News Bulletin – 28 April 2018

1. Ballast Water Treatment Association Established.

27 April 2018 : The manufacturers and stakeholders in the ballast water treatment equipment market have taken a major step forward by codifying a unified manufacturers’ association. The Ballast water Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) met on April 19, 2018 for their first Annual Meeting and elected the inaugural Board of Directors.

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2. Maritime Round table says welfare of seafarers paramount amid piracy threat.

26 April 2018 : Responding to feedback on the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (IMO MSC) Circular MSC.1/Circ. 1334 recommending that ship masters report all incidents of piracy and sea robbery to the Rescue Coordinating Centre of the coastal states immediately, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Maritime Roundtable noted that some sectors within the shipping industry felt the need to further simplify this reporting procedure.

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3. More Information Exchange Needed to Cut CO2 Emissions.

26 April 2018 : The international shipping industry needs to work more quickly towards global digital standardisation if it is to reduce its CO2 emissions. Speaking at the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference April 25, 2018, Argyris Stasinakis, a partner with ship tracking intelligence company MarineTraffic, told the audience that more information exchange between shipowners, shippers, ports, equipment manufacturers and IT companies was needed to meet the ambitious CO2 emission reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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4.MPA signs pact to develop future-ready seafarers.

25 April 2018 : Singapore is ramping up efforts to develop human capital for the seafaring industry. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed yesterday aims to help develop a future-ready pool of seafarers by arming them with the skills to cope with trends towards digitalisation and automation in the maritime sector.

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5.India is fast emerging as a potential destination for cruise tourism, says top industry official.

25 April 2018 : India is fast emerging as a potential destination for the cruise tourism and some new port developers in that country are in talks with international cruise management consultants for setting up terminals that can handle an estimated 200,000 passengers per year, a senior industry official has said.

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6.Here’s how Information Technology is making ports more efficient.

24 April 2018 : Use of technology has begun reflecting in the performance of the logistics chain, with shipment, warehousing and cargo consolidation witnessing improved dwell time over the last six months. Instrumental in this process has been the Logistics Databank System (LDB), a flagship technology solution of DMICDC Logistics Data Services, a special purpose vehicle of the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT), a government entity, and Japan’s NEC Corporation.

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7. Sea marshals help keep maritime terror at bay.

23 April 2018 : When a ship sails serenely into Singapore’s waters, it is hard to tell – from the outside – whether it has actually been taken over by pirates or terrorists. One way to find out is to physically board the ship. But whoever does so risks his life if the ship has really been hijacked. Welcome to the world of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s 180 Squadron, whose crew board sensitive vessels to make sure they have not been taken over.

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