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European Union commits €300 million for clean, healthy and safe oceans
The European Union makes 23 new commitments at the 5th edition of Our Ocean conference, in Bali, Indonesia for better governance of the oceans.
Addressing marine plastic litter from ships – action plan adopted
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has pledged to address the significant problem posed by plastics to the marine environment, with the adoption of an action plan.
IMO takes action on marine plastic litter
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted (on 26 October) the action plan, to contribute to the global solution for preventing marine plastic litter entering the oceans through ship based activities.
MEPC bans carriage of heavy fuel oil
The 73rd session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has dealt with a huge amount of work this week. Below is a brief summary of points.
Ship Safety Bulletin addresses cannabis legalization
Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin #12/2018 – Legalization of cannabis in Canada and vessel operation.
USCG sets vision for maritime commerce
US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl L. Schultz has released the Coast Guard's 40-paged document that outlines their "VISION for Enabling Maritime Commerce." - Free download
Revamping the Atlantic action plan
The European Commission is organising a series of workshops on the future of the Atlantic maritime strategy, and in particular the revision of the Atlantic action plan.
China advances ECA implementation date
Regional authorities of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces have recently issued formal notices that ships calling at the provinces’ ports on or after 1 October 2018 will be required to use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.5%
Shipping Industry launches new security ressources for world fleet
The new website www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org provides security-related guidance produced by the industry as well as links to other useful maritime and military security resources.
EU Member States are stepping up measures to protect seas and oceans
EU Member States are stepping up measures to protect seas and oceans, but more improvements are needed
Article 50 process should be extended, says Maritime UK
Maritime UK, the industry body for the maritime sector has urged the government and European Union to extend the Article 50 process if a deal is not agreed by October.
IMO animates improvements over last 70 years
A short animated film shows how IMO has developed mandatory international regulations covering almost every aspect of shipping.
IMO sets 2019 Word Maritime Day theme
World Maritime Day theme 2019: "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community"
WISTA approved for IMO consultative status
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) governing body, the IMO Council, approved the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) application for consultative status on 5 July 2018.
Britain ready to lead the world on G7 Healthy Oceans commitments
Ocean plastics, coastal resilience and the Blue Economy were high on the agenda at the G7 summit in Canada earlier this month, where a commitment to support and drive ocean science and sustainability was signed.
USCG issues 2 more BWMS type approvals
The Marine Safety Center issued two more Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificates.
Be a Seafarer Initiative Launched
The Seafarers' Training Institute, has partnered with Algoma Central Corporation, Groupe Desgagnés, Canada Steamship Lines and the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU), to launch a Canada-wide hiring initiative called Be a Seafarer.
USCG issues alert over bad gas
The US Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 10-18: U.S. Gulf Coast Bunker Contamination. The alert raises awareness of an emerging problem in the US Gulf Coast Region regarding contaminated vessel fuel oil bunkers.
UK Hydrographic Office releases new API to give developers easy access to UK tidal data
The UK Hydrographic Office has released a new ADMIRALTY application programming interface (API) that puts UK tidal data in the hands of software developers.
UN body adopts climate change strategy for shipping
Nations meeting at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London have adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Finland, Denmark, Sweden agree deal with Iran’s IDRO
The ambassador of Finland to Tehran said Helsinki, Copenhagen and Stockholm have signed an agreement with Iran’s IDRO Group to improve cooperation in various fields, including oil and renewable energies.
U.S. Navy Considers Arming its Drone Boats
American defense contractor Textron announced Tuesday that it has signed a study agreement with the U.S. Navy to examine ways to arm the Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) platform.
Unveiling the potential of the outermost regions for sustainable blue growth
The report "Realising the potential of the Outermost Regions for sustainable blue growth" presents the results of a study prepared for the European Commission.
US Navy Deploys Unmanned Submersibles in Argentine Submarine Search
The U.S. Navy has deployed unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to join in the search for the Argentine navy's submarine, A.R.A. San Juan, in South Atlantic waters.
Statement of the World Shipping Council
The InfluenceMap “study” on the IMO’s greenhouse gas debate released today seriously misrepresents the World Shipping Council’s approach to reducing carbon emissions from shipping.
U.S. Coast Guard offloads more than 6,500 pounds of cocaine seized in Eastern Pacific
The crew of the Coast Guard Active (WMEC-618) offloaded approximately 6,570 pounds of cocaine in San Diego, Wednesday.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Shipboard cyber risk management
On June 19th, a vessel transiting the Black Sea reported a crippling GPS disruption. Drawing upon years of sea time and training, the crew safely navigated the vessel using dead reckoning and properly reported the interference.
US Navy 242nd Birthday Motivational Video
An amazing movie about US navy
The Cyber Threat is Real
Throughout National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October in US, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6) will describe the things you can do, to protect yourself and the Navy from cyber threats.
Blue Denmark is launching a new ambitious research and innovation project
The maritime innovation project Blue INNOship focused on developing green and energy-efficient solutions. Now the work with the successor Blue INNOship II is in progress, and the focus here is on digitization and new business models.
“Wind in our sails” - EU to put more focus on key shipping priorities
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker held his annual State of the Union Wednesday. Using clear maritime references, Juncker addressed a range of issues with interest to the shipping world.
US Navy Leads International Effort to Deploy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean
The U.S National Ice Center in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, the Danish Joint Arctic Command, Environmental and Climate Change Canada and University of Washington deployed buoys.
International focus on protectionism
The Consultative Shipping Group (CSG) is meeting in the United Kingdom during London International Shipping Week (LISW) to discuss the challenges facing global shipping markets.
US, Singapore Navies Enhance Maritime Partnership with Training in Guam
The U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore navies concluded Exercise Pacific Griffin 2017 at U.S. Naval Base Guam, Sept 2. Pacific Griffin 17 served as this year's U.S.-Singapore annual maritime exercise.
Hurricane Harvey Search and Rescue - unique footage
Video taken by US Navy, from a helicopter during a Search and Rescue (SAR) mission over the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Wasp Departs to be Forward Deployed to Japan
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed for Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 30, where it will assume duties as the forward-deployed flagship of the amphibious force of the U.S. 7th Fleet.
USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Phil Davidson, has ordered the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill to get underway from their Norfolk to support the authorities in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Wonder how it looks when an airplane departs from a ship?
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) conducts flight operations. The ship is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
Ronald Reagan Sailor Earns Prestigious Safety Award
A Sailor assigned to the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), was named one of the National Safety Council's "Top 40 under 40" Rising Stars, July 17.
New global project to address bioinvasions via ships’ hulls
From GloBallast to GloFouling Partnerships: GEF approves new project concept to address major aquatic invasive species vector
USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.
Statement from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain
The following is a statement released Aug. 21 by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain
Theresa May hails HMS Queen Elizabeth as a symbol of a “global maritime nation”
The Royal Navy’s new flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed in her home port of Portsmouth early on Wednesday morning and was greeted Prime Minister Theresa May visited the aircraft carrier and hailed it as a symbol of the UK’s maritime might.
Nigeria Set to Benefit From Deep Sea Mining
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA): Nigeria Set to Benefit From Deep Sea Mining – Dr. Dakuku Seeks Support on Capacity Building
Global Industry Alliance launched to support low carbon shipping
Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA)
Vice Adm. Aucoin Holds Press Conference about USS Fitzgerald Collision
The following are U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin's prepared remarks for a press conference held June 18 at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, about the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) with a merchant vessel June 17.
Thousands of new jobs in the maritime supplier industry
The Ballast Water Management Convention will finally enter into force 8 September 2017. This will open up a new market in the maritime business and most probabaly create a lot of new jobs.
EU ministers agree on good course for maritime transport policy
EU Ministers of Transportation sent a strong signal of continued support for the European maritime sector at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, where the ministers adopted the priorities for the maritime transportation policy until 2020.
EU's maritime transport policy up to 2020
Competitiveness, decarbonisation and digitalisation are the guiding principles that will serve as a basis for the EU's maritime transport policy up to 2020 and beyond.
EU NAVFOR Spanish Aircrew Get Ready for Counter-Piracy Patrols off Coast of Somalia
A Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment has been deployed to Djibouti from its military air base in Spain.
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