Pirates Now Prefer Human Hostages Over Ships and Cargo

Pirates Now Prefer Human Hostages Over Ships and Cargo
Olivia Konotey-Ahulu December 20, 2019 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-20/pirates-now-prefer-hu...

Man pleads guilty to operating cargo ship in the San Francisco Bay while drunk

Man pleads guilty to operating cargo ship in the San Francisco Bay while drunk
Associated Press | December 21, 2019 https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/12/21/man-pleads-guilty-to-operating-ca...

SAN FRANCISCO — A Ukrainian man has pleaded guilty to being intoxicated while operating a cargo ship in San Francisco Bay, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday.

Nave Constellation crew released by pirates

Nave Constellation crew released by pirates
Jason Jiang December 23rd, 2019 https://splash247.com/nave-constellation-crew-released-by-pirates/

The owners and managers of VLCC Nave Constellation, which was attacked by pirates off Nigeria on December 3, have announced that all 19 crew members kidnapped have been released.

The ship is owned by Navios Maritime Acquisition and managed by Anglo-Eastern.

Liquimar Tankers convicted in US for pollution

Liquimar Tankers convicted in US for pollution
Jason Jiang December 23rd, 2019 https://splash247.com/liquimar-tankers-convicted-in-us-for-pollution/

Greek owner Liquimar Tankers, along with its affiliate company Evridiki Navigation and a chief engineer Nikolaos Vastardis, have been convicted by a federal jury in the US for a series of charges relating to ocean pollution.

Maersk fills board and names 2 new CEOs

Maersk fills board and names two new CEOs
20 Dec 2019 https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/news-content-hub/maersk-fills...

As part of its restructuring programme, Maersk has hired Vincent Clerc and Henriette Thygesen

This follows news that Maersk initiated a round of layoffs in early December.

Maersk’s strategy is clearly mapped out, but MSC’s future is less clear as Søren Toft jumps ship

Maersk’s strategy is clearly mapped out, but MSC’s future is less clear as Søren Toft jumps ship
Janet Porter 22 Dec 2019

The Danish group will soon be back on a sound footing after the latest round of job cuts and loss of several top executives, but the real one to watch will be Mediterranean Shipping Co where Mr Toft’s arrival may presage a major change of 22 Dec 2019

Remembering Doña Paz

Remembering Doña Paz
MAITA ESPINA-ABUNALES December 20, 2019 https://opinion.inquirer.net/125991/remembering-dona-paz

We are once again remembering the death of our loved ones—all those who perished in the worst sea tragedy of all time, the sinking of the MV Doña Paz when it collided with an oil tanker in Tablas Strait in Mindoro on Dec. 20, 1987.

Final and definite disability assessments on seafarer’s benefits

Final and definite disability assessments on seafarer’s benefits
Dennis Gorecho - December 21, 2019 https://www.panaynews.net/final-and-definite-disability-assessments-on-s...

sidered definitive if the seafarer will continue to require medical treatments after the said issuance by the company-designated doctor.

U.S. renews waiver on COSCO's Dalian tanker unit hit by Iran sanctions

U.S. renews waiver on COSCO's Dalian tanker unit hit by Iran sanctions
December 20, 2019 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-cosco/us-renews-waiv...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday renewed a waiver for companies to wind down transactions with the Dalian unit of a Chinese tanker company on which it had imposed sanctions in September for allegedly transporting Iranian oil.

Maersk's Brazilian Offices Raided by Police in Bribery Investigation

Maersk's Brazilian Offices Raided by Police in Bribery Investigation
12-18-2019 https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/maersk-s-brazilian-offices-ra...

Number-one ocean carrier A.P. Moller-Maersk confirmed Wednesday that its offices in Brazil have been raided by police in connection with the long-running corruption investigation known as Operation Car Wash.

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