News Bulletin – 29 September 2018

1. The Indian Seafarers Welfare Organization (ISWOT) and Sea Mission International Jointly organized 70th World Maritime Day Celebrations at ITC Maratha, Mumbai, India.

28 Sep 2018 : The Indian Seafarers Welfare Organization and Sea Mission International Jointly organised 70th World Maritime Day celebrations at ITC MARATHA, Mumbai on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Ramdas Athawale Minister of State for social welfare and Justice, Govt. of India has graced this function as Chief Guest.Amithabh Kumar IRS Addl. Director General of Shipping, Govt. of India has graced this occasion as Special Guest and inaugurated the celebrations.

In his Speech, He addressed the current challenges of Seafarers in present shipping and also the opportunities and bright future of Indian shipping Industry and Seafarers.
Captain. Prasanth Rangnekar, Chairman & Director of MASSA, Capt. Jha, Dy. Master CMMI, Capt. Goyal, CEO, K Line Ship Management, Amar Singh Thakur General Secretary, Maritime union of India, Manoj Yadav, General Secretary, Forward Seamen’s Union of India and N. Reuben Paul, Chairman of Sea Mission International graced this occasion as Guests of Honour. The Maritime Experts who were the Guests of Honour at this function has given their presentation on Seafarers Welfare issues in Indian ports and given views on current challenges of Seafarers welfare and also the opportunities for bright future for our Seafarers.

Minister Ramdas Athawale have presented best Seafarers welfare performance award to Janardan, Assistant General Manager of Fleet Management Ltd for his services to Indian seafarers in capacity of Vice- Chairman, Indian Seafarers Welfare Organization (ISWOT).

2. Cyber security survey shows more action is needed in the industry. 

27 Sep 2018 : According to the survey, in which more than 350 individuals responded, more than a fifth reported that they had been the victim of an attack. In addition, 72% of these mentioning that their own company was a victim of a cyber related incident in the last 12 months.

In the survey, 27% of respondents reported that they had never received cyber security training, and only about half of respondents have a business continuity plan in place, should they become a victim of a cyber security attack, while 31% of respondents had none,” Aron Frank Sorensen said.

BIMCO and Fairplay launched the annual survey for the third time in June with the aim to gather insight and greater awareness on how the industry prepares for and handles cyber attacks.

That is very encouraging but it also pushes us to improve our guidelines, which we are preparing the third version of right now. The survey matters because it allows us to gather knowledge about cyber risks and attacks that would normally never be reported. We can use the result to further develop the cyber security guidelines and thereby help the industry to be more prepared and better protected in the future,” Aron Frank Sorensen said.

3. European Shipowners Call for More Compliant Ship Recycling Facilities.

27 Sep 2018 : Worried that the current recycling capacity included on the EU list is not enough to meet the demands of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation, the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) is asking for more capacity to be added to the list of approved ship recycling facilities.

The additional capacity is crucial if owners are going to abide by the new regulation that prescribes that as of December 31, 2018, all ships flying the European flag are recycled in a facility included in the European list. ECSA welcomed the European Commission’s current inspections of ship recycling facilities in order to enlarge the list of approved facilities that ensure safe and environmentally sound ship recycling.

When non EU facilities such as Indian facilities are found to be compliant with the requirements, they should be included in the EU list, as it will facilitate and encourage further positive developments taking place in South Asia and worldwide,” ECSA said.

A lot has been written lately on whether or not the current list meets the capacity needs for the European flagged fleet to be recycled in a safe and environmentally sound way” said Martin Dorsman, Secretary General of ECSA. We were and still are worried that there is not enough capacity and certainly welcome the Commission’s current efforts to enlarge the list”, he added.

4. EU Parliament Supports Tax Exemption for Ships Using Onshore Power Supply.

27 Sep 2018 : The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has supported the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth. On September 24, the report presented by Ismail Ertug from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament was voted by the committee.

The Ertug report on the deployment of infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU pointed out that taxation has a major impact on the price competitiveness of alternative fuels and underlined that disparities in energy taxation for shore-side supply for ships should be addressed. European ports welcome the vote in the parliament and believe that energy taxation on electricity has been a significant barrier for the uptake of shore-side electricity for ships.

5. International Maritime Community Re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

26 Sep 2018 : More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, gathered at the 11th Co-operation Forum being held from 24 to 25 September, reaffirming commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). The Co-operation Forum is one of the three pillars of the Co-operative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the SOMS.

The event gives opportunity to the three SOMS littoral States (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) and the international maritime community to exchange information and share perspectives on important issues relating to the SOMS. Discussion topics during the Forum centred on the developments, challenges and opportunities faced by the industry in enhancing the safety of navigation, and protection of the marine environment in the SOMS.

The Co-operation Forum is one of the three pillars of the Co-operative Mechanism that was launched at the IMO-Singapore Meeting in September 2007 and focuses on navigational safety and environmental protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). The other two pillars are the Project Co-ordination Committee (PCC) and the Aids to Navigation Fund (ANF).

6. Rescued Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy to reach remote Amsterdam Island.

25 Sep 2018 : An Indian and an Irish sailor rescued from damaged sailboats in the remote southern Indian Ocean will be delivered to land on Tuesday when they reach an island and undergo medical assessments, an official said.

The French fisheries patrol boat Osiris rescued injured Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy, 39, and Irishman Gregor McGuckin, 32, late Monday after their boats lost masts in a storm Friday while competing in the around-the-world Golden Globe Race.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which coordinated the rescues in the Australian search and rescue zone 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) southwest of the Australian city of Perth and 3,000 kilometers (1,875 miles) southeast of the French island of Reunion, said the sailors would land at a French research station on remote Amsterdam Island later Tuesday. The station has a doctor and a small hospital where the conditions of both sailors would be assessed, the authority’s response centre manager Alan Lloyd said. Tomy had reported a back injury during the storm that had left him bedridden.

Both sailors have been reported as well,” Lloyd told reporters. “Tomy was able to assist himself by transferring off the vessel on to the Osiris.”

Defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, tweeted on Monday that it was “a sense of relief to know that naval officer” Tomy was “rescued by the French fishing vessel. He’s conscious and doing okay”. She said an Indian Navy frigate would take Tomy from Amsterdam Island to Mauritius for medical attention.

7. IMO Encourages Maritime Transport Strategy Development.

25 Sep 2018 : The IMO is encouraging countries to develop a maritime transport strategy, highlighting that maritime transport is a central part of the “blue economy” which has enormous potential to promote economic growth and improve peoples’ lives while addressing many of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals are hoped to be achieved by 2030.

A newly launched video explains what a national maritime transport policy is and how it can give a country the tools it needs to become an effective participant in the maritime sector. Through its Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme, the IMO organizes activities to assist countries develop their policies. In conjunction with the World Maritime University, it has developed a training package for government officials and other senior personnel, which is being rolled out globally.

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