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  • Autonomous ships: When technology is not enough

    A crewless, unmanned cargo ship carrying thousands of containers, going anywhere you want, requiring only one manager in a remote location. Sounds pretty nice, right? Lower shipping fees, automated and digitalized voyage planning resulting in higher security on the seas, and crew members staying with their families at new year’s eve. The benefits for commercial shipping are there. In terms of security, autonomous vessels can be a curse and a blessing. No longer can crew be taken hostage by pirates causing a critical situation for the shipowner and its government, but on the other hand, who can defend the vessels without someone on board? Accompanying autonomous vessels, perhaps, but will these be able to distinguish attackers from peaceful nearby ships?

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  • New Standards for bulk carrier and oil tanker construction approved by the IMO

    New ship construction rules for bulk carriers and oil tankers was submitted and accepted by the IMO’s MSC or Maritime Safety Committee as signed by the goals and functional requirements that were set by the organization for new bulk carriers and oil tankers.

    These goal based standards will show that all ships have a specific designed and constructed life and if they are properly maintained, they need to be environmentally friendly and safe for their lifespans. Continue reading

  • Date for second hearing for El Faro disaster is set

    It has been more than three decades since a US cargo flagged ship has gone down during a voyage. However, on October 1, 2015 at 7:20 am the cargo ship, the El Faro, placed a distress call stating that the ship had become disabled. Sometime after that it tragically went down near the coast of the Bahama island Crooked Island due to hurricane Joaquin. The vessel was on route to Puerto Rico carrying cargo from Florida. Continue reading

  • Hope For Yemen: UN to Start Inspecting Import Shipments

    On Tuesday May 3rd, the United Nations offered a glimmer of hope to struggling Yemeni citizens with a promise to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, according to news released by the world body. For the Yemeni people, this announcement is a long-awaited sign of impending relief; the UN first spoke of their plan to establish this procedure eight months ago, but funding issues stalled its progress. As late as October of last year, the United Nations was still working to raise $8 million to fund the Djibouti-based operation; fortunately, the European Union, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Britain, and the United States stepped in to provide financing. Continue reading

  • Growth of Marine Electronics Industry to a Market Value of US$ 3.2 billion

    Industry of Marine Electronics has experienced an exponential growth, according to the data revealed by Navico. Navico is currently leading the manufacturing of Marine Equipments and they have observed the Industry Market value in total has reached to 3.2 billion US Dollar. This market value not only incorporates the annual sales of electronics delivered to the marine industry for the bridges, but also fishing vessels, commercial shipping, working boats of different kinds and boats for recreational purpose. Continue reading

  • Type approval for Raytheon-Anschutz ECDIS

    Raytheon Anschütz, the German navigation manufacturer has announced that it is can deliver new IEC-/IMO-compliant ECDIS software. According to latest regulations, shipowners must update their ECDIS or Electronic Chart Display & Information System by September 1, 2017. Continue reading

  • Ecdis Standards deadline gets extended by IMO

    After requesting for more time for creating and updating the software required, IMO has granted an extension, helping to decrease stress levels over the update deadline. Continue reading

  • Inmarsat plans investing up to 1.8B USD

    The UK based satellite operator, Inmarsat revised their capital expenditure for 2016, 2017, and 2018 for sixth generation satellites. The expect the costs to be between $500 million and $600 million US dollars. The total investment is up to $1.8 Billion, which includes one I-5 satellite and two I-6 satellites. Continue reading

  • First ever marine cyber security guidelines published

    9th January, 2016. London: In order to secure the shipping industry against the threat of cyber attacks has launched a set of guidelines. BIMCO or Baltic and International Maritime Council is one of the world’s largest shipping organization consists of 130 countries with about 2300 members including shop owners, managers, operators, broker and agents who provide technical information, advice and education to develop and maintain industry standards.

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  • 9 Reasons 2015 Was a Green Year in Shipping

    We live in an increasingly Globalized society where exchange of goods and services is easy, affordable and fast. About 90% of the global trade is happening through the sea. Currently, the number of merchant vessels producing above 100 gigatons of CO2 emissions amounts to 104.000 worldwide. As global demand continues to increase, the number of merchant vessels will grow proportionally and – with that – CO2 emissions are expected to quadruple by 2050. To counter the social and environmental risks emerging from this trend, regulators throughout the world are taking initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions in the maritime industry. As 2015 comes to an end, we explore 9 areas marking 2015 as a green year in the shipping industry.

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