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Chinese Maritime Activism: Strategy Or Vagary?

Chinese Maritime Activism: Strategy Or Vagary?
By Ryan D. Martinson December 18, 2014 http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/chinese-maritime-activism-strategy-or-vag...

A new study questions the conventional wisdom of a coordinated national strategy.

GRANT HELPS MASS RESCUE OPERATIONS LIBRARY PROJECT

GRANT HELPS MASS RESCUE OPERATIONS LIBRARY PROJECT
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London, Thursday, December 18. The Corporation of Trinity House is supporting a Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) project with a grant to help completion of a comprehensive online reference library to be used as a source of best practice by maritime professionals across the world.

The material in the library has been compiled by experts from all over the globe and is the culmination of 5 years extensive work including international conferences and workshops.

ITF calls on Australian government to do better on labour rights

ITF calls on Australian government to do better on labour rights
http://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/press-releases/2014/december/itf...

Australian government must stop exploitation, says ITF

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is calling on the Australian Government to improve labour regulations after the Federal Court found two Fijian workers had been exploited.

"To decongest Metro Manila" Marañon wants Visayas islands interconnected

"To decongest Metro Manila" Marañon wants Visayas islands interconnected
By Marchel P. Espina December 18, 2014 http://www.philstar.com/region/2014/12/18/1403998/decongest-metro-manila...

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has pushed for the interconnectivity of the major Visayan islands to decongest key urban centers, including Metro Manila, by constructing the Negros-Panay bridge, for one.

Seafarer severely injured by a snapped line as ro-pax breaks moorings during storm

Crewman injured
Gary Dixon 17 December 2014, http://www.tradewindsnews.com/casualties/350941/Crewman-injured

A seafarer has been severely injured by a snapped line as a ro-pax broke its moorings in a storm.

The incident happened on Siremar’s 11,000–gt ferry Sansovino (built 1989) at Porto Empedocle on Tuesday.

The rest of the crew helped their stricken colleague and he was treated when the vessel moored at a naval base before being transferred to hospital.

The crewman suffered a broken left upper arm, the Agrigento website reported.

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to spend N20bn on seafarers’ training

NIMASA to spend N20bn on seafarers’ training
By Ugochukwu Onyeocha December 17, 2014 http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/nimasa-spend-n20bn-seafarers%E2%80%...

The management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), yesterday, stated that it planned to spend N20 billion in training seafarers from 2011 to 2015.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi, made this known to newsmen at a conference in Lagos.

Somali piracy threat always on the horizon: 3,700 seafarers captured by Somali pirates since 2006

Somali piracy threat always on the horizon
Jon Gornall December 16, 2014 http://www.thenational.ae/world/africa/somali-piracy-threat-always-on-th...

The name Captain Phillips is familiar to millions around the world. He was the subject of the 2013 Tom Hanks film about an American cargo ship skipper who was freed by US Navy Seals after being taken captive by Somali pirates in 2009.

Almost no one, however, knows the names of 30 hostages who remain in captivity in Somalia, forgotten by the world.

Captain, officer of Kuwaiti ship detained after deadly collision

Captain, officer of Kuwaiti ship detained after deadly collision
Dec 17, 2014 http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN0JV0IJ20141217

CAIRO (Reuters) - The captain and first officer of a Kuwaiti container ship have been detained for four days after their ship collided with a fishing vessel in the Red Sea, killing 13 Egyptians, a public prosecutor said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor said on Monday that initial enquiries showed the fishing boat had capsized following the collision with the Kuwaiti ship, which had just passed through the Suez Canal on its way south.

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea boosts global port chaplain alliance

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea boosts global port chaplain alliance
December 16 2014 received via email

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is enhancing cooperation among its global network of port chaplains to better support seafarers.

A regional coordinators meeting in Mauritius late last month saw the exchange of knowledge and expertise between port chaplains from Great Britain, East Africa, South Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Burned Pinoy 3rd mate medevacuated

Crewman burned
Gary Dixon in London 03 December 2014 http://www.tradewindsnews.com/casualties/350038/Crewman-burned

A seafarer has been taken from a K-Line-managed bulker after a compressor explosion off Chile.

The Chilean navy said the 59,000-dwt Sunny Royal (built 2011) was passing through the Strait of Magellan south of Punta Arenas when the accident happened.

A transport ship assisted in the medevac of the 34-year-old Filipino third mate on 2 December.

He suffered injuries and burns to his face and upper body.

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