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PH ready to assist Pinoy seafarers on board NYK's ACX Crystal that collided with US Navy warship

US destroyer collides with PH-flagged vessel
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE June 18, 2017 http://www.manilatimes.net/us-destroyer-collides-ph-flagged-vessel/333439/

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PH ready to assist

The Philippine government on Saturday said it was ready to assist Filipino seafarers aboard the ACX Crystal vessel that collided with the US Navy destroyer, although the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) later said no Filipino was injured in the accident.

ACX Crystal had 20 Filipino crew, including the captain.

Breach of Seafarers' Human Rights in Angola

Breach of Seafarers' Human Rights in Angola
2017-06-16 http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/breach-of-seafarers-human-righ...

The crew of the platform supply vessel Sutton Tide are facing a criminal trial in Soyo, Angola, for allegedly being complicit in the theft of fuel, a charge they deny.

The crew has been denied proper legal representation and detailed explanations about the charges they are facing. While technically not under arrest, they thought they were, and this hampered early attempts to gain legal representation.

Nigeria:Maritime University takes off October —Okowa

Maritime University takes off October —Okowa
Alphonsus Agborh -Asaba 15 June 2017 http://tribuneonlineng.com/maritime-university-takes-off-october-okowa/

AT last, the Federal Government-owned Maritime University at Okerenkoko, Delta State, will commence academic activities in October, according to the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.

Speaking at an interactive session with newsmen in Asaba, Okowa said the bill establishing the university would soon be passed into law by the Senate.

South Africa to Host World Maritime Day Conference in 2020

South Africa to Host World Maritime Day Conference in 2020
June 15, 2017 http://www.maritimeprofessional.com/news/south-africa-host-world-maritim...

The world is expected to turn its eyes on South Africa’s maritime sector as South Africa is expected to host the 2020 World Maritime Day Conference by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly in 2020, right here in Durban.

Indian shipping industry clocking positive growth

Indian shipping industry clocking positive growth
17/06/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/indian-shipping-industry-clocking-po...

The shipping industry in the country was registering a positive growth amid a downward trend globally, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan Friday said.

“While the shipping sector is seeing a downward trend worldwide, India is registering a positive growth, and the credit for this should go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.

AMOSUP, ITF step up protection programs for HIV-positive seafarers

AMOSUP, ITF step up protection programs for HIV-positive seafarers
June 16, 2017 http://business.mb.com.ph/2017/06/16/amosup-itf-step-up-protection-progr...

In partnership with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) headed by its president Dr. Conrado F. Oca, has stepped up moves to protect employment opportunities of Filipino seafarers who are found to be positive of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

US Navy warship collides with Philippine-flagged cargo ship ACX Crystal off coast of Japan

US Navy warship collides with cargo ship off coast of Japan
June 16, 2017 http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/16/us-navy-warship-collides-with-cargo...

The USS Fitzgerald was under its own power but had limited propulsion after being involved in a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal while operating off the coast of Japan, according to the U.S. military.

One sailor has been injured and the U.S Navy is working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medevac via helicopter. There are currently no reports of any deaths.

The Now-Ubiquitous Shipping Container Was an Idea Before Its Time

The Now-Ubiquitous Shipping Container Was an Idea Before Its Time
Marc Levinson June 16, 2017

North Carolina trucker Malcom McLean needed to invent not just the container, but the cranes and ships needed to move them

Foundering top cause of ship losses in South China, Indochina, Indonesia, Philippines – Allianz

Foundering top cause of ship losses – Allianz
REICELENE JOY IGNACIO June 17, 2017 http://www.manilatimes.net/foundering-top-cause-ship-losses-allianz/333229/

Foundering is a top cause of loss in the maritime industry in South China, Indochina, Indonesia, and Philippines region, according to the Corporate & Specialty Safety and Shipping Review 2017 published this week by insurance company Allianz Global.

According to the review, 23 ships were lost from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 in the region, among the 85 recorded losses globally.

Full speed for 10-yr Philippine maritime program

Full speed for 10-yr maritime program
MICHAEL BONICILLO on June 17, 2017 http://www.manilatimes.net/full-speed-10-yr-maritime-program/333228/

The government needs to “accelerate the integrated development of the maritime industry in the country,” the head of planning administration for the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) said at a recent conference to roll a new roadmap for the industry.

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