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Cargo containers lost at sea are hard to count, track

Cargo containers lost at sea are hard to count, track
21/08/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/cargo-containers-lost-at-sea-are-har...

About 10 days ago, a cargo ship caught in rough swells off the Brazilian coast lost 45 shipping containers.

Video on social media shows fishermen in small boats scavenging for whatever they could find from the containers, some of which apparently burst when they hit the water, according to a BBC report.

Among the loot: air-conditioning units, bicycles, clothing and hospital equipment.

10 Sailors Missin After U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Oil and Chemical Tanker Off Singapore

10 Sailors Missin After U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Cargo Ship Off Singapore
Emma Bowman August 20, 2017 http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/20/544916643/10-sailors-m...

A search and rescue mission is underway, the Navy says, after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel on Monday.

How hackers are targeting the shipping industry

How hackers are targeting the shipping industry
21 August 2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/how-hackers-are-targeting-the-shippi...

When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery.

“Someone had hacked into the systems of the company and planted a small virus,” explains co-founder Lars Jensen. “They would then monitor all emails to and from people in the finance department.”

Biz Buzz: Shipping industry standoff

Biz Buzz: Shipping industry standoff
August 21, 2017 http://business.inquirer.net/235534/biz-buzz-shipping-industry-standoff

If one listens to industry insiders speak, Marina—or the Maritime Industry Authority, which regulates all seagoing vessels and shipping activities in the country—had been, for the longest time, operating under a so-called “regulatory capture” environment.

In particular, this government agency has been, industry insiders say, controlled by a cartel of Chinese-Filipino ship owners based in Cebu.

India tightens rules to stop exploitation of sailors

India tightens rules to stop exploitation of sailors
Sajila Saseendran 20 Aug 2017 http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/society/india-tightens-rules-to-stop-exploi...

Online recruitment system mandated for Indian seafarers following reports of stranded sailors in UAE waters

Dubai: The Indian government has tightened recruitment rules for seafarers to stop unscrupulous agents and owners of ships from exploiting them.

“北에 경유 밀수하던 中 선박, 원인 모를 화재로 전소·침몰” Chinese smuggling ship sinks near Sinuiju

Chinese smuggling ship sinks near Sinuiju
Seol Song Ah | 2017-08-18 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14677

A 60-ton Chinese vessel that was allegedly smuggling diesel at sea near Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province (North Korea), has sunk after catching fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown, although it began during the transfer of 40 tons of diesel from the ship to an oil tanker. Fortunately, no loss of life has been reported.

Pirates plan foiled by oil tanker security

Pirates plan foiled by oil tanker security
Housam Najjair August 19, 2017 https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/pirates-plan-foiled-oil-tanker-secu...

The Media Office of the Libyan Ministry of Transport announced on Friday that the tanker named Libya, which is owned by the Libyan state and operated by the company Be Ship, was subject to a piracy operation in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait which is considered one of the most dangerous areas.

Passenger ships collided at Piraeus... again

Passenger ships collided at Piraeus... again
August 13, 2017 http://www.themeditelegraph.com/en/green-and-tech/casualties/2017/08/13/...

Piraeus - Ro-ro passenger ship “European Express” broke off her mooring and collided with docked next to her ro-ro passenger ship “Aqua Jewel” at Perama Ship Repair Yard in the morning Aug 13. Both vessels said to suffer damages, extent unknown, but no leak reported. According to AIS, both vessels are under repairs at Perama Ship Repair Yard.

Better port connectivity, transport safety needed in Asia-Pacific

Better port connectivity, transport safety needed in Asia-Pacific
August, 19/2017 http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/392352/better-port-connectivity-transport-...

HCM CITY — Improved transport efficiency and port connectivity are essential to advancing economic integration in the Asia Pacific region, participants said at a transport working group meeting at APEC’s 3rd Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) held in HCM City on Aug 18.

USS Fitzgerald Leaders Punished, Crew Is Praised After Collision With Cargo Ship

USS Fitzgerald Leaders Punished, Crew Is Praised After Collision With Cargo Ship
Bill Chappell 18, 2017 http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/18/544387493/uss-fitzgera...

The U.S. Navy has relieved the USS Fitzgerald's commander and two other senior leaders of their duties — and it's also praising the crew for saving their ship after the destroyer collided with a large Philippine-flagged container ship off the coast of Japan on June 17.

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