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Dutch shipbuilder eyes 49% stake in Ha Long shipyard

Dutch shipbuilder eyes 49% stake in Ha Long shipyard
June, 03 2015 http://vietnamnews.vn/economy/271211/dutch-shipbuilder-eyes-49-stake-in-...

HA NOI (VNS) — Well-known shipbuilding firm Damen of the Netherlands is expected to buy a 49 per cent stake in the Ha Long shipbuilding company, the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) said.

Under the current regulations, the ownership ratio of foreign investors in the local stock market is limited to 49 per cent.

Ship Tragedy Illustrates China’s Evolving Controls on Information

Ship Tragedy Illustrates China’s Evolving Controls on Information
Gillian Wong June 3, 2015 http://www.wsj.com/articles/ship-tragedy-illustrates-chinas-evolving-con...

BEIJING—In tragedies, how the Chinese government has commandeered the flow of information to the public has evolved from denials and suppression to a carefully calibrated approach aimed at portraying the leadership favorably and reducing speculation.

'Boding disaster is the malpractice of ship owners of tampering with the Plimsoll mark'

Bureaucrats, ship owners making voyages unsafe
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 3, 2015
http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2015/06/03/1461635/bureaucrats-ship-owne...

Aboard The Death Ship: Introducing the key figures

Aboard The Death Ship: Introducing the key figures
Owen Jacques | 1st Jun 2015

Sage Sagittarius crew member Jessie Martinez

A coronial inquest has begun into two deaths aboard the Japanese MV Sage Sagittarius - dubbed the "death ship".

Chief cook Cesar Llanto disappeared from the ship on August 30.

On September 4, engineer Hector Collado fell 11m to his death. Both are considered suspicious.

Weathering the Storm through Lower Manning Costs

Weathering the Storm through Lower Manning Costs
June 02, 2015 http://www.marinelink.com/news/weathering-through392312.aspx

As many companies continue the fight for survival in the challenging market conditions, shipping and offshore recruitment specialist Blue Ocean Marine & Offshore Solutions (BOMOS) announced its strategy to focus much stronger on cost reductions.

Angara pushes Magna Carta for Pinoy seaman

Angara pushes Magna Carta for Pinoy seaman
Ernie Reyes June 2, 2015 http://www.interaksyon.com/article/111640/angara-pushes-magna-carta-for-...

MANILA - Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the immediate passage of the Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers, which seeks to guarantee fundamental rights, benefits and comprehensive protection for the hundreds of thousands of sea-based Filipino workers worldwide.

ITF urges Australian senate inquiry into FOC shipping and condemns government attacks on cabotage

ITF urges Australian senate inquiry into FOC shipping and condemns government attacks on cabotage
02/06/2015 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/itf-urges-australian-senate-inquiry-...

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is pushing for a Australian senate inquiry into flag of convenience (FOC) shipping following a damning exposé on Australia’s Four Corners television programme into three deaths at sea on board the MV Sage Sagittarius. (See the TV report here: http://goo.gl/vzIDBY)

Japan offers Philippines design drawing of oil tankers, fiberglass fishing boats

Japan offers Philippines design drawing of oil tankers, fiberglass fishing boats
June 2, 2015 http://www.angmalaya.net/nation/2015/06/02/11144-japan-offers-philippine...

“The Philippines and Japan have entered into a cooperation arrangement to enhance the skills and capabilities of Filipino shipyards and shipowners to construct oil tankers and fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats for domestic use that are compliant with international safety and environmental standards,” Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said.

China ship captain detained amid fears hundreds still trapped in Yangtze: latest

China ship captain detained amid fears hundreds still trapped in Yangtze: latest
Andrew Marszal, Charlotte Middlehurst in Shanghai, and Bonnie Malkin 02 Jun 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11644989/Ship-carry...

Rescue operation for capsized Eastern Star under way as it emerges ship captain sailed into bad weather despite other vessels seeking shelter

• Ship with 458 passengers capsizes on China's Yangtze river
• Five confirmed dead and hundreds still missing
• 12 people rescued so far

Hundreds missing, many elderly tourists, after ship capsizes on China's Yangtze

Hundreds missing, many elderly tourists, after ship capsizes on China's Yangtze
Sue-Lin Wong Jun 2, 2015 http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/hundreds-missing--many-elderly-tourists--aft...

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Rescuers fought bad weather on Tuesday as they searched for more than 400 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, missing after a ship capsized on the Yangtze River in what was likely China's worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years.

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