Turkey has condemned what it called an "excessive act" by Greece after Greek coast guards fired on a Turkish freighter ship near the Greek island of Rhodes. The freighter’s captain, Haluk Sami Kalkavan, claims Greek coast guards approached his vessel in international waters, demanded that it dock at a port in Rhodes and fired on it when he refused. He said his crew counted 16 bullet holes on the vessel but the ship was not in danger of sinking. The Greek Coast Guard said it tried to stop the vessel following "an anonymous telephone complaint" that it was carrying narcotics. It said the ship was in Greek waters.
Continuing decline in the number of reported incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships has been revealed in the second quarter piracy report of the IMB. The first half of 2017 saw a total of 87 incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre compared with 97 for the same period of the previous year. The latest piracy report shows that in the first six-months of 2017, 63 vessels were boarded, 12 fired upon, four were hijacked and attacks were attempted on another eight vessels. A total of 63 crew has been taken hostage, while 41 have been kidnapped from their vessels, three injured and two killed.
This latest ransomware event – no matter the name – illustrates what can happen to systems when technology use outruns system understanding. There are several major efforts required to keep systems safe and increase the likelihood that they perform as expected for our enterprises. These are bare minimum requirements for today’s security. There are three keys to protecting vessels – these are the "architecture" organisational processes, the incident response and recovery capabilities, and software management of change program.
Recent improvements in the design efficiency of new ships went into reverse last year. According to the CE Delft study the average design efficiency of new bulk carriers, oil tankers and gas carriers was worse in 2016 than in 2015. The share of new ships complying with future efficiency standards also decreased. The design efficiency of containerships and general cargo ships appears to be stagnating after a period of improvement. The data also confirms a considerable proportion of new ships are over-complying IMO design efficiency standard – known as the EEDI – indicating that the standard’s requirements need strengthening.
Working away at sea with limited means of communication and little or no shore leave means that it can be difficult for seafarers to access the emotional support they might need. Forming part of ISWAN’s Seafarers’ Health and Information Programme (SHIP) a new self-help guide is entitled "Steps to Positive Mental Health" contains skills, exercises and coping strategies to help seafarers deal with their emotions when they are experiencing stress or feeling low, including examples of positive coping statements and guidance on using mindfulness to deal with stressful situations.
An Indian sessions court has remanded the captain and two crew members of Amber L, the Panama-flagged merchant vessel which allegedly hit a fishing boat off Kochi, in judicial custody for 15 days. The trio, identified as Captain Georgiannakis Ioannis, second officer Galanos Athanasios, both Greek nationals, and Zewana, a Myanmar national who was the designated duty able seaman, were arrested by the Coastal police on June 30 and produced in Sessions Court I, Ernakulam, on Saturday. The police will soon move an application to get them in custody.
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