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The leading role of Greek Shipping in the world trade and its contribution to the Greek economy

The leading role of Greek Shipping in the world trade and its contribution to the Greek economy
1st Naftemporiki Shipping Forum, Thursday 22nd January 2015, Athens
09 Jan 15 http://www.safety4sea.com/the-leading-role-of-greek-shipping-in-the-worl...

2015: Bad start for Filipino seafarers

2015: Bad start for Filipino seafarers
Cenon B. Bibe Jr January 5th, 2015 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/662330/2015-bad-start-for-filipino-seafarers

MANILA, Philippines – Four days into 2015, Filipinos have already been involved in five sea accidents, with at least two ending in tragedy.

So far, three have died in two incidents.

MV Sea Merchant

First to hit the news was the sinking of the MV Sea Merchant, a cargo ship transporting 20,000 bags of cement from Bauang, Batangas, to Antique.

Cayman Is.: Seamen's benefits 'never adequately implemented': 13 years later, problems remain

Seamen's benefits 'never adequately implemented': 13 years later, problems remain
Brent Fuller 06 January, 2015 http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/01/06/Seamen-s-benefits--ne...

A number of participants in the retirement assistance program for seamen and veterans received unauthorized benefits, and some may have been fraudulently earning payments, according to a review of the program completed by government’s Internal Audit Unit.

Maritime Security Tops 2015 Agenda for SE Asia

Maritime Security Tops 2015 Agenda for SE Asia
2015-01-08 http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/maritime-security-tops-2015-ag...

Southeast Asia enters 2015 facing a number of critical challenges that will affect its future, including how might maritime security disputes unite or splinter ASEAN? John J. Brandon reported on http://asiafoundation.org/ that maritime security will remain a topic of “paramount importance” to the region.

Breaking news: 28 rescued after cargo vessel capsizes off Camiguin — report

28 rescued after cargo vessel capsizes off Camiguin — report
January 10, 2015 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/401505/news/regions/28-rescued-afte...

At least 28 people were rescued after a cargo vessel capsized off Camiguin Island Friday morning, state-run Philippines News Agency reported.

The PNA report quoted local Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Eleazer Dalnay as saying LC7-378 was en route to Misamis Oriental from Bohol when it capsized.

Shipping industry to benefit as oil prices sink

Shipping industry to benefit as oil prices sink
Fareed Rahman Jan 08, 2015 https://www.zawya.com/story/Shipping_industry_to_benefit_as_oil_prices_s...

Abu Dhabi: Shipping industry is benefiting as oil prices continue to tumble in the global markets, ship owners and experts have said.

Operation costs of ships have gone down and demand for oil tankers have picked up as some countries like China try to stockpile oil taking advantage of the lower oil prices.

Malaysian ship bombed by Indonesia

Malaysian ship bombed by Indonesia
By Hariz Mohd - 9 January 2015 http://www.nst.com.my/node/68987

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian-registered fishing vessel which allegedly conducted illegal fishing activities was bombed by Indonesian authorities yesterday.

According to Indonesian news agency Jakarta Post, the trawler was sunk by the republic's police in North Sumatra for illegal fishing off Pandan Islet recently.

14 fall in foiled sugar smuggling attempt in Zamboanga City

14 fall in foiled sugar smuggling attempt
Thom Andrade January 7, 2015 http://www.interaksyon.com/article/102539/14-fall-in-foiled-sugar-smuggl...

MANILA, Philippines -- Authorities arrested 14 persons and seized more than 1,000 sacks of sugar in Zamboanga City Tuesday night, foiling an attempt to smuggle the commodity into the country.

Group files injunction to stop ship sinking

Group files injunction to stop ship sinking
Jan 7, 2015 http://www.northislandgazette.com/national/vancouver/287863161.html

VANCOUVER - A non-profit society is asking the Federal Court to stop the planned sinking of a former Canadian navy vessel in a small, protected marine park in Howe Sound off the coast of B.C.

The Save Halkett Bay Marine Park Society filed court documents this week seeking an injunction to stop the plan to sink the 1960s former helicopter-carrying destroyer.

Tourist ship sinks in Costa Rica

Tourist ship sinks in Costa Rica
AFP 2015-01-08 http://www.news24.com/World/News/Tourist-ship-sinks-in-Costa-Rica-20150108

San Jos - A catamaran carrying 98 tourists and 10 crew members sank off Costa Rica on Thursday, leaving at least four people dead while rescuers saved dozens from the sea.

Rescuers have plucked 94 people from the Pacific waters so far, fire brigade director Hector Chaves told Radio Monumental. The identities of the victims have not been disclosed.

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