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Friday, 18 January 2019
Three stowaways found on merchant vessel off Port of Miami
 
The US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection responded to a report of three stowaways on the merchant vessel, Diana J, on January 16, about three miles off the Port of Miami. The boarding teams found no additional stowaways, rescinded the Captain of the Port Order and the stowaways were taken into custody.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
Stena Line voyages first next-gen ferry in China
 
Stena Line, a Swedish ferry company, launched its first next generation RoPax vessel at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China. The first new vessel, to be named Stena Estrid, sailed for the first time on January 16. The vessel is to start service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early 2020. 
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Friday, 18 January 2019
USCG’s only heavy icebreaker reaches Antarctica
 
The 150 crewmembers of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived on January 17, in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during Operation Deep Freeze. This is a joint military service mission to resupply US interests in Antarctica. The Polar Star arrived after completing an 18-mile trip through the ice to McMurdo Sound.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
UK Shipping Minister supports equal rights for seafarers
 
Seafarers should have the same sort of working conditions and welfare rights as people who work ashore, UK shipping minister Nusrat Ghani said during a meeting at the Houses of Parliament on 16 January. I believe it is critical that those who work at sea have comparable employment, social and welfare rights to those on land, she said.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
Digitalization to benefit oil and gas sector, report says
 
Despite the increasing speed of technology and innovation that is pressuring the industry, oil and gas CEOs consider technological disruption as more of an opportunity, 2018 KPMG CEO Outlook: Oil & Gas, reported. Namely, AI and robotic solutions can create models to predict behavior or results more accurately.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
IMO: Guidance on ship implementation plan for 2020 compliance
 
At its latest Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73), IMO approved, among others, the guidance on the development of a ship implementation plan for the consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulphur limit, also known as the 2020 sulphur cap, under MARPOL Annex V.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
St. Lawrence Seaway announces 2018 as its best shipping year in a decade
 
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced, on January 17, that tonnage on the waterway during the 2018 navigation season totaled 40.9 million tonnes, hitting its record as it is the highest result since 2007. Traffic increased by 7% year-one year, whereas the total vessel transits were up nearly 6%.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
5 ways to use batteries onboard
 
Foreship published an infographic, describing a 5-steps solution to use batteries onboard. Namely, batteries can provide 15% in fuels saving, as well as 30% lower maintenance costs. According to the infographic, the average lifetime of ships batteries is 5 to 10 years.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
BIMCO: Polish Szczecin the top bulk terminal
 
According to BIMCO’s Dry Bulk Terminals Vetting Report 2018, the best performing port is Szczecin in Poland. The report gathered data from 144 ships covering 381 terminals. 97% of the reports were rated as average or better, giving an average rating of 3.6 out of five.
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Friday, 18 January 2019
Zeaborn, BlocBox collaborate on blockchain project for maritime safety
 
Zeaborn Ship Management, Singapore, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BlocBox, the developer of a blockchain protocol to collaborate on a blockchain based project to ensure the safety of ships at sea. The company has planned to build an immutable distributed ledger with blockchain technology to solve the challenges of retrieval of black box data, transparency, predictions and ownership in the maritime and aviation industry. 
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