A hacking incident at shipowner BW Group has emerged, the owner had been targeted by computer hackers just a month after Maersk was hit, the Singapore-based shipowner has confirmed to the media. “We had an unauthorized access and actions have been taken to rectify the matter,” a BW Group spokesperson said. “Internal and external communications to customers and stakeholders were not impacted and it was business as usual with some inconveniences as we worked around planned system downtimes as our IT department, with assistance of external consultants, reinforced our cybersecurity infrastructure.”
Fearnley Offshore Supply has called the bottom of the market and is seeing strong action in the offshore S&P markets. Analysts reckon in their latest quarterly report, the offshore sector is currently in a “very tense and exciting part of the downcycle in a notoriously volatile market”. Sale and purchase activity over the past quarter was described as “buzzing” with plenty more in advanced stages of negotiations. “Unfortunately for the owners, this activity is mainly driven by the substantial discounts that they are currently offering the market rather than an increased demand for ships. Cash is king" Fearnley reported.
India has dispatched a naval patrol aircraft to Manila to search for sailors of the MV Emerald Star, a cargo ship that sank in the waters+ to the north-east of the Philippines. The P-8I patrol aircraft dispatched on Sunday night carried two ‘search and rescue’ kits which contain inflatable dinghies and emergency food and water supply, which can be dropped near any survivors. The 33,205-tonne cargo ship Emerald Star sank in the Pacific on Friday off the Philippines, as a typhoon churned in the region. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said 15 Indians were rescued, while a search was still on for 11 others missing.
An 8-year-old girl has died after falling two stories from a Carnival cruise ship docked at the PortMiami seaport Saturday, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. The girl fell from a balcony to the ship’s lower deck around 8:15 a.m., police said, according to NBC Miami. The girl was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in "extremely critical condition," where she later succumbed to her injuries, NBC reports. Miami Fire Rescue captain Ignatius Carroll told the Miami Herald that Miami-Dade rescue workers attempted to perform CPR on the child.
A ship carrying 606 migrants rescued at sea, off the Libyan coast, has docked in Sicily. Rescue ship "Aquarius", which is operated by NGO SOS Méditerranée picked up the migrants as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean. The people rescued, who include 241 children and 11 pregnant women, come from around 20 African and Middle-Eastern countries, including Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia and Yemen, the organistion said. The group said that some of the migrants are malnourished and that many of the sub-Saharan African women claim to have suffered abuse.
The Panama Ship Registry has announced the opening of three new technical offices (SEGUMAR) in London, UK, Manila, Philippines and Dubai, UAE. The new offices will be operational from 17 October, 2017, and will strengthen the Registry’s presence in Europe and in Asia. “The new SEGUMAR offices bring a closer relationship with international clients with the option of directly accessing the services offered in real time, with advice through personalised consultation, in strategic locations for the register,” said Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) director of Merchant Marine Fernando Solórzano.
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