3 Korean Seamen Freed by Pirates in West Africa

3 Korean Seamen Freed by Pirates in West Africa
Ahn Jun-yong April 30, 2018 http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/04/30/2018043000860.html

Three Korean seamen kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea off the West African coast last month were released safely on Friday, 32 days after they were kidnapped.

"The three crewmen are in relatively good health and are now in safe custody of the government," a Foreign Ministry official here said on Sunday.

Italian port workers to strike over self-handling

Italian port workers to strike over self-handling
Grant Rowles April 30th, 2018 https://splash247.com/italian-port-workers-strike-self-handling/

Workers are planning a strike on May 11, shutting down all Italian ports for the day, citing a need to improve safety.

The strike is focusing on self-handling, where a ship’s crew loads or lashes cargo, which the unions says has caused three fatal accidents at Italian ports this year.

Iranian freighter collided with two other freighters at Astrakhan Russia

Iranian freighter collided with two other freighters at Astrakhan Russia
STEPAN KOTCHERGA April 29, 2018 https://maritimebulletin.net/2018/04/29/iranian-freighter-collided-with-...

UAE expats' hopes sink after container ship collision

UAE expats' hopes sink after container ship collision
29 April 2018 https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/4/29/uae-expats-hopes-sink-a...

A number of expatriates in the UAE have been told their belongings have been lost after a container ship collision at a port in Pakistan, as it travelled between Dubai and the UK.

P500M modern boat 'MV Lite Ferry 88'launched

P500M modern boat launched
28 April 2018 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1701622/Cebu/Local-News/P500M-modern-b...

THE P500-million MV Lite Ferry 88 was formally launched yesterday by Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) Administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino.

Guerrero is a retired general, being the former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Policing IMO regulations – the role of Port State Control

Policing IMO regulations – the role of Port State Control
Malcolm Latarche 27 April 2018 https://shipinsight.com/policing-imo-regulations/

206 Ships Were Sold for Demolition During the First Quarter of 2018: South Korean, UAE ship owners sold the most ships

206 Ships Were Sold for Demolition During the First Quarter of 2018
28/04/2018 https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/206-ships-were-sold-for-demolition-...

Singapore focuses on maritime training for seafaring sector

Singapore focuses on maritime training for seafaring sector
Adam Foster 27 April 2018 https://shipinsight.com/singapore-focuses-on-maritime-training-for-seafa...

Microsoft partners with OOCL to apply AI in shipping industry

Microsoft partners with OOCL to apply AI in shipping industry
James Henderson . Apr 27, 2018 https://www.supplychaindigital.com/technology/microsoft-partners-oocl-ap...

Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Microsoft’s research arm, and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) have partnered to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the shipping industry.

2 Filipino seafarers who were offloaded then left stranded in Iran repatriated

2 Filipino seafarers who were offloaded then left stranded in Iran repatriated
Roy Mabasa April 27, 2018 https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/04/27/2-filipino-seafarers-who-were-offloade...

Two Filipino seafarers who were offloaded from their vessel and were left stranded in Iran for almost two weeks were safely repatriated back to Manila on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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