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Flags of convenience equate to outsourced misery for many seafarers

Flags of convenience equate to outsourced misery for many seafarers
Tony Wright December 11, 2015 http://www.watoday.com.au/comment/flags-of-convenience-equate-to-outsour...

The loneliest men in the world drifted in to the Missions to Seamen in our old town. Some nights the pastor organised townsfolk to bring sandwiches and socialise with the men from the ships – they were always men, almost always shy, regularly hungry.

Nigeria: Kidnapped Polish seamen freed

Nigeria: Kidnapped Polish seamen freed
December 9, 2015 http://medafricatimes.com/7416-nigeria-kidnapped-polish-seamen-freed.html

Five Polish sailors who were kidnapped by pirates from a cargo ship off Nigeria’s coast in late November have been freed and are returning home soon, Poland’s prime minister said on Tuesday.

“It all ended well. I’m very happy the Polish sailors are coming home to their families safe and sound, and that they’ll be able to spend the holidays with their families,” Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło told a press conference.

Delegates against having two captains on the ship

Delegates against having two captains on the ship
11 December 2015 http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2015/12/11/believe-in-the-chosen-o...

THE idiom that a ship cannot have two captains is fast becoming the catchphrase among delegates debating on the motion of thanks on the presidential address.

Urging members to give undivi­ded support to party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Johor Umno delegate Hassan Johari said a ship could only have one captain.

China Ramping Up Ship Emission Controls

China Ramping Up Ship Emission Controls
Reporting by Kathy Chen in Beijing and Keith Walli December 10, 2015 http://www.marinelink.com/news/emission-controls-ramping402045.aspx

China will introduce tough controls on ship emissions at three key port areas from January to reduce sulphur dioxide which results in acid rain, causing respiratory difficulties and sometimes premature death, said the Ministry of Transport.

Blaze nearly engulfs Chinese ship in Haifa Port: Crew escapes unharmed as firefighters douse fire, apparently started by welders conducting repairs

Blaze nearly engulfs Chinese ship in Haifa Port: Crew escapes unharmed as firefighters douse fire, apparently started by welders conducting repairs
December 11, 2015 http://www.timesofisrael.com/blaze-nearly-engulfs-chinese-ship-in-haifa-...

A Chinese vessel anchored at Haifa Port was set on fire early Friday, apparently accidentally. The ship’s crew escaped to shore unharmed.

The blaze, which traveled along the rubber insulation of the ship, threatened to engulf the vessel, and authorities prepared to deploy a tow ship to pull the burning vessel away from the harbor.

Middle East shipping community lays out future growth plans during Lloyd’s List awards

Middle East shipping community lays out future growth plans during Lloyd’s List awards
Craig Eason 10 December 2015 http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article475213.ece

DUBAI-based United Arab Chemical Carriers is set to further expand its fleet, according to chief executive Per Wistoft.

Speaking after he had picked up the Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Award for Ship Operator of the Year, he said the company had been able to survive the poor markets thanks to the keen support of its shareholders and was in a strong position to expand further.

Hacked at sea: Researchers find ships’ data recorders vulnerable to attack

Hacked at sea: Researchers find ships’ data recorders vulnerable to attack
Sean Gallagher - Dec 11, 2015 http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/12/hacked-at-sea-rese...

Voice, data records on ship "blackboxes" easily destroyed or altered by attackers—or crew.

More than 4000 cattle stranded on broken down ship Girolando Express in Port Phillip Bay

More than 4000 cattle stranded on broken down ship Girolando Express in Port Phillip Bay
Marissa Calligeros December 10, 2015 http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/more-than-4000-cattle-stranded-on-brok...

A ship carrying live cattle is stranded in Port Phillip Bay after breaking down at the weekend.

The Singapore-flagged Girolando Express left Geelong for Huanghua in China on December 6, but only made it as far as Portarlington.

ARC crew is rescued by a cargo ship within hours of their yacht sinking

ARC crew is rescued by a cargo ship within hours of their yacht sinking
Elaine Bunting December 6, 2015 http://www.yachtingworld.com/blogs/elaine-bunting/arc-crew-rescued-by-ca...

Four crew on an ARC yacht are rescued after their yacht begins taking on water and is presumed to have sunk

The ARC crew were rescued around 130 miles west of the Cape Verde islands

Huge car-carrier ship sustains massive damage during storm Desmond

Huge car-carrier ship sustains massive damage during storm Desmond
Felipe Araujo Dec 6, 2015 http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/624702/Huge-car-carrier-ship-sustains-m...

Storm Desmond has continued to wreak havoc in parts of Scotland and Cumbria on Sunday, forcing more than 1,000 people to abandon their homes.
A car-carrying ship suffered huge damage after crashing with another ship off the coast of England

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