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USS Kidd crew board the Iranian-flagged fishing dhow Al Molai to detain 15 suspected pirates who were holding a 13-member Iranian crew hostage. Credit: US Navy

Seafarers’ wages will soon be better protected in the event that they are taken hostage, on or off a ship, following the adoption of an amendment to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006.

The proposed changes to MLC 2006, adopted by the International Labour...

The hoisted Sewol seen on its side. Credit: PA

A South Korean government commission said on 9 May that the Sewol ferry, now lying on its side in Mokpo port, will be set upright on 10 May to make a final search for remains of five victims who remain missing.

The ferry capsized during a routine Incheon–Jeju journey on 16 April 2014, leaving 304 people dead or missing in one of the country’s worst maritime disasters.

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Pilots at the Port of Charleston (above) could be affected if the regulation conflict is not resolved. Credit: SCPA

Harbour pilots working vessels at two major US East Coast container ports could be left vulnerable to safety hazards unless a conflict in regulations overseen by two different agencies can be resolved, according to pilot boat officials.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requires all vess...

Russian icebreaker Vladimir Ignatyuk in the McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. Credit: National Science Foundation

Russia plans to launch five satellites between 2018 and 2022 to establish a “comprehensive communications system” for the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

These new satellites compose of a Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) communications system, which Nikolay Nikiforov, the communications minister of Russia, stressed will be “highly...

Indian firefighters battle the blaze aboard Maersk Honam. Credit: Indian Coast Guard.

The two recent cargo fires on container ships Maersk Kensington, 6,188 teu, and Maersk Honam, 15,262 teu, in March have thrown stark light on the continuing risk fires pose to life, cargo, and ships.

While the CO2 firefighting system on Maersk Kensington was able to quickly quell the fire on board and all 26 crew were safely evacuated ashore, t...

Security guard keeping lookout for pirates. Credit: Capt Singh Inderjeet

Safety and security are like bacon and eggs – they can survive apart but they are generally better together. The concept and practice of safety culture is now deeply embedded in  maritime thanks to its (justifiable) obsession with safety, but it must take the same approach with security.

Largely it has been the offshore industry and oil majors that have pus...

A range of factors, from local economic conditions to shifting tactics among pirates, may be behind a recent increase in pirate activity in west Africa. Credit: Getty Images

A recent spike in armed attacks off the coast of west Africa has been driven by a range of factors, from local economic conditions to shifting tactics among pirates, according to analysts.

In early April, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported that...

AMSA’s general manager of operations, Allan Schwartz, has warned that the authority will ban entire fleets if ‘systemic issues’ and non-compliance are detected. Credit: AMSA

Australia’s port state control detentions were at a record low in 2017, according to the annual report released in April.  However, while detentions fell from 246 in 2016 to 165 in 2017, the number of repeat offender ships banned from Australian ports for u...

Google Glass credit Karlis Dambrans.jpg. Caption: Google glass uses augmented reality to overlay information over the top of your surroundings. Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns

Crews’ use of wearable, immersive augmented reality technology (WIAR), such as google glass, to improve navigational safety is being explored by academics at Moeyne College, Syracuse, New York.

It is hoped that using augmented reality glasses to display vital navi...

Livestock carrier Galloway Express, from which Filipino seafarer Arnel Gillo went missing in March 2018. Credit: Dietmar Hasenpusch

he International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called for the Australian Federal Police to investigate the disappearance of another seafarer believed to have gone overboard en route to Australia.

Arnel Gillo, 46, went missing from livestock carrier Galloway Expressin the Flores Sea north o...

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