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Cybersecurity Partnership Established to Protect Shippers
ClassNK, a Japan-based classification society which ensures the safety of vessels, has signed a partnership agreement with TUV Rheinland, a specialist in testing, inspection and certification services.
According to a statement, the two companies will collaborate to provide digital services for safety, cybersecurity and privacy to the maritime sector.
As part of the partnership agreement, both parties will jointly develop and deliver a cybersecurity certification scheme, utilizing expertise gained from each company's range of available services.
In addition to this, ClassNK will work with TUV Rheinland to establish cybersecurity guidelines that target onboard software currently in development.
Adam Brown explores the difficulties of maritime cybersecurity in a recent Port Technology technical paper
The partnership is expected to offer the shipping industry efficient and pragmatic certification services that meet current standards of cybersecurity.
Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK President and CEO, said: "I am pleased to be able to further strengthen our collaborative relationship with TUV Rheinland.
"Digital transformation is changing the way that business is conducted and offering more opportunities, while cybersecurity is an essential factor to its promotion and adoption in the maritime industry.
"Through the new partnership, we will do everything possible to overcome the cybersecurity challenges of the industry by combining TUV Rheinland's abundant expertise and our society's accumulated knowledge and experience on management systems for ship operations as well as the structure, machinery and other components of ships themselves."
New guidance for situations involving missing seafarers
New guidance on dealing with situations involving missing seafarers has been launched for the benefit of shipping companies and manning agents.
The new Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies & Manning Agents working with situations involving missing seafarers has been produced by the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and InterManager.
The guidance covers managing relationships onboard, actions that should be taken, and managing relationships with the families of seafarers who have gone missing. It includes details of recommended procedures to follow, templates and scripts for communicating with families, and further resources including contact details for reporting incidents of missing seafarers.
The guide expands upon ISWAN's previous publication, Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies and Manning Agents: Humanitarian support of seafarers and their families in cases of armed robbery and piracy attack, to cover a broader range of issues where seafarers may be missing.
Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN, said: 'We are pleased to work on this valuable guide with the ICS and InterManager. When seafarers are tragically lost at sea it is vitally important for their families and loved ones to be supported by companies and manning agencies. The guide provides practical steps for those involved in these difficult situations.'
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the ICS, explained: 'The challenges faced by both the families of missing seafarers and their colleagues can be immense and distressing. I therefore welcome the publication of this document to give practical guidance to Shipping Companies and Manning Agents in handling such situations.'
Captain Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager, said: 'I am pleased to be able to support our seafarers by providing this essential Good Practice Guide to all relevant stake holders in our industry. If a seafarer goes missing it is an extremely serious scenario and we must provide professional support to our crew and their loved ones. I hope that the advice provided in this guide will help shipping companies to prepare proper procedures for such an incidence - which, of course, I hope they will never have to use.'
IMRF, The Nautical Institute Join Forces for Safety at Sea
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and The Nautical Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on projects that support their shared objective to improve safety at sea.
The agreement commits both organisations to exchanging information and technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and to harmonise training standards and guidelines across the industry while jointly promoting issues which relate to the safety of mariners and others at sea.
Report: Three Mariners Die While Working in Ship s Cargo Hold off Japan
Three crew members of the Panama-flagged general cargo vessel Apollo Kita died after losing conciseness in the ship s cargo hold, Nikkei reported citing local authorities.
The ship was en route from Kalimantan, Malaysia to Hanan, Japan, carrying timber on November 9, when the incident occurred.
Norwegian Frigate Continues Sinking
The Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad has almost completely sunk based on the latest footage released by the Norwegian Navy. Despite being anchored to the land, the ill-fated frigate continued to sink over night and now only the radar tower is seen above the water surface.
DFDS: New Mediterranean Business Boosts Q3 Earnings
Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS recorded an increase in its earnings during the third quarter of this year. In Q3 2018, revenue increased by 12% to DKK 4.4 billion (USD 662.3 million) from DKK 3.9 billion posted in the corresponding quarter a year earlier.
Ship seized by migrants, situation unclear
Reuters reported 95 migrants rescued by cargo ship off Libya rejecting leaving the ship in Libya. Migrants were picked up by cargo ship on her way to Misurata Libya on Nov 8, on arrival they refused to leave the ship, and as of Nov 12 were still on board, after 3-day failed negotiations. They ve been provided by authorities with food, water, blankets, etc.
Pirates Fire at LNG Carrier off Nigeria
An LNG tanker was chased and fired upon by nine pirates in a speed boat on November 6, around 30 nautical miles southwest of Bonny, Nigeria, the IMB Piracy Reporting Center informed.
The crew raised the alarm, mustered in the citadel, and activated the sip security alert system.
Overseas Shipholding Group Expects to Benefit from Improving Market
Florida-based tanker shipping company Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) closed the first nine months of this year with improved earnings.
The company reported a net income of USD 18.7 million during the period from January to September 2018, compared to USD 2.3 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier.
Diana Shipping Sells Panamax, Secures Work for Bulker Duo
Greek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping has agreed to sell one of its Panamaxes and signed charter contracts related to two of its ships.
Namely, the company signed a Memorandum of Agreement to sell the 2001-built vessel Alcyon to an unaffiliated third party.
ICTSI Looking to Invest in Two Philippine Ports
International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has submitted a proposal to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to develop two ports in Iloilo, an investment estimated to cost over PHP 5 billion (USD 93.9 million).
In line with the future development needs of Iloilo and the Visayas, ICTSI submitted a Letter of Intent to modernize the infrastructure and superstructure at the Iloilo Port Complex and the Port of Dumangas, and to eventually manage and operate the two Iloilo ports.
Charleston s port, rest of maritime industry, braces for new fuel rule
A new rule that s bobbing on the horizon is set to come ashore in 2020, requiring container ships that visit Charleston and other port cities around the world to use a cleaner-burning and more expensive fuel.
Ultimately the cost of the shift will be passed down to shippers and consumers. Just how big that price tag is going to be remains uncertain.
Study to spot bottlenecks in cargo clearance
Aimed at implementing trade facilitation programmes and investing in hard and soft infrastructure to promote cross-border trade, the Customs Department has embarked on a Time Release Study (TRS) to identify bottlenecks in cargo clearance in the State.
Foreign ships, containers tripled
Arrivals of foreign ships and containers have tripled in Mongla port in a period of five years, thanks to massive development and modernization initiatives to upgrade the second largest sea port in the country.
The number of foreign ships stood at 784 in 2017-18 fiscal year, which was only 282 in 2012-13 fiscal.