The Post-Panamx bulk carrier Americana has been arrested in Singapore, according to the latest records from the Supreme Court of Singapore. Information from VesselsValue.com indicates that the 2010-built vessel is owned by Greece-based Merchant Marine Management S.A. The 91,900 DWT Americana was detailed following action taken by local law firm Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, with the arrest taking place on June 30, 2017 at 6:50 p.m. local time. The circumstances leading to the arrest are currently unknown, but such action is common in instances of payment dispute.
The crew of the tanker Ocean Pride are currently stranded on the increasingly dangerous vessel. Despite repeated requests for help, their correspondence has been ignored and their salaries not paid for 25 months. Human Rights at Sea has published an investigatory report into their plight as they wait, without passports, on board the Panamanian flagged vessel which is moored offshore the coast of the UAE. The vessel is owned by Alco Shipping Services of the UAE. Human Rights at Sea has gathered testimony from the crew which indicate that there is insufficient personal protective equipment on board.
New research, The Effective Crew Project, has been launched to examine the benefits and challenges associated with the implementation of either a stable or a fluid crewing strategy on board merchant vessels. The three year project started in April 2017 and will be completed by March 2020. The research aims to develop findings from a pilot study and will draw upon best practice from stakeholders within the maritime industry. The aim is to see how certain practices may be implemented into the maritime industry to improve three core areas, safety, costs and efficiency.
New recommendations coming out of the investigation into the 2015 sinking of U.S. cargo ship El Faro call for efforts to improve the weather information available to mariners. All 33 crew on board died when the 790-foot El Faro sank close to the eye of Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas on October 1, 2015, two days after leaving Jacksonville, Fla. en route to Puerto Rico. Now, as part of its ongoing investigation into the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has issued 10 safety recommendations aimed at improving tropical cyclone forecasting.
A new low-cost, digital seal has been developed for the CORE (Consistently Optimised REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) European Research Project by Dutch software company Itude Mobile. Babbler requires no installation in the fabric of a truck or container and enables the integrity of the shipment to be monitored online via a smartphone app. The seal is broken if Babbler’s sensors detect light. Both the seal status and the temperature of the cargo can be inspected wirelessly or a long-range radio option, LoRa. While customs authorities can access the Babbler log some hours before a vessel berths.
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