Cash remittances from sea-based workers increase 5.1 percent for January to November 2017

Personal remittances for the first 11 months of 2017 reach US$28.2 billion
January 17, 2018 http://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1004139

MANILA, Jan. 17 -- Personal remittances from Overseas Filipinos (OFs) reached US$2.5 billion in November 2017, 3.2 percent higher than the level posted in the same month in 2016.

This brought the cumulative remittances for the first 11 months of 2017 to US$28.2 billion, representing a year-on-year growth of 5.1 percent, BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. announced on Monday.

Human element hits again?

Human element hits again?
19 January 2018 https://www.safety4sea.com/human-element-hits/

Students Invited to Enter “Better Shipping for a Better Future” Art Contest

Students Invited to Enter “Better Shipping for a Better Future” Art Contest
2018-01-19 https://www.maritime-executive.com/corporate/students-invited-to-enter-b...

Carnivorous Plant-Inspired Nano Material Could be Worth Billions to the Shipping Industry

Carnivorous Plant-Inspired Nano Material Could be Worth Billions to the Shipping Industry
Kyree Leary January 19, 2018 https://futurism.com/carnivorous-plant-inspired-nano-material-worth-bill...

Brief
Algae can accumulate on ships' hulls, weighing down vessels and increasing fuel costs. But a new biomimetic material could stop that biofouling process.

Costly Biofouling

Inspectors caught Carnival crew hiding dirty conditions. It’s their third ship to fail.

Inspectors caught Carnival crew hiding dirty conditions. It’s their third ship to fail.
Chabeli Herrera January 16, 2018 http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article19498435...

(Updated January 18, 2018 07:03 AM)

Aboard the Carnival Vista, Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, crew members hid trolleys of potentially hazardous food, equipment and dirty dishware from sanitation inspectors.

Maersk still weighs in as the world's largest container shipping line

Maersk still weighs in as the world's largest container shipping line
Mike Wackett 17/01/2018 https://theloadstar.co.uk/maersk-still-weighing-worlds-largest-container...

Maersk Line has consolidated its position as the world’s largest container carrier, increasing its lead over MSC after its capacity was swollen by an 26.8% to 4.15m teu.

Russian freighter NIKIFOR BEGICHEV with s-400 missiles troubled in English Canal

Russian freighter NIKIFOR BEGICHEV with s-400 missiles troubled in English Canal
Voytenko Mikhail January 19 2018 http://maritimebulletin.net/2018/01/19/russian-freighter-nikifor-begiche...

Russian media on Jan 19 published Russian Military Command statement on failed s-400 missile system transportation to China:

Fears bunkers are seeping from sunken Sanchi

Fears bunkers are seeping from sunken Sanchi
Sam Chambers January 19th 2018 http://splash247.com/fears-bunkers-seeping-sunken-sanchi/

Four separate oil slicks from the sunken Sanchi oil tanker have resulted in more than 100 sq km of fuel leaking out into the East China Sea, an area equivalent in size to the city of Paris. Moreover, Chinese authorities are now worried that the ship’s bunkers are also seeping out.

Chinese cargo ships assisted North Korea in violation of UN sanctions: Report

Chinese cargo ships assisted North Korea in violation of UN sanctions: Report
Melissa Quinn | Jan 18, 2018 http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chinese-cargo-ships-assisted-north-kor...

Six ships that have been traced back to China were found by U.S. intelligence to have been assisting North Korea, violating sanctions placed on the rogue regime by the United Nations, according to a report.

How an Iranian Crew Died in South China Sea... Suggestions that the US is involved in the incident Meili called "rumors."

How an Iranian Crew Died in South China Sea
REUTERS/ CCTV 19.01.2018 https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201801191060870238-iranian-tanker-crew-...

With the voyage data recorder still being examined from the Iranian Sanchi tanker in South China Sea that sank earlier in January, several experts shared their views with Sputnik on the tragedy.

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