towed the center console to the Smithsonian Marine Station.
INTTRA, NAMSUNG Expand
INTTRA, a neutral electronic transaction platform, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, announced an expansion of its rapidly growing carrier network with the addition of Korea's Namsung Shipping Co. Ltd. NAMSUNG, established in 1953 as the first private ocean going shipping carrier in Korea, provides services throughout Asia, with routes targeting Korea to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and intra-Asia routes. NAMSUNG will offer its customers a full suite of services through INTTRA's network…
CSM Insight Launches Social Media Tracker for Cruise Lines
While many research companies aggregate and report social media data, CXMI’s unique system uses advanced social media analysis – by real people, not key word algorithms – to provide the strategic information cruise lines need. CXMI’s Social Media Tracker covers over 98% of the passenger capacity of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) members. Each cruise line can now have reliable social media measurement for the 17 cruise lines in the tracker. Cruise lines reported that January’s shipwreck had an immediate negative impact on 2012 bookings and balance sheets. While starting to normalize, this incident shows the importance of a more complete understanding of how events, positive and negative, affect passengers and potential passengers.
Accident Reported on Offshore Rig off Mexico
An accident on an offshore rig in the southern Gulf of Mexico has injured 10 people, local media reported on Tuesday, but state oil company Pemex had no immediate details on the incident, saying only that no platform had sunk. Local newspaper Campeche Hoy reported that 10 workers have been injured on a platform with 101 workers aboard. It said one of the supports of the platform had collapsed and that it had partially sunk. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Simon Gardner)
ART/International Extends Agreement with Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. entered a multi-year extension agreement with Lebanon-based ART/International Network Distribution (IND). ART/IND has extended its agreement on the Intelsat 21 satellite, located at 302° East, for the contribution and distribution of its key programming channels in the Americas. As an Intelsat customer for more than a decade, ART/IND will join several premier media companies on the satellite in delivering a mix of content. Intelsat 21, along with Intelsat 805, offers media companies video neighborhoods and DTH platforms. www.intelsat.com
MTN Launches Social Media Threat Intelligence
MTN Government (MTNGOV), a subsidiary of MTN Communications (MTN) and a company in satellite communications, cybersecurity and integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions serving U.S. DoD and civilian agencies worldwide, announced the introduction of the industry’s first “Social Media Threat Intelligence” managed service. This service is a predictive cyber solution that enables U.S. government agencies using social networking, mobile devices and distributed workforces to protect against the onslaught of cyber threats. The solution identifies and analyzes malicious actors, threats and targeted attacks against U.S. government leaders and agencies, and provides proactive, actionable threat analytics and intelligence in advance of any network compromise.
Harris Logs onto Milstar Satellite
Harris Corporation has completed another major milestone in a $1b U.S. Navy communications program competition: logging onto a Milstar satellite using an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Navy Multiband Terminal prototype system onboard a platform that simulates submarine conditions. Harris has successfully demonstrated low data rate(LDR), medium data rate (MDR) and extended data rate (XDR) logon for the various ship and shore terminals -- including submarine mast and periscope versions -- under simulated platform motion consistent with high-sea states. The successful demonstrations are the culmination of three years of waveform design and hardware/software development as part of the AEHF Navy Multiband Terminal program.
BMT Rolls Out New Big Data Product: BMT Deep
BMT has introduced BMT Deep, an advanced interactive asset data platform designed to deliver deeper insights for enhanced offshore asset performance management. “With 20+ years practical experience of working with marine structures, we have developed a platform that can monitor, review or forecast the performance of offshore assets,” said Soma Maroju, Product Development Lead for BMT Deep. “Using AI and machine learning we have been able to build advanced models that reinforce the platform’s capabilities.
Harbor Patrol Boat Delivered by SAFE Boats to USN
SAFE Boats International (SAFE) recently began the delivery of a fleet of thirty-seven (37) 33-foot harbor security boats to the U.S. Navy as the new generation of the Force Protection-Medium (FP-M) patrol craft. Based on the SAFE 330X Defender model, the FP-M is capable of speeds of up to 33+ knots, features state-of-the-art electronics such as thermal imaging, encrypted communications equipment, dual outboard engines, a unique hull design as well as SAFE’s patented 100% foam collar system. The mission of the Force Protection-Medium patrol craft is to provide U.S. Navy installation security forces a waterborne platform to deter…
Coast Guard Accepts New Response Boat-Medium, Rescue 21
The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted and introduced its new Response Boat-Medium and Rescue 21 advanced communications system during a ceremony held Monday at Coast Guard Sector Key West, here. The Response Boat - Medium is a new small-boat platform that offers increased speed and maneuverability over the service's aging 41-foot response boats, which it will eventually replace.·Enhanced maritime capabilities and technological advances such as water-jet propulsion, armrest integrated steering and trim controls, self-righting capability and improved crew accommodations all represent significant upgrades over the legacy 41-foot response boat platform.·· The first two Response Boats - Medium were delivered to Coast Guard Stations Little Creek…
Pemex Confirms Explosion in Oil Platform at Gulf of Mexico
An oil platform run by Mexico’s state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the southern Gulf of Mexico suffered what appeared to be an explosion on Monday. Pemex confirmed that there had been an “accident” and a “fire” after a leak of oil and gas, while local media called it an “explosion”. The company claimed to have contained the oil and gas leak that appears to have sparked a fire on its satellite oil platform. However, it said any impact on output remained unclear. Local media said there was an explosion and a fire on the platform.
Eco-Business Launches The EB Circle
Eco-Business, Asia Pacific’s leading media organisation dedicated to reporting on sustainable development, has unveiled a new membership programme for its growing community. The EB Circle is a new dedicated network in which readers who sign up for just S$60 a year will gain priority invites to its events, access to an inner circle of professionals committed to sustainability on the Slack platform, media training opportunities and more. Since Eco-Business was founded in 2009, it has been committed to providing a platform for the region to discuss sustainability issues…
Damen Unveils New Water Injection Dredger
Damen Shipyards Group has recently unveiled a Water Injection Dredger (WID), courtesy of a plug & play system aboard a Damen Multi Cat. Such capabilities are typically found only on dedicated platforms, though Damen said it realized that the Multi Cat’s forward propulsion and manuevrability made it a suitable platform for this type of dredging. “Damen invented the Multi Cat as the ideal dredge support vessel – what I like to think of as floating work bench – for Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD).
Cruise Lines Spend Big, Get Quirky to Lure Chinese Travellers
Looking to convince Chinese tourists that a ship can be a holiday destination and not just a way to get there, the world's leading cruise lines are spending billions of dollars on flashy new vessels and quirky on-board services. Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd are trying to pique interest with China-centric attractions such as a menu inspired by an ex-president. They are also tapping a national penchant for education with classes ranging from foreign languages to silver service. Drawing cruise lines to China is the prospect of $11.5 billion in sales come 2018 compared with $6.8 billion last year, according to researcher Euromonitor. The market will soon be the second-biggest and could eventually surpass the United States, industry executives said.
Boxship Firms Sign up with Alibaba
Two container shipping lines, France's CMA CGM and Israel's Zim, have signed up with Alibaba to allow customers to book space on their vessels through the Chinese e-commerce giant, in a bid to boost sales as the sector battles a severe downturn. Container lines, facing their worst ever downturn due to a glut of ships and weaker demand, are pursuing several measures such as vessel-sharing arrangements or mergers and acquisitions to ride out the current slump. A growing number of logistics firms are going online to buoy their business.
Oil Platform Fire near Corpus Christi Put Out
The United States Coast Guard said a fire on a Magellan-owned oil platform about three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas on Wednesday afternoon has been put out. No one was aboard the platform at the time of the fire and a response boat crew reported that it was out at about 6:30 p.m., the coast guard said in a statement. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the agency said. (Reporting by Arpan Varghese; Editing by Stephen Coates)
ICG Helps Optimize Passenger Calling Services
The cruise line industry had a problem with optimizing passenger calling services. The requirements to any solution presented were to replicate the automation and conveniences offered by a contemporary business hotel and to make the billing and accounting functions automatic and accurate. Many of the large cruise lines came to ICG with their requirements because of the expertise acquired through years of providing communications management and control solutions to the commercial shipping and general aviation industries. ICG was tasked to provide a multi-medium communications control and switching center and to provide an accounting platform to account for every outbound call, whether it was revenue bearing or an expense.
Schoellhorn-Albrecht Wins OPC Subcontract
Marine equipment manufacturer Schoellhorn-Albrecht said it has been awarded a subcontract from Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) to design and build various equipment for the U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). Schoellhorn-Albrecht was selected for the deck machinery, deck fittings, accommodation ladder system and structural castings including the shaft strut and stern tube. The OPC is the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest shipbuilding program. The U.S. Coast Guard’s current contract calls for ESG to build 11 OPCs to replace the medium endurance cutters.