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Jarius Bondoc: Unmanned ship to 'drive to the poorhouse 420,000 Filipino seafarers'

Robots taking jobs from peons, skilled
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc February 24, 2017 http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/02/24/1675252/robots-taking-jobs-pe...

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Stranded Bunker Dispute Vessel to be Returned to China

Stranded Bunker Dispute Vessel to be Returned to China
February 24, 2017 http://shipandbunker.com/news/apac/301653-stranded-bunker-dispute-vessel...

The cargo ship Union Demeter was detained in Haldia Port last December on outstanding bunker bills.

Cargo ship Union Demeter, which last December was arrested in Haldia Port as a result of the ship owner's outstanding bunker bills, will return to China.

Big data professionals needed, shipping leaders warn

Big data professionals needed, shipping leaders warn
Harminder Singh 25 February, 2017 http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2074019/big-data-prof...

Some companies are already taking advantage of technology to achieve cost reduction, increased productivity or “smart” programmes or devices

The maritime industry is facing a severe skills shortage in analysing and harnessing big data, which could hinder the reinvention of the struggling industry, according to a survey by a maritime exhibition and conference organiser.

Pakistani seafarers face deportation from Australia after failed asylum leap

Pakistani seafarers face deportation from Australia after failed asylum leap
Sam Chambers 23 Feb 2017 http://splash247.com/pakistani-seafarers-face-deportation-australia-fail...

Australia’s Immigration Department has ruled it will deport three Pakistani seafarers who jumped from their livestock carrier last week in Fremantle in a shock asylum bid.

The men were working on the Bader III when they leapt off the vessel and swam to a berth operated by DP World where they were picked up, unable to get through the terminal’s security set-up.

Hyundai Heavy staff in three-day strike

Hyundai Heavy staff in three-day strike
Jason Jiang 24 Feb 2017 http://splash247.com/hyundai-heavy-staff-three-day-strike/

15,000 workers at the world’s largest shipbuilder downed tools yesterday for what will be a three-day strike in protest at massive restructuring ongoing at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). The strike is the first collective walkout at HHI in 23 years.

Seafarer’s non-entitlement to disability compensation

Almirante: Seafarer’s non-entitlement to disability compensation
Dominador Almirante February 24, 2017 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2017/02/24/almirante-seafarers-n...

Indonesia: Maritime sector expected to contribute 25% to economy within 10 years

Maritime sector expected to contribute 25% to economy within 10 years
February 24, 2017 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/02/24/maritime-sector-expected-t...

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said the government hopes that the maritime sector can contribute up to 25 percent to the country’s economy within the next 10 years.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said that currently, the maritime sector contributes 11 percent to the economy.

PH gears up for national maritime summit

PH gears up for national maritime summit
BRENDA V. PIMENTEL February 25, http://www.manilatimes.net/ph-gears-national-maritime-summit/314050/

Preparations for the holding of the National Maritime Summit are underway with Government and industry putting together a program that will muster stakeholders to high-level discussions towards crafting a national maritime agenda. Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade announced the convening of the April 2017 summit during the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) Convention last February 10.

Greek tanker engineer found guilty of pollution cover-up in Charleston federal court

Greek tanker engineer found guilty of pollution cover-up in Charleston federal court
David Wren Feb 23, 2017 http://www.postandcourier.com/business/greek-tanker-engineer-found-guilt...

The chief engineer of a chemical tanker that docked in North Charleston in 2015 has been found guilty in a jury trial of falsifying the ship's oil record book to cover up illegal pollution discharges.

Canada Settles Lawsuits Over Foreign Seafarer Permits

Canada Settles Lawsuits Over Foreign Seafarer Permits
2017-02-15 http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/canada-settles-lawsuits-over-f...

On Wednesday, the Canadian government settled dozens of lawsuits brought by the Seafarer's International Union of Canada (SIUC) regarding the employment of foreign seafarers in Canadian waters. The SIU hailed the agreement as a major victory for its members and for Canadian seafarers.

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