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Panama Canal unveils new toll scheme

Panama Canal unveils new toll scheme
Greg Miller 06 January 2015 http://www.ihsmaritime360.com/article/16043/panama-canal-unveils-new-tol...

The board of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has approved a new transit toll structure that it hopes to implement in April 2016, after the new locks debut.

Maritime ICT Cloud enables ships to join the Networked Society

Maritime ICT Cloud enables ships to join the Networked Society
By GlobeNewswire, January 06, 2015 http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/maritime-ict-cloud-enables-ships-to-...

2 Pinoy seafarers hurt in air strike on Greek tanker in Libyan port; 2 other crewmen killed

2 Filipino sailors hurt in air strike on Greek tanker in Libyan port; 2 other crewmen killed
PNA/Xinhua January 6, 2015 http://www.interaksyon.com/article/102393/2-ph-sailors-hurt-in-air-strik...

TRIPOLI - Two people were killed and two Filipino crew members wounded in an airstrike on a Greek-owned tanker in the eastern Libyan port of Derna, Libya Herald reported on Monday. It was the third incident involving Filipino seafarers since weekend.

Officials believe crewman jumped ship at Port of Kalama

Officials believe crewman jumped ship at Port of Kalama
Associated Press January 5, 2015 http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/jan/05/officials-believe-crewman-jump...

KELSO — Customs and Border Protection officials believe a man who disappeared from a cargo vessel at the Port of Kalama jumped ship.

The Daily News reports the 37-year-old from Myanmar, Aung Kyaw Thu Tun, had been detained on the vessel because he did not have a U.S. passport.

He was last seen around 11 p.m. Christmas Day and was reported missing the next morning after he did not report for duty.

Gov’t hoping for the best for missing Filipino seamen

Gov’t hoping for the best for missing Filipino seamen
Christine O. Avendaño January 6th, 2015 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/116457/govt-hoping-for-the-best-for-mis...

MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is still hoping the 16 missing Filipino seamen will be found alive four days after their cargo vessel sank off Vietnam and after the bodies of two of their colleagues were recovered.

“Everyone is hoping we’ll still find survivors,” Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, the DFA spokesman said on Monday.

Bulk Jupiter: Hopes fade for Pinoy seafarer survivors off Vietnam as weather hampers search

Hopes fade for ship survivors off Vietnam as weather hampers search
January 5, 2015 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/399249/pinoyabroad/news/hopes-fade-...

HANOI - Bad weather hampered a search on Monday for 16 Philippine seamen missing since their cargo ship sank off Vietnam, a Vietnamese rescue official said.

The Bulk Jupiter, owned by Bermuda-based Gearbulk Holdings, was carrying 46,400 metric tonnes of bauxite bulk from Malaysia to China, the company said.

Maritime firms opting for foreigners--Few Singaporeans show interest in industry

Maritime firms opting for foreigners
January 5, 2015 http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2015/01/05/Maritime-firms-opting...

Employers in the maritime sector say that foreign applicants often pip Singaporeans to the job because of a sense that they are more willing to work under the tough conditions in the industry.

As few young Singaporeans are drawn to the job, the industry also suffers from a lack of a ready pool of skilled and experienced locals to tap in recent years.

DFA identifies two Pinoy seamen killed in sunken Bulk Jupiter; 16 missing also named

DFA identifies two Filipino seamen killed in sunken Bulk Jupiter
Philippines News Agency January 5, 2015 http://www.interaksyon.com/article/102378/dfa-identifies-two-filipino-se...

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs identified on Monday the two Filipino seamen who died in last week’s sinking of cargo vessel Bulk Jupiter off Vietnam.

DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the two fatalities were ship captain Ronel Acueza Andrin, 45, of Quezon province, and third officer Jerome Maquilang Dinoy, 23, of Cebu.

Unknown warplane bombs Greek tanker ship in Libyan port

Unknown warplane bombs Greek tanker ship in Libyan port
Jan. 05 2015 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/unknown-warplane-bombs-greek-t...

Two crew members were killed when unidentified military aircraft bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored at the Libyan port of Derna, the Greek coastguard said on Monday.

The Liberian-flagged ARAEVO was carrying 12,600 tons of crude oil and had 26 crew members on board. Two other crew members were wounded, the coastguard said.

3 kids killed in boat sinking off Iloilo Coast

3 Filipino kids killed
By Manolo B. Jara January 05, 2015 http://gulftoday.ae/portal/ce2206d5-c07a-4e0a-8f56-9fcb11d262da.aspx

MANILA: Three children in a family of nine died when their boat capsized and sank while returning home after spending the New Year with their relatives in Iloilo province in the Visayas, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Sunday.

The PCG reported that three other members of the Bartolome family were still missing and believed to have drowned two days after the tragedy that occurred on Jan.1 off the town of Carles in Iloilo.

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