Comparing Aerial and Satellite Images...

Comparing Aerial and Satellite Images of China’s Spratly Outposts February 16, 2018 Comparing Aerial and Satellite Images of China’s...

Comparing Aerial and Satellite Images of China’s Spratly Outposts
posted on: Feb 16, 2018

Fujairah Port Blames Passing Tankers...

Fujairah Port Blames Passing Tankers for Chronic Oil Spills Video still courtesy Port of Fujairah The port of Fujairah...

Fujairah Port Blames Passing Tankers for Chronic Oil Spills
posted on: Feb 16, 2018

China’s First African Silk Road...

China’s First African Silk Road Maputo, Mozambique By Harry Valentine 2018-02-15 China recently assisted Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia to...

China’s First African Silk Road
posted on: Feb 16, 2018

Maersk CEO on Unmanned Ships:...

Maersk CEO on Unmanned Ships: ‘Not In My Lifetime’ February 16, 2018 by Bloomberg By Corine van Kapel / Shutterstock By...

Maersk CEO on Unmanned Ships: ‘Not In My Lifetime’
posted on: Feb 16, 2018

২২ বাংলাদেশি মেরিন ইঞ্জিনিয়ারকে ফেরত পাঠাল যুক্তরাষ্ট্র...

posted on: Feb 15, 2018

বৃহস্পতিবার, ঢাকা ।। ১৫ ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০১৮ ।। ৩ ফাল্গুন ১৪২৪ ।। ২৮ জমাদিউল আউয়াল ১৪৩৯ ২২ বাংলাদেশি মেরিন ইঞ্জিনিয়ারকে ফেরত পাঠাল যুক্তরাষ্ট্র   গোলাম সাত্তার রনি ১৫ ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০১৮, ০০:০০ | প্রিন্ট সংস্করণ সীমান্ত পেরিয়ে অবৈধভাবে যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে অনুপ্রবেশের অভিযোগে বাংলাদেশি ২২ মেরিন ইঞ্জিনিয়ারকে ঢাকায় ফেরত পাঠিয়েছে দেশটির ইমিগ্রেশন পুলিশ। গত মঙ্গলবার রাত ১টার দিকে বিশেষ চাটার্ড বিমানে তাদের হযরত শাহজালাল আন্তর্জাতিক বিমানবন্দরে পাঠিয়ে বাংলাদেশ ইমিগ্রেশন পুলিশের হাতে তুলে দেওয়া হয়। বিমানবন্দর সূত্র জানায়, যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে পাঠানোর কথা বলে প্রায় দেড় বছর আগে একটি দালালচক্র এসব নাগরিকের কাছ থেকে জনপ্রতি ১৫ থেকে ২০ লাখ টাকা করে হাতিয়ে নেয়। ওই চক্রের পরামর্শমতো বিভিন্ন দেশ ঘুরে মেক্সিকোয় পৌঁছান তারা। এরপর ম্যাক্সিকোর সীমান্ত পেরিয়ে যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে প্রবেশ করে সেখানকার সীমান্তরক্ষী বাহিনীর হাতে ধরা পড়েন। এক বছর কারাভোগের পর বাংলাদেশ দূতাবাসের সঙ্গে আলোচনা করে বিশেষ একটি বিমানে তাদের ঢাকায় পাঠানো হয়েছে। পাসপোর্ট না থাকায় আউটপাসের মাধ্যমে তাদের পাঠানো হয়। সূত্র জানায়, ২২ বাংলাদেশির মধ্যে কামাল ভূঁইয়া, জাফর আহমেদ,...

Acetylene Leak Led to Explosion at Cochin Shipyard...

posted on: Feb 15, 2018

Acetylene Leak Led to Explosion at Cochin Shipyard Sagar Bhushan (file image via social media / anandamoy) Investigators looking into the deadly blast aboard the drillship Sagar Bhushan announced Wednesday that it was likely caused by leakage of acetylene gas. The vessel was undergoing drydock repairs at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala when an explosion and fire occurred in a ballast tank, killing five contractors and injuring at least 11. One of the survivors is in critical condition, with burn injuries approaching 50 percent coverage. “Preliminary investigations pointed to leakage of acetylene leading to the blast, but further investigation is required to ascertain how the leakage occurred and whether it was a case of human error or not,” said P.P. Shams, assistant commissioner of police for Thrikkakara. Investigators are also looking into the reasons behind the shipyard’s delay in reporting the accident to authorities. Shoreside emergency responders said that they learned of...

The Indian Ocean Base Race

posted on: Feb 15, 2018

The Indian Ocean Base Race Joint Chinese-Djibouti naval exercise, 2015 (file image courtesy PLAN) By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-14 [By David Brewster] It seems that we are in the middle of a base race across the Indian Ocean. The latest move, reported on Tuesday, involves an agreement to give India access to naval facilities in Oman, close to the Strait of Hormuz. This may be the first step towards a greater Indian naval presence in the Persian Gulf. Things are moving fast in the Indian Ocean. In January there were credible reports that China is sizing up a new naval and air base near Gwadar, in western Pakistan. If correct, this facility would join its recently opened naval and military base at Djibouti as part of a growing network of Chinese naval and air bases across the Indian Ocean. Further Chinese bases in the region should also be expected. At the same time, there is a base race occurring in...

HMM Returns to Profit, Operating Loss Widens

posted on: Feb 14, 2018

HMM Returns to Profit, Operating Loss Widens zoom Image Courtesy: HMM The South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has reported its net income for the second quarter of 2016 at KRW 215.9 billion (USD 195.2 million), compared to a net loss of KRW 165.7 billion seen in the same quarter a year earlier, due to the sale of assets and cash injections to maintain liquidity. However, the company still saw a net loss at the end of the first half of 2016, which stood at KRW 60.1 billion, against a loss of KRW 210.2 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2015. HMM’s operating loss widened in the quarter to KRW 254.3 billion, while the half-yearly operating loss reached KRW 416.9 billion, against an operating loss of KRW 68.3 billion and KRW 68.2 billion reported in the corresponding periods in 2015, respectively. The shipping firm completed all conditions set out in the voluntary agreement with...

Fire on Drillship Kills Five at Cochin Shipyard...

posted on: Feb 14, 2018

Fire on Drillship Kills Five at Cochin Shipyard Sagar Bhushan (file image via social media / anandamoy) On Tuesday morning, five contractors were killed and 12 more were injured in an explosion and fire on the drillship Sagar Bhushan. The explosion occurred in a ballast tank during drydock maintenance at Cochin Shipyard, a large state-owned shipbuilder in Kerala. “Thick fumes” slowed the rescue effort, according to shipyard officials, but the fire was brought under control. The injured personnel were transferred to a nearby hospital, including four burn victims in critical condition. Early reports suggest that the fatalities were due to smoke, and the location of the fire within a confined space was a likely contributing factor. In a social media post, India’s shipping minister Nitin Gadkari said that he was “shocked by the unfortunate blast at Cochin Shipyard where [workers] have died. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families.” Gadkari...

Dutch Court to Hear Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade...

posted on: Feb 14, 2018

Dutch Court to Hear Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade For the first time in Europe, public prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against a shipowner – Seatrade – for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries “where current ship dismantling methods endangers the lives and health of workers and pollutes the environment.” The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court this week, and the Dutch Public Prosecutor calls for a fine of EUR 2.35 million ($2.9 million) and confiscation of the profits Seatrade made on the sale of four ships, as well as a six month prison sentence for three of Seatrade’s top executives. Seatrade is based in Groningen, the Netherlands, and is the largest reefer operator in the world. All four vessels departed on their last voyage to the breaking yards from the ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg in the spring of 2012. In 2013, the NGO Shipbreaking...

Bourbon to Cut Crews and Sell 41 Ships

posted on: Feb 14, 2018

Bourbon to Cut Crews and Sell 41 Ships File image courtesy Bourbon On Tuesday, leading OSV operator Bourbon announced that it is doubling down on restructuring to adjust to market overcapacity. Bourbon told investors that utilization of the world’s offshore fleet is at just 55 percent, even less than in 2015 and 2016, and a third of the world’s OSVs are stacked. These challenging conditions have had an impact on Bourbon’s bottom line, and the firm’s preliminary financial statements indicate a net loss in the range of $740 million for 2017, despite its efforts to control costs. Since the downturn began in 2014, Bourbon has brought its opex down by 30 percent and reduced its capex by nearly 90 percent, eliminating its newbuilding program and slashing its maintenance costs. To adjust further, Bourbon intends to reduce opex by another 25 percent. A large part of this cut would come through a...

Sanctions Busting, North Korean-Style

Sanctions Busting, North Korean-Style

posted on: Feb 13, 2018

Sanctions Busting, North Korean-Style Surveillance imagery of a suspected illicit fuel transfer (file image courtesy U.S. Treasury) By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-12 16:53:00 [By Justin Hastings] A recent report from the UN sanctions committee suggests that North Korea has been able to generate an estimated $200 million from illicit dealings in the past year. Coal is being exported to China, Malaysia, Russia, and Vietnam in violation of current sanctions, and weapons (and materials for weapons production) have been sent to Myanmar and Syria over the past half-decade. Does this mean that sanctions aren’t working? Not quite. Sanctions, and Chinese enforcement of them, are having an effect, but some of the consequences of tightening sanctions are perhaps unintended. Interviews during the past six months that my research team conducted with northeastern Chinese businesspeople involved with North Korea suggest two things. First, China seems to have subtly changed its tune on North Korea. Businesses pointed out that Chinese authorities...

World’s First Pool for Dock Vessels Formed

World’s First Pool for Dock Vessels Formed...

posted on: Feb 13, 2018

World’s First Pool for Dock Vessels Formed RollDock and SAL S Class By MarEx 2018-02-12 The world’s first pool for dock vessels will be established starting April 1, 2018. RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift will join forces for RO/RO and float-in / float-out heavy lift cargoes. The pool will be managed by RollDock with SAL providing specialized heavy break bulk cargo support. It will consist of six geared dock vessels, all being operated under the RollDock brand. Five of the vessels comes from the existing RollDock fleet (S and ST class vessels) and one from SAL (Combi Dock I). Through a consolidation, the companies expect better utilization of the vessels and expanded representation globally. The pool will have representation in all major regions. Both companies will also continue independently and operate vessels outside the pool. Over the past decade, RollDock has developed into a world recognized operator with their...

The “New” Human Rights at Sea Debate

The “New” Human Rights at Sea Debate

posted on: Feb 13, 2018

The “New” Human Rights at Sea Debate By Sofia Galani 2018-02-12 17:22:45 Dr Sofia Galani, one of Human Rights at Sea’s Non-Executive Board of Advisors, gave a presentation at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution last month on the topic of maritime security and human rights: The “human rights at sea” debate is rather recent. There are at least three developments that initiated this debate and brought to the forefront the human rights violations that occur at sea. 9/11: The 9/11 attacks made states realize that the maritime infrastructure can be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Attacks against vessels, ports and other maritime targets could have a tremendous impact on sea trade, the marine environment and human life. This prompted states to adopt several initiatives that could prevent the transfer of terrorists or nuclear weapons by sea or attacks against maritime targets. Some of these initiatives include the Proliferation...

NASA Satellite Captures Ship Trails Over Atlantic Ocean

NASA Satellite Captures Ship Trails Over Atlantic Ocean...

posted on: Feb 9, 2018

NASA Satellite Captures Ship Trails Over Atlantic Ocean February 8, 2018 by Mike Schuler Image Credit: NASA / Jeff Schmaltz The above satellite image was captured on by a NASA satellite on January 16, 2018 and shows criss-crossing cloud bands caused by ships in the eastern Atlantic Ocean off Spain and Portugal. Although the white trails look vaguely like contrails left behind by airplanes, they actually result from ship exhaust. The narrow clouds, known as ship tracks, form when water vapor condenses around microscopic pollution particles that ships emit as exhaust. Due to smaller and more abundant particles than those of the surrounding clouds, the ship trails typically are brighter and thicker in appearance and with easily defined boundaries. NASA says these sort of ship tracks typically form when low-lying stratus and cumulus clouds are present. Some of the clouds in the image stretch hundreds of miles from end to end, with the narrow ends being youngest (closest to the...

Sinking of US Cargo Vessel SS El Faro – accident report

Sinking of US Cargo Vessel SS El Faro – accident report...

posted on: Feb 7, 2018

  https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/MAR1701.pdf   NTSB Releases Final Accident Report on El Faro Investigation February 7, 2018 by Mike Schuler Eric Stolzenberg, Naval Architecture Group Chairman presenting about the Flooding of Cargo Holds during the December 12, 2017 board meeting on the sinking of the S.S. El Faro. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on its investigation into the sinking of the American cargo ship SS El Faro on October 1, 2015 in the Atlantic Ocean. Today’s release of the final report follows the NTSB’s meeting on December 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the sinking. On that date, the NTSB also adopted and released 81 findings and 53 safety recommendations from the investigation. The US-flagged cargo ship SS El Faro was on a regular route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it foundered and sank about 40 nautical miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked...

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