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Friday, January 24, 2020

Safety

Bearish freight over virus fear

Freight market remained bearish as market activity slowed ahead of Lunar New Year holidays and virus outbreak. For Capesize, many vessels want to be fixed over the week-long Spring Festival holidays which led vessels to...

China Holds Back Some Ships from Calling at Wuhan

China has started holding back some ships from calling at the city of Wuhan, a major trade hub on the Yangtze River, as the country seeks to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus “There isn’t a central order...

ABS Marks Record-Setting Three Years Without a Work-Related Lost Time Injury

Long heralded as a maritime safety leader, ABS celebrates an unprecedented third year of zero lost time work-related incidents. “This is a genuinely historic achievement – more than 1,100 days and counting without a lost...

Egypt, Saudi hold joint naval drills in Red Sea

Egyptian and Saudi naval forces started joint maritime drills within Egypt's territorial waters in the Red Sea, Egyptian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Wednesday. "The training aims to boost the skills and...

South Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to the Strait of Hormuz

South Korea’s military said on Tuesday it plans to expand the deployment of an anti-piracy unit now operating off the coast of Africa to the area around the Strait of Hormuz, after the United...

2019 in review: Piracy and armed robbery at sea

Global piracy drops in 2019 but spikes in kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea and armed robberies against ships in the Singapore Strait give cause for concern. The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s...

US issues new security advisory for Gulf of Guinea

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation issued one new advisory to commercial shipping, canceling the earlier ones issued in 2019. Namely, the 2020-002-Gulf of Guinea-Piracy/Armed Robbery/Kidnapping for Ransom, cancels...

China tells US to respect its territorial integrity after USS Shiloh sails through Taiwan...

China said it closely followed and monitored a US Navy warship sailing through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, calling on the US to respect China’s territorial integrity. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the...

Mental Health First Aid: a game changer to improve our seafarers’ lives?

Mental health is an important component of physical wellbeing aboard ship. Yet seafarers have often suffered mental distress alone and isolated due to the stigma attached to mental illness and the lack of understanding...

Modernizing the global maritime distress and safety system

Search and rescue at sea depends on the integrated satellite and terrestrial radiocommunication communications system - the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The GMDSS is mandatory under the International convention for the...