About 100 Indian sailors aboard 22 ships have been stranded in UAE waters and have sought the assistance of the Indian Consulate General in Dubai, according to a media report. The Indian Consul General of Dubai, Vipul, said that the number of distress calls from Indian sailors stranded in UAE waters had hit its peak this summer. “We are currently dealing with cases of 22 ships. There are 97 Indians aboard these vessels,” the diplomat said. The mission also noted that sailors from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Myanmar and Pakistan are also present in these vessels, although their exact numbers are not known to the Indian consulate.
As the Maersk Group gets back to more normal working procedures in the wake of Tuesday’s giant cyber attack, a host of the world’s top shipping bodies have warned that the industry must be more on its guard as further sophisticated attacks are expected to proliferate. “This week’s cyber attack is a wakeup call for the shipping industry and provides a graphic example of the potential impact of such attacks,” Esben Poulsson, chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), told Splash. ICS was an active participant in a cross-industry guidance, published in 2015, and which is soon to be updated.
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) have formally established a joint holding company for their container business alliance. The new company, named Ocean Network Express, includes terminal operation businesses outside Japan. The three companies have received all the necessary approvals with local competition laws, except for South Africa. In South Africa, the new company expects to complete the approval process for compliance by April 1, 2018. The new company will have offices in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, United States, and Brazil.
Following recent casualties involving bulk carriers, a series of new inspection requirements have been imposed in Brazilian ports for certain ships that are 18 years or older. Brazilian flagged bulk carriers that have been converted from oil tankers, carrying cargo with a density equal to or greater than 1.78 t/m3, such as iron ore, require inspections from Flag State Control before the commencement of loading. Non-Brazilian flagged ships that fall within the above parameters will need to be inspected by Port State Control prior to the commencement of loading.
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