Inmarsat: Startups play a crucial role in maritime digitalization growth
Inmarsat launched the 'Trade 2.0: How Startups are driving the next generation of maritime trade' report examining how startups in line with the technological development such as big data, AI and blockchain in the maritime industry, are bringing a new era and create a ShipTech market. The research into maritime startups was conducted for Inmarsat by UK GovTech venture firm and research house, PUBLIC. The report was co-authored by Nick Chubb and Leonardo Zangrando.
Reimagining Maritime Boundaries in a Digital Age
Adm. (USCG Ret) Thad William Allen notes that we are living in a digital age and therefore industry needs to tackle with new issues. Earlier this year leaders from the Hellenic and American shipping communities came together in Athens to exchange views to promote safer, smarter, greener, and optimized shipping. Discussions regarded the outcome of BREXIT, global immigration pressures, populist movements, and trade issues.
STCW: How to obtain a certificate of competency as Navigational Watch
The STCW Convention provides details on the general requirements and certificates by rank. With respect to officers in charge of a navigational watch, the Convention clarifies which requirements concerning age, seagoing service, bridge watch-keeping & radio duties and education & training should be met for those officers serving on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more, or less than 500 gross tonnage and the table in the end summarizes all mentioned requirements.
AMSA detains in port Brisbane bulk carrier for crews' unpaid wages
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Xing Jing Hai in the Port of Brisbane, after receiving a complaint from the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) on Wednesday, September 11.
IG Clubs: US sanctions on Venezuela and PdVSA
The International Group of P&I Clubs issued a circular providing an update on the US sanctions on the government of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). On 5 August 2019, the US increased its sanctions programme against Venezuela, with the Executive Order 13884.
ReCAAP ISC: January-August incidents decreased by 25%
A total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August, representing a 11% decrease compared to August 2018, according to ReCAAP ISC's monthly report. There was a total of 44 incidents during January-August 2019. The total number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported during January-August 2019 has decreased by 25% compared to January-August 2018.
Spill recovery operations continue at Jamie Whitten Lock
The USCG continues oil spill recovery operations, responding to a crude oil discharge located within the Jamie Whitten Lock at mile marker 412 on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway, Wednesday, September 11. Up to now the cause of the oil spill remains unknown.
Sovcomflot, NYK Line ink on financing for two LNG carriers
Joint venture companies belonging to Russian energy shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and Japanese NYK Line have signed a new USD 176 million non-recourse credit facility for eight years with three international banks, to be used for refinancing two ice-class LNG carriers servicing the Sakhalin-2 project.
Career Paths: Sandra Welch, Sailors Society
In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Sandra Welch, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Sailors' Society, an International charity providing a personal lifeline for merchant seafarers. Ms. Welch advises never to give up, something that has made her determined and focused in all aspects of her life. She also suggests to get all qualifications while at a young age.
Career Paths: Peter Sand, BIMCO
In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO who finds his job both exciting and challenging as it combines his two key areas of interest: geography and money in a perfect manner, as he explains. Among many things, Mr. Sand advises us to be present at the moment and instead of using only social media, to engage ourselves personally.
Complying with the 2020 sulphur cap: Challenging issues
With less than twelve months remaining for the new regulation to take place, ship owners can’t waste time anymore; within 2019, they need to decide on the most appropriate approach for their operations in order to comply with the Sulphur cap and remain commercially sustainable in the long run. So far, there is no silver bullet solution while each option introduces additional challenges to operators.
Maersk issues Environmental Fuel Fee, updates Bunker Adjustment Factor
In light of the approaching 2020 sulphur cap, which sees vessels using fuel containing up to 0.5% sulphur, Maersk's Jacob A. Sterling tweeted that the cost of compliance will increase. Thus, Maersk issues a new Environmental Fuel Fee, and updates the existing Bunker Adjustment Factor.
IMO's meeting considers implementation of international regulation on ports
During a Hutchison Ports/IMO/IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) seminar conducted on September 8, industry stakeholders questioned whether ports need international regulation.
New IMO model course to focus on safety of solid bulk cargoes
IMO's Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers is meeting for its sixth session this week (CCC 6), on 9-13 September, where it is expected to validate a new IMO Model Course on Safe Handling and Transport of Solid Bulk Cargoes. The IMO model course seeks to facilitate access to knowledge and skills regarding the carriage of bulk cargoes.
Watch: MOL unveils AI vessel recognition system
Japanese MOL and SenseTime Japan Ltd. developed a new vessel image recognition and recording system, which deploys artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize surrounding vessels. The video shows the system’s installation for demonstration testing aboard the cruise ship "Nippon Maru" operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, Ltd. (MOPAS).
Antwerp, SAFIR trial simultaneous drone flights
The SAFIR consortium of partners conducted tests to the first simultaneous drone flights in Sint-Truiden DronePort, for among other things package deliveries, inspection flights and emergency situations. The project aims to play a role to the EU regulatory process for drones across Europe.
USCG proposes termination of NAVTEX over medium frequency
The US Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it may cease broadcasting Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) over Medium Frequency (MF), after first ensuring the information contained in NAVTEX broadcasts is available via IMO-recognized satellite services.