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Achieving Digital Shipyard Success – ERP Holds the Key

By Kenny Ingram 2019-11-10 18:09:41

The emergence of the digital shipyard is an exciting prospect for major shipyards. By connecting workers, docks, tools and supply chains, the digital shipyard offers improved information sharing and substantial efficiencies over traditional shipbuilding environments.  To ensure the viability of the product lifecycle management (PLM) solution in use, meet the unique requirements of the shipbuilding industry, and to manage every stage of a customer project to achieve profitability, the supporting enterprise resource planning (ERP) software must go beyond traditional ERP...

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Trading in Contradiction of the Nigerian Cabotage Act

By Akinseye Olatokunbo Aluko 2019-11-02 21:21:47

Nigeria's the oil and gas sector has accounted for almost 90 percent of its foreign exchange earnings. The country primarily exports crude oil and imports refined petroleum products. However, the transportation processes of both the exportation crude oil and the importation of the refined products are largely dominated by major international shipping and maritime companies. This process actually contradicts a section of the Cabotage Act of 2003:  PART n.-RESTRICTION OF VESSELS IN DOMESTIC COASTAL TRADE 3. A vessel other...

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Maritime Meets Cyber Security

By David Rider 2019-10-16 17:12:03

As of October 2019, to the best of my knowledge, there has not been a single, dedicated hacking attack against a vessel at sea by malicious actors. While there have been rumors – specifically one from an American telco provider in 2016 – that hackers have teamed up with pirates to track high value cargoes, there has been no firm evidence. Equally, the dire warnings from some quarters of ships having their navigation systems hacked so they can be directed...

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Review: Subchapter M Conference At MITAGS (Baltimore)

By Dennis Murphy 2019-10-05 22:40:00

Hey, all you tug/tow boat companies out there, do you have “Subchapter M” all figured out? If not, you should have been at MITAGS (Baltimore) for the big “Sub-M” conference on September 26-27. It was an eye-opener! I learned all kinds of things that I didn’t even know I needed to know!  I am one of the instructors for the MITAGS West Coast campus (formally the Pacific Maritime Institute,) and I do a lot of the traveling classes for tug/tow...

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Ambassador of Somalia H.E. Khadija Mohammed Almakhzoumi and Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer, President of Maritime Study Forum.

A New Era in Pakistan Somalia Relations Underway

By Syed Abdullah Anwer 2019-09-28 22:41:52

Ambassador of Somalia H.E. Khadija Mohammed Almakhzoumi says her country wants to further strengthen relations with Pakistan, especially within the maritime sector.  Almakhzoumi was speaking in a meeting with Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer, President of Maritime Study Forum (MSF), an organization dedicated to being a leading platform for generating policy-oriented dialogue, facilitating trade deals and conducting research and analysis on national, regional and global maritime domains. The meeting took place among the series engagements between the MSF and African State...

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Insight: SAL Heavy Lift Day

By Erik Kravets 2019-09-21 21:35:30

A big “thank you” to SAL Heavy Lift for inviting me to speak in Hamburg before an engaged group of roughly 70 maritime professionals! At a lovely venue with, of course, a view of the water, we were also given an opportunity to listen to other great speakers who shared their thoughts on shipping. For those of you just tuning in, SAL (formerly: Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land/SAL) Heavy Lift is a major north German heavylift operator owned by shipping conglomerate Harren...

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The Changing Role of the Freight Forwarder

By Joe Zehner and David Scoggin 2019-09-21 18:49:06

The freight forwarder has been the “go to” industry for shippers wanting to transport goods to international markets.   The freight forwarding industry blossomed after World War II when the world was being rebuilt. The oceans were alive with commerce. Food products, building materials, etc. -  the goods of life replaced the goods of war. Manufacturers and shippers needed to move all these goods to market.  However, the companies that manufactured the goods often were not experts in transportation and...

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Examining Autonomous Ships' Vulnerability to Piracy

By Thibaut Eude 2019-09-14 21:53:25

Autonomous ships are a hot topic in the maritime sector; piracy and armed robbery too. Since the beginning of the year, according to the IMB, almost 100 attacks have been committed against ships all around the world. 2018 saw a marked increase in attacks compared to the past few years.  Here is an attempt to describe an autonomous ship hijacking scenario. The scenario In 2025, an autonomous ocean-going container ship is chartered on a busy commercial line between China and...

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Performance Standard Under Development for In Water Hull Cleaning

By Dave Smith 2019-09-14 17:25:00

There is an identified need for an internationally accepted performance standard to be developed for the use of in water hull cleaning (IWHC) systems. This will ensure that any cleaning is in accordance with a set of commonly accepted practices and operating conditions. Part of this standard should include relevant test protocols to verify that a particular system has proven efficacy in its capability of safely removing the biofouling mass found on ships hulls. Applied research scientists at Plymouth Marine...

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Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer, President Maritime Study Forum, presenting the shield of honor to Professor Julius Kibet Bitok, High Commissioner of Kenya to Pakistan.

Recalibrating Pakistan-Kenya Relations

By Syed Abdullah Anwer 2019-09-14 17:25:00

Kenya is increasingly emerging as a regional hub of economic activity, especially after the formation of the East African Community, said Professor Juilus Kibet Bitok, High Commissioner of Kenya to Pakistan while meeting with Dr. Syed Mohammed Anwer President of the Maritime Study Forum in Islamabad. Kenya’s location is crucial for Pakistan’s “Look to Africa” plan, says Anwer. The plan was formulated by the Maritime Study Forum in early 2019 as a concept map for the public and private Pakistani...

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