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Australian Maritime Safety Authority Bans Indonesian-Flagged Multipurpose Ship MV Meratus Sangatta for 3 Months

AMSA Bans Third Vessel from Australian Ports
2015-01-09 http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/amsa-bans-third-vessel-from-au...

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a direction to Indonesian flagged multipurpose ship MV Meratus Sangatta (IMO 9116797) not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months.

The ship has been detained three times since November 2012 and twice since November 2014. As a result it will not be allowed to re-enter Australian ports until April 6, 2015.

Sinkings, fires and bombings are reported, but only in the trade press or – when Filipinos are involved, as they often are, since they provide 25% of world crews – in Filipino media

Worse things still happen at sea: the shipping disasters we never hear about
Rose George 10 January 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/shipping-disasters-we-never...

Eight missing from a cargo ship that sank in the Pentland Firth, another grounded near Southampton – these local accidents remind us that the ocean is the most dangerous workplace on the planet. So why do 2,000 seafarers die each year, and what can be done to make them safer?

Bulk Jupiter capsize off Vietnam: Body found not that of Cebuano seaman from Cordova

Body found not that of seaman from Cordova
Razel V. Cuizon January 10, 2015 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2015/01/10/body-found-not-seam...

THE shipping agency where the Cebuano seaman confirmed dead by his family belongs yesterday clarified that one of the two bodies that were recovered was not his.

In a report over TV 5 Cebu, Arnold Javier, vice president for shipping of the Magsaysay Maritime Corp., said the second body is not that of Jerome Dinoy, third officer of Bulk Jupiter that capsized off Vietnam last Jan. 2.

Greek Seamen Worried by Norman Atlantic Probe’s Slow Pace

Greek Seamen Worried by Norman Atlantic Probe’s Slow Pace
A. Makris - Jan 10, 2015 http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/01/10/greek-seamen-worried-by-norma...

Four seafarer trade unions argued that the investigation into the causes of the “Norman Atlantic” ferry fire is being delayed alleging lack of information as regards the exact number of the victims and the missing.

Indonesian migrant worker agency: set moratorium on seafarers on foreign vessels

Indonesian worker protection agency wants moratorium on ship crew
Jumat, 9 Januari 2015 http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/97283/indonesian-worker-protection-age...

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Agency of Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) has urged the government to set a moratorium policy preventing Indonesians from working in foreign country vessels.

AFTER SINKING SHIPS | Recruiters and ship owners to work closely in maritime disasters - DOLE

AFTER SINKING SHIPS | Recruiters and ship owners to work closely in maritime disasters - DOLE
Jet Villa January 10, 2015 http://www.interaksyon.com/article/102726/after-sinking-ships--recruiter...

MANILA - Seafarers’ unions, ship owners, and licensed manning agencies have committed to coordinate more closely in times of maritime accidents, both in national and international waters, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said Friday.

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.

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