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Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) pioneering augmented reality to help seafarers

MOL pioneering augmented reality to help seafarers
Sam Chambers Dec 26th 2017 http://splash247.com/mol-pioneering-augmented-reality-help-seafarers/

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) continues to beat its own urgent path towards autonomous ships.

MOL today signed an agreement with Furuno Electric and MOL Techno-Trade to jointly develop a system that supports ship operation during voyages using augmented reality (AR) technology.

China overtakes South Korea to become world’s second largest importer of LNG

China overtakes South Korea to become world’s second largest importer of LNG
Sam Chambers Dec 26th 2017 http://splash247.com/china-overtakes-south-korea-become-worlds-second-la...

China will overtake South Korea to become the world’s second-biggest importer of LNG this year, according to data from Thomson Reuters Eikon.

China is on track to import around 38m tons of LNG this year, up by more than 50% over 2016, with volumes spiking towards year end on the back of a severe cold snap in the world’s most populous nation.

Center offers rare respite for seafarers

Center offers rare respite for seafarers
27/12/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/center-offers-rare-respite-for-seafa...

It was a hot day one summer when Kent Williams walked into the Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center and saw five Russian men staring with lights off at the center’s small aquarium.

They were seafarers, just ashore after spending weeks aboard a cargo ship. They were placid in heavy coats, noted Williams, who had reddened from the sun and retreated into khaki shorts.

Ship glut to hamper US-flag market

Ship glut to hamper US-flag market
27/12/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/ship-glut-to-hamper-us-flag-market/

Freight rates for ocean-going tankers and barges that carry oil between US ports could remain depressed in the next six months as the Jones Act market struggles to absorb the glut of tonnage on the water, although modest rate volatility may continue. Fresh vessel deliveries have come to a halt and potential spikes in cargo demand could tighten the shipping market for short periods of time.

SINKING SHIP Russian cargo ship listing heavily near Portsmouth sparks operation to save the vessel and 13 crew before storm hits tonight

SINKING SHIP Russian cargo ship listing heavily near Portsmouth sparks operation to save the vessel and 13 crew before storm hits tonight
Tom Michael 26th December 2017 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5213497/russian-cargo-ship-listing-portsmo...
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Vietnam National Shipping Lines: Shipping firms join forces to improve power

Vinalines: Shipping firms join forces to improve power
2017 December 26 http://en.portnews.ru/digest/19503/

The maritime shipping crisis has forced shipping firms worldwide to join alliances to improve their competitiveness. Such alliances have also been set up in Vietnam, Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) said.

Analysts once predicted that the shipping crisis bottomed out in the 2012-2013 period and the shipping industry would bounce back later.

Death toll in ferry sinking climbs to 8: PCG exec says no ‘overloading;’ discrepancy in passenger list subject of probe

Death toll in ferry sinking climbs to 8: PCG exec says no ‘overloading;’ discrepancy in passenger list subject of probe
Delfin T. Mallari Jr. - December 27, 2017 https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/955434/death-toll-in-ferry-sinking-climbs-...

LUCENA CITY—The bodies of three men and a woman were found off the waters of Mauban town in Quezon province recently, bringing to eight the number of fatalities in the sinking of a ferry bound for Polilio Island on Dec. 21.

Saudi shipping giant appoints new CEO to drive growth

Saudi shipping giant appoints new CEO to drive growth
26/12/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/saudi-shipping-giant-appoints-new-ce...

Saudi-based shipper Bahri has appointed Abdullah Aldubaikhi as the company’s new CEO, effective January 1, 2018.

As Bahri’s new CEO, Aldubaikhi will be responsible for setting and overseeing the implementation of Bahri’s core strategic direction to further cement its global leadership position in the maritime industry, the company said in a statement.

Flicker of hope after Tropical Storm 'Vinta': International cargo ship rescues woman Diana Salim swept by the massive flash floods in Zambo Norte off Antique province

Lost at sea for days, woman rescued on Christmas Day
Roel Pareño December 25, 2017 http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/25/1771690/lost-sea-days-woman...

ZAMBOANGA CITY — A woman was rescued Monday off Antique by a passing international cargo ship, surviving her four-day ordeal as she kept afloat on a piece of debris detached from her house in Antique.

Diana Salim, 25, was swept by the massive flash floods in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte due to the battering of Tropical Storm Vinta last week.

Philippine Inter-island Shipping Association executive director Pedro Aguilar warns of higher cargo rates due to recently-signed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Act

Shippers warn of higher cargo rates
ANNA LEAH E. GONZALES December 26, 2017 http://www.manilatimes.net/shippers-warn-higher-cargo-rates/370652/

Cargo transport firms are warning that higher fuel taxes under the recently-signed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Act will inflate operational costs and burden consumers.

Philippine Inter-island Shipping Association, Inc. (PISA) executive director Pedro Aguilar said shipping rates would have to be increased given the “substantial” tax increase for fuel oil.

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