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Union of Greek Shipowners: Armed piracy should be a top priority

The Union of Greek Shipowners, in light of the recent piracy incidents that gained attention, expressed their great worry and concern and highlighted that all shipping stakeholders should place the piracy incidents as a top priority, as they pose great challenges for the seafarers.

The winners of the first SAFETY4SEA – EUROPORT Awards announced

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 SAFETY4SEA – EUROPORT Awards on workplace safety, training, technology, ship operator and initiative that have showcased excellence and innovation within the maritime industry towards a safer and more secure shipping. The awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony which successfully concluded on November the 7th, on the sidelines of EUROPORT, the leading international exhibition that took place in Rotterdam, November 5-8, 2019.

US Navy embarks merchant vessels sailing through Hormuz for security

The US Navy reports that marines and sailors from US Central Command’s Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FASTCENT) provided the MSC-chartered roro Liberty with an on-board security presence, during the vessel’s voyage through the Strait Of Hormuz, following the tensions that have spiked in the area. 

Vessels detained after boy goes missing

Three inter-island Taio Shipping Limited vessels have been detained by the Ministry of Transport in the Cook Islands, after a young boy from Auckland disappeared from a vessel last month. The seven-year was lost when on board the MV Lady Moana, travelling from Rakahanga to Rarotonga.

GPS interference in Eastern,Central Med. Sea and Suez Canal

The US Maritime Administration alerted of GPS interference that has been reported from vessels operating in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean Sea, and Suez Canal resulting to lost GPS signals that seriously affect the vessel’s navigation and operations.

Russia, China, and Iran consider joint naval drill in Gulf of Oman

Tasnim, Turkish news agency, reported that Iran is under discussion with Russia and China to launch a joint naval drill in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean, following the increased tensions in the area. The collaboration between the US, Russia, Iran and China shows the capability of the countries to partner, whereas also presents the ‘political goals’ behind this exercise. 

Kuwait updates ISPS Code to level 2

The Ministry of Communications in the state of Kuwait’s issued a Ministry Resolution increasing the ISPS level for all ports  within Kuwait to ISPS L2. Although many incidents had been occurred before, the 9/11 attack in United States triggered the development of ISPS Code.

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