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Super typhoon snapped by astronauts heading to Philippines

Super typhoon snapped by astronauts heading to Philippines
Apr 01 2015 http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/67590824/typhoon-hurtles-towards-centr...

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured some fantastic and awe-inspiring shots of Super Typhoon Maysak and its cavernous eye.

The typhoon, now spinning in the far western Pacific Ocean with winds of 225kmh, is forecast to weaken and hit the Philippines over the weekend with winds of about 170km/h.

ITF General Secretary hails momentous and historic day for the labour movement in Myanmar

ITF General Secretary hails momentous and historic day for the labour movement in Myanmar
1 April 2015 received via email

ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton has warmly congratulated the delegates, newly elected Executive Committee, and officers of the Independent Federation of Myanmar Seafarers (IFOMS) at their inaugural congress.

Cotton told the delegates that “as Myanmar undergoes a transition towards a more democratic form of government, independent labour unions will be crucial in building a new Myanmar”.

'People looking for specialist technical skills – whether in ship operation or technical areas – are all fishing for a relatively small number of people in the same pool'

The internationalists
31/03/2015 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/the-internationalists/

We operate in a global industry and one of the proud boasts of the shipping industry is our capacity to work worldwide; freedom to cross-trade being seen as in everyone’s benefit. At the same time we have to recognise that these freedoms are not infrequently under attack, by protectionist sentiments or concerns about security in an uncertain world.

Finland: Shutdown of maritime traffic may affect 100,000 passengers

Shutdown of maritime traffic may affect 100,000 passengers
31.3.2015 http://yle.fi/uutiset/strike_expansion_threatens_shutdown_of_maritime_tr...

Cargo ship seized in Ukraine for calling at Crimea ports despite sanctions

Cargo ship seized in Ukraine
April 01, 2015 http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=300362

A TURKISH cargo ship has been arrested by Ukrainian authorities for having called at ports in Crimea thus violating sanctions imposed on the region's ports.

The ship's captain has been detained and the crew of 12 members are on board the vessel, currently being held in Ukrainian port of Kherson, as confirmed by the latest Marine Traffic data.

Reuters cited the local prosecutors as saying that the crew was facing jail time of up to three years.

Coast Guard rescues nine men off stranded tall ship: Boat caught in rough water near Gloucester

Coast Guard rescues nine men off stranded tall ship: Boat caught in rough water near Gloucester
Aneri Pattani March 31, 2015 http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/03/31/coast-guard-rescues-men-off-...

The Coast Guard rescued nine men from a Canadian tall ship off the coast of Gloucester after the vessel became disabled in rough waters, officials said.

'Maysak' now a super typhoon, says Joint Typhoon Warning Center

'Maysak' now a super typhoon, says Joint Typhoon Warning Center
Rommel Rio April 1, 2015 http://www.interaksyon.com/article/108050/maysak-now-a-super-typhoon-say...

MANILA - Tropical cyclone "Maysak" (International name) has intensified into a super typhoon as it continues to move toward the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said.

World Maritime Rescue Conference slated 1-4 June, Bremerhaven

SIXTY PRESENTERS SIGNED UP FOR WORLD MARITIME RESCUE CONFERENCE
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London, Monday, March 30. Subject-matter experts, managers, coordinators, crews and other professionals from the maritime search and rescue (SAR) community will be discussing issues ranging from migrants and social media to satellite navigation systems and organisational development at the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s World Maritime Rescue Conference in Germany in June.

For Holy Week: Safety in sea travel

Safety in sea travel
Kriztja Marae G. Labrador 30 March 2015 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/03/30/safety-sea-travel-...

THE Philippine Coast Guard Davao Station has stepped up measures to ensure safety of sea travelers who are spending the Holy Week and summer vacation on the Island Garden City of Samal.

Other than close monitoring of motorized boats servicing the Davao City Samal/Talikud Island route, the Coast Guard is also set to deploy more than 50 personnel in various jetty ports in the city as part of its Operation Ligtas Byahe Kwaresma 2015.

India: Govt moves to give guaranteed business to local ship owners

Govt moves to give guaranteed business to local ship owners
P. Manoj Mar 31 2015

The government has scrapped a key restrictive tender policy requirement to ensure guaranteed business to local shipowners

Bengaluru: The government has scrapped a key restrictive tender policy requirement to ensure guaranteed business to local shipowners, in a bid to strengthen and promote the Indian shipping industry.

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