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Cyber Security

10 Tips for safe personal data handling

The EU GDPR has come into effect and thus the Swedish Club advises operators on how to try and reduce the risk of a breach. The regulation contains provisions and requirements about the processing of personally identifiable information of data subjects inside the European Union. Business processes that handle personal data must be built with privacy by design and by default.


EU GDPR effective – now what?!

The deadline for its implementation, the May 25th, has reached to an end, meaning that from now onwards, all organizations in the EU, as well as those that deal with data related to EU residents, should comply with new data privacy laws. Albeit the increased awareness over this issue by the business world, have we really understood what about this regulation is? And most importantly, are we actually prepared for compliance.

Cyber Security

The importance of ISO 27001 in complying with EU GDPR

We hear that ISO 27001 is a non-technical systems focused standard. This may confuse most of us and create queries on how this standard may help organizations, including the maritime ones, achieve the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ISO 27001 may include people, processes as well as IT systems.


Maritime Knowledge

Bridge Procedures: What to do in case of ECDIS system failure

The previous article in our “Bridge Procedures” series focused on the necessary steps during the ECDIS setup. Since ECDIS is a complex system, at this point, it is critical to clarify what should be done in the case of a failure.


Lessons to be learned from recent cyber incidents

According to the Allianz Risk Barometer 2018, cyber-crime is considered one of the top five risks in shipping. Though a new risk, it is the third on the list according to the 31% of the participants, mostly consisted by company managers.

Women in shipping

Career Paths: Annette Stube, A.P. Moller - Maersk

Having a 20-year experience with corporate sustainability, Mrs. Stube is feeling very privileged to work with Maersk, due to its 'vast reach and strong leadership mindset'


SAFETY4SEA Cyber Masterclass- Highlights
The SAFTY4SEA Cyber Masterclass successfully concluded on 16th of May at the Bookcastle of the National Library at SNFCC attracting 240 delegates from a total of 125 organizations.

Cyber Security: A Practical View
Mrs. Cynthia Hudson, CEO, HudsonAnalytix, delivered a presentation of the practical approach a ship operator must undertake in order to address the important risk of cyber security.

Lessons Learned


Lessons learned from incorrect oxygen welding gas hose

In its latest Safety Flashes, IMCA presents a case of a fire due to incorrectly selected oxygen welding gas hose, during a routine cutting job onboard a ship. There were no injuries or ship damage, but investigation later revealed that the hose had been recently replaced with one that did not comply with ISO 14113 specification.


Lessons learned from ship's contact with rig legs

In its latest Safety Flash for May, IMCA presents a ship's contact with the legs of a rig which, although not causing any damage, highlighted the Master's inadequate understanding of hazards while manoeuvring in heavy weather, as well as the lack of a proper planning before manoeuvring operations.


Inadequate maintenance prevents vessel to anchor during emergency

UK MAIB in its latest Safety Digest presents a case where a windfarm support vessel was trying to anchor when the low fuel pressure alarm on the starboard engine sounded. When a crewman released the windlass the anchor failed to 'free fall'. As the vessel was in danger, the master called the coastguard, a lifeboat was deployed and the vessel was towed safely.

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Crew of sunken 'Ocean Way' was unprepared for emergency

The UK MAIB issued a report on the flooding and foundering of the UK-flagged trawler 'Ocean Way', off Scotland, in March 2017. The investigation highlighted the danger that can be caused by the lack of bilge suctions in watertight compartments, as well as issues on MCA guidance for fishing vessel crews in emergency situations.


Man falls overboard from passenger ship in port of Piraeus

The Piraeus Port Authority and Hellenic Coast Guard authorities are searching for a man, after he reportedly fell overboard from the RoRo passenger ship 'Blue Horizon', while the ship was docked in the port of Piraeus, in the evening hours of 23 May. The incident was reported soon after the ship had departed from port.


Piracy on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean

In its recently-published annual piracy report, Oceans Beyond Piracy reported a total of 71 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Latin America and the Caribbean Sea throughout 2017, which represents a 163% increase over 2016. Most incidents occurred in territorial waters, with anchored yachts being the primary targets for attackers.



Watch: What really happens to the plastic you throw away

The short animation film, produced by TED-Ed, explores three possible scenarios regarding the life cycle of a plastic bottle, after it is thrown away. The lesson is by Emma Bryce and the animation by Sharon Colman.


China trade talks benefit US LNG projects

China's attempt to reduce its trade surplus with the US with increased energy imports can cause US plans for LNG plants to advance. With over twenty US LNG plants waiting for final investment decision, many of them are looking to China to seal a deal.


ULSFO to be provided at Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region

Ultra-Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) with 0.1% maximum sulphur will be available to vessels calling in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region (ARA), as the marine fuels company Bomin Group said.




New project to map ocean floor by 2030

A new scientific project will be launched to map the ocean floor by 2030. The Seabed 2030 project will use data from underwater drones, merchant ships, fishing boats and even explorers, to solve one of the world’s long lasting mysteries.


Eni reports 15% emissions reduction in upstream operations

In its sustainability report for 2017, Italian oil and gas giant Eni details its work undertaken in three key areas: climate change, operating model and cooperation with communities and third parties, with a view to improve access to energy.


Banks moving towards digital trade operations

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released its 10th annual Global Survey, showing that 60% of banks are moving towards greater digitalisation, but only 9% say technology solutions have so far increased efficiency.