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A safety culture for seafarers?

A safety culture for seafarers?
Marcus Hand 16 August 2015 http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/asia/a-safety-culture-for-seafarer...

Safety culture shipboard is a big issue for owners and managers given the risks involved, but it is less than clear that all take this quite as seriously as others once things are far out of sight on the ocean waves.

Cruise ship Queen Mary 2 crewman lost overboard, presumed dead

Cruise ship Queen Mary 2 crewman lost overboard, presumed dead
Associated Press August 18th, 2015 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/127399/cruise-ship-queen-mary-2-crewman...

ONDON — The Queen Mary 2 has abandoned the search for a crewmember who went overboard off the coast of Newfoundland, early in the morning of Saturday, August 15, and is presumed dead.

The company did not release the name, occupation or nationality of the missing 26-year-old crewmember.

Senate approves upgrade of shipbuilding industry

Senate approves upgrade of shipbuilding industry
Camille Diola August 17, 2015 http://www.philstar.com/business/2015/08/17/1489154/senate-approves-upgr...

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill seeking to regulate and modernize the practice of naval architecture in the country.

Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV, sponsor of Senate Bill 2482, said the proposed measure will help promote innovations in the ship building and repair industry by replacing the five-decade old law.

Tianjin blasts: Communist party insists there will be no cover-up as anger grows

Tianjin blasts: Communist party insists there will be no cover-up as anger grows
17 Aug 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/17/china-tianjin-blasts-commun...

Anger and confusion is mounting in China over last week’s warehouse blast that killed 114 people in the northern city of Tianjin, with the Communist party’s official mouthpiece vowing there will be no cover-up.

Authorities probe fire aboard 'MV Wonderful Stars' ferry

Authorities probe fire aboard ferry boat
Aug. 17, 2015 http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/08/17/authorities-probe-fire-aboard-...

Authorities are investigating a fire that gutted the ferry boat MV Wonderful Stars, which was carrying more than 500 passengers when it caught fire just minutes after it docked at the Ormoc City port on Saturday, Malacañang said Sunday.

“The government is investigating what started the fire,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in an interview over state-run dzRB.

Chinese Seafarer dies in 'Dragon' at Russian port

One seafarer dead and two injured in mooring accident at Russian port
Grant Rowles August 17th, 2015 http://splash247.com/one-seafarer-dead-and-two-injured-in-mooring-accide...

A Chinese seafarer has died on Friday and two others were injured onboard bulk carrier TTM Dragon (55,947dwt, built 2010), caused by an incident involving another vessel mooring at Russia’s Kavkaz Port.

Roble wants burned ship towed to Cebu

Roble wants burned ship towed to Cebu
Lalaine Jimenea August 17, 2015 http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2015/08/17/1489081/roble-wants-burned-...

ORMOC CITY, Philippines — The management of Roble Shipping Lines, owner of the MV Wonderful Stars, the passenger ferry that caught fire and burned at the port here a few minutes after it docked from Cebu City at around 4:20 a.m. Saturday, has requested authorities to allow them to tow the ship back to Cebu City for fear that it would cause an oil spill if left to the elements.

Labuan MMEA Arrests Filipino Crewman For Violation Of Immigration Act

Labuan MMEA Arrests Filipino Crewman For Violation Of Immigration Act
August 16, 2015 http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/state_news/news.php?id=1162296&cat=sbe

LABUAN, Aug 16 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here seized a fishing trawler with eight Filipino crewmen on board in the waters off Labuan, Sunday.

One of the crewmen, aged 50, was detained as he allegedly used a social visit pass to work as fisherman.

Hijackings of ships in South East Asia can be mitigated, says UK-based Dryad

Hijackings of ships in South East Asia can be mitigated, says UK-based Dryad
Bernama August 15, 2015 http://english.astroawani.com/world-news/hijackings-ships-south-east-asi...

SINGAPORE: The recent hijacking of a Singapore-registered tanker, MT Joaquim last Saturday (Aug 8) in the Straits of Malacca has provided yet another timely reminder of the current risks facing seafarers in Southeast Asia, particularly in and around the Malaysian Peninsula, said a UK-based maritime intelligence agency, Dryad Maritime.

Owner of burnt ferry fears oil spill in Ormoc

Owner of burnt ferry fears oil spill in Ormoc
Lalaine Jimenea August 17, 2015 http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/17/1488974/owner-burnt-ferry-f...

ORMOC CITY, Philippines – The owner of the M/V Wonderful Stars ferry, which caught fire minutes after docking here Saturday, has asked the Bureau of Fire Protection for permission to tow the ship back to Cebu City.

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