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General cargo ship Vitin runs aground off Tonnes, Norway

General cargo ship Vitin ran aground off Tonnes, Norway
May 29, 2017 http://www.maritimeherald.com/2017/general-cargo-ship-vitin-ran-aground-...

AMOSUP steps up effort for shipboard gender equality

AMOSUP steps up effort for shipboard gender equality
May 11, 2017 http://business.mb.com.ph/2017/05/11/amosup-steps-up-effort-for-shipboar...

Cognizant of the giant gap in gender status that has disadvantaged women in the seafaring industry over the years, the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) headed by its president, Dr. Conrado F. Oca, has embarked on enhanced move for a more effective observance of “gender equality” in the seafaring industry.

South Korea says contact resumed with vessel off Somalia, crew safe

South Korea says contact resumed with vessel off Somalia, crew safe
May 27, 2017 | https://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-southkorea-idUSKBN18N084

South Korea said on Saturday it has resumed contact with a distressed fishing vessel that feared it was being followed by a suspected pirate vessel off the waters of Somalia, and that the 3 Koreans and 18 Indonesians on board were safe.

The South Korean military had dispatched its anti-piracy naval unit after communication with the Mongolian squid fishing vessel was cut when it requested help after midnight on Friday.

Death and desperation taint Mediterranean shipping routes

Death and desperation taint Mediterranean shipping routes
Emma Diltz 5/28/17

Merchant ships — not often equipped to perform mass rescue missions at sea — are increasingly coming across scenes such as this: migrants clinging to a boat adrift in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya | Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images
Commercial shippers bear the psychological and financial brunt of rescuing asylum seekers at sea.

New WWF guide helps ships avoid vulnerable Arctic species: Shipping industry praises new tool for Hudson Strait mariners

New WWF guide helps ships avoid vulnerable Arctic species: Shipping industry praises new tool for Hudson Strait mariners 26/05/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/new-wwf-guide-helps-ships-avoid-vuln...

A new WWF-Canada guide designed to help mariners in the Hudson Strait identify and avoid marine mammals is being unveiled at a Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada meeting in Montreal.

Depp should walk the plank for disastrous new ‘Pirates’; cursed seafarer Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar stands out...

Depp should walk the plank for disastrous new ‘Pirates’
May 23, 2017 | Sara Stewart http://nypost.com/2017/05/23/depp-should-walk-the-plank-for-disastrous-n...
Welcome to the fifth — and, Davy Jones willing, the last — installment of this franchise: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Johnny Depp Is Bad With Money.”

Cebu: Business leaders worry on looming martial law

Business leaders worry on looming martial law
Ehda M. Dagooc May 27, 2017 http://www.philstar.com/cebu-business/2017/05/27/1703960/business-leader...

CEBU, Philippines - The business sector in Cebu expressed concern on the possibility of the President expanding martial law to the Visayas.

Although business leaders are confident that this is just a temporary repercussion and that it won’t directly affect the promising economic prospects of the Philippines.

Poor watchkeeping causes collision

Poor watchkeeping causes collision
26 May 2017 http://www.safety4sea.com/poor-watchkeeping-causes-collision/

The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) issued an investigation report on the collision between a container ship and a fishing vessel off Himeshima Village, Oita Prefecture, Japan, that killed one person. The report includes causes of the incident and lessons learnt, to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.

The incident

Nigerian ship owners discriminate against local seafarers —Merchant Navy•Says operators flouting NJIC agreement

Welfare: Nigerian ship owners discriminate against local seafarers —Merchant Navy•Says operators flouting NJIC agreement
Tola Adenubi 26 May 2017 http://tribuneonlineng.com/welfare-nigerian-ship-owners-discriminate-loc...

The National President, Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA), Mr Matthew Alalade, has accused indigenous ship owners of having discriminatory conditions of service skewed against local seafarers.

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