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Malaysia prohibits open-loop scrubbers

Malaysia has banned the use of open-loop scrubbers on Malaysian waters. More specifically, ships are now prohibited from discharging washwater from open-loop scrubbers while operating in the country’s waters. As the government said, vessels calling to the Malaysian Ports are advised to change over to compliance fuel oil or change over to close loop system before entering Malaysian Waters and Ports.

Internet access crucial for seafarers

According to a survey by Danica, a crewing company, shipping companies should be consider that it is not only salary levels that determine which employer a seafarer chooses. Instead, peripheral benefits are playing an important role in attracting and keeping senior staff, as well. Among these, the most important is access to the internet, followed by medical insurance, pensions and paid certification.

Speaking about fraud in healthcare and its relation to shipping

Elena Donina Glukhman, Project Manager of AP Companies Global Solutions, questions what fraud in healthcare means and how it can relate to the maritime industry, explaining common types of fraud committed by the patients and their consequences.

EU imposes sanctions against Turkey

The EU Council decided, on November 11, to implement a framework for sanctions against natural and legal people who are involved in offshore drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean within Cypriot territorial waters.

Tripartite Forums calls IMO, MSC and MEPC to improve collaboration

The Tripartite Forum met in Tokyo discussing the rapidly changing shipping industry and what will follow in the near future, based on the environmental, economic and technological changes that the industry will face. The Forum notes that although the targets are achievable, it is important to implement better and clearer regulation to easier achieve the goals set.

IMO moves towards reduced ship emission targets

​The IMO stated that the its Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships has made significant progress with work aiming to help achieve the ambitious targets of the initial IMO strategy regarding the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, further aiming at the at the decarbonization of the international shipping in this century.

11 US sailors injured after fire onboard the warship USS Iwo Jima

Eleven sailors suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out late Thursday in the cargo hold of the amphibious warship USS Iwo Jima, while the ship was in maintenance at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. The fire broke out about 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, when sailors onboard reported smoke in a cargo hold.

Japan to deploy US-made autonomous underwater vehicle for survey

Japan will acquire an autonomous underwater vehicle in 2020, in line with the Government’s search for industrially vital rare-earth elements, in what officials describe as the world’s first survey of its kind, according to Nikkei Asian Review. For the project, Japan will spend about 1 billion yen ($9.2 million), for the AUV and the rest of the equipment.

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