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Two dead, three missing as fishing boat sinks in Sea of Japan

Two dead, three missing as fishing boat sinks in Sea of Japan
Kyodo Dec 24, 2014 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/24/national/two-dead-three-miss...

MATSUE, SHIMANE PREF. – Two fishermen died and three others were missing after a large fishing boat sank in the Sea of Japan early Wednesday, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The 135-ton Gempuku Maru No. 1 with 20 crew members aboard — 17 Japanese and three Indonesians — sank about 48 km off the coast near Hamada, Shimane Prefecture, at around 4:40 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

Why the Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal may be a disaster

Why the Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal may be a disaster
Ishaan Tharoor December 23, 2014 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/12/23/why-the-chi...

Hundreds of Panama Canal workers on strike

Hundreds of Panama Canal workers on strike
December 24, 2014 http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/12/24/hundreds-panama-canal-w...

Hundreds of workers constructing an access channel for the Panama Canal went on strike over disagreements with the ICA-FCC-MECO consortium, government and union officials said Wednesday.

It’s the Economy: Exploring Indonesia’s Piracy Problem

It’s the Economy: Exploring Indonesia’s Piracy Problem
Christopher Papas December 24, 2014 http://cimsec.org/economy-stupid-exploring-indonesias-piracy-problem/13836

International efforts to solve piracy often focus on displays of force. Whether it is the United States-led Task Force 151 in the Gulf of Aden or international operations in the Strait of Malacca, states most often revert to military or law enforcement to end piracy.

Experts Arrive To Help Barehanded Children Clean Up Massive Bangladeshi Oil Spill

Experts Arrive To Help Barehanded Children Clean Up Massive Bangladeshi Oil Spill
Ryan Koronowski & Shiva Polefka December 24, 2014 http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/12/24/3606793/experts-to-help-chil...

Korean vessel MV Sea Lord runs aground at Subic Bay

Korean vessel runs aground at Subic Bay
Allan Macatuno December 24th, 2014 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/116126/korean-vessel-runs-aground-at-su...

SUBIC, Zambales, Philippines—A Manila-bound South Korean vessel carrying nine Filipino crew members ran aground at Subic Bay near this town at dawn on Wednesday.

P01 George Cosme, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard’s Subic sub-station, said the captain of MV Sea Lord had problems maneuvering the vessel through rough seas. The ship ran aground at about 4 a.m.

Breaking news: Cargo vessel M Star 1 runs aground; Cambodia-flagged, Chinese-crewed freighter on fire in Japan

Cargo vessel runs aground, freighter on fire in Japan
Titus Zheng 24 December 2014 http://www.ihsmaritime360.com/article/15932/cargo-vessel-runs-aground-fr...

A general cargo vessel ran aground on Monday on the coast of Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.

Initially, the Panama-flagged M Star 1 was en route to Akita, Japan, from South Korea but the vessel endured a stormy weather and ran aground late Monday night.

Pinoy crew largely responsible for Rena grounding - report; Questions have been raised about the maritime education and training of Pinoy seafarers

Crew largely responsible for Rena grounding - report
December 18, 2014 http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/crew-largely-responsible-rena-grounding-...

Human error was to blame for the grounding of the cargo ship Rena off the coast of Tauranga, a final report says.

New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster occurred when the ship struck the Astrolabe Reef in October 2011, spilling 350 tonnes of oil from its ruptured hull. It later broke in two and the aft section moved off the reef and sank.

'Filipinos are popular with ship owners'-- 'We Filipinos are competent in doing this job,' says Pinoy chief engineer of Vanuatu-registered ship

Logs stack up to big business
By Edward Stratton The Daily Astorian December 23, 2014 http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20141223/logs-stack-up-to-big-bu...

The Ken Rei on Sunday left with nearly 5 million board feet of timber, with the help of many local employees and a Filipino ship crew.

The bulk carrier Ken Rei steamed out of the Port of Astoria Sunday with nearly 5 million board feet of timber destined for Lanshan, China.

Shipping is ready for a technological revolution

Shipping is ready for a technological revolution
Tom Boardley December 22 2014 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/12/22/shipping-ready-a-technolog...

The ocean is the highway of international trade. With more than 90 percent of the world’s goods transported across waters, the global shipping industry helps you turn on your lights, cook your favorite meal and even put petrol in your car. But that’s not the only contribution the industry makes.

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