Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 09/09/2015
1. Prime Minister Talks Ships
Many prominent members of the UK shipping community met with the prime minister yesterday morning at 10 Downing Street to kick off London International Shipping Week. The meeting was designed to explore new ways of promoting economic growth in the UK, with the government keen to bolster the sector. On the agenda were reforms of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and the need for a more proactive and commercial ship register.
2. Missing Careers Link
Career advice has been described as the "missing link" for seafaring professions, said speakers at London International Shipping Week on 7 September. According to them, this lack could hurt the health of national maritime hubs, which need seafarers to come ashore to maintain them. Recruiters said that seafarers still report an absence of professional career advice when it comes to transitioning from ship to shore.
3. Nigerian Gunboats Deployed
The Nigerian Custom Service (NCS) said it has deployed 11 gunboats to fight pirates and smugglers within the Western waterways comprising Lagos and Ogun states respectively, saying that the Service was forced to deploy its gunboats following the increasing number of pirates who have resorted to the use of the waterways to carry out their criminal activities. In addition two newly acquired gunboats will also be deployed soon to the Western waterways.
4. LR Talks Tech Trends
Lloyd’s Register has been speaking of maritime technology trends for 2030. That is only 15 years away, yet whenever the technology that will be present seems revolutionary. The report Global Technology Trends 2030 sets out a vision of automation, advanced communication and robotics as the external drivers, coupled with advanced shipbuilding, the development of advanced propulsion and powering. These are driven by technology developments outside shipping.
5. Largest Ro-Ro Comes to Town
The 20,000 tonne Hoegh Target has deck space the size of ten football pitches – and can carry 8,500 vehicles. The Target berthed at the Port of Southampton Tuesday on its journey from East Asia to Europe and onwards via Africa. It’s even bigger than the company’s Hoegh Osaka, which got stranded off the Isle of Wight in January 2015. The launch of Hoegh Target is seen as a milestone in the company’s history.
6. Aussie Apology Demanded
An Australian cruise ship operator is demanding an apology from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and deputy PM Warren Truss for suggesting he is a liar. Two federal bureaucrats conceded on Monday night that they did discuss the "option" of cruise operator Bill Milby sacking his all-Australian crew and taking on a foreign workforce to survive in business under impending changes to national shipping laws. This is part of a longstanding and bitter cabotage dispute.
7. Autonomous Deal Announced
Inmarsat has announced its participation in the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) recently launched by Rolls-Royce. The project, funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), will bring industry partners together with universities, research institutes, ship owners and other stakeholders to explore the economic, social, legal, regulatory and technological factors which need to be addressed.
8. Cruise Ships Still Not Clean Enough
Germany’s Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) says that while leading cruise ship providers are starting to use cleaner and more efficient vessels, results of the organisation’s latest cruise ship rankings show that there are still not enough vessels in the industry utilising environmentally friendly abatement techniques. The ranking is said to have looked at planned newbuilds until 2020, including the type of fuels intended to propel the vessels.
9. Court Battle for Seafarers
The Seafarers International Union of Canada is preparing to take the federal government to court over the use of foreign sailors — some of whom are allegedly being paid as little as $2 per hour — on internationally-flagged ships in Canadians waters. The labour group, which represents unlicensed sailors in all of the country’s coastal waters, has been firing warning shots for month over the growing refusal of shipping agents to hire Canadian crews.
10. Stunning Box Time Lapse
A stunning time-lapse video of a Container ship’s loading sequence and journey around Asia has been catching the eye globally. The video was shot in July 2014, but has only recently emerged, and beautifully captures the container ship’s journey from Ho-Chi Minh, Vietnam to Ningbo, China. An incredible day to night visual is captured as the ship carries out its journey. It was filmed by Toby Smith on a solar powered camera time-lapse compiled of 78,000 files.
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