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Keeping seafarers sane

Keeping seafarers sane
15 June 2017 http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/europe/keeping-seafarers-sane.html

“Seafarers required - preference will be given to stolid, pragmatic anti-social candidates who can demonstrate a lack of imagination”. That’s not serious, of course, but it might seem not too outrageous, as the life of the modern seafarer develops increasingly joyless characteristics.

Oil tanker Putri Sea believed to have exploded, 6 crewmen missing

Oil tanker believed to have exploded, 6 crewmen missing
Bernama June 15, 2017 http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/06/15/oil-tanker-b...

OHOR BAHRU: Six crewmen were reported missing after an oil tanker vessel was believed to have exploded and capsized at 4.6 nautical miles off Tanjung Pengelih, near Pengerang, early today.

‘Like white sheep ready for slaughter’: The suicidal plight of crew detained in Angola

‘Like white sheep ready for slaughter’: The suicidal plight of crew detained in Angola
Sam Chambers 15th June 2017 http://splash247.com/like-white-sheep-ready-slaughter-suicidal-plight-cr...

The NGO Human Rights At Sea (HRAS) has issued a shocking 18-page report on the plight of the suicidal former crew of a platform supply vessel detained in Angola since March.

Why has Shipping got it so wrong?

Why has Shipping got it so wrong?
16/06/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/why-has-shipping-got-it-so-wrong/

The arrival of spring brought fresh bloom on the trees and flowers on the plants but there is no spring in the step of the shipping industry as it moves into another slow summer.

The recent spring gatherings in New York and Stamford CT produced the false view that the dry cargo markets were booming when in fact they were barely breaking even.

All of this while shipping continues to carry more than 90% of physical world trade and will do so for the foreseeable future.

Small Indonesian Cargo Ship Sinks in Storm

Small Indonesian Cargo Ship Sinks in Storm
15 Jun 2017 https://www.porttechnology.org/news/small_indonesian_cargo_ship_sinks_in...

An Indonesian cargo ship carrying food has lost a container then succumbed in the Strait of Malacca after battling heavy rain and waves, according to Straits Times.

Indonesian-flag KM Avatar, with a length of 57 metres, was battered by wind and after leaving Belawan in Indonesia at 11:00pm June 13, 2017.

It lost a container, submerged and ultimately sank 11 nautical miles off Tanjung Kling, Malaysia at about 2.30am.

DOLE offers P500,000 to seafarer with best business plan

DOLE offers P500,000 to seafarer with best business plan
2017-06-14 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/pinoyabroad/614518/dole-offers-p500-...
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is encouraging seafarers and their families to submit a business proposal, promising cash prize to the best one.

Shipping losses decline in 2016

Shipping losses decline in 2016
15-06-2017 http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/shipping-losses-decline-in-2016-1...

The maritime industry saw the number of total shipping losses decline by 16 percent year-on-year in 2016 to 85 cases, according to the Safety and Shipping Review 2017 by Allianz.

Over the past decade, shipping losses have declined by 50 percent, according to the data.

In 2016, more than a quarter of losses (23) occurred in the South China, Indochina, Indonesia and Philippines maritime region, which has been the top loss hotspot for a decade.

Bomb threat on board cargo ship, US port terminal evacuated

Bomb threat on board cargo ship, US port terminal evacuated
Jun 15, 2017 http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/bomb-threat-on-board-cargo-ship...

The terminal where the ship, the Maersk Memphis, is located has been evacuated while authorities look into unverified claims made online.

Bomb detection units are investigating a “potential threat” inside a container on board a docked cargo ship at a port in Charleston, South Carolina, the US Coast Guard has said.

Indonesian cargo ship sinks in Malacca Strait, two missing

Indonesian cargo ship sinks in Malacca Strait, two missing
June 15, 2017 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/06/15/indonesian-cargo-ship-sink...

An Indonesian cargo ship with 15 people on board sank in the busy Malacca Strait on Wednesday, about 20 kilometers off Tanjung Kling, Malaysia.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director-general Datuk Zulkifili Abu Bakar said that two crew members, the captain and a chef, were still missing, while 13 others had been rescued at 10.00 a.m.

Greater transparency needed to improve human rights in shipping

Greater transparency needed to improve human rights in shipping
Sam Chambers 12 June 2017 http://splash247.com/greater-transparency-needed-improve-human-rights-sh...

The opaque nature of shipping is leading to massive exploitation and human rights abuses with a real risk that many seafarers are now essentially enslaved. That’s the view of Ben Bailey, assistant director of advocacy at charity The Mission to Seafarers.

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