ReCAAP Piracy and Armed Robbery Information Sharing Centre, 1st Quarter Report Jan – Mar 2019

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A total of 10 incidents of armed robbery against ships (comprising nine actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported in Asia during January-March 2019 compared to 21 incidents (comprising 15 actual incidents and six attempted incidents) during January-March 2018. This accounts for a 52% decrease in the total number of incidents reported during…

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Port State Control – Reducing the risk of Deficiencies and Detentions

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Port State Control detentions due to ISM failures are becoming more common as the authorities are grouping deficiencies together to justify detaining the ship. The objectives of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code are to ensure safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, and avoidance of damage to the environment…

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Flashback in maritime history: M/V GRANDCAMP explosion and Texas City disaster, 16 April 1947

  (http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 16 April 1947, in the port of Texas City, Texas, the freighter GRANDCAMP, with a cargo of ammonium nitrate, small arms ammunition, machinery, and sisal twine, caught fire. The fire quickly spread to the nearby freighter HIGH FLYER, loaded with ammonium nitrate and sulphur. When the two ships exploded, it largely flattened…

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Flashback in maritime history and infographic – Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire, 20 April 2010

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 20 April 2010, the MODU Deepwater Horizon, engaged in drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, suffered a catastrophic explosion and fire. Eleven workers died. Due primarily to the heroic efforts of the crew of the OSV Damon B. Bankston, the other 115 persons on the MODU were evacuated safely. A…

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Autonomous ships in unchartered waters

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Unmanned ships are on the horizon and the Norwegian maritime sector is uniquely positioned to take a leading role internationally in the development and commercialisation of this technology. Autonomous shipping may be Norway’s maritime equivalent of Project Apollo, but is the legal framework keeping pace? Norway is already a world leader in maritime autonomy…

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9th East Med Marine and Oil & Gas Exhibition: The largest and most successful event since its inception!

‘The largest and most successful event since its inception! This was the general sentiment among exhibitors and participants of the 9th East Med Marine and Oil & Gas Exhibition. 85 exhibitors and more than 500 shipping and maritime professionals attended the conferences, workshops and exhibition. This year’s increased attendance verifies that the local shipping industry…

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