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Update: 17 Dead after Missouri Tourist Boat Sinks in Storm

Divers on Friday pulled the last four bodies from the wreckage of a "duck boat" that sank in a storm in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist incidents in recent years.The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers including children when a

Asian Piracy Drop to 10-Year Low, Says ReCAAP

Map: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC)

A total of 40 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 29 actual incidents and 11 attempted incidents) were reported in Asia during January-June 2018 compared to 47 incidents (comprising 40 actual incidents and seven attempted incidents) during January-June 2017.ReCAAP Information

Vietnam Orders Vessels Back to Port ahead of Tropical Storm

The GPM core observatory satellite passed over on July 16, 2018 at 4:51 a.m. EDT (0851 UTC), GPM's radar (DPR Ku Band) also showed extremely heavy precipitation in the Philippine Sea near the northeastern tip of Luzon where rain was coming down at a rate of greater than 165 mm (6.5 inches) per hour. (Credits: NASA/JAXA, Hal Pierce)

Vietnam has ordered vessels back to port and prepared evacuation plans in flood-prone northern provinces as tropical storm "Son Tinh" was expected to make landfall later on Wednesday.Son Tinh, which soaked parts of the Philippines on Tuesday, had reached sustained wind speeds of up to 90 km (56 miles) per hour,

ICS Encouraged by 2020 Global Sulphur Cap Progress

Image: International Chamber of Shipping

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it is encouraged by efforts made by IMO Member States to resolve some pressing practical challenges ahead of the global implementation of the 0.5 percent sulphur in fuel cap on January 1, 2020.Speaking after an IMO working group meeting last week, to

Maritime Tech Trends Digital

Jörgen Strandberg, Captain, General Manager of ANC Advanced Technology Electrical & Automation at Wärtsilä SAM Electronics.

With digitalization technologies sweeping through maritime, Henrik Segercrantz, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Helsinki, explores latest developments in the quest to harness the power of 'big data.'Wärtsilä's Smart Marine EcosystemWärtsilä continues to build its leadership resume in marine and energy markets, boasting net sales of $5.

‘Lava Bomb’ Strikes Tourist Boat in Hawaii

(Photo: USGS)

Nearly two dozen sightseers were injured from a lava explosion that sent debris hurtling onto a tourist boat in Hawaii. Officials said one passenger suffered a broken leg and others were burned when the volcanic blast launched a “basketball-sized lava bomb” through the vessel’s roof.At approximately 6 a.

MV SSL Kolkata: Salvage Operations Continue

Indian flagged containership SSL Kolkata caught fire and went adrift in the Bay of Bengal on June 13 (Photo courtesy of the Indian Coast Guard)

 The salvage operations of the container vessel MV SSL Kolkata that had caught fire last month, is continuing in rough weather conditions with 2- 4 metre swells.   The vessel is grounded at about 8 nautical miles off the ecologically sensitive Sundarbans since the 13th of last month when its cargo area had caught fire following an explosion.

German Search and Rescue Fleet Upgrades

Photo courtesy of DGzRS

SAR, the universal designation for Search And Rescue, can appear as a designation on air, land or marine vehicles in many different countries. Always the vehicle and the people who provide the service are treated with respect. For those who are saved from life threatening situations, SAR takes on an even greater value.

Eight Migrants Found Dead in a Shipping Container

Eight migrants including six children were found dead on Monday after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a lorry container on the west Libyan coast, authorities said.Another 90 migrants recovered from the container were in critical condition and had been taken to a local hospital for treatment,

Sea Shepherd Says Endangered Blue Whale Killed in Iceland

The Hvalur 8 bringing in a Fin whale (right) and a Blue whale (left). Image Credit: Sea Shepherd.

 An endangered Blue whale has been killed by an Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf to be sold for export to Japan, a conservationist organization Sea Shepherd said.   "Sea Shepherd volunteers monitoring the Hvalur hf whaling station in Hvalfjordur Iceland have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of July 7th,

Port Security Training in Mexico

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Being prepared in the event of a major maritime security incident is essential. To help address this issue, a maritime security training has taken place in Veracruz, Mexico (12-13 July).    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop aimed to promote a multi-agency approach to maritime

IMO Secretary-General on Key Maritime Issues in China

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 First stop: the Dalian Maritime University. International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary-General Kitack Lim marked the start of the Master's degree programme on Maritime Safety and Environmental Management – a joint programme with the World Maritime University (WMU) during a busy visit to China (10-11 July).

DNV GL to Offer Water Management Certification Globally

Image: DNV GL

 DNV GL has been accredited by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to issue certificates proving compliance with the AWS international standard for water management.   The accreditation enables DNV GL to certify companies globally. Antonio Astone, Global Service Manager for Assurance and Supply Chain in DNV GL – Business Assurance,

PIL Receives MPA [email protected] Award for Search & Rescue

 Pacific International Lines

 Pacific International Lines (PIL) is honoured to receive the MPA [email protected] Award for the outstanding contributions to the search and rescue efforts in 2017 during the International [email protected] Conference held in Singapore (21 June 2018).   The Master and Crew of Kota Cempaka, Kota Hidayah and of

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