News Bulletin – 10 March 2018

1. Shipping into a changing world

9 March 2018 : After a summer of extraordinary disasters in the USA and other parts of the world the global economy struggles to show growth and faces huge uncertainty over the future of world peace. Shipping which still carries more than 90% of World physical trade has shown little growth in demand for its services and in some sectors a decline. Shipping started this decade with an oversupply of ships and yet has continued to expand its capacity with an unprecedented new building program in all sectors. Despite greater ship scrapping which has reached its maximum capacity the surplus has grown and new building orders continue to appear.

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2. K Line opens new crew training facility in Philippines

9 March 2018 : Japanese shipping firm Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. has opened a new crew training facility in the Philippines to meet increasing demand for Filipino seafarers along with its planned fleet expansion. The Tokyo-based firm says the 11-story building Ocean Breeze in Pasay City, south of Manila, is located adjacent to the K Line building, which houses K Line Maritime Academy Philippines. The new facility is replete with a clinic and dormitory with a capacity of 225 trainees and also houses K Line group companies such as manning, logistics and marine shipping agent firms.

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3. Boeing P8i launched to find missing Maersk crew members

8 march 2018 : The Indian Navy Boeing P8i was launched on Wednesday from Tamil Nadu’s Arakkonam to look for the four missing crew members of Maersk Container. Earlier, a Maersk container ship, with 27 crew members, including 13 Indians on board caught fire in the Arabian sea. The incident took place on Tuesday when the ship was 340 nautical miles from Agatti in Lakshwadeep Islands.23 people out of 27 were rescued while search operation was underway to locate the other four crew members which are said to be missing.

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4. Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative Lunched

8 March 2018 : Shipowners, banks and charity organizations including the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and non-profit Forum for the Future launched the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative on March 7, in Hamburg. The initiative comes as a response to the lack of transparency across ship recycling policies that leads to bad practices and related health, safety and environmental hazards.

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5. Germany Gets Its First Female Cruise Ship Captain

7 March 2018 : The first female captain has taken the helm of the AIDAsol cruise ship, pertaining to Carnival’s Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand, making her the highest-ranking woman on a cruise ship in Germany.Nicole Langosch, aged 34, is the first female captain in the AIDA fleet as well. “I’m proud to work at a company that promotes the careers of young women and that has made it possible for me pursue my dream profession. I look forward to my new role as captain on board AIDAsol and am aware of the great responsibility,”says Langosch.

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6. MARPOL Amendments Enter into Force

7 March 2018 : Ship fuel oil reporting requirements and amendments to the regulation for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships have entered into force, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) informed. Entered into force on March 1, ship fuel oil consumption data reporting requirements are aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency of international shipping. The data collection will begin on January 1, 2019, with data reported to IMO at the end of each calendar year.

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7. IMO Body recommends fleet Safety for GMDSS recognition

6 March 2018 : Fleet Safety from Inmarsat, a new service incorporating FleetBroadband and a Maritime Safety Terminal (MST) has been recommended for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) recognition, after its performance was subjected to intensive review by a group of International Maritime Organization-appointed experts.

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8. Maritime women to benefit from new leadership course

5 March 2018 : Maritime subjects are set to feature on a new Leadership in the Public Sector course being developed by the training arm of the UN system – the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). This was decided at a UNITAR meeting at IMO Headquarters, London (28 February) where a task force, including IMO, was set up to develop the course. The training will be launched in Marrakech, Morocco (23 June) with a view to delivering the training to women officials attending the next regional meeting of the network for women of maritime authorities in Latin America later this year.

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9. Major ports to form SPVs to develop 111 rivers as NWs: Gadkari

5 March 2018 : In a special move aimed at promoting inland water transport, India’s top 12 major ports will create SPVs to develop 111 rivers across India, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.”Given the vast potential of rivers for inland transport, we have decided that 12 major ports will constitute special purpose vehicles (SPVs) to develop rivers,” Shipping, Road Transport, Highways, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Gadkari told PTI.

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