Abandoned Ferry Drifts at Sea as Gale Force Winds Sweep Greece

Abandoned Ferry Drifts at Sea as Gale Force Winds Sweep Greece
Tasos Kokkinidis - Jan 18, 2018 http://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/01/18/abandoned-ferry-drifts-at-sea...

The Greek coast guard is struggling to bring under control an abandoned ferry that drifted off to sea just outside the port of Piraeus, south of Athens on Thursday morning.

7 missing after fishing vessel collides with cargo ship near Hong Kong

7 missing after fishing vessel collides with cargo ship near Hong Kong
Xinhua| 2018-01-22 http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/22/c_136913390.htm

HONG KONG, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were still missing one day after a fishing boat collided with a cargo ship near China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Government Flying Service (GFS) of Hong Kong said on Sunday.

Digitalization and Ship Connectivity in 2018: Newcomer seafarers will be digital natives speaking English, comforable with Python, Java programming languages

Digitalization and Ship Connectivity in 2018
Stephen Conley 2018-01-20 https://www.maritime-executive.com/blog/digitalization-and-ship-connecti...

Lyttelton Seafarers’ Centre in Lyttelton provides free internet access so seafarers

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:

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