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Friday, 15 February 2019
Trump signs funding package, USCG members are paid
 
The Senate passed, on February 14, a compromise package to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. President Donald Trump signed it, which resulted to ending what would be a second government shutdown. Amongst other results, the announcement means that the USCG members will most likely continue receiving pay, along with federal employees.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
Ocean Ranger: Commemorating North America’s offshore disaster
 
February 15th marks 37 years from the loss of the semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit ‘Ocean Ranger’ off Canada. The platform sank along with its entire 84 crew, claiming the title of one of the worst offshore drilling accidents in North American history. The incident forms another example of how lack of compliance with procedures and inadequate safety culture can have tragic consequences.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
Supply vessel sinks in Singapore
 
On 14 February 2019, MPA Singapore received a report that a Dominica-flagged supply vessel, Ocean Cooper 2, had capsized and sunk in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme, about 3 nautical miles from Pedra Branca. The incident took place within Singapore Territorial Waters in the Singapore Strait. All three Indonesian crew, were rescued by a nearby accompanying supply vessel, Jolly Rachel, and they are safe.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
Tanker operator fined with USD 2 mn for dumping oily waste
 
Vessel operator Interorient Marine Services was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker. Senior ship officers employed by the company aboard the Ridgebury Alexandra Z discharged oily waste into the ocean by flushing the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment sensor with fresh water.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
IMB to address bills of lading fraud
 
The International Maritime Bureau announced that it has launched a new initiative aiming to mitigate bills of lading fraud conducted by non-vessel owning common carriers (NVOCCs). The IMB NVOCC Register provides a business solution to a business problem impacting parties involved in international shipping and trade.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
ESL’s new bulkers experience technical problems
 
Serious technical problems with cranes slowed down the deployment of ESL Shipping’s new LNG-fueled bulk carriers, the Finland-based shipping company, part of the ASPO Group, stated. The problems in the conventional mechanics of high-power cranes, which are subject to warranty, have significantly interfered with the efficient operations of both vessels.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
Greek Shipowners reinstate stance against scrubbers
 
At the latest AGM of the Union of Greek Shipowners, the UGS president, Theodore Veniamis, spoke about the 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Veniamis reinstated that scrubbers are an exception to the rule, and do not constitute an equal compliance option. He explained that their environmental impact has not been studied enough. He also mentioned that the desulphurization of ships should take place on land, and not on board.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
Shipping industry wakes up to Diversity and Inclusion
 
“Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers, “says Josh Bersin, leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
How e-navigation will transform passage planning
 
During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Børge Hetland, Director of Sales & Marketing at NAVTOR, shared the company’s experience from its’ involvement in European Research & Development projects to describe how the emerging technology is expected to transform the four stages of the Passage Planning procedure in the very near future. His conclusion was that e-Navigation has already started to transform the passage planning process, and it will result in enormous time savings for navigators when preparing voyages – which means increased efficiency and consequently cost savings.
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Friday, 15 February 2019
Robber steals fuel from bulk carrier at Caofeidian Anchorage, China
 
A robber attacked and stole fuel from a bulk carrier that was anchored at China’s Caofeidian Anchorage, on February 10. Namely, the duty officer on board the ship notice that a hose was connected from a tank. The alarm was raised and the robber lowered the hose and escaped. It was reported that DO had been stolen and the incident was reported to VTS Caofeidian.
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