A Mumbai court yesterday sentenced 15 Somalis to seven years’ imprisonment for piracy acts carried out in the Indian-governed part of the Arabian Sea. The court also issued the pirates with a fine, which – if unpaid – will earn them an additional sentence. In four separate cases, as many as 120 pirates were arrested between January and March 2011 – two of whom died during the trial. The 15 were arrested in January 2011. They were found guilty of attacking the containership "CMA CGM Verdi". Having already been behind bars for the past six years, the convicts will likely serve one more year in jail and then be deported.
The Australian Federal Court has convicted Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) of criminal cartel conduct and ordered it to pay a fine of AUD 25 million (around USD 20 million). However, without the NYK’s cooperation on the matter, the fine would have been even bigger, ACCC said.
The Standard P&I Club notes that investigation into enclosed space-related casualties reveal that most are caused by poor training and knowledge of the correct entry procedures, or a disregard for them. Therefore, the Club has published a comprehensive guide to address all key issues and assist seafarers to enter enclosed spaces safely. The guide highlights shortfalls in individual company procedures in equipment, training and onboard practices. Analysis of incidents have helped the Club to address key factors that contribute to enclosed space incidents.
The Bahamas flagged bulk carrier "MV Rena" has been banned from Australian ports for six months after the ship repeatedly failed to pay outstanding wages and maintain a safe workplace. On 30 June, AMSA was notified by ITF that the crew onboard the bulk carrier had not been paid for several months and upon inspection Maritime Authority issued the following serious deficiencies: Failure of the emergency generator to start; Failure of the life boat starting arrangements; Short comings in the safety management system (ISM); and Failure to pay crew the cash component of their wages which totalled about $53,000 US.
The union branded the use of the workers as “under-handed”. “Although first thought to be part of the transport ship’s crew, it appears the foreign workers were flown in from Singapore on special visas to help unload its cargo,” the Maritime Union of Australia said in a statement.
The IMO has awarded the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to two Houston ship pilots for their role in preventing a major disaster when the ship they were piloting broke down and burst into flames in the Houston Ship Channel. The Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is the IMO’s highest honor for bravery at sea. The two pilots – Captains Michael McGee and Michael Phillips – are the first harbor pilots ever to be nominated and named recipients of the award. Remarkably, no lives were lost in the incident, and a major marine pollution incident was avoided through the pilots’ heroic efforts.
Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) responded to the spiritual and faith needs of the crew of container ship "CMA CGM Africa Four" when it called at Tilbury port recently. The crew of the 51,634 deadweight-tonne CMA CGM-operated vessel contacted the Tilbury seafarers to request a Mass be held on board and for the ship to be blessed. The crew were anxious and were desperate for a service to be held after a port worker in a small boat had got caught by the propeller and was pulled underwater when the vessel was in Africa.
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