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MARINA reveals chain of events that doomed Mercraft 3

MARINA reveals chain of events that doomed Mercraft 3
By: Julius N. Leonen - December 23, 2017 https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/954713/marina-reveals-chain-of-events-that...

The ill-fated MV Mercraft 3 capsized after hitting a metal fishing buoy off Quezon province, according to an initial report by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

In a report dated Dec. 22, forwarded by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the media on Saturday, MARINA said Mercraft 3 was scheduled to leave Real, Quezon for 06:15 a.m. last Dec. 21.

China, Flush With Cash, Sets Sights on Shipping; Chinese mainland to open new shipping route to Taiwan

China, Flush With Cash, Sets Sights on Shipping
Costas Paris and Joanne Chiu December 23, 2017 http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/12/24/china-flush-with-cash-set...

China poured $20 billion into ship financing this year, reflecting the country's ambition to become the world's dominant maritime player as European banks have scaled back their investments.

Security council tightens economic vise on N. Korea... (but) Tighter North Korea fuel limits seen unlikely to hurt regime

Security council tightens economic vise on N. Korea, blocking fuel, ships and workers
December 22, 2017 http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/Security-council-tightens-economic...

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council placed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday that significantly choke off fuel supplies and order North Koreans working overseas to return home, in what may prove the last test of whether any amount of economic pressure can force the isolated country to reverse course on its nuclear weapons program.

India: Local ship-owners face heat over new global rule on low- sulphur bunker

Local ship-owners face heat over new global rule on low- sulphur bunker
P Manoj http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/logistics/local-shipowners-f...

Mumbai, December 25: Local ship owners looking to grab charter contracts of more than five years from state-run oil firms are staring at the uncertainty and cost implications arising from a new global rule on using low sulphur content fuel oil.

Warning that hackers could sink a bulk carrier - but why would they?

Warning that hackers could sink a bulk carrier - but why would they?
http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/europe/warning-that-hackers-could-...

In the latest cyber security warning for shipping Pen Test Partners have highlighted that hackers could sink a bulk carrier by deliberately imbalancing its cargo.

Penetration testing experts Pen Test Partners highlighted that hackers could potentially sink a bulk carrier by manipulating the loading data of its hull stress monitoring systems (HSMS) to deliberately cause an imbalance of cargo.

Voytenko Mikhail: Anyone around to defend seaman?

Anyone around to defend seaman?
Mikhail Voytenko December 24, 2017 http://maritimebulletin.net/2017/12/24/anyone-around-to-defend-seaman/

Indifferent crew and a lack of communication: Dysfunctional crew members on BW Maple sailed into disaster

Indifferent crew and a lack of communication
Chennai, December 23, 2017 http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/indifferent-crew-and-a-lack-...

Dysfunctional crew members on BW Maple sailed into disaster

Murphy’s Law was playing out when BW Maple, with a cargo of LPG, collided with MT Dawn Kancheepuram, loaded with motor spirit and high speed diesel around 3.45 a.m. on January 28 just off the Kamarajar Port in Ennore. Fortunately for Chennai, not everything that could go wrong went wrong.

Ship sinks in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, all 31 Chinese tourists safe

Ship sinks in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay, all 31 Chinese tourists safe
Xinhua| 2017-12-24 http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-12/24/c_136849129.htm

HANOI, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- All 31 Chinese visitors, a guide and four crewmembers aboard a tourist ship were brought to shore safely after a collision between a ship and a cargo barge in Ha Long Bay, northern Vietnam's province of Quang Ninh, on Sunday.

This amazing visualisation shows how the world's ships move goods around the globe

This amazing visualisation shows how the world's ships move goods around the globe
Will Martin Dec. 23, 2017

* Interactive map from University College London's Energy Institute and data visualisation firm Kiln shows the movements of global merchant ships.
* Generally more than 50,000 merchant ships on the high seas, moving goods and commodities all over the place.

Shipping Heat Index: Time For A Winter Warmer?

Shipping Heat Index: Time For A Winter Warmer?
23/12/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/shipping-heat-index-time-for-a-winte...

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