1. Looking Back on Year
Looking back at The Maritime Executive’s most-read articles, they see a year that reflected on tragedy and then forged ahead with solutions. According to the website, the most important articles have been on the El Faro Tragedy, the U.S. Navy Shake-Up in the
wake of a string of accidents. They have also seen a huge audience for their up-to-the-minute Coverage of the recent hurricane season – prompted by the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The news of the Seaman Guard Ohio Crew being acquitted
also stole the headlines, as did the spoofing attack on vessel GPS signals.
Developments surrounding autonomous shipping continue apace and leading industry players expect to start seeing remotely operated vessels in commercial operation by 2020, if not before. One of the first types of commercially operated unmanned vessels is expected
to be offshore industry support vessels. There has also been significant interest in the new technology from builders and owners of tugs, with one major operator having trialled the navigation of a tug controlled from land this year. The Club has been actively
monitoring to ensure they are ready to assist Members as they embrace these new technologies.
A couple of weeks ago, Wärtsilä announced its vision of a Smart Marine Ecosystem. Here in the words of Roger Holm, president of its marine solutions business, we find out what exactly it all means. The shipping industry is not going to be (and should not want
to be) spared an increasingly inter-connected future. New technologies that were considered completely unachievable just a few years ago are rapidly being introduced, creating new levels of efficiency and cost savings that are influencing the future of shipping.
We at Wärtsilä have committed ourselves to being at the forefront of these changes.
Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday. Letting go of Navy Admiral Marcelo Eduardo Hipólito Srur was the first known disciplinary
action taken by President Mauricio Macris administration since contact was lost with the ARA San Juan on Nov. 15. It was decided to remove him, a government spokesman said. Families of the crew members criticized Macris government for not clearly communicating
with them and for abandoning rescue efforts.
teu vessels, and MSC will confirm the contract for another two 14,000 teu vessels in January 2018. The conversion will increase the capacity of each vessel from 14,000 teu to 17,000 teu by expanding the length of the ships from 365.5m to 394.4m. MSC currently
has eleven 22,000 teu ultra large containerships under construction at South Koreas Daewoo Shipbuilding.
the worlds oceans and seas carry 95 percent of communications and over $10 trillion in daily transactions. There is a new risk to our way of life, which is the vulnerability of the cables that criss-cross the seabeds, the BBC quoted Stuart Peach, chief
of the defence staff, as saying. The Soviet navy now poses a serious threat to Western communications.
the man overboard incident from the bulk carrier.
An average of 20 tons of pangolins and their parts have been trafficked internationally each year with smugglers using 27 new global trade routes annually. The report, The Global trafficking of pangolins: a comprehensive summary of seizures and trafficking
routes from 20102015, was released in the wake of the worlds largest ever pangolin seizure, when China announced the seizure of 11.9 tons of scales from a ship in Shenzen last month. Known as the worlds most trafficked mammal, all eight (four Asian and
four African) species of pangolins are prohibited from international trade under CITES.
small ship cruise line. In April 2017, Viking and Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two cruise ships, the seventh and eight for Viking, along with an option for two additional ships. Fincantieri now says that the construction
contracts have become effective and that the company has exercised the option for the two additional ships. https://goo.gl/tHvb7q
war risk insurance premium now being paid by Nigeria-bound vessels. Although reports of piracy in the Niger Delta appears to be waning, stakeholders in the industry are worried that offshore underwriting firms still insist on very high premium to be paid by
those conveying cargoes to Nigeria.
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