Move over Love Island, this reality contest requires some shipping skills. Maersk Tankers has opened the door to "hackers". Unlike the cyber-attack on parent AP Moller-Maersk this summer, however, this encounter with disruptive forces is welcome. The products tanker giant has called on “business geeks”, investors, coders, entrepreneurs and data scientists to help the company boost performance. Its “hackathon” event will take place in August and will have a feel of a reality TV show as participants go head to head for the DDK 25,000 ($4,000) prize.
P&I Clubs have been making members aware of the release of AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 which supersedes 8/2016. The Marine notice 7/2017 addresses the following areas, software quality assurance, ECDIS data presentation and performance check dataset, Chart carriage requirements, Mode of ECDIS operation, ECDIS training requirements, Port state control inspections. It states that PSC inspectors may take account of ECDIS related issues, including master and navigating officers being familiar with the operation of the ECDIS equipment fitted and able to demonstrate operational competency.
A merchant ship collided with a United Arab Emirates navy boat as it was taking part in a routine mission off UAE territorial waters in the Gulf on Tuesday, the UAE armed forces said. There were no casualties in the incident and “other damage is being evaluated”, state news agency WAM said, citing a statement from the General Command of the Armed Forces. It gave no details on the type of merchant ship, the cargo it was carrying or any details on whether shipping routes were affected.
The Italian government on Tuesday threatened to shut humanitarian groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean out of the country’s ports if they do not sign a “code of conduct.” Italy fears that the ships are making it too easy for smugglers to operate and that they act as an incentive for migrants who want to reach Europe. An Italian court has also suggested they collude with Libya-based smugglers, which the charities deny. Italy’s coastguard coordinates all rescues off the coast of Libya, which has been shattered by years of civil war. Almost 100,000 have been brought to Italy this year.
Industry forecasts tell us that the number of VSAT-equipped vessels will grow from 13,200 in 2015 to 32,700 in 2025. The merchant segment will see the biggest growth in installed VSAT terminals during this period, increasing from 6,000 to nearly 20,000. This growth in maritime demand for connectivity comes at a time when satellite broadband to mobile VSAT platforms is being dramatically improved. Leading the improvement is the introduction of transformational technology in the form of high-throughput satellites and the development of next-generation ground antennas and modems.
Maersk Line and its 2M partner MSC are diverting four boxships from their joint Transatlantic TA3 service from APM Terminals to Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam. The impacted vessels will be "Maersk Kawasaki", "Maersk Kure", "MSC Charleston", and "Maersk Kowloon", Maersk Line said in an advisory.
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