Asleep at the helm: the dangerous impacts of seafarer fatigue
Eva Grey 13 April 2017 http://www.ship-technology.com/features/featureasleep-at-the-helm-the-da...
"The Maritime Labour Convention requires a minimum of 10 hours rest in any 24 hour period."
At the beginning of this year, maritime trade association InterManager released the initial findings of Project MARTHA, the most comprehensive study on seafarer fatigue so far. What did the industry learn about the difficulties seafarers face at sea, and who is best placed to help?
Tragic ending for El Faro "burned" into NTSB investigator's mind
April 13, 2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was just a fleeting moment, hardly noticeable amid the tumult: As the crew of the freighter El Faro fought their futile battle with a hurricane, the second mate asked the captain if she could leave the bridge to retrieve her life jacket.
But to federal safety investigators, it was a vital clue to help them understand a tragedy that took the lives of all 33 sailors aboard.
Fire-hit MSC Daniela docks at Colombo port
Sam Chambers April 14th 2017 http://splash247.com/fire-hit-msc-daniela-docks-colombo-port/
Tracking data from MarineTraffic shows that the stricken 13,800 teu MSC Daniela has moved to dock at Colombo International Container Terminal.
Somalia: EU Naval Probes Hijack of Cargo Ship Off Somalia
10 April 2017 http://allafrica.com/stories/201704110102.html
The EU naval force in Somalia is investigating reports of possible hijack of a cargo ship over the weekend in the Gulf of Aden amid resurgence of piracy off the coast of Somalia.
2 dead, 3 missing as boat carrying pilgrims capsizes in Laguna
Maricar Cinco - April 14, 2017 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/889078/2-dead-3-missing-as-boat-carrying-pi...
SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna—Two persons, one of them a child, died while three others remained missing after an outrigger boat carrying pilgrims capsized in the Laguna Lake near Pila town in Laguna province on Maundy Thursday, officials said on Friday.
Thousands sign petition launched by widow of El Faro seafarer demanding rule changes
Sam Chambers 13 April 2017 http://splash247.com/thousands-sign-petition-launched-widow-el-faro-seaf...
The widow of one of the men who perished on the US cargo ship El Faro is using the tragedy to try and push through a law change.
Frank Hamm and 32 of his fellow crewmembers died when the 1975-built ship sank off the Bahamas on October 1, 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin.
Shipping giants seek control of ‘Silk Road’
Costas Paris The Wall Street Journal April 10, 2017 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/shipping-gi...
Chinese state-run shipping companies are investing billions of dollars in ports worldwide to ease the movement of Chinese goods, as the ocean-freight industry emerges from a slump and Beijing becomes a vocal promoter of globalisation.
Ro/Ro Crew Wins Award for Extraordinary Rescue
On April 12, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recognized the master and crew of the car carrier Comet Ace for rescuing a man overboard in Vitiaz Strait last Saturday.
Stranded at sea for a year at Sharjah, Indian sailors seek help
Apr 13, 2017 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/stranded-at-sea-for-a-year-at-s...
HYDERABAD: Ten Indian sailors aged between 19 and 26 on a merchant ship anchored at Sharjah, UAE have fallen in perilous times at sea.
ReCAAP: Actual maritime incidents in Asia down compared to 2016
11 April 2017
The ReCAAP has published infographic to depict the mobility of piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships in Asia during January-March 2017. In general, there was an overall drop in actual piracy and armed robbery, however, the number of attempts increased.