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USCG leads response to fatal explosion on bulker 'Tamar' in mid-Atlantic: 1 dead, 3 with massive burns

USCG leads response to fatal explosion on bulker in mid-Atlantic
Donal Scully 25 April 2017 http://splash247.com/uscg-leads-response-to-fatal-explosion-on-bulker-in...

A bulk carrier en route from Baltimore, Maryland to Gibraltar on Monday suffered a storeroom explosion that left one person dead and three with massive burns.

US Coast Guard (USCG) was co-ordinating with rescue services from Canada and Portugal in the emergency medical response to the vessel Tamar which was more than 1,000 miles offshore Cape Cod, at the time of the incident.

The Real Story Behind the ‘Somali Pirates VS Ship’s Private Security Guards’ Viral Video: shame on you

The Real Story Behind the ‘Somali Pirates VS Ship’s Private Security Guards’ Viral Video
Mike Schuler April 24, 2017 http://gcaptain.com/real-story-behind-somali-pirates-vs-ships-private-se...

We have come a long way since the height of Somali piracy when highly organized pirate gangs roamed the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean in search of merchant ships to hijack for multi-million dollar ransoms.

Pirate attacks rising off East Africa, Pentagon and shipping records show

Pirate attacks rising off East Africa, Pentagon and shipping records show
Tom Vanden Brook April 23, 2017 | https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/23/pirate-attacks-r...

CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI — Pirates once again prowl the high seas off shore of this tiny country on the strategic Horn of Africa.

Navy Capt. Richard Rodriguez, chief of staff of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, said Sunday U.S. forces are monitoring of piracy in the area.

Sea code, regional trade deal to top Asean agenda

Sea code, regional trade deal to top Asean agenda
Catherine N. Pillas & Elijah Felice E. Rosales April 24, 2017 http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/sea-code-regional-trade-deal-to-top-ase...

China may have soften its aggression in the disputed South China Sea, but the superpower’s interest in the resource-rich area is seen as one of the top issues that the region’s leaders will tackle at the Asean Summit in Manila this week, an international relations expert said.

ICTSI begins development of RoRo terminal for containers

ICTSI begins development of RoRo terminal for containers
April 22, 2017 http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=ictsi-be...

INTERNATIONAL Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has started the development of the country’s first container barge terminal set to be built in Tanza, Cavite.

TOOTS OPLE Wanted: POEA administrator

Wanted: POEA administrator
TOOTS OPLE April 24, 2017 http://www.manilatimes.net/wanted-poea-administrator/323715/

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III is fast emerging as one of the shining stars of the Duterte administration.
Despite multiple roles as peace negotiator, labor secretary, and champion of OFW rights, the man is always prepared to engage with tripartite partners and other stakeholders, including the media, on the peace advocacy and labor policies of President Duterte. That he has the President’s trust and confidence is clear to everyone in the labor and employment sector.

Safety first: building a ‘safety climate’ is key to avoiding marine accidents

Safety first: building a ‘safety climate’ is key to avoiding marine accidents
24/04/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/safety-first-building-a-safety-clima...

Located at the gateway to southern China and the centre of the fast-developing Asia-Pacific trading basin, the Hong Kong port has always played a key strategic role in the economic development of the city.

Ro-Ro and Container Ship Collide in Kiel Canal

Ro-Ro and Container Ship Collide in Kiel Canal
2017-04-23 http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/ro-ro-and-container-ship-colli...

The car carrier City of Amsterdam collided with the container ship Conmar Bay in the Kiel Canal, Germany, on Saturday at around noon.

The vessels were transiting the North-Baltic Sea Canal in opposite directions when Force 9 winds forced the westbound car carrier across the path of the container ship.

Indian Dockworkers Shelve Nationwide Strike

Indian Dockworkers Shelve Nationwide Strike
21 April 2017 http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/218300/indian-dockworkers-shelve-n...

The nationwide strike planned by Indian dockworkers for this week has been called off for the time being following preliminary talks between labor unions and the country’s Labor Ministry.

However, the strike option has not been ruled out altogether as unions only moved the strike for May 12 providing an initial time frame for a potential resolution of the issue as talks among the parties continue.

Key Challenges to Paying Seafarers during Captivity

Key Challenges to Paying Seafarers during Captivity
21 April 2017 http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/218139/key-challenges-to-paying-se...

In light of increased maritime piracy attacks, especially off the Horn of Africa, which often include hijacking of seafarers, employers are facing new challenges.

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