Maersk Line has introduced new cyber security protective measures following the Petya attack that disabled its IT systems worldwide at the end of June. Nearly four weeks after the container line’s systems were attacked by the Petya virus Maersk continues focus on full recovery of its customer service operations. The line has introduced new undisclosed security measures it said in an update to customers on Thursday. “In response to this new type of malware, we have put in place different and further protective measures. Due to confidentiality we cannot share details on these measures at this stage,” Maersk said.
The crew of an Indian general cargo ship survived for 10 hours in a life raft in stormy seas in the Bay of Bengal after their ship sank yesterday. The Indian Coast Guard rescued the men yesterday afternoon in an air-sea coordinated operation about 400 km from Port Blair. The "ITT Panther", belonging to Kolkata’s ITT Shipping, had set out from Kolkata on July 15. The coast guard received a distress call early yesterday morning. The 32-year-old ship is understood to have tilted dramatically as its cargo shifted during heavy monsoon weather.
As fighting between terrorists and government forces in Mindanao continues, the Philippine government has rolled out countermeasures to prevent the escape of members of the ISIS-inspired Maute group via maritime routes. Manila has announced two major maritime security initiatives to prevent ISIS-inspired militants from fleeing to neighboring islands near the Malaysian and Indonesian borders. Making its first move, the Philippine government signed a maritime security agreement with Indonesia and Malaysia to hold joint trilateral naval patrols in the Philippine-Malaysia-Indonesia maritime border area.
The 30th Session of the Assembly of the IMO is scheduled to convene from November 27 to December 6 this year. One of the many activities that will take place during the assembly is the election of the IMO Council members. The council is elected by the assembly for a two-year term beginning after each regular session of the assembly. There are 40 member-states that sit in the council divided into three categories. The Philippines has consistently been elected as council member and is pushing hard for re-election once more to represent its seafarer interests.
A group of nine seafarers from the Panama-flagged cargo ship Seccadi, who were left stranded on UK’s Mersey River for almost three weeks, have now returned home. The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency detained the ship on June 20 at a berth in the country’s Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, due to conditions on board.
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