1. Flag Hits Back
European shipowners (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) call for easing the administrative burden shipping crew and companies are facing today. The Reporting Formalities Directive, that aimed to simplify and rationalise reporting formalities for ships in European ports as of June 2016, has unfortunately not helped in easing the situation. Crews and companies face a worse situation today than before. Rather than having a single European window, diverging national solutions were developed and even at Member States’ level there is very often no single solution in place.
Iron ore imports by China slumped last month to the lowest in more than a year, sinking from a record of above 100 million tons, as mills prepared for unprecedented state-ordered curbs on steel output over winter. Purchases dropped to 79.49 million tons in October, according to customs data on Wednesday. That’s down from September’s 102.8 million tons, and is the lowest amount since February 2016. Over the first 10 months, imports by the world’s top buyer still expanded 6.3 percent to 896 million tons.
A recent survey by Futurenautics found that shipping companies are still largely unprotected from potential cyber attacks, even after the recent ransomware attack that left Maersk reeling. Joe Baker examines the current state of preparedness for protecting vessels from cyber threats and finds out what’s being done both from a technological and regulatory point of view. “The connected ship is becoming more of a normality and the use of IT and more importantly OT on ships is starting to take a hold,” says Peter Broadhurst, senior vice-president of safety and security at Inmarsat Maritime.
Ship maintenance and servicing will be enhanced through a partnership between a global shipbuilding group and an internet of things (IoT) platform builder. Fincantieri Marine Systems has teamed up with Camgian Microsystems Corp to use suites of sensors and a cloud-based IoT software platform. Together, these companies will increase shipping’s capability to efficiently collect and transmit large volumes of disparate sensor data and use this to generate critical operational insight.
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