Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 07/05/2018




Seacurus Daily: Top Ten Maritime News Stories 07/05/2018

1. Shipping Lagging Behind
Shipping lags behind in new tech adoption, but change is inevitable, experts agree. Regulation and Competition Catalysts For Digital Transformation in Shipping Industry Digitalization, cyber technologies, autonomous mobility and artificial intelligence
(AI) are the driving forces shaping tomorrow’s shipping industry today, as dozens of Internet service providers and AI specialist firms are attracting much attention this week on the exhibition floor of Posidonia 2018.
https://bit.ly/2JoGfO0
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2. US Ports Ranked
Import-export data specialist Descartes Datamyne has released its 2018 U.S. Ports Report. The report offers an annual raking of the top 20 U.S. ocean ports by import volume, measured in TEUs of containerized cargo for 2017. According to the report, the
top ports listed handled nearly 98 percent of U.S. import volume in 2017.
https://bit.ly/2M5xF8E
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3. Plastics in Antarctica
Laboratory analysis of water and snow samples, gathered during a recent Greenpeace expedition to the Antarctic, has revealed the presence of microplastics and persistent chemicals, respectively, in the majority of samples tested.
Seven of the eight sea-surface water samples tested contained microplastic, such as microfibers. While seven of the nine samples contained detectable concentrations of the persistent chemicals, or PFASs. 
https://bit.ly/2Hp7jeo
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4. Mega Divorce Cost
Courts in Dubai and the UK are deciding the fate of one of the world’s most valuable ultra-luxury yachts, the 380-foot expedition-class vessel Luna. She is presently detained at Port Rashid while her current owner, Russian oil and gas magnate Farkhad Akmedov,
disputes a claim to the ship’s title brought by his ex-wife, Tatiana Akhmedova. 
https://bit.ly/2JvF037
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5. Six Steps to Cyber Heaven
As the maritime industry turns to digitalization to help improve operational efficiency, there is increasing awareness of the importance of protecting networks and vessels from cyber risks. KVH Industries has announced “6-Level Cybersecurity,” a cohesive
group of initiatives designed to provide proactive cybersecurity protection for the KVH hardware and maritime VSAT satellite network used by its global maritime customers.
https://bit.ly/2kS8SbP

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6. Race into Space
Inmarsat signed an agreement with the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) to collaborate on technology research and development. Inmarsat’s Maritime President Ronald Spithout signed the MoU with Christodoulos Protopapas, Chairman of the Hellenic Space Agency. The
HSA promotes Greece’s space technology and fosters Greek scientific and engineering research. The MOU will specifically look at collaboration on research and development opportunities
https://bit.ly/2sAS9OI
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7. Ranking Ballast Systems
As the number of ballast water treatment systems on the market nears 100 with a wide array of treatment solutions, ballast water management is creating increasing complexity for the shipping industry. Although operating under its own system of ballast
water regulation, the USCG noted in its Port State Control Annual Report that the number of ballast water management deficiencies doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, on broadly the same number of inspections.
https://bit.ly/2HpI2AT
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8. Trump Holds His Line
U.S. President Donald Trump is not backing down from the tough line he has taken on trade, the White House’s top economic adviser said, setting the stage for a showdown with top allies at this week’s G7 summit in Canada. The
meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Trump in person since U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week.
https://bit.ly/2xZf4sb
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9. Playing Crude Catch Up
Venezuela is nearly a month behind in shipping crude to customers from its main oil export port, according to Reuters data, as chronic delays are compounding production declines and could breach state-run PDVSA’s crude supply contracts if they are not
quickly cleared. The oil company in recent days has raised the prospect that deliveries could be interrupted to some of the world’s largest refiners if it fails to end a tanker bottleneck.
https://bit.ly/2kUOPK4
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10. Another Canal Record
The Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record last month, breaking the previously-held record the third time since the opening of the Expanded Panama two years ago. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the autonomous agency
of the Panama Government responsible for the management of waterway, said it recorded a new record of 38.1 million tons after facilitating the transit of 1,231 vessels in May 2018.
https://bit.ly/2sIEPYH
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