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USCG, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi sign education deal

US Coast Guard and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi officials signed a Memorandum of Agreement regarding the cooperation between the two parties in education and recruiting efforts, earlier this week. According to the agreement USCG will support commissioning and mentoring programs in place at A&M-Corpus Christi.

IBIA wants clarifications for high sulphur bunker carriage ban

The proposed change to MARPOL Annex VI to ban the carriage of bunkers above 0.50% sulphur does not prevent the use of technology to lower these emissions, such as scrubbers. Nor does it apply to bunkers carried as cargo. However, there are concerns that the regulatory change does not make this clear enough.

Does it hunt mines if it floats?

A new concept approaching related to mine warfare implementation and tactics are discussed among the naval experts nowadays. This new opinion presents us a new concept so as to put mine-hunting gear on a wider range of warships and distribute mine counter-measures capable different vessels throughout the fleet.

8 rescued after cargo ship sinks off Vietnam

The general cargo ship BINH NGUYEN 86 activated his EPIRB at around 03 am local time on February 23, 40 nm off Ha Tinh Province coast, Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam. MRCC Vietnam immediately ordered vessels near the ship to go the area where the incident happened.

Port of Tilbury welcomes training simulator

The Port of Tilbury’s award-winning Logistics Training Academy in cooperation with the Tilbury on the Thames Trust welcomed the arrival of a new ‘fully immersive’ training simulator as part of the ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme.

Maersk CEO: Autonomous ships unlikely in the near future

Soren Skou, the CEO of one of the world’s biggest shipping companies, Maersk, claimed that is very unlikely for the shipping industry to see container vessels operating without humans in the immediate future. Even though Maersk has significantly reduced crew sizes to promote automation, a complete lack of humans onboard ships is not feasible right now.

Gaining experience from real fires on board

Motivated by the catastrophic fire which occurred on board the Crew Transfer Vessel Umoe Ventus on December 23rd, 2015, the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology, issued the project “New Fire Strategies in the Wake of Umoe Ventus” to increase the level of safety on board vessels.

Why Dynamic Position matters

Dynamic Positioning allows vessels to operate within feet of desired positions for prolonged periods of time. Despite it being a complex system, DP has been a significant benefit to vessels conducting high consequence operations on the outer continental shelf.

Port of Antwerp wants to ensure its place in UK ahead of Brexit

The Port of Antwerp has decided to appoint a full-time representative in the UK, in order to keep in closer touch with the UK economic situation, as the Brexit is soon to happen. As the Port informed commercial relations between the port and the UK are very significant.

Port of Oslo to accommodate new environmentally friendly line

The Port of Oslo announced a new environmentally friendly line at the port. Namely, the shipping companies Viasea and Containerships has started a new weekly route from Klaipeda in Lithuania via Gdynia in Poland to Oslo. The first departure from Klaipeda will take place on 5th April 2018.