ATTY. BRENDA V. PIMENTEL: Updating Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations 1997

Updating PMMRR
BRENDA V. PIMENTEL April 3, 2018 http://www.manilatimes.net/updating-pmmrr/390084/

Kerala: Shipping crew missing, parents seek investigation; Estonian seamen want income to be guaranteed in case of being taken hostage

Kerala: Shipping crew missing, parents seek investigation
Apr 2, 2018 https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/020418/kerala-shi...

The family of the youth has raised suspicions over the incident and sought the Centre’s intervention.

India blacklists UAE firms with a history of crew abandonment

India blacklists UAE firms with a history of crew abandonment
Sam Chambers April 2nd, 2018 http://splash247.com/india-blacklists-uae-firms-history-crew-abandonment/

India has blacklisted a number of UAE-based crew agents and shipping lines, which have abandoned crew over the last couple of years.

The companies named by India’s Directorate General of Shipping include Shah Al Arab Marine Agency, Enjaz, Azab, Sharjah Moon, Azwa and Alco Shipping Services.

Transparency International lambasts IMO’s governance structure

Transparency International lambasts IMO’s governance structure
Sam Chambers April 3rd, 2018 http://splash247.com/transparency-international-lambasts-imos-governance...

Once again the International Maritime Organization (IMO) stands accused today of letting private, corporate interests exert too much influence at the London-headquartered UN body.

Can you hack a ship? Global maritime industry ripe for hacking

Can you hack a ship? Global maritime industry ripe for hacking
Tamlin Magee| Apr 03, 2018 https://www.techworld.com/security/can-you-hack-ship-global-maritime-ind...

Security researchers have for years been warning the maritime industry that it is low hanging fruit as incredibly high-value cargo is fitted to ships with legacy (at best) systems, bad awareness, poor processes, and seaports that can suffer from the same problems.

Social Media Could Boost Search and Rescue Operations

Social Media Could Boost Search and Rescue Operations
Abdelkhalik Kamal Eldin Soliman Selmy 2018-04-02 https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/social-media-could-boost-s...

Over 2,480 people died in marine disasters in 2015, and the financial cost of these disasters was $1.7 billion. A coordinated approach to using social media in search and rescue has the potential to reduce this toll.

3 Korean Seamen Kidnapped off West Africa

3 Korean Seamen Kidnapped off West Africa
Ahn Jun-yong April 02, 2018 http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/04/02/2018040201261.html

A 455-ton Korean fishing boat was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea off the western equatorial coast of Africa last week. The whereabouts of three South Korean crewmembers -- the captain, a mate, and an engineer -- have been unknown for six days.

South Korea military on the hunt for Nigerian pirates off Ghana’s coast

South Korea military on the hunt for Nigerian pirates off Ghana’s coast
April 1, 2018 http://citifmonline.com/2018/04/01/south-korea-military-hunt-nigerian-pi...

South Korea has deployed a warship to the sea off Ghana after three South Korean sailors were kidnapped by pirates who have now been identified as Nigerians.

The 500t Marine 711 with about 40 Ghanaian and three South Korean sailors was boarded by the Nigerian pirates on 26 March.

UN blacklists 27 ships for aiding North Korea

UN blacklists 27 ships for aiding North Korea
Jason Jiang April 2nd, 2018 http://splash247.com/un-blacklists-27-ships-aiding-north-korea/

The United Nations Security Council has announced new sanctions against North Korea, blacklisting 27 ships, 21 companies and one businessman for helping North Kroea evade previous international sanctions by smuggling oil and coal.

Crew member airlifted from tanker ship for vision loss

Crew member airlifted from tanker ship for vision loss
Apr 01, 2018 http://www.wkrg.com/news/local-news/crew-member-airlifted-from-tanker-sh...

(WKRG) - A man suffering vision loss in one eye was airlifted from a tanker ship Saturday.

The Coast Guard responded to a request from the M/V Garden State to assist a crew member who was suffering vision loss southwest of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, according to a press release.

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