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Improving the Experience and Accessibility for Simulation Training

Published Jan 17, 2022 1:40 PM by VSTEP

A growing understanding of the value of simulation-based training together with new legislative initiatives and education standards is helping the maritime industry to improve the safety and sustainability of operations. New technologies are playing a key role in making simulation-based training more accessible, as well as enhancing the educational experience and developing the skills of current and future seafarers.   “We are all about enabling learning by simulation,” says Fabian van den Berg, Chief Executive Officer of VSTEP,...

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Volcanic Explosion in Tonga Prompts Tsunami Warnings Across Pacific

Published Jan 17, 2022 12:30 AM by The Maritime Executive

Over the weekend, a subsea volcano in two uninhabited islands of the Kingdom of Tonga, forced countries sharing the Pacific coastline to pay attention. The volcano named Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai has reportedly been having a modest eruption for several weeks. However, on Saturday, it erupted in a colossal explosion, sending an ash cloud skyward and a ripple of water surging outwards. This put several countries in the South Pacific islands on high alert for tsunami events. Met agencies in Australia,...

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South Africa Launches Satellites to Monitor Shipping off its Coastline

Published Jan 17, 2022 12:02 AM by The Maritime Executive

On Thursday, a new page turned in South Africa’s maritime industry when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket launched the Transporter-3 mission, SpaceX’s third dedicated Smallsat Rideshare program. Onboard were 105 small commercial and government spacecraft, including a tiny set of three South African satellites - an inaugural component of space infrastructure to help the government monitor shipping activities off the South African coastline. About one hour after the Falcon 9 launch, the...

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EU Concerned by the Looming Expiry of Anti-Piracy Mandate off Somalia

Published Jan 16, 2022 11:34 PM by The Maritime Executive

Somalia is embroiled in a political crisis as tensions soar between its president and prime minister. With parliamentary elections slated to end on February 25, the political environment remains uncertain. This has led to concern in the EU about the future of anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia, where the EU leads the long-running Operation Atalanta maritime security mission. Last month, the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) - in partnership with the Somali government - voted to extend all...

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Offshore

New York plans port investments as finalizes next offshroe wind contracts

NY Finalizes Next Offshore Wind Projects with Major Port Investments

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) finalized contracts with Equinor and bp as the joint venture partners for the development of the state’s next major offshore wind projects, Empire Wind 2 and Beacon Wind making the next milestone in the advancement of offshore wind development along the U.S. East Coast. As part of the agreements, they are committing to significant investments to develop the onshore infrastructure with port facilities in Brooklyn and the Port of Albany,...

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Shipbuilding

MPC orders feeder containership for relaunch of Korean's Hanjin

MPC Leverages Hanjin Relaunch for Feeder Ship Order with Fast Delivery

Germany’s MPC Capital looking to take advantage of opportunities in the containership feeder ship market confirmed that it is the company that ordered four new environmentally-friendly ships from Hanjin, now known as HJ Shipbuilding. The contact provides strong advantages for both companies as Hanjin returns to commercial shipbuilding after a six-year absence while MPC has the opportunity for quick deliveries. The Hamburg-based asset and investment manager, which is the parent of MPC Container Ships, confirmed that together with partners it...

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Environment

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Volcanic Explosion in Tonga Prompts Tsunami Warnings Across Pacific

Over the weekend, a subsea volcano in two uninhabited islands of the Kingdom of Tonga, forced countries sharing the Pacific coastline to pay attention. The volcano named Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai has reportedly been having a modest eruption for several weeks. However, on Saturday, it erupted in a colossal explosion, sending an ash cloud skyward and a ripple of water surging outwards. This put several countries in the South Pacific islands on high alert for tsunami events. Met agencies in Australia,...

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Business

Moby files for US bankruptcy in reorganization

Italy’s Moby Files U.S. Bankruptcy in Ongoing Recognition Battle 

Italian ferry operator Moby S.p.A. filed for bankruptcy in a U.S. Court on January 14 as the latest step in a drawn-out reorganization process in Italy. Controlled by Italy’s Onorato family, Moby has been working to gain acceptance of a reorganization plan that would permit the family to retain control of the operations.  In June 2020, the company reported that it would seek a court-guided reorganization citing the pressures of pandemic and travel restrictions on its operations. The company has...

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