1. Rocket Threat Prompts Navies
Three men were killed on Sunday after the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Amber L collided with a fishing boat, near Cochin port in India. The fishing boat Carmel Matha had 14 on board at the time of the early morning accident. The bulk carrier and her 22 crew have been detained after being apprehended by the Indian Navy as they sailed away. The Greek captain has reportedly been charged with culpable homicide. The fishermen were rescued by a nearby boat and have been admitted to various hospitals in Kochi.
The largest containership to ever visit northern Europe arrived at the Port of Felixstowe earlier this week as part of its maiden voyage from China. The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk arrived in Felixstowe on Tuesday marking its first port call in North Europe as part of the 2M’s AE2 service from Asia to Europe. While at the port, crews were expected to unload over 6,000 TEU loaded in China and Malaysia for the UK. “The Port of Felixstowe is firmly established as the port of first-choice in the UK for the largest mega ships,” said Clemence Cheng, CEO of the Port of Felixstowe.
The technical developments within the maritime industry are moving forward at a steady pace. We have already seen unmanned drones play an important role not only militarily but also in civilian life. This development is also moving along within the maritime industry and we have already seen small unmanned vessels used in the offshore industry. The changes to the current maritime regulatory framework which this new type of vessels will bring has been discussed in different matters and it is clear that the wording of the existing framework easily can be adapted to include the operations of unmanned vessels.
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