10 Cruise Industry Safety Policy Changes Since the Concordia Sinking
January 8, 2013 http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5151
(5:30 p.m. EST) -- Immediately after the Costa Concordia tragedy, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) created a Global Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review to inspect the safety practices of the cruise industry and suggest improvements. In the almost 12 months since the accident, the review board has suggested 10 changes. All were accepted by the industry and implemented.
Pollution deadly in Hong Kong
2013-01-11 09:29 http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Pollution-deadly-in-Hong-Kong-20130111
Large ships are causing serious air pollution in Hong Kong. (Jeff Chiu, AP)
Hong Kong - Hong Kong's name may mean "fragrant harbour", but cargo ships burning dirty fuel in what is one of the world's busiest ports add to a foul layer of pollution that kills more than 3 000 people a year.
Now the government is vowing to get tough, with activists hoping mandatory restrictions on shipping emissions will be among a raft of measures announced next week aimed at making the city more environmentally friendly.
A total of 410 560 vessels arrived and left the port in 2011, with cargo ships vying for space in the crowded waters alongside public ferries, tourist junks and luxury yachts.
This level of activity means shipping is a key polluter in a city where, according to the University of Hong Kong, air pollution kills about 3 200 people every year.
Simon Ng of the Civic Exchange think-tank blamed the pollution, which often shrouds the city's dramatic skyline in thick smog, for driving away talent.
Germans create new ship repair alliance
12 Jan 2013 http://www.motorship.com/news101/industry-news/new-germans-create-new-sh...
German ship repair companies MWB Motorenwerke Bremerhaven and nearby Rickmers Lloyd Dockbetrieb have amalgamated their dock and ship repair activities, writes Tom Todd.
From the start of the year Rickmers Lloyd and the Ship Technology Division of MWB have operated jointly as German Dry Docks under the management of Rickmers MD Uwe Beck and senior MWB official Detlef Nünke with an existing workforce of about 100.
Ship hit in Persian Gulf by US nuclear submarine
Big News Network.com Saturday 12th January, 2013
A fishing ship was hit by an American nuclear-powered attack submarine during the week.
The collision occurred in the Persian Gulf shortly after the nuclear armed USS Jacksonville had passed through the Strait of Hormuz.
A statement by US Navy's Fifth Fleet said the USS Jacksonville struck a vessel while operating in the Persian Gulf at on Thursday afternoon.
260 scrap ships, highest in five yrs, imported in 2012
Importers happy, activists concerned
Monira Munni Published : Sunday, 13 January 2013
The country imported the highest number of recyclable ships, with iron plates weighing 2.86 million tonnes, last year.
Chittagong-based ship-breakers said about 260 ships have been imported in 2012, which is the highest in the last five years, when the industry saw many ups and downs due to legal complexities.
Crew of Ajman ship hijacked by pirates have been freed
Nadeem Hanif Jan 13, 2013
DUBAI // A Sri Lankan seaman on an Ajman-based ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates two years ago has been freed, according to his country's government.
MV Orana, owned by Kassab Inter Shipping LLC, included a Sri Lankan named KAS Soorasena.
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