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Welfare: 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
22 June 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.

Running in commemoration of the International Seafarer’s Day

Running in commemoration of the International Seafarer’s Day
22/06/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/running-in-commemoration-of-the-inte...

Last weekend the 11th Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment (FAME) Fun Run was held at Pasay City in the Philippines. Thirty employees from our Manila office joined the longest-running racing event in the maritime industry to support a good cause, and to kick-off the commemoration of the International Seafarer’s Day.

Maersk assures customers over Rickmers insolvency

Maersk assures customers over Rickmers insolvency
Bruce Barnard, | Jun 21, 2017 http://www.joc.com/maritime-news/container-lines/maersk-line/maersk-assu...

Maersk Line said it has drawn up contingency plans to minimize the potential fallout from Rickmers Holding’s insolvency on its customers’ cargo.

Maersk currently has 18 Rickmers vessels in its fleet — six charter ships formerly owned by the German ship owner and manager and a further 12 on charter that it operates on behalf of their owners.

Hijacked by pirates, the crew of a Danish cargo ship discover their worth

Hijacked by pirates, the crew of a Danish cargo ship discover their worth
Doug Anderson June 22 2017 http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/hijacked-by-pirates-...

Where is the Phantom when you need him?

For those who came in late … the celebrated occupant of the skull cave swore on the skull of his father to devote his life to the extermination of Bengali pirates operating under the flag of the notorious Singh Brotherhood.

OOCL denies Cosco takeover talks

OOCL denies Cosco takeover talks
Sam Chambers 21st June 2017 OOCL, the Hong Kong containerline at the centre of renewed speculation over a takeover by Cosco, has firmly dismissed the rumours surrounding its future.

The Wall Street Journal and other titles have claimed in recent days that China’s state-backed Cosco is close to sealing a $4bn-plus deal to buy out the line controlled by the Tung family.

A spokesperson for OOCL, however, has told Splash that the rumours are incorrect.

'Seafarers Matter’ theme of this week’s Day of the Seafarer 2017

'Seafarers Matter’ theme of this week’s Day of the Seafarer 2017
21 June 2017 http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/europe/seafarers-matter-theme-of-t...

Support activities offered by ports and seafarer centres for those who work aboard ship will be the focus of this year’s Day of the Seafarer (DotS) taking place on 25 June.

DotS was established by the IMO at the same time as the revised STCW Convention with its focus on seafarer welfare in 2010.

Legal issues arising from wrecks and their removal

Legal issues arising from wrecks and their removal
Emeka Akabogu June 21 2017

Introduction

When shipwrecks occur, they often pose navigational and environmental hazards and thus their urgent removal is necessary. Nigeria has had its fair share of wrecks, and in response on April 7 2017 the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency (NIMASA) directed that all abandoned ships should be removed from Nigerian territorial waters.

Legal regime

Firefighters called to container leaking chemicals at Southampton docks

Firefighters called to container leaking chemicals at Southampton docks
21st June 2017 http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15361847.Firefighters_called_to__hazardo...

Fire crews have been called to a “hazardous incident” where a container is reported to be leaking chemicals on a vessel at Southampton docks.

Crews from St Mary’s, Winchester, Romsey, Redbridge and Cosham are attending the scene at Southampton docks.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue were called at 14.21 this afternoon.

Mass held on ship after Pinoy seafarer dies in Canada port

Mass held on ship after seafarer dies in Canada port
13 June 2017 received via email

Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) held Mass on board a ship following the death of a seafarer at the port of Trois-Rivières, Canada on 22 May.

Fr Andrew Thavam, AoS Canada National Director and Montreal port chaplain celebrated a requiem Mass for the deceased seafarer who was a crew member of the bulk carrier Nord Quebec.

The 38-year-old Filipino man was found unconscious and with serious injuries on the deck of his ship. He was rushed to hospital but died later that night.

ITF Press Statements: Madagascar dockworkers protest, Qaaswa crew rights, Australian unions on dockworkers, Dangerous Gaps in Australian Maritime Security

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Senate Inquiry Focuses on Dangerous Gaps in Australian Maritime Security Exposed by ‘Murder Ship’ Sage Sagittarius
21 June 2017

Australian Border Force (ABF) officials will be back in the hot seat today as the Senate Inquiry into Flag of Convenience (FOC) Shipping resumes.

It comes in the wake of double murder findings by the NSW Coroner investigating the deaths of two foreign seafarers aboard the (FOC) MV Sage Sagittarius in Australian waters in 2012. A third crew member was found dead in the vessel’s coal loader when it arrived in Japan.

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