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Connectivity

GPS common problems and how to mitigate them

Navigation relies heavily to the Global Positioning System (GPS). This is because it is easy to use, accurate and reliable. However, GPS signals can be compromised by both natural and human sources. If that happens it can lead to inaccurate data or complete loss of GPS signal, North P&I Club informs.

Maritime Knowledge

Bridge Procedure: GNSS failure while using the ECDIS

As mentioned in the previous article of our Bridge Procedure series, since ECDIS is a complex system, it is critical to clarify what should be done in cases of an emergency situations. Intermittent signal and GNSS failure while using the ECDIS is one of them.

Alerts

USCG: GPS interference in eastern Mediterranean Sea

Multiple cases of significant GPS interference have been reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea since 18 March 2018. These reports have been concentrated in the vicinity of Port Said, Egypt and the Suez Canal, and south of the Republic of Cyprus, the USCG informed.

Lookout

Opinions

A smart shipping industry needs smart people

The industry will need to fight to attract and retain the new talent we will need to overcome the challenges that it faces, argues Mr. Vassilios Kroustallis.

Opinions

Cyberships: Myths and Realities

Mr. Giampiero Soncini, Senior Advisor, RINA, notes that digital revolution to industry is normal considering the use and impact that technology has already had on our lives.

Cyber Security

Cyber security vulnerabilities for ONG

After several high-profile attacks, including the Saudi Aramco attack in 2012 which affected 30,000 workstations, ONG companies have established their own protocols and prevention procedures.

Videos

Environmental sustainability the biggest challenge for shipping
Interview with Nick Brown, Communications Director, Bureau Veritas at Posidonia 2018.

Efficiency remains a key shipping challenge
Interview with Elias Boletis, Director Productline Propellers & Gearboxes, Wartsila, at Posidonia 2018

Lessons Learned

Infographic

Infographic: Lessons learned from fishing vessels accidents

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued an infographic, describing lessons learned  from accidents through the European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP). In this infographic EMSA presents accidents that took place on fishing vessels.

Maritime Software

New system to help reduce dangerous goods accidents

Exis Technologies, along with TT Club and UK P&I Club announced the next phase of implementation of the Hazcheck Restrictions Portal. The portal aims to facilitate the operations of container shipping lines by simplifying the end-to-end management of dangerous goods (DG) booking processes.

Casualties

Attention vital when working at height to prevent accidents

UK MAIB presents an accident in its safety digest where a foreman fell through a hatch and down two decks to the bottom deck. He was later taken to hospital to be treated as he sustained multiple fractures.

Top Stories

SAFETY News

Security

US navy ship rescues 41 people in distress in the Mediterranean

The US navy vessel 'USNS Trenton' (T-EPF 5) conducted a passenger transfer of 41 people with ships from the Italian Coast Guard off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Italy, on 17 June. Trenton had encountered a vessel carrying the 41 people in distress while underway in the Mediterranean Sea, on 12 June.

Casualties

Indian navy anchors burning vessel off Kolkata

Indian authorities have managed to drop an anchor from the ill-fated general cargo vessel 'SSL Kolkata', which had been on fire in the last two days and abandoned by its 22 crew members on 14 June, off the Sagar Island at the mouth of the Ganges Delta.

Casualties

Mariner rescued off Cape Cod after 36 hours in rough seas

The US Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of a man aboard ocean rowboat 'Alba' on Friday, after he activated his emergency position indicating radio beacon about 530 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The mariner had abandoned his boat for his life raft, after heavy weather caused water ingress.

GREEN News

Emissions

New project calls ship operators to reduce CO2 emissions

A team from the Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project called shippers to motivate operators to improve fuel efficiency in maritime shipping. Reduced fuel consumption and emissions could benefit shippers, as they will provide reduction in shipping costs, improved supply chain carbon footprints, and a good reputation.

Fuels

Global oil demand rose by 1.8% in 2017, says BP

In 2017, oil demand grew by 1.7 Mb/d, similar to that seen in 2016 and significantly greater than the 10-year average of 1.2 Mb/d, according to BP's annual review of world energy. Not surprisingly, the 2017 demand continued to be driven by oil importers benefitting from the windfall of low prices, with both Europe (0.3 Mb/d) and the US (0.2 Mb/d) posting notable increases.

Fuels

Panama imports its first LNG cargo

Panama has imported its first LNG cargo to commission the newly built $1 billion Costa Norte facility and power plant at Colon, expected to be a launch-pad for LNG trade across Central America. The Engie-chartered tanker 'Provalys' arrived last week, carrying a cargo exported from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, in March, Reuters reported.

SMART News

OTHER News

Fishery

Watch: Illegal fishing decreased after second operation off Liberia

After a total of twelve months of patrols and twelve arrests, Sea Shepherd Global’s second joint operation with the Liberian Ministry of National Defense to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing off Liberia, West Africa, has resulted in a dramatic drop in incidents of illegal fishing.

Ports

New report focuses on the role of ports to UK economy after Brexit

Mace released a report called 'Supercharged Free Ports', focusing on role that ports play in regional and national UK economies. The report highlights the opportunities of super charging free ports to include enterprise incentives.

Technology

World's first hydrogen ferry to be built

Port Glasgow based Ferguson Marine along with the University of St Andrews will construct the world's first hydrogen ferry, called 'HySeas III'. The development of the vessel is expected to cost around €12.6 million, and will begin constructions on 1 July 2018. The vessel’s fuel will be produced from renewable electricity.