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CURRENT AWARENESS BULLETIN
Volume XXVI – No. 2
February 2014
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CONTENTS
IMO / UNITED NATIONS NEWS & EVENTS .......................................................................................... 2
INDUSTRY NEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
PROGRAMME OF IMO MEETINGS FOR 2014 ...................................................................................... 2
CASUALTIES AND SALVAGE ................................................................................................................. 3
ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ............................................................................................................. 3
IMO ........................................................................................................................................................... 4
LAW AND POLICY ................................................................................................................................... 5
MARINE TECHNOLOGY.......................................................................................................................... 5
MARITIME SECURITY ............................................................................................................................. 7
MARITIME TRAINING .............................................................................................................................. 9
NAVIGATION COMMUNICATIONS ......................................................................................................... 9
PIRACY................................................................................................................................................... 12
PORT STATE CONTROL....................................................................................................................... 14
PORTS AND HARBOURS ..................................................................................................................... 15
SAFETY .................................................................................................................................................. 15
SALVAGE ............................................................................................................................................... 18
SEAFARERS .......................................................................................................................................... 18
SHIPBUILDING AND SHIPREPAIR ....................................................................................................... 19
SHIPPING ............................................................................................................................................... 20
SPECIAL REPORTS .............................................................................................................................. 23
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IMO / UNITED NATIONS NEWS & EVENTS
PROGRAMME OF IMO MEETINGS FOR 2014
3 – 7 February SUB-COMMITTEE ON POLLUTION PREVENTION AND RESPONSE (PPR)
– 1st session Meeting Summary
17 – 21 February SUB-COMMITTEE ON HUMAN ELEMENT, TRAINING AND
WATCHKEEPING (HTW) – 1st session Meeting Summary
10 – 14 March SUB-COMMITTEE ON SHIP SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT (SSE)
– 1st session
IMO PRESS BRIEFINGS
Guidance on security certification for seafarers agreed Briefing: 05, February 25, 2014
Recent Speeches by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu
Workshop on Safe Ship Operations in the Arctic Ocean Opening Remarks
London International Model United Nations - Opening Ceremony: International Maritime
Organization - “Supporting the United Nations”
Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW), 1st session
Opening Address
Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), 1st session Closing Remarks
Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), 1st session Opening Address
WHAT’S NEW
Workshop on Safe Ship Operations in the Arctic Ocean 28 February 2014
Experts debate underwater noise impact 25 February 2014
Reflecting on IMO’s history 24 February 2014
IMO PUBLISHING Just Published: 2014
February 2014 Newsletter
UNITED NATIONS NEWS
Greening the blue - what the UN is doing
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Full Story »
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CASUALTIES AND SALVAGE
Thai dive boat sinks in Andaman Sea +20 rescued. Marine.Link.Com [Online]. 10 February
2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/andaman-rescued-sinks364074.aspx
The MV Blue Star, belonging to Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and sank in Burmese waters
while on a week-long dive trip.
Singapore investigates spate of collisions. By James Baker. Lloyd's List [Online]. 12
February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/shipoperations/article436678.ece MPA looks for systemic issues after three collisions in three
weeks.
Wave kills Marco Polo cruise ship passenger in Channel. BBC News [Online]. 14 February
2014. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26194897 A cruise ship
passenger has died after the vessel was hit by a large wave in the English Channel.
Oil spilt off Busan after capesize punctures its fuel tank. By Tom Leander. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 17 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/tankers/article436892.ece Third casualty in two months off
South Korea as Maritime Maisie refuge row continues.
Maersk ships collide in Bremerhaven. By Janet Porter. Lloyd's List [Online]. 17 February
2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436929.ece One
ship cleared to sail, other to undergo repairs.
Ferry collides with container ship in thick fog. By Clifford Lo. South China Morning Post
[Online]. 18 February 2014. Available from: http://www.scmp.com/news/hongkong/article/1430231/ferry-collides-container-ship-thick-fog A cross-border ferry carrying more
than 80 airport-bound passengers collided with a container ship off Tuen Mun amid poor
visibility on Tuesday morning.
Marco Polo - Fatal Accident. UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) [Online]. 20
February 2014. Available from: http://www.maib.gov.uk/latest_news/marco_polo.cfm The fatal
accident involving a British passenger on board the Bahamas-flagged cruise ship Marco Polo is
to be the subject of a safety investigation by the Bahamas Maritime Authority.
Stricken cargo ship overturns in Hong Kong as frightened crew abandon posts. By
Clifford Lo. South China Morning Post [Online]. 21 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1432535/stricken-cargo-ship-overturns-hongkong-frightened-crew-abandon-posts Vietnamese sailors refuse to return to listing vessel,
which drifts onto shore at Cheung Chau.
South Korean trawler gets back to Antarctic work after stranding. By Max Tingyao Lin.
Lloyd's List [Online]. 26 February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/shipoperations/article437437.ece Kwang Ja Ho refloats itself with all 90 fishermen safe.
ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
Connie Hedegaard fighting for her CO2 proposal. ShippingWatch [Online]. 6 February 2014.
Available from: http://shippingwatch.com/carriers/article6464154.ece After the European
Parliament has made significant changes to Connie Hedegaard's proposal for monitoring the
shipping industry's emissions, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action is now working intensely
to reach a compromise.
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Sweden: Port of Gothenburg campaign saved 120 tonnes of sulphur emissions. World
Maritime News [Online]. 20 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/104742 The Port of Gothenburg's campaign for a
cleaner shipping industry is continuing to bear fruit.
Owners close in on low-sulphur decisions. By Roberto Ulivieri. IHS Maritime Fairplay
[Online]. 20 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.fairplay.co.uk/secure/displayMagArticles.aspx?path_info=/secure/displayMagArticles.
aspx&articlename=fptr20140220008tr As of 1 January 2015, the maximum sulphur content in
current ECAs must fall from 1% by weight to 0.1%.
Unscrupulous owners may break the low-sulphur rules. By Craig Eason. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 24 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article437329.ece Danish shipowners call for noncompliant ships to be detained once 2015 curbs take effect.
World Ocean Summit puts marine issues "On Global Agenda". By Brian Clark Howard.
National Geographic [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/25/world-ocean-summit-puts-marine-issueson-global-agenda/ Hundreds of representatives from international governments, environmental
organizations, academic institutions, and corporations have gathered in Half Moon Bay,
California, for the World Ocean Summit February 24-26.
Taking stock of SOx. By Craig Eason. Lloyd's List [Online]. 27 February 2014. Available
from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article437516.ece Free to read: Lloyd's
List's sulphur survey seeks opinions from across the maritime industries.
IMO
Shipowners look to IMO for next steps on CO2 file. Safety 4 Sea [Online]. 3 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.safety4sea.com/shipowners-look-to-imo-for-next-steps-on-co2-file19104 Shipping being a truly global industry, regional legislation often runs the risk of reducing
the competitiveness of the European maritime transport sector in this fast-moving and volatile
globalised environment.
IMO facing uphill task on black carbon. By Unni Einemo. Bunkerworld [Online]. 3 February
2014. Available from:
http://www.bunkerworld.com/news/i127500/IMO_facing_uphill_task_on_black_carbon An
International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting taking place this week will continue work
toward a possible regulation of emissions of black carbon (BC) emissions from international
shipping, aimed at protecting the Arctic.
ICS board prepares for important IMO meeting. International Chamber of Shipping [Online].
11 February 2014. Available from: http://www.ics-shipping.org/news/pressreleases/2014/02/11/ics-board-prepares-for-important-imo-meeting The Board of Directors of
the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing national shipowners' associations
from 35 nations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, recently met in London.
Black carbon continues to divide opinions at IMO. By Unni Einemo. Bunkerworld [Online].
11 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.bunkerworld.com/news/i127688/Black_carbon_continues to_divide_opinions_at_IMO
An International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting last week appears to have moved slightly
closer to agreeing a definition for black carbon (BC) emissions from international shipping.
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IMO subcommittee debates the Polar Code. By Craig Eason. Lloyd's List [Online]. 17
February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article436887.ece
Week-long talks will focus on crewing and officer skills.
ICS chairman praises IMO efficiency at World Ocean Summit. Elaborate Communications /
ICS [Online]. 26 February 2014. Available from: http://www.elabor8.co.uk/2014/02/icschairman-praises-imo-efficiency-at-world-ocean-summit/ ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka,
addressed delegates at the World Ocean Summit organised by The Economist magazine in San
Francisco yesterday (25 February), following a key note speech by US Secretary of State, John
Kerry, and a video presentation by HRH Prince Charles (of the United Kingdom).
LAW AND POLICY
Shipping leader slams EU regulatory interference. By Janet Porter. Lloyd's List [Online]. 4
February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article436204.ece
A rejuvenated UK shipping industry has sent a strong message to the European Union to stop
meddling in maritime issues that should be dealt with at global level.
Shipowners look to IMO for next steps on CO2 file. Safety 4 Sea [Online]. 3 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.safety4sea.com/shipowners-look-to-imo-for-next-steps-on-co2-file19104 Shipping being a truly global industry, regional legislation often runs the risk of reducing
the competitiveness of the European maritime transport sector in this fast-moving and volatile
globalised environment.
Mitsui OSK Lines launches MOL Comfort lawsuit against MHI. By Janet Porter. Lloyd's
List [Online]. 5 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436398.ece Carrier seeks damages and
compensation to cover costs of strengthening sisterships.
China criticises Japan's move to seek compensation over 2010 ship collision. By Ben
Blanchard. Reuters [Online]. 12 February 2014. Available from:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/12/uk-china-japan-idUKBREA1B0HP20140212 China
expressed anger on Wednesday over Japan's plan to seek compensation from the captain of a
Chinese trawler that collided with a Japanese coastguard vessel in 2010 to spark a diplomatic
crisis.
Investigation draws a blank on Grandeur blaze. By Adam Corbett. TradeWinds [Online]. 21
February 2014. Available from: http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/article332748.ece5
Bahamas Maritime Authority still unsure of the cause but highlights other factors that may have
let the fire spread.
Costa Concordia's captain Schettino returns to ship. BBC News [Online]. 27 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26362567 The Italian captain of the
Costa Concordia ship, Francesco Schettino, has returned to the wreck for the first time as part
of his manslaughter trial.
MARINE TECHNOLOGY
EMP's EnergySail Passes Lab Tests (Japan). World Maritime News [Online]. 4 February
2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/103627 Eco Marine Power
(EMP) reported that its innovative rigid sail technology for ships - the "EnergySail" - has passed
a range of function tests which were conducted at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan.
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Ocean exploration vessel will knock on Neptune's door . MarineLink.Com [Online]. 10
February 2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/explorationneptunes364043.aspx A new ocean exploration vessel, 'SeaOrbiter' which the designer claims
will provide permanent and continuous observation and research operations at the heart of the
ocean is almost fully funded, ready to be built.
More owners go for gas fuels. By Craig Eason. Lloyd's List [Online]. 12 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article436688.ece DNV-GL
reports growing interest in cheaper, more rule-compliant alternatives.
MHI and Mitsubishi Kakoki jointly develop hybrid SOx scrubber that complies with
stringent new marine emission regulations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. [Online]. 13
February 2014. Available from: http://www.mhi.co.jp/en/news/story/140213.html Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) have jointly developed a
"Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" that efficiently removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from exhaust gas
emitted by marine diesel engines.
"K" Line to invest in flag ship for "DRIVE GREEN PROJECT" as a next-generation
environment-friendly project. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. [Online]. 12 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/detail/1200267_1997.html Kawasaki Kisen
Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) is pleased to announce it has just launched "DRIVE GREEN PROJECT"
in order to pursue environmental protection and energy savings with the world's most advanced
technologies to be integrated on the 7,500-unit Car Carrier on order with Japan Marine United
Corporation.
Smart ships could save $1m a year. By David Osler. Lloyd's List [Online]. 13 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article436746.ece Industry is
poised for 'maritime industrial internet', says Inmarsat chief.
Outside financing models help shipping address ECA future. By Pace Ralli. Maritime
Fairplay [Online]. 13 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.fairplay.co.uk/secure/displayMagArticles.aspx?articlename=fptr20140213011tr With
just 11 months to go, the final countdown to the 2015 emission control area (ECA) regulation
change has begun.
IBIA urges bunker suppliers to adopt ISO fuel specs. MarineLink.Com [Online]. 18 February
2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/suppliers-bunker-urges364409.aspx In
a bid to improve bunker quality across the marine fuel supply chain, the International Bunker
Industry Association (IBIA) informs that it has called on marine fuel suppliers to adopt the ISO
2010 specifications for bunkers.
LNG-powered ship refuels from a truck. By Hal Brown. Lloyd's List [Online]. 20 February
2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/tankers/article437180.ece Zeebrugge
claims a first and bunker firm chief says such operations will become routine.
Wartsila hunts for efficiency gains with remote monitoring. By Adam Corbett. TradeWinds
[Online]. 21 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/article332771.ece5 A new digital maintenance service
under development by a subsidiary of the Finnish engine manufacturer will see vessel
equipment and systems monitored from shoreside centres around the globe.
Shipowners must pull their SOx up. By Craig Eason. Lloyd's List [Online]. 26 February
2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article437439.ece
Manufacturer and bunker supplier criticise shipping firms' failure to take the initiative.
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ABS joins new US research into lightweight materials. By Craig Eason. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 26 February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/shipoperations/article437418.ece Department of Defence-led $280m research drive could benefit
commercial shipping.
Rolls-Royce drone ships challenge $375 billion industry: freight. By Isaac Arnsdorf.
Bloomberg [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/201402-25/rolls-royce-drone-ships-challenge-375-billion-industry-freight.html In an age of aerial
drones and driver-less cars, Rolls-Royce (RR/) Holdings Plc is designing unmanned cargo
ships.
GD NASSCO cuts first steel for TOTE's LNG-powered containership. World Maritime News
[Online]. 26 February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/105132
The construction of TOTE, Inc.'s new Marlin Class, the first LNG-powered containership in the
world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif.
DCNS in major naval hydrogen technology project. World Maritime News [Online]. 28
February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/105356 What if, in the
near future, fishing boats replaced the diesel engine by a propulsion mode reducing both their
energy bills and their polluting emissions, while contributing to the improvement of their crews'
working conditions?
Maritime technology needs maritime analysts. IHS Maritime [Online]. 27 February 2014.
Available from: http://ihsmaritime.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/maritime-technology-needsmaritime-analysts/ IHS' Chief Maritime Analyst Richard Clayton argues that one of the most
critical factors in the success of M2M is the trained analyst interpreting the information.
MARITIME SECURITY
Maritime security business going strong, says Drum Cussac. By Charlie Bartlett.
Seatrade Global [Online]. 6 February 2014. Available from: http://www.seatradeglobal.com/news/asia/maritime-security-business-going-strong-says-drum-cussac.html Private
maritime security firm (PMSC) Drum Cussac has reported a 16% increase in business in the
second half of 2013, versus the same period in 2012.
North Atlantic Council highlights importance of maritime security in visit to NATO
Maritime Command. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [Online]. 13 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_107054.htm NATO Secretary
General Anders Fogh Rasmussen together with the Chairman of the Military Committee and
Ambassadors from the North Atlantic Council discussed naval operations and the future of
maritime security.
Guantanamo detainee allegedly bought boats for tanker bombing. TradeWinds [Online]. 14
February 2014. Available from: http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/article332353.ece5
Legal records accuse Ahmed Al Darbi of helping to lay groundwork for Limburg VLCC blast in
2002.
Octopus bids to streamline hiring of armed guards. By Jim Mulrenan. TradeWinds
[Online]. 14 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/article332421.ece5 Lampe & Schwartze in move to
turn purchasing of security and war risks into an online transaction.
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Asia-Pacific stability depends on success of ASEAN code of conduct – Kerry. By Arshad
Mohammed and Kanupriya Kapoor. Reuters [Online]. 17 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/17/us-indonesia-kerry-aseanidUSBREA1G04X20140217?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry increased diplomatic pressure on China on Monday to resolve maritime disputes
with Southeast Asia based on international legal principles, rather than through individual deals
as Beijing prefers.
Two private security workers found dead on Maersk Alabama. By Tom Leander. Lloyd's
List [Online]. 20 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437135.ece Carrier and Trident Group say
incident on Captain Phillips ship unrelated to operations.
Spanish incursion off Gibraltar prompts UK protest. BBC News [Online]. 19 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26262439 The Foreign Office is to issue a
"formal protest" after a Spanish warship entered British-controlled waters around Gibraltar and
disrupted a Royal Navy training exercise.
Drugs blamed for 'Captain Phillips' ship deaths. By Greg Miller. IHS Maritime 360 [Online].
21 February 2014. Available from: http://www.ihsmaritime360.com/article/11544/drugs-blamedfor-maersk-guard-deaths Maersk Line Ltd (MLL) has now confirmed that drugs were found in
the cabin of two armed guards who died aboard the Maersk Alabama.
Guidelines for the use of GUARDCON when engaging PMSCs as intermediaries to
employ local security guards within territorial waters. BIMCO [Online]. 20 February 2014.
Available from: https://www.bimco.org/~/media/Chartering/Special_Circulars/SC2014_01.ashx
GUARDCON was published in March 2012 with the specific aim of addressing industry demand
for a set of harmonised terms and conditions for the employment of armed or unarmed security
guards on board merchant vessels passing through the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean.
Kerry ups ante in struggle to crack South China Sea rules. By Greg Torode and Manuel
Mogato. Reuters [Online]. 24 February 2014. Available from:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/uk-asean-china-code-idUKBREA1N1RQ20140224
Pressure is mounting on China and Southeast Asia to agree a code of conduct to keep the
peace in the disputed South China Sea, but Beijing is warning of a long road ahead.
Seychelles police reveal Maersk Alabama security officers autopsy result. By Damian
Brett. Lloyd's List [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437366.ece Former US Navy SEALS died
of respiratory failure with suspicion of heart attack.
High seas need international police force, says former UK foreign secretary. By Suzanne
Goldenberg. The Guardian [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/25/david-miliband-international-oceanspolice-force?CMP=twt_gu David Miliband says bringing order to the high seas is critical to
managing fish stocks and safeguarding food supply.
Hired to fight pirates, but doomed by boredom. By Ian Urbina and Mark Mazzetti Nicholas
Kulish. New York Times [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/26/world/africa/hired-to-fight-pirates-but-doomed-byboredom.html?ref=nicholaskulish&_r=4 PORT OF VICTORIA, Seychelles - The night before
their lifeless bodies were found inside a cabin on a cargo ship, Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark
Kennedy enjoyed the night life here, at tourist haunts called Le Rendez Vous and the Pirates
Arms.
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MARITIME TRAINING
Senate passes MARINA bill on third reading. By Hannah Torregoza. Manila Bulletin
[Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from: http://www.mb.com.ph/senate-passes-marina-billon-third-reading/ The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill designating
the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) as the single maritime administrative agency incharge of all administrative functions relating to the training and certification of all Filipino
seafarers.
Maximising reform in the Philippines. By Tom Leander. Lloyd's List [Online]. 13 February
2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article436754.ece Crucial
legislative milestone frees Marina boss to pursue education standards shake-up.
RS undertakes independent assessment of organisations' QMS for compliance with
STCW Convention. Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) [Online]. 21 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.rs-class.org/en/register/news/detail.php?ID=7930 In 2014, FAI
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), under authorisation by the RF Ministry of
Transport, is going to undertake an independent assessment of quality management systems
(QMS) ...
Maritime students ask big Qs. By Richard Clayton. IHS Maritime [Online]. 21 February
2014. Available from: http://ihsmaritime.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/maritime-students-ask-bigqs/ Students often ask questions most journalists would avoid, which is exactly why it's so
important that we listen to the wisdom of the next generation.
International seafarer certification and training framework modernised. Australian Maritime
Safety Authority [Online]. 21 February 2014. Available from:
https://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/21022014_Media_Release_MarineOrders.pdf
[PDF] New marine orders designed to modernise the training and certification framework for
international seafarers have been finalised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
NAVIGATION COMMUNICATIONS
China to expand Antarctica research. By Lu Hui. Xinhuanet [Online]. 4 February 2014.
Available from: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/04/c_133092468.htm China
is preparing for a new period of polar exploration with its first fixed-wing aircraft and plans to
build a new icebreaker for Antarctic research, oceanic authorities said.
'e-Navigation Underway' arrived well in port. Danish Maritime Authority [Online]. 3 February
2014. Available from: http://www.dma.dk/news/Sider/%E2%80%9CeNavigationunderway%E2%80%9Darrivedwellinport.aspx On 28-30 January, 180 navigational
experts from 30 countries met on board the DFDS passenger ship M/S Pear Seaways to
discuss the practical implementation of e-Navigation.
Panama Canal Authority demands GUPC resumes work on locks. By Roger Hailey.
Lloyd's List [Online]. 5 February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/portsand-logistics/article436432.ece The Panama Canal Authority has demanded that the GUPC
building consortium resume work on a third set of locks after talks on a $1.6bn project cost
overrun broke down Wednesday.
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Panama canal extension contractors deny halting work. MarineLink.Com [Online]. 5
February 2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/contractorsextension363945.aspx The Spanish building company, Sacyr, leading the expansion project on
the Panama Canal has denied that work at the waterway has been halted despite word to the
contrary by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).
Future prospects of arctic shipping depend on regulation and economics. World Maritime
News [Online]. 7 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/103887/future-prospects-of-arctic-shipping-depend-onregulation-and-economics/ The ambition to develop an Arctic 'silk route' to connect European
or North American ports with Asia is by no means a novelty.
ACP gives GUPC counterproposal to resume new locks project. World Maritime News
[Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/103999
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) sent Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC) a
counterproposal that will enable the continuation of work in the new locks project.
Obama Arctic Plan misses the mark, says Alaska Lt. Governor. Marine.Link.Com [Online].
10 February 2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/governor-arcticmisses364075.aspx At a 3-day Arctic technology conference in Houston, Texas, Lt. Governor
Mead Treadwell told a gathering of oil and gas experts that President Obama's recently released
implementation plan for the nation's Arctic strategy misses the mark.
London Club stresses need to observe passage planning and weather information. World
Maritime News [Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/104087 The London P&I Club says it has seen a rise
over the past twelve months in the number of deficiencies relating to Temporary and Preliminary
(T&P) notices to mariners, and an increase in negative findings in relation to the management of
radio navigation and meteorological warnings.
Panama Canal dispute parties put forward their solutions. By Damian Brett. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 11 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436648.ece At stake is funding to finish the
waterway's third set of locks.
Panama Canal's ex-administrator to blame for dispute - President. By Lomi Kriel. Reuters
[Online]. 11 February 2014. Available from: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/11/uk-sacyrpanama-idUKBREA1A02W20140211 The Panama Canal's former administrator is largely to
blame for a dispute that threatens a multibillion-dollar expansion of the waterway and should
have flagged doubts about Spanish builder Sacyr, President Ricardo Martinelli said.
Sweden, South Korea and Denmark to cooperate on e-Navigation solutions. World
Maritime News [Online]. 13 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/104258 Sweden, South Korea and Denmark have
initiated a global partnership on the development of e-navigation solutions.
New Suez transit rules improve passage for larger boxships. By Damian Brett. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 13 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436758.ece Dredging allows vessels of
13,000 teu-plus to join second daily southbound convoy.
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First of series of navigational safety dialogue sessions conducted by MPA and SSA.
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) [Online]. 13 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/global_navigation/news_center/mpa_news/mpa_news_detail.page
?filename=nr140213.xml The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) collaborated
with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to organise the first in a series of dialogue
sessions to the shipping community to reinforce the importance of the safety of navigation in the
Singapore Strait and Singapore's port waters.
Panama Canal peace talks end in deadlock. By Roger Hailey. Lloyd's List [Online]. 19
February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437047.ece
Negotiations resume today to resolve cost row that has halted construction on third locks.
Taking the Arctic shortcut. MaritimeJournal.Com [Online]. 19 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.maritimejournal.com/xport/work-in-progress-pg-73/taking-the-arctic-shortcut The
decision to take a ship from St Petersburg to Vladivostok across the icy Northern Sea Route had
a lot resting on it.
Arctic Shipping. International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) [Online]. 1 February 2014. Available
from: http://www.ics-shipping.org/docs/default-source/resources/policy-tools/ics-position-paperon-arctic-shipping.pdf?sfvrsn=8 Position Paper [PDF]
Panama Canal contractors go back to work on third set of locks. By Roger Hailey. Lloyd's
List [Online]. 20 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437147.ece But negotiations continue over
$1.6bn of project cost overruns.
Inmarsat Maritime opens Smart Operations dialogue. World Maritime News [Online]. 19
February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/104672 Inmarsat, a
provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has staged the inaugural 'Smart
Operations' conference, the first in a series of events seeking an open debate in the maritime
industry over the operational benefits of integrated thinking on shore and ship communications.
Work resumes on Panama Canal. By Roger Hailey. Lloyd's List [Online]. 21 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437231.ece Negotiations
continue between waterway authority and builders' consortium.
UKHO publishes Mariners' Routeing Guides for Turkish Straits. United Kingdom
Hydrographic Office [Online]. 18 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.ukho.gov.uk/Media/Press%20Release/UKHO%20Press%20Release%20%20UKHO%20Publishes%20Mariners%C2%B9%20Routing%20Guides%20for%20Turkish%20
Straits%20-%20FINAL.pdf [PDF] Mariners' Routeing Guides for the Strait of Istanbul and the
Strait of Canakkale added to existing portfolio of ADMIRALTY Routeing Guides.
Navy releases updated plan for future Arctic readiness. United States Navy [Online]. 24
February 2014. Available from: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=79288 The
U.S. Navy released an updated Arctic Roadmap Feb. 24 to prepare naval forces over the next
15 years for operations in the Arctic Ocean.
The United States Navy Arctic Roadmap for 2014 to 2030. United States Navy Task Force
Climate Change [Online]. 1 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.navy.mil/docs/USN_arctic_roadmap.pdf [PDF]
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MSTU Marine Academy participates in new international project. World Maritime News
[Online]. 24 February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/105023
17-18 February 2014 the University of Nordland hosted the kick-off meeting of the international
project MARPART "Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North".
Nicaragua Canal Could Wreak Environmental Ruin. By Axel Meyer and Jorge HuetePérez. Scientific American [Online]. 24 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nicaragua-canal-could-wreak-environmental-ruin/
Two scientists advocate for an environmental assessment of plans for a 300-kilometer waterway
joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Breaking the ice: New Arctic route opens up. By Alice Lagnado. Voice of Russia UK
[Online]. 20 February 2014. Available from:
http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_02_20/Breaking-the-ice-New-Arctic-route-opens-up0249/ As the ice melts in Russia's Arctic waters due to global warming, a new Arctic shipping
route is opening up.
Tricky issues could put Arctic sea route cheer on ice . By Vincent Wee. Seatrade Global
[Online]. 26 February 2014. Available from: http://www.seatrade-global.com/news/asia/trickyissues-could-put-arctic-sea-route-cheer-on-ice.html The dream of using the Northern Sea Route
from Europe to Asia has been around for over 100 years.
Wood Mackenzie: Delays to Panama Canal expansion pose global trade risks. World
Maritime News [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/105109 Wood Mackenzie expects the recent cost
overrun disputes around the Panama Canal expansion to be resolved with limited disruption due
to the significance of the Canal to global trade.
ACCSEAS annual conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. World Maritime News
[Online]. 27 February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/105256
The ACCSEAS Second Annual Conference takes place next week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with
an array of maritime organisations from around the globe convening to discuss the work of
ACCSEAS in developing a test-bed of e-navigation solutions to help keep mariners safe when
navigating the increasingly busy shipping waters of the North Sea Region.
Panama Canal, consortium reach preliminary deal to finish work. By Lomi Kriel. Lloyd's
List [Online]. 28 February 2014. Available from: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/28/uksacyr-panama-idUKBREA1R04120140228 The Panama Canal and a Spanish-led consortium
expanding the major maritime artery have reached a preliminary deal to complete work on a
project stymied in a row over $1.6 billion in cost overruns, the canal's administrator said on
Thursday.
PIRACY
Clock is ticking on Enrica Lexie case. By Liz McMahon. Lloyd's List [Online]. 4 February
2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article436320.ece The
Indian government has less than a week to decide whether to call on legislation that carries the
death penalty against the two Italian marines on Enrica Lexie, accused of killing two Indian
fishermen.
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Piracy loses its bite in Asia. By Tom Leander. Lloyd's List [Online]. 5 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article436385.ece The
number of petty thefts against ships in Asia has increased, but serious incidents of piracy and
theft have dropped, according to the Singapore-based anti-piracy group the Regional Cooperation Agreement for Combating Armed Robbery and Piracy.
Liberia confirms that Kerala was hijacked. By Nigel Lowry. Lloyd's List [Online]. 7 February
2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article436500.ece
Flag state and Interpol probe refute Angola claims that pirate attack report was 'fake'.
Italy tells India handling of marines case could hurt EU ties. Reuters [Online]. 10 February
2014. Available from: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/10/italy-india-marinesidUKL5N0LF16P20140210 Italy said on Monday that India's relations with Rome and with the
European Union could suffer if two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen are tried
under an anti-piracy and anti-terrorism act.
Italian marine case: Italian Ambassador and Special Envoy reach SC for trial. ANI News
[Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from: http://www.aninews.in/videogallery2/20507-italianmarine-case-italian-ambassador-and-special-envoy-reach-sc-for-trial.html Italian Ambassador
to India, Daniele Mancini and Special Envoy of the Italian government, Staffan De Mistura
arrived at the Supreme Court on Monday to attend the hearing of the case involving two Italian
marines accused of killing fishermen off the Kerala coast.
India's bid to reverse expanded high risk area gets a boost as pirate attacks drop. Hellenic
Shipping News [Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/News.aspx?ElementId=55b8d2a5-b6df-407c-823125a22fe8eeaa Piracy at sea dropped to its lowest levels in six years, according to a global
agency that tracks piracy, giving India the strongest backing yet in its efforts to reverse a
December 2010 decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and marine insurers
to expand the areas judged prone to pirate attacks.
EU Naval Force has protected 880,000 tonnes of World Food Programme aid from pirate
attack. EU NAVFOR Somalia [Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from:
http://eunavfor.eu/eu-naval-force-has-protected-880000-tonnes-of-world-food-programme-aidfrom-pirate-attack/ One of the primary tasks of the EU Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta
is the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) ships and other vulnerable shipping in the
Gulf of Aden and Western Indian Ocean.
Gard Alert: West African piracy awareness areas expand. Gard [Online]. 14 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.gard.no/ikbViewer/Content/20738780/Gard [PDF] A recent
hijacking in Angolan waters marks the southernmost incident of piracy in West Africa and
represents a threat to shipping in areas that were previously thought safe.
Ghana Navy moves to counter piracy and drugs smuggling in Gulf of Guinea. World
Maritime News [Online]. 19 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/104664 Ghana's Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral GW
Biekro, is convening a conference of senior international Admirals and naval experts to find
solutions to further providing security in the Gulf of Guinea.
There is very little piracy in Gulf of Guinea, but criminal gangs are operating widely. World
Maritime News [Online]. 18 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/10459 Most attacks in West African waters are part of a
long running criminal programme of cargo theft or kidnapping and ransom inside territorial
waters, and not piracy says maritime security company GoAGT.
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Italian marines row: India drops anti-piracy charge. BBC News [Online]. 24 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26319402 India has said it will not
use the anti-piracy law to try two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.
Pirates hijack luxury yacht in Mediterranean. Maritime Executive [Online]. 20 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Pirates-Hijack-Luxury-Yacht-inMediterranean-2014-02-20/ French police are on a manhunt this week for four armed pirates
who hijacked a luxury yacht in waters off the coast of Corsica on Sunday.
U.S. anti-piracy ship crew treatment in India 'An outrage'. MarineLink.Com [Online]. 24
February 2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/antipiracytreatment364618.aspx The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P),
says 35 U.S. anti-piracy ship crew members are being treated unfairly, following the arrest of
their ship, 'Seaman Guard Ohio', describing it as 'an outrage' that they are being subjected to
inhumane conditions in an Indian prison.
EU organizes counter-piracy training for Tanzanian Maritime Authorities. World Maritime
News [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/105083 On Monday 24th February, European Union
counter-piracy operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, the civilian-led Maritime Security
Capacity building EU Mission, hosted two training sessions for Tanzanian Maritime Police and
Navy in Dar es Salaam to share knowledge and experiences in fight against piracy in the Horn
of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region.
Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sagaidachniy provides security for Lebanese flagged vessel in
piracy high risk area. EU NAVFOR Somalia [Online]. 24 February 2014. Available from:
http://eunavfor.eu/eu-naval-force-ukrainian-frigate-hetman-sagaidachniy-provides-security-forlebanese-flagged-vessel-in-piracy-high-risk-area/ During one of their counter-piracy patrols in
the Gulf of Aden, the EU Naval Force Ukrainian frigate, Hetman Sagaidachniy was tasked by
the EU Force Headquarters to provide close protection at sea for a Lebanese-flagged merchant
vessel, which had suffered engine failure and was drifting in the piracy high risk area in the Gulf
of Aden.
PORT STATE CONTROL
Nigeria risks IMO sanction over seized vessel. By John Iwori. All Africa [Online]. 13
February 2014. Available from: http://allafrica.com/stories/201402130771.html Nigeria may
draw the ire of the global maritime watchdog, International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as she
continues to hold unto Uruguay-bound vessel, MV Iron Trader, following suspicion that some of
the containers on board were laden with lethal weapons.
EMSA reveals big names among worst safety performers. By Adam Corbett. TradeWinds
[Online]. 14 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/article332369.ece5 Europe's maritime safety agency
has started to reveal the managers with a poor port-state-control record in its latest safety drive and some of the bigger industry names have come to the fore.
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Seven foreign flagged ships under detention in the UK during January 2014. Maritime &
Coastguard Agency [Online]. 18 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07-home/newsandpublications/pressreleases.htm?id=60A56FACA660882F&m=2&y=2014 The Maritime and Coastguard Agency
(MCA) announced today that seven flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during
January 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.
PORTS AND HARBOURS
US civil engineers sound warning over 'mediocre' ports. By Roger Hailey. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 3 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436267.ece Influential professional body
calls for federal investment and a national freight strategy.
Port to test new clean-air system for ships. Port of Long Beach [Online]. 12 February 2014.
Available from: http://us6.campaignarchive2.com/?u=179c9a35d1a49483d46ede9e8&id=ec16252296 The Port of Long Beach will
fund testing of a new air pollution-control technology for docked cargo ships, thanks to an
agreement approved Monday by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.
Governments urged to fulfil their obligations over ports of refuge. By Craig Eason.
Lloyd's List [Online]. 13 February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/shipoperations/article436780.ece Insurers, salvors and the ICS call on coastal states to step up
and help stricken vessels.
"Maritime Maisie" brings sharp focus to shipowners', salvors' and insurers' campaign to
urge governments to adopt IMO Places of Refuge guidelines. International Chamber of
Shipping [Online]. 13 February 2014. Available from: http://www.ics-shipping.org/news/pressreleases/2014/02/13/placesofrefugecampaign Shipowners, Salvors and Insurers - through their
respective trade associations - have jointly called for the prompt and proper implementation of
international measures to provide a Place of Refuge for stricken vessels, following a series of
incidents where casualty vessels have been delayed in accessing a safe harbour.
SAFETY
Recent cruise ship sickness outbreaks affected 881. MarineLink.Com [Online]. 2 February
2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/outbreaks-sickness363764.aspx U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released investigation updates on the
cruise ships 'Explorer of the Seas' and 'Caribbean Princess'.
Lloyd's Register to dual class MOL Comfort sisterships. By Janet Porter and Max Tingyao
Lin. Lloyd's List [Online]. 5 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436404.ece MOL Charisma first to come
under new arrangement between UK society and ClassNK.
Russian arctic oil drillers sign oil spill safety accord. MarineLink.Com [Online]. 6 February
2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/drillers-russian-arctic363988.aspx
Gazprom inform that Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management
Committee and Ravil Maganov, First Executive Vice President of LUKOIL have signed a
Cooperation Agreement on oil spill prevention and response to offshore emergencies.
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Maritime safety is no fairytale. By Richard Clayton. IHS Maritime [Online]. 1 February 2014.
Available from: http://ihsmaritime.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/maritime-safety-is-no-fairytale/
Why is it that safety issues are so often pushed down the agenda in favour of environmental
protection and security? asks IHS' Chief Maritime Analyst Richard Clayton.
The list of shame. By Craig Eason. Lloyd's List [Online]. 11 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article436622.ece Coastal states need to be
encouraged to welcome vessels in distress into a place of refuge.
More transparency can minimise casualties, says IACS chief. By Max Lin. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article436605.ece Industry body urges operators
and regulators to exchange information.
Maritime Maisie continues to navigate a sea of uncertainty. By Tom Leander. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/tankers/article436586.ece Tanker must discharge cargo but
Japanese waters 'do not exist', says coastguard.
Sinking of Tall Ship Bounty: official report. National Transportation Safety Board [Online]. 6
February 2014. Available from: http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/fulltext/MAB1403.html On
October 29, 2012, the tall ship Bounty sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, while attempting
to transit through the forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy.
Adrift at sea: Fire-hit tanker in North Asia shows flaws in safe-haven rules. By Keith
Wallis. Reuters [Online]. 12 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/12/us-tankerrefuge-idUSBREA1B0AF20140212 A fireravaged ship loaded with hazardous chemicals has become a maritime football in the north
Pacific, with Japan and South Korea unwilling to give it refuge.
Fisherman safe after being rescued at sea by EU naval force frigate FGS Hessen. EU
NAVFOR Somalia [Online]. 13 February 2014. Available from: http://eunavfor.eu/fishermansafe-after-being-rescued-at-sea-by-eu-naval-force-frigate-fgs-hessen/ A German Navy sailor,
who was conducting 'lookout' duties on the bridge of Federal German Ship (FGS) Hessen,
sighted a person waving for help from the top of a capsized boat off the Somali coast.
Liverpool sea death relatives' ship safety campaign. BBC News [Online]. 12 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-26139628 Relatives of
sailors that died when their ship sank in 1980 have formed a charity to campaign for tighter
safety controls on merchant ships.
MOL acts early as Comfort blame game begins. By Adam Corbett. TradeWinds [Online]. 14
February 2014. Available from: http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/article332370.ece5
Mitsui OSK Lines has pointed an early finger at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over last year's loss
of the MOL Comfort.
Navy rescue fishing vessel crew, prevent Guam wreck pollution. MarineLink.Com [Online].
17 February 2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/pollution-fishingprevent364316.aspx Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a
search and rescue operation and rescued 10 fishermen from a sinking commercial fishing
vessel that ran aground in Apra Harbor near Spanish Steps, Guam.
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Media Statement. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) [Online]. 16 February 2014. Available
from: https://www.cruiseandmaritime.com/media-statement-sunday-16-february-2014-1530hrs
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) confirm that following the storm damage sustained to a small
section of Marco Polo's Waldorf Restaurant and the subsequent completion of the required
reparation works, the vessel has been cleared to sail by the authorities.
Wife of cruise ship passenger killed by wave criticises vessel. BBC News [Online]. 16
February 2014. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26216192 The widow
of a cruise ship passenger who died when it was hit by a wave in the English Channel has
criticised the vessel as "badly maintained".
Dangerous goods. UK P&I Club [Online]. 1 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.ukpandi.com/fr/loss-prevention/cargo-stowage-advice/dangerous-goods/ The Club,
with the support of several members, has launched "Book it right and pack it tight" - a set of four
guidebooks on the workings of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.
Svendborg Maersk loses 200-300 boxes overboard in weekend storm. By Janet Porter.
Lloyd's List [Online]. 17 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436978.ece Many more containers
damaged as stacks tilt over.
Maritime Maisie: Lloyd's Register emergency response experts assess hull strength to be
severely impaired. Lloyd's Register [Online]. 17 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lr.org/news_and_events/press-releases/249283-maritime-maisie-lloyds-registeremergency-response-experts-assess-hull-strength-to-be-severely-impaired.aspx Fifty days on,
the maximum bending moment for the chemical carrier Maritime Maisie exceeds estimated
damage strength limits.
NYK Completes Winter Safety Campaign. NYK Group [Online]. 17 February 2014. Available
from: http://www.nyk.com/english/release/3132/003191.html NYK has completed its Sail On
Safety winter safety campaign, which ran from December 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014.
Tally of Svendborg Maersk lost containers raised to over 500. By Janet Porter. Lloyd's List
[Online]. 19 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437039.ece Bay of Biscay storm thought to
have inflicted line's worst loss of boxes in one single incident.
Shipping container washes up on Devon coast. By Joanne Rawlings. Maritime & Coast
Guard Agency [Online]. 23 February 2014. Available from: http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07home/newsandpublications/press-releases.htm?id=98D940CCFAB9FAC5&m=2&y=2014 A
Maersk shipping container has washed ashore near Axmouth.
Eco group suing shipper for hundreds of containers lost at sea. United Press International
(UPI) [Online]. 22 February 2014. Available from: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/WorldNews/2014/02/22/Eco-group-suing-shipper-for-hundreds-of-containers-lost-at-sea/UPI27551393084122/?spt=rln&or=2 A French environmental group says it will sue a Danish
shipping company for failing to fully report the loss of hundreds of containers during a violent
storm.
Shipbuilder denies error in MOL Comfort's design and construction. By Max Lin. Lloyd's
List [Online]. 25 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437350.ece Defence of MHI comes before
first hearing of case intertwined with cargo and other interests.
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In defence of coastal states. By Janusz Fedorowicz. Lloyd's List [Online]. 26 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article437416.ece States need
more support in places of refuge emergencies.
Will our seafaring countrymen be spared? By Rey Gamboa. Philstar.Com [Online]. 27
February 2014. Available from: http://www.philstar.com/business/2014/02/27/1294898/will-ourseafaring-countrymen-be-spared As the country awaits the audit results of the influential
European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on the employment fate of our Filipino officers
assigned to man European vessels, here now is much-delayed news from our esteemed
colleagues in Congress.
WSS: Latest ship insight safety guide launched. World Maritime News [Online]. 27 February
2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/105335 Over the course of the
last few decades, shipowners and operators have been faced with a tsunami of new regulations
and at the same time have needed to make their vessels more efficient as fuel and operating
costs have soared.
SALVAGE
Diesel Fuel Removed from Daiki Maru 7 on Naval Base Guam. By Matt Knight. United
States Navy [Online]. 18 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=79175 The U.S. Navy, in partnership with
other federal and local agencies, removed approximately 540 gallons of the remaining diesel
fuel from the grounded Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru 7 in outer Apra Harbor.
Boskalis, partner eligible for Baltic Ace salvage job. World Maritime News [Online]. 18
February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/104808 The Dutch
Department of Public Works has reported intention to award Boskalis and its partner Mammoet
Salvage with salvage contract for the Baltic Ace car carrier wreck.
SEAFARERS
Number of UK Seafarers falls for third year. MarineLink.Com [Online]. 4 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/seafarers-number-falls363829.aspx The total
number of UK seafarers active at sea fell for the third consecutive year to 22,830 in 2013,
according to the government's Department for Transport's Seafarer Statistics, 2013,
representing a 5% annual decrease in numbers.
Seafarer Statistics 2013. DATA.GOV.UK [Online]. 4 February 2014. Available from:
http://data.gov.uk/dataset/seafarer_statistics/resource/c1cc05bb-3c4a-4c82-b8da-c53e06f8c0ed
Annual report presenting estimates of the size and major characteristics of the active UK
seagoing labour force.
Comms onboard determines whether seafarers remain working at sea. International
Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) [Online]. 5 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.seafarerswelfare.org/news-and-media/latest-news/comms-onboard-determineswhether-seafarers-remain-working-at-sea Poor onboard internet access has emerged as one
of the most important factors for seafarers determining whether to remain working at sea, a new
study had found.
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Allianz Worldwide Care launches Maritime Labour Convention compliant healthcare plan
for seafarers. Allianz Worldwide Care [Online]. 10 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.allianzworldwidecare.com/news-app/story.78/title.allianz-worldwide-care-launchesmaritime-labour-convention-compliant-healthcare-plan-for-seafarers . Global health insurer
Allianz Worldwide Care has announced the launch of a new plan which offers a compliant
solution for onshore healthcare to shipping companies affected by the Maritime Labour
Convention 2006 (MLC 2006), commonly known as the "Seafarers' Bill of Rights".
Philippines Congress approves a bill to overhaul maritime authority. By Tom Leander.
Lloyd's List [Online]. 11 February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/shipoperations/article436655.ece New law will lock in Marina reforms that Aquino initiated two
years ago.
InterManager calls for calm over possible Filipino officer ban. World Maritime News
[Online]. 11 February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/104165
Ship managers should put in place sensible contingency plans to guard against a worst-case
scenario should Filipino officers potentially find themselves banned from working on EU-flagged
vessels.
The dangers of life as a seafarer. Australia Network News [Online]. 3 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-31/the-dangers-of-life-as-aseafarer/5231694 [Video]
Record number of seafarers on Siport21 Training Programs. Siport21 [Online]. 13 February
2014. Available from: http://en.siport21.com/featured/record-number-of-seafarers-on-siport21training-programs/ Siport21's Simulation Center has received 171 seafarers last year, who
have developed Training Programs in the Real-Time Bridge Simulator.
HK firm launches onboard social media portal. Sino Ship News [Online]. 21 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.sinoshipnews.com/News/HK-firm-launches-onboard-social-mediaportal/3w3c2403.html Hong Kong's SMSGlobal, a provider of personal communications, has
announced the launch of [email protected], a maritime social networking portal where seafarers can
stay in touch with their loved ones through social walls, photo sharing, video and voice chat and
web mail.
Plight of stranded TMT crew improves. By Adam Corbett. TradeWinds [Online]. 21
February 2014. Available from: http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/article332737.ece5
Eleven sailors stranded off Malta on the Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT) vessel A Ladybug since
last summer have been flown home, but some crews have not been so fortunate.
A map for your future. By Michael Grey. Lloyd's List [Online]. 21 February 2014. Available
from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article437238.ece The industry must
help seafarers to switch to shoreside or near-sea workforce.
SHIPBUILDING AND SHIPREPAIR
New orders threaten fragile shipping sector recovery: survey. By Jonathan Saul. Reuters
[Online]. 27 February 2014. Available from: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/27/usshipping-outlook-survey-idUKBREA1Q09F20140227 Overcapacity threatens to derail a fragile
recovery in the global shipping sector as ship owners and investors place orders for new vessels
betting on better times, a survey showed on Thursday.
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SHIPPING
See you in Piccadilly. By Hal Brown. Lloyd's List [Online]. 3 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/tankers/article436286.ece On Wednesday and Thursday the
great and the good of the liquefied natural gas shipping industry will gather at Le Méridien Hotel
in Piccadilly, London for the Informa LNG shipping conference 2014.
IACS BLUE BOOK Version January 2014. IACS International Association of Classification
Societies [Online]. 3 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.iacs.org.uk/news/article.aspx?newsid=179 The Blue Book is an electronic library of
technical resolutions (both past and present) adopted by IACS as a result of its technical work
and provides an example of how the aims and objectives of the Association are delivered for the
benefit of international shipping.
P3 compromise? By Damian Brett. Lloyd's List [Online]. 5 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436207.ece Competition law specialist says
he believes P3 Network will be approved in Europe, but carriers may have to make adjustments.
Scottish shipping faces uncertain future after independence. By Roland Gribben. The
Telegraph [Online]. 5 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10615712/Scottish-shipping-faces-uncertainfuture-after-independence.html Shipping would face an uncertain future in an independent
Scotland, the industry's leader has warned.
'Winds of Change in Shipping' by NAMEPA to be held in Houston, USA. World Maritime
News [Online]. 4 February 2014. Available from:
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/103604 North American Marine Environment Protection
Association (NAMEPA), an independent, marine industry-led association, has invited industry
leaders, colleagues and regulators to explore the "Winds of Change in Shipping" in Houston on
February 19th at the Houstonian Hotel.
Cruising for a bruising. By Michael Grey. Lloyd's List [Online]. 3 February 2014. Available
from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ports-and-logistics/article436168.ece As
passengerships grow ever bigger, will port residents continue to welcome them?
When is a 19,000 teu ship not a 19,000 teu ship? By Damian Brett. Lloyd's List [Online]. 5
February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436383.ece
Recent increases in the container-carrying capacity of vessels on order are overstated and do
not actually mean there is an increase in box intake, according to analyst Alphaliner.
Dubai: the visionary hub for maritime. By Richard Clayton. IHS Maritime [Online]. 1
February 2014. Available from: http://ihsmaritime.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/dubai-thevisionary-hub-for-maritime/ IHS' Chief Maritime Analyst, Richard Clayton, reflects on a recent
business trip to Dubai.
Seoul sacks oceans and fisheries minister over Yeosu oil-spill comment. By Tom
Leander. Lloyd's List [Online]. 7 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article436502.ece President dismisses Yoon
for calling oil giant Caltex the primary victim.
Benoa aims to be hub port for cruise ships. Jakarta Post [Online]. 6 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/02/06/benoa-aims-be-hub-portcruise-ships.html Becoming increasingly popular as a destination port and turn-around port,
Benoa is aiming to expand its operations to become a hub port for cruise ships.
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Single club touted as 'better' than handful of warring mega-clubs. By Nigel Lowry. Lloyd's
List [Online]. 6 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/Insurance/article436473.ece P&I conference hears pleas for
owners to be more proactive.
DNV GL starts clean water innovation project (Norway) . World Maritime News [Online]. 7
February 2014. Available from: http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/103890 Phased-out
tank ships are part of a solution that can provide much needed clean water for coastal cities
according to a DNV GL research project.
Global box volumes grew 2% last year. By Damian Brett. Lloyd's List [Online]. 10 February
2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article436599.ece Weak
Mediterranean demand makes its mark as 2013 world total edges up to 127m teu.
Congressman Garamendi again fights the maritime corner. MarineLink.Com [Online]. 11
February 2014. Available from: http://www.marinelink.com/news/congressmangaramendi364137.aspx During the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's
markup of H.R. 4005, the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill, Subcommittee ranking member
Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) spoke up for American jobs, a revival of the
maritime industry, and a Cruise Ship Passenger Bill of Rights.
Venice: update on cruise ship restrictions. Cruise Industry News [Online]. 11 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/10652-venice-update-oncruise-ship-restrictions.html In Venice, the VTP has appealed the ruling limiting cruise traffic to
an administrative court.
EMSA, Philippines and STCW, and why has it taken so long? By Marcus Hand. Seatrade
Global [Online]. 14 February 2014. Available from: http://www.seatradeglobal.com/news/asia/emsa-the-philippines-and-stcw-and-why-has-gone-on-so-long.html
Sometimes watching the progress of an event in shipping regulation can be quite depressing, in
that everyone knows what the answer is, but no-one is either willing or able to make it actually
happen.
After the flood. By Michael Grey. Lloyd's List [Online]. 17 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article436815.ece The EU's dreaded
Habitats Directive has handed the Greens some obstructive tools.
G6 lines eye 18,000 teu ships. By Janet Porter. Lloyd's List [Online]. 19 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/containers/article437080.ece Hapag-Lloyd's
Kranich predicts ultra-large boxships for consortium to compete with P3.
US gas shippers told safe self-regulation is the key to profits. By Alexander MacInnes.
Lloyd's List [Online]. 21 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/tankers/article437185.ece Panellists at Namepa annual
conference hail environmental and economic benefits of LNG.
Where will the 'shipping super cities' of the future be located? By Marcus Hand. Seatrade
Global [Online]. 21 February 2014. Available from: http://www.seatradeglobal.com/news/americas/where-will-the-shipping-super-cities-of-the-future-be-located.html
Listening to shipping research guru Martin Stopford explain what he sees as the future of major
shipping cities on Wednesday was always going to give a lot of food for thought.
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Ship finance will survive at RBS despite cull, Varnavides confirms. By David Osler and
Nigel Lowry. Lloyd's List [Online]. 21 February 2014. Available from:
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/finance/article437271.ece But market talk suggests pullback
is possible.
Governing the High Seas: In Deep Water. The Economist [Online]. 22 February 2014.
Available from: http://www.economist.com/news/international/21596990-humans-are-damaginghigh-seas-now-oceans-are-doing-harm-back-deep-water Humans are damaging the high seas.
Now the oceans are doing harm back.
Can world leaders tame the Wild West of the High Seas? By Brian Clark Howard. National
Geographic [Online]. 26 February 2014. Available from:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/26/can-world-leaders-tame-the-wild-west-ofthe-high-seas/ Earlier this month, Indonesia announced the world's largest sanctuary for manta
rays.
Shipping finds funding from new sources. By David Osler. Lloyd's List [Online]. 27
February 2014. Available from: http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/finance/article437536.ece
Norton Rose Fulbright survey reveals improved industry optimism.
Metre buoy goes to work in Australia. Maritime Journal [Online]. 28 February 2014. Available
from: http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/navaids/3-metre-buoy-goes-to-work-in-australia
Canada's AXYS Technologies Inc has secured a contract with its Australian partner Metocean
Services International Pty Ltd.
Do we need a cap on box-ship size? By Inside Opinion. Ship & Bunker [Online]. 27
February 2014. Available from: http://shipandbunker.com/news/features/inside-opinion/813788inside-opinion-do-we-need-a-cap-on-box-ship-size The issue is that as more and more mega
boxship capacity is added at the top end, so smaller mega boxship capacity is pushed onto
secondary routes.
US review opens door to assessing oil reserves in Atlantic. By Ayesha Rascoe. Reuters
[Online]. 27 February 2014. Available from: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/27/usadrilling-seismic-idUKL1N0LW20T20140227 The Obama administration on Thursday laid out a
framework for assessing the amount of crude off the Atlantic coast, another step toward possibly
allowing oil production in an area that has been out of reach for decades.
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SPECIAL REPORTS
Antifouling. Naval Architect. 1 February 2014, pp 22-25.
Belgium. Maritime Fairplay . 12 February 2014, pp 12-14.
Bulker Safety. Safety at Sea. 1 March 2014, pp 16-19.
China Ship News. Naval Architect. 1 February 2014, pp 26-28.
China. Naval Architect. 1 February 2014, pp 30-36.
Cruise Ship Technology. Naval Architect. 1 February 2014, pp 38-44.
Finland. Naval Architect. 1 February 2014, pp 48-60.
Noise & Vibration. Naval Architect. 1 February 2014, pp 62-67.
Security & Piracy. Safety at Sea. 1 March 2014, pp 20-25.
Singapore. IHS Maritime Fairplay. 27 February 2014, pp 14-15, 26-32.
Training & Crewing. Safety at Sea. 1 March 2014, pp 26-31.
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