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Greek tanker engineers sentenced for their role in maritime pollution case tied to Charleston

Greek tanker engineers sentenced for their role in maritime pollution case tied to Charleston
David Wren Aug 10, 2017 http://www.postandcourier.com/business/greek-tanker-engineers-sentenced-...

A federal judge Thursday sentenced two former chief engineers of a chemical tanker marketed as one of the world's most environmentally friendly ships to time they've already served for pollution crimes uncovered while the vessel was docked in North Charleston.

Ship captain suspended for collisions during Flugtag traffic jam

Ship captain suspended for collisions during Flugtag traffic jam
AP August 10, 2017 http://www.kgw.com/news/local/ship-captain-suspended-for-collisions-duri...

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A judge has suspended the captain of the Portland Spirit cruise ship for running into other boats during a traffic jam that forced the shutdown of the Redbull Flugtag competition two years ago.

Changing nature of work affects seaman classification: Do you use a joystick?

Changing nature of work affects seaman classification
August 2, 2017 https://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/49254/changing-nature-of-work-af...

Generally, seamen aren’t covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provisions. However, it’s not as simple as one might think to decide who should be classified as a seaman.

New technologies have created new ways to work in and around the water. The tasks a seaman performs may not fit the traditional concept of a crew member who works on a ship or other vessel.

The rise and fall of Vale as a shipowner

The rise and fall of Vale as a shipowner
Sam Chambers August 11th 2017 http://splash247.com/rise-fall-vale-shipowner/

The rise and fall of Vale as a shipowner stands as another cautionary tale in the long line of failed industrial shipping plays.

The global financial crisis and a failure to navigate Beijing’s power hierarchy consigned the fleet of 400,000 dwt ore carriers, the biggest bulkers ever built, to economic oblivion.

Ship could be sold to pay more than £600,000 owed to crewmen stranded in Aberdeen

Ship could be sold to pay more than £600,000 owed to crewmen stranded in Aberdeen
Danny McKay, 11 Aug 2017 https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/ship-could-be-sold-to-pay...

A supply vessel that has been detained in Aberdeen Harbour could now be sold to pay its stranded crew.

The crew of the Malaviya Seven have been stuck in the North-east since their ship was detained last June, when a routine inspection discovered they had not been paid their wages in months.

Asia Tankers-Fall in VLCC rates may have bottomed on owners' resistance

Asia Tankers-Fall in VLCC rates may have bottomed on owners' resistance
Keith Wallis August 11, 2017 https://www.reuters.com/article/asia-freight-idUSL4N1KX394

* "Worst tanker market I've seen in five years" -broker
* Without scrapping, downward rate pressure will continue -Euronav CEO
* About 20 MidEast VLCC still to be fixed for August

Aug 11 (Reuters) - Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes may have finally bottomed as owners attempt to resist moves by charterers to push rates still lower, brokers said.

SOFTimpact: Why maritime is so vulnerable to cyber attacks

SOFTimpact: Why maritime is so vulnerable to cyber attacks
August 9th 2017 http://splash247.com/softimpact-maritime-vulnerable-cyber-attacks/

The maritime industry appears to be specifically vulnerable to cyber attacks due to several factors including the fact that IT systems onboard were designed with a ‘the system must work under all conditions’ instead of ‘the system must work securely’ mind set, argues Markus Schmitz, the managing director of Cyprus-based IT provider SOFTimpact in today’s Maritime CEO interview.

Medallion Shipping Lines’ vessel MV Lady of Love under scrutiny by MARINA-7 after its engines conked out at sea again

Medallion vessel under scrutiny
August 10, 2017 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2017/08/10/medallion-vessel-un...

THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) 7 has ordered a review on the records of Medallion Shipping Lines’ MV Lady of Love after its engines conked out at sea again.

The vessel had been suspended by Marina 7 several times because of the same problem.

Marina 7 Director Jose Venancio Vero Jr. said that MV Our Lady of Love departed Cebu City at 8 p.m. last Wednesday night and was supposed to arrive in Surigao at 4 a.m. yesterday.

Shipowners Say Pinoy Seaman's Claims Must Be Arbitrated

Shipowners Say Former Worker's Claims Must Be Arbitrated
Caroline Simson https://www.law360.com/articles/951837/shipowners-say-former-worker-s-cl...

Law360, New York (August 7, 2017, 7:35 PM EDT) -- A group of U.S. shipowners accused by a Filipino seaman of shortchanging the wages of a proposed class of workers urged a Louisiana federal court Friday to deny the man's request to have a jury decide whether the matter belongs in international arbitration, saying he's not entitled to a trial.

Ship with Ukrainian crew detained in Spain, suspected of drug trafficking

Ship with Ukrainian crew detained in Spain, suspected of drug trafficking
10.08.2017 https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-crime/2283690-ship-with-ukrainian-crew-...

The Spanish authorities have detained the Lady Boss, a dry cargo ship with 11 Ukrainians and two Bulgarians on board, who are suspected of drug trafficking, the Dumskaya online news site has reported.

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