Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/09/2015

Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 08/09/2015

1. Seafarers Assistance Card Launched
Seacurus has launched a Seafarer Assistance Card scheme to enable seafarers to check for cover and provide timely notification of claims under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006). The cards are personal to the seafarer and are issued by the crewing company when seafarers take up their first position at sea. Seacurus managing director Thomas Brown stressed the card satisfied the requirement for vessels to carry a certificate of financial responsibility.
2. Cruise Blaze Extinguished
The US Coast Guard extinguished a fire aboard a Carnival Liberty cruise ship docked in St Thomas, officials said.  The fire, which was reported on Monday afternoon, took place in the ship’s engine room. No one was injured.  Carnival Cruises released a statement after the fire was put out:  ‘Earlier today, while the Carnival Liberty was docked in St Thomas, there was a fire in the ship’s engine room.  Carnival Cruises released a statement after the fire was put out. 
3. Seafarers as Heart and Soul
Seafarers must continue to be seen as the ‘heart and soul’ of the shipping industry and InterManager will continue to support initiatives which work to enhance our people’s skills and competencies onboard ship and ashore, according to its President Gerardo Borromeo. Addressing InterManager’s Annual General Meeting in London, held as part of London International Shipping Week (LISW), Mr Borromeo said InterManager was working with partners to this end.
4. "Blind" Seafarer Concerns 
The latest edition of Maritime FEEDBACK has been released with concern expressed over the “blind” seafarer and the inability of some companies to reply to a letter or more likely a near miss report generated through their own safety management system. Safety reporting scheme CHIRP stresses the value and importance of reporting schemes, but does question whether some are working properly.
5. Slimy Threat Ship Sinker
The European Space Agency (ESA) has spotted a new threat to Earth: a Ship-swallowing green “storm” in the Baltic sea. The storm is an algal bloom that last night occupied a decent slab of the sea and was said to be growing rapidly thanks to a handy (for algae) combination of warm weather and calm seas. The ESA craft that eyeballed the bloom was Sentinel-2, an earth observation satellite that only went aloft on 23 June. The space agency said it was chuffed.
6. Piracy Warning for Ships Released
Vessels transiting the Singapore Strait should be alert to the possibility of piracy attacks. In order to reduce the likelihood of being targeted, and a range of key measures have been stressed. The West of England P&I Club says, agree crew actions, implement ISPS Marsec Level 2, post lookouts, use extra lighting. And where manning levels permit, post additional lookouts around the stern equipped with radios should they need to alert the bridge.

7. Armed Guards Abandoned by Company
As six British maritime security guards prepare to face trial in India charged with illegal possession of weapons, the company they were working for is accused of abandoning them. But did AdvanFort put the men at risk of being arrested by breaching international laws? The BBC has been looking into the case and exploring the seemingly dubious nature of the maritime security company that has become as good at upsetting employees as pirates.
8. Shipping Industry Looking to Wind
The shipping industry is becoming "increasingly convinced" over the use of wind power as a renewable source of energy for commercial ship propulsion, The International Windship Association has said in an emailed statement, and notes that wind propulsion initiatives have been selected for nominations across three categories in this week’s Ship Efficiency Awards. In addition to IWSA becoming a finalist for "Initiative of the Year".
9. Cruise Suicide May Have Been Murder
An attempted murder investigation has opened in Italy after a woman whom authorities had believed attempted suicide woke from a long coma and said she had not tried to kill herself by jumping off a cruise ship in July. Laura Stuardo, 53, told La Stampa newspaper that she had been arguing with her partner in a cabin on the Costa cruise ship docked in the Norwegian port of Flam shortly before falling 115 feet from the boat’s balcony on July 19.
10. US Secret Ship Scrapped
The Hughes Glomar Explorer was more than just a giant ship — it was a giant secret, possibly the biggest covert operation the CIA pulled off during the Cold War. But now, 40 years after its original mission, it’s finally headed to the scrapyard. The ship, now called GSF Explorer, had been retrofitted for oil drilling and exploration since it left US Navy service in 1997. But with the price of oil falling worldwide, its owner Transocean has decided to scrap it.

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