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20 May 2020

Indonesia Questions China Over Burials at Sea

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Indonesia has summoned China’s ambassador to clarify the deaths of four Indonesian crew from two Chinese-flagged vessels, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said, after rights groups alleged the crew were mistreated and exploited.The ministry issued a statement after a video was circulated on social media, appearing to show a burial at sea aboard a Chinese-flagged ship. The footage showed a group of men praying around an orange body bag before it was tossed into the ocean.A Chinese…

20 May 2020

The Final Word: COVID-19 & the Treatment of Seafarers

“If you truly want world commerce to go on, you need to take care of the workers. If the workers stop, world commerce will stop. Take care of the people and commerce will take care of itself.” Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem Group

Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem Group, is known to “call ‘em like he sees ‘em”. We caught up with Coles via video conference from Hong Kong last month to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on maritime, the future of digitalization and autonomy, and the shameful treatment of seafarers. “The only shock to my system that was at the same level was 9/11, because of its impact on the world,” is how Frank Coles puts the current COVID-19 pandemic in perspective. “That was a one-time thing on one-day…

13 May 2020

Rem Offshore Clinches Platform Supply Vessel Deal

Rem Insula - Credit: David Meek/MarineTraffic

Norwegian offshore vessel owner Rem Offshore has said it has secured a new contract for the Rem Insula platform supply vessel.In a social media post on Tuesday, Rem Offshore said that the contract would take the offshore vessel through 2020 and into "smooth waters in 2021.""Thanks to our client for the contract award and greetings to the crew who have made this possible. This is the second contract award in two weeks after Rem Mira was awarded last week," Rem Offshore said.Rem Offshore did not say who the client was.

11 May 2020

Equinor Extends Island Clipper Charter

Island Clipper - Credit: Island Offshore

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has extended the contract for Island Offshore's Island Clipper platform supply vessel.Equinor and Island Offshore had in 2018 signed a three-year contract /with options to extend) for the use of the vessel both as a PSV and a walk to work vessel, with the contract starting in April 2019.Island Offshore on Monday via social media announced that the contract would be extended for another year, keeping the vessel busy until Spring 2023.The vessel…

29 Apr 2020

Coronavirus-hit US Navy Destroyer Arrives in San Diego

The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) arrives in San Diego, April 28, 2020, as part of the Navy's response to the COVID-19 outbreak onboard the ship. While in San Diego, the Navy will provide medical care for the crew and clean and disinfect the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Alex Millar)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer with a coronavirus outbreak on board docked in San Diego Tuesday after cutting its mission short to administer medical care to affected sailors and disinfect the ship.USS Kidd (DDG 100) was at sea participating in counter-narcotics operations when several sailors on board began exhibiting influenza-like symptoms. Two sailors were medevaced to the U.S. and a number of others were transferred to amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) for closer observtion.

27 Apr 2020

Navy Wants to Reinstate Fired Captain of Coronavirus-hit Carrier

File photo: Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the ship’s flight deck in November 2019 (U.S. Navy photo by Nicholas Huynh)

In an extraordinary reversal, the U.S. Navy has recommended reinstating the fired captain of the coronavirus-hit aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, whose crew hailed him as their hero for risking his job to safeguard their lives, officials said on Friday.The Navy’s leadership made the recommendation to reinstate Captain Brett Crozier to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday, just three weeks after Crozier was relieved of command after the leak of a letter he wrote calling on the Navy for stronger measures to protect the crew…

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

06 Apr 2020

Vietnam Protests Beijing's Sinking of South China Sea Boat

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Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat it said had been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel near islands in the disputed South China Sea.The Vietnamese fishing vessel, with eight fishermen onboard, was fishing near the Paracel Islands on Thursday when it was rammed and sunk by the Chinese vessel, Vietnam's foreign ministry said in a statement posted on a government website on Saturday.All the fishermen were picked up by the Chinese vessel alive and were transferred to two other Vietnamese fishing vessels operating nearb

06 Apr 2020

US Defense Chief Backs Navy Ouster Amid Report Captain has Coronavirus

File photo: Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper briefs the media about the department's COVID-19 response, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the Navy’s controversial decision to remove the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, who was reported on Sunday to have tested positive for COVID-19 as the number of its sailors with the highly-contagious disease also grew.Captain Brett Crozier started showing symptoms of the virus before he was relieved of his command of the Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday and has tested positive, the New York Times said, citing two Naval…

02 Apr 2020

Long-Term Charter with Total for Havila PSV

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Havila Shipping has secured a long-term contract for its platform supply vessel Havila Commander.Havila Shipping said Thursday that the contract was with Total E&P UK, the UK subsidiary of the French oil major Total.The new contract for the 2010-built platform supply vessel is for a firm period of 18 months. The contract will begin in mid-April 2020 in direct continuation of its current contract.The 85 meters long Havila Commander PSV has worked for Total E&P UK since April 2012.

27 Mar 2020

Opinion: Getting Ahead of the Reality

Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem Group

In a few short months, the mayhem wrought by coronavirus has changed the world. Our response to the epidemic [more than the virus itself] has the potential to permanently alter the balance of the global economy. But it might be the kind of Black Swan event that we need to trigger real change in the shipping industry – and in particular its approach to digitalization of vessel operation.Like the worldview bubbles created by social media algorithms and fake news, the maritime industry is living in its own digitalization fantasyland - one fueled by vendor delusion and media misinformation.

18 Mar 2020

Rewrite the Rules: The Path to Zero Emissions

First-of-its-kind cargo vessel Captain Ben Moore delivers local produce and food across Long Island Sound. Built by Derecktor Shipyards, the aluminum catamaran is powered by two Cummins QSB 6.7 diesels, and lithium batteries connected to a pair of BAE Systems HybriDrive electric motors.  (Credit: Harbor Harvest)

With social media updates and conference agendas addressing the subjects of climate change, emissions reductions and alternative fuels, it’s a wonder we are not climbing the Himalayans in search of the Jedi Master that will provide us with the magic potion. Yoda’s blessing with a calming breath, “You have chosen wisely.”Government emissions intervention started with a move to reduce energy and fuel consumption measured in greenhouse gas (GHG), at a time when the world and our politicians spoke about global warming.

05 Mar 2020

ICS Issues Coronavirus Guidance

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 22-page document has been produced in collaboration with prominent international bodies including:•    The World Health Organization (WHO)•    The International Maritime Organization (IMO)•    The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)•    The International Maritime Health Association…

21 Apr 2020

Calhoun Steps In as WCI's Interim President/CEO

Deb Calhoun (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) Senior Vice President Deb Calhoun has taken over as Interim President/CEO, effective February 18, 2020, following the retirement of President/CEO Michael J. Toohey.To begin the process to select a permanent President/CEO, an executive search firm will be retained and later announced, WCI said.Calhoun has been with WCI since its founding in 2003, and with its predecessor organization Waterways Work!, and has been instrumental in managing WCI’s overall portfolio and communicating its successes and priorities.

27 Dec 2019

INSIGHTS: Niels Aalund

Niels Aalund was elected President of the International Propeller Club at their 93rd International Convention and Conference. The prominent maritime industry stakeholder will serve a two-year term, commencing from October 17th. Aalund, a well-known maritime subject matter expert and executive, also serves as an Officer and as Senior Vice President of the West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA). WGMA communicates and coordinates with various governmental entities throughout the West Gulf…

20 Dec 2019

Cruise Ships Collide in Cozumel, Carnival Liner Damaged

File image of a Carnival cruise liner (CREDIT: Carnival)

Two cruise ships collided in a port in the Mexican Caribbean resort of Cozumel on Friday, causing damage to the stern of Carnival Corporation's Carnival Glory and leaving one passenger with a minor injury, Carnival said."Carnival Glory was maneuvering to dock when it made contact with Carnival Legend which was already alongside," Carnival said in a statement. "We are assessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship."Civil protection authorities…

14 Nov 2019

Dover Port Wins ESPO Award 2019

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Port of Dover, the cross-channel port in Kent, south-east England, was awarded the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) Award 2019 in recognition of its successful strategy to reach out to the local community and to directly communicate with the port citizens.Using social media as a new way of communicating and demonstrating a high level of transparency about operational achievements, future strategies and environmental challenges and performance is becoming increasingly important…

28 Oct 2019

WAGO Names New PR Coordinator

Barry Nelson (Photo: WAGO)

WAGO announced Barry Nelson is the newest addition to its Marketing Communications team. Nelson will take the reins as the company’s public relations coordinator overseeing publicity, editorial content, social media and other written material.Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with an emphasis on radio/TV/film. He brings to the role a background in media, including news anchoring and sports play-by-play on WTMJ and ESPN radio in Milwaukee.

18 Oct 2019

Interview: Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

“When the human element is considered, securing networks from cyber-attack is incredibly challenging.   Reducing human interaction with on board networks and computers by deploying a more standardized IT environment can minimize risks.”
-- Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, discusses the pace and direction of high speed comms in maritime.Using metrics of your choice, put in perspective where we are today in terms of getting shipowners to adopt high speed communication solutions.The term broadband has been used in the maritime industry for at least a decade and if we are to follow the FCC’s definition which was upgraded to 25mbps from 4mbps (download) in 2015, then those high speed internet services are nothing of the sort.However, everything is relative.

14 Oct 2019

Wrangling Big Data Into Actionable Intel

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Social media, cameras, sensors and more generate huge amounts of data that can overwhelm analysts sifting through it all for meaningful, actionable information to provide decision-makers such as political leaders and field commanders responding to security threats.Sandia National Laboratories researchers are working to lessen that burden by developing the science to gather insights from data in nearly real time.“The amount of data produced by sensors and social media is booming — every day there’s about 2.5 quintillion (or 2.5 billion billion) bytes of data generated…

27 Sep 2019

ABS Spotlight on Female Mariners

Group of ABS employees located in the Rio de Janeiro office. Photo: ABS

The maritime classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) celebrated International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day with a month of activity putting women in the spotlight to inspire current employees as well as future generations of mariners. The theme for 2019’s World Maritime Day, an official United Nations day, is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”“I am proud that ABS has strong women leaders across all areas of the organization who are recognized and accomplished professional trailblazers as well as mentors for the next generation of leaders…

26 Sep 2019

Cruise Ship Rescues Three from a Life Raft

Pacific Dawn (File photo: Carnival Corporation)

A P&O cruise ship has rescued three men from a life raft in the Pacific Ocean near the French protectorate of New Caledonia after it received a rescue request from marine authorities in the capital Noumea, the company said on Thursday.The three men had been sailing in a yacht that took on water and began listing, forcing them to abandon ship and take to their safety vessel, before they were eventually picked up by the Pacific Dawn cruise liner, P&O Cruises Australia said."Captain…

12 Sep 2019

IMO Emphasis on Empowering Women

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International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s World Maritime theme for 2019 – “Empowering women in the Maritime Community” has featured prominently in events at the London International Shipping Week (9-13 September).A seminar co-hosted by Inmarsat and WISTA international (10 September) explored the theme of Diversity and Digitization in the Shipping Industry.Opening the event, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “If the fundamental nature of work is changing, this is the perfect…

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