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The Cyber Risk Landscape

While speaking at the SAFETY4SEA Cyber Masterclass, Mr. Max J. Bobys, Vice President, HudsonCyber, presented the rapidly evolving cyber risk landscape, specifically in the maritime industry. Mr. Bobys discussed the IMO's current cyber risk management framework, and he referred to common questions into challenges shipping companies face, along with forthcoming trends.  

Maritime Knowledge

Emergency Procedures: Actions to be taken in case of ship grounding

Ship grounding accidents are mostly caused by human errors, sometimes by inadequate information related to the port or because of unknown coral reefs and rocks. Maneuvering inattention and improper navigational operations should be listed as the most usual root causes of major ship grounding accidents as well.

Women in shipping

Gender inequality in ONG: Mind the gap

In 2017, a report conducted by the World Petroleum Council and The Boston Consulting Group revealed that Oil and Gas (ONG) has one of the lowest shares of women among major industries. Here we are today, one year later, and there is still much to do. It’s not just about the industry’s attitude though, it’s also about breaking down society’s stereotypes

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Sustainability

Ports set their priorities towards sustainable management

Ports are playing a pivotal role in the maritime sector; policies regarding sustainability are important to consider that ports are different in terms of location, size and governance (privatized, public, small ports, tourism-oriented, hubs). However, they share common environmental priorities.

Sustainability

Shipping’s critical role in meeting many of the UN SDGs

Shipping is the most environmentally sound mode of transport, having the lowest carbon footprint per unit of cargo transported. Therefore, we are talking about an essential component of sustainable economic growth. But how does shipping industry contribute to achieving UN SDGs?

Sustainability

Sustainable shipping: Best practices

Sustainable shipping should be part of organizations’ corporate strategy; it recommends beneficial actions for various stakeholders that the organization relates with by achieving simultaneously financial, social and environmental benefits. Overall, these actions aim at the improvement of the competitiveness of the organization.

Videos

SNew technologies transform current business practices
Interview with Athena Kanellatou, Regional Director of Mediterranean of MacGregor Greece at Posidonia 2018.

Scrubbers the most reliable solution to meet 2020 requirement
Interview with Emanuele Gariboldi,Managing Director at Ecospray Technologies during Posidonia 2018.

Lessons Learned

Safety

CHIRP discusses how conditions affect perception

CHIRP released a book as well, called “Perception, Decision Making and Fatigue at Sea”, addressing how we see, and how the resulting perception is affected by the conditions seafarers face and how this affects their decision making.

Casualties

Lessons learned from fishing vessel flooding

On the occasion of the investigation on the flooding and sinking of the fishing vessel 'Ocean Way' in March 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety message to the fishing industry about developing and practising potential coping strategies in an emergency such as major flooding.

Videos

Lessons learned from unsafe pilot embarkation

Watch the latest CHIRP video focusing on the unsafe practices that pilot embarkation access & design and gangway access could include. This is the 6th in a row of a video series launched jointly by CHIRP & Standard with the aim to make life at sea safer.

Top Stories

SAFETY News

Casualties

USCG rescues 6 after fire breaks out on boat near New Jersey

The US Coast Guard rescued six people from a 41-foot pleasure craft after fire broke out on the boat near Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey, on Sunday, June 17. All six were removed from the vessel and transported to Seaview Marina in Ocean City.

Casualties

Cargo ship nears sinking off Croatia, eight crew rescued

Eight crew members were evacuated form the Turkish cargo ship 'Haksa', after she suffered a water ingress in its engine room, while underway in the Adriatic Sea, off Croatia, near the island of Jabuka, on Sunday, according to data provided by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia.

Regulation

AMSA survey regime changes: What you need to know

AMSA announced that, from 1 July 2018, all domestic commercial vessels that are required to have a certificate of survey will need to be surveyed in accordance with the survey frequency and requirements in the new marine order 503, and Part 2 of the Marine Surveyor Manual.

GREEN News

Fuels

Investments in LNG have far to go for smaller ports

A new report finds that LNG is a fuel with global growth potential, but also that so far the demand is limited in the small and medium-sized ports. While Westwood Global Energy Group expects a turnover of USD 236 billion in the global LNG market from 2018 to 2022, the report, prepared by COWI for the Port of Esbjerg, indicates that it would be inappropriate to invest in LNG at the Port at the current time.

Fuels

Natural gas consumption and production grew at fastest rates in 2017

2017 was a bumper year for natural gas, with consumption (3.0%, 96 bcm) and production (4.0%, 131 bcm) both increasing at their fastest rates since the immediate aftermath of the financial crises, according to BP's statistical review of world energy. The growth in consumption was led by Asia, with particularly strong growth in China (15.1%, 31 bcm), supported by increases in the Middle East (Iran 6.8%, 13 bcm) and Europe.

Green Shipping

Underwater noise reduced when ships slow down, study reveals

Results from Port of Vancouver's ECHO Program demonstrate that reducing vessel speeds is an effective way of reducing the underwater noise generated by the vessel and reducing total underwater noise in nearby habitats, which can in turn benefit the behaviour and feeding success of the southern resident killer whale. Whales use sound to locate prey and ship noise can interfere with their ability to do that.

SMART News

OTHER News

Sustainability

Transitioning to a blue economy in Eastern Caribbean States

To combat unsustainable practices and continue reaping the benefits of the ocean economy, OECS countries, which face serious development challenges, must focus on adaptive, fully collaborative, integrated management approaches, according to the World Bank.

Finance

European Shippers Council calls EC to look into recent bunker surcharges

The European Shippers' Council (ESC) raised concerns about the implementation of Emergency Bunker Surcharge by carriers. Carriers explain the introduction of this surcharge by the increase of the bunker oil price. However, ESC said that the use of such measure is not justified.

Shipping

Live sheep export challenged in Australia's Federal Court

Animals Australia NGO appeared in the first hearing of an unprecedented application in the Federal Court of Australia to challenge the legality of a live sheep export permit. The challenge relates to a shipment of 58,000 sheep that departed Fremantle for the Middle East on the live export vessel 'Al Messilah'.