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'MV Mercraft 3' ferry sinking; 4 dead, 7 missing

Ferry sinking; 4 dead, 7 missing
Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Tina G. Santos - December 22, 2017 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/954312/ferry-sinking-4-dead-7-missing

LUCENA CITY—Rescuers were scrambling to save lives after a fast ferry carrying 251 passengers and crew capsized in stormy weather off Infanta town in northern Quezon province on Thursday morning.

The Philippine Coast Guard said four people—two men and two women—had been found dead and 240 had been plucked to safety.

Vietnam: Shipping firms join forces to improve power

Shipping firms join forces to improve power
21/12/2017 http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/192133/shipping-firms-join-for...

VietNamNet Bridge - The maritime shipping crisis has forced shipping firms worldwide to join alliances to improve their competitiveness. Such alliances have also been set up in Vietnam.

Analysts once predicted that the shipping crisis bottomed out in the 2012-2013 period and the shipping industry would bounce back later.

Cheap as ships: Second-hand ship sales reach 10-year high

Cheap as ships: Second-hand ship sales reach 10-year high
Keith Wallis 21 December 2017 https://www.reuters.com/article/shipping-sales/cheap-as-ships-second-han...

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* Shipping struggles to recover from worst crisis in 30 years
* Rising 2nd hand sales point to improving industry sentiment
* But market for new ships remains weak

SINGAPORE, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Sales of second-hand ships reached a 10-year high on cautious optimism that one of the shipping industry’s worst ever downturns is nearing an end.

PAGASA: Tropical Storm 'Vinta' to hit Visayas on Saturday

PAGASA: Vinta to hit Visayas on Saturday
May B. Miasco December 21, 2017 http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2017/12/21/1770502/pagasa-vinta-hit-vi...

“People should keep on monitoring for weather advisories from PAGASA to prepare for any eventuality,” said PAGASA-Cebu officer-in-charge Alfredo Quiblat, Jr. in a phone interview yesterday with The FREEMAN. PAGASA/DOST

ITIC warns over re-emerging crew scam pattern

ITIC warns over re-emerging crew scam pattern
20 December 2017 https://www.safety4sea.com/itic-warns-over-re-emerging-crew-scam-pattern/

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The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) released an announcement in which it warns operators about a current re-emerging scam, which people smugglers use to cover the movement of illegal migrants.

ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp achieves Helplines Standard accreditation

ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp achieves Helplines Standard accreditation
20/12/2017 https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/iswans-seafarerhelp-achieves-helpli...

ISWAN’s free, multilingual 24/7 helpline for seafarers, SeafarerHelp, has been accredited with the Helplines Standard by Helplines Partnership.

A cargo-ship of cruelty: 27,000 Brazilian bull calves are heading to Turkey to be slaughtered

A cargo-ship of cruelty: 27,000 Brazilian bull calves are heading to Turkey to be slaughtered
Ana Luisa Naghettini| 19th December 2017 | https://theecologist.org/2017/dec/19/cargo-ship-cruelty-27000-brazilian-...

Santos harbour, Brazil's most significant port, is transporting live cattle for the first time in 20 years. ANA LUISA NAGHETTINI reports on the terrible conditions on board the NADA cargo ship for the 27,000 animals on board, and the wider social and economic context.

Two of the Top 10 Greek Shipping Magnates are Women

Two of the Top 10 Greek Shipping Magnates are Women
Philip Chrysopoulos - Dec 20, 2017 http://greece.greekreporter.com/2017/12/20/two-of-the-top-10-greek-shipp...

Two Greek women, Angeliki Frangou and Despina Panagiotou Theodosiou, are among the top ten women in the shipping industry for 2017, according to the annual Lloyd’s List.

BIMCO: Will the dry bulk industry become profitable in 2018?

BIMCO: Will the dry bulk industry become profitable in 2018?
21/12/2017 http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/bimco-will-the-dry-bulk-industry-bec...

As the dry bulk fleet is already expected to grow at a pace that matches demand growth expected in 2019, focus must be on improving the fundamental balance ahead of that.

ITF Press Release: CSL Australia found to be exploiting crew

CSL Australia found to be exploiting crew
20 December 2017 received via email

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has inspected the Bahamas-registered Flag-of-Convenience (FOC) vessel Diana in Melbourne and found the company is underpaying Filipino seafarers who are effectively operating full time on the Australian coast.

Under coastal trading rules introduced in 2012, foreign crew must be paid award rates as the vessel is working more than two domestic voyages in Australian waters, but today’s inspection shows that seafarers are only receiving low FOC wages.

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