Three Abducted in Suspected Abu Sayyaf Attack
Bath Iron Works Launches Last Zumwalt-Class Destroyer
Flettner Rotor Exceeds Expectations
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Three Abducted in Suspected Abu Sayyaf Attack

The ReCAAP ISC has reported that three men were abducted from a vessel by 20 armed men believed to be from the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines on December 5. The name and type of the vessel the men were abducted from is uncertain, but local media outlets indicate that the men were taken from a fishing vessel. The crew, one Malaysian and two Indonesians, have been taken to Pata in the Sulu Province. One has since been released, according...

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Bath Iron Works Launches Last Zumwalt-Class Destroyer

The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson, the third and last of the futuristic Zumwalt-class destroyers, launched Sunday at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. Delivery is set for 2020.  The Zumwalt's design dates to the early 2000s, and it was intended to be a great leap forward for naval technology and firepower. However, its cost reduced the Zumwalt's attractiveness, and the program was gradually cut from 32 planned vessels down to three. The total program cost for the class is roughly $22 billion, including R&D,...

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Flettner Rotor Exceeds Expectations

The performance of the EcoFlettner, which is being tested on the MV Fehn Pollux since July, has exceeded the expectations of the scientists monitoring it.  15 companies from around Leer, Germany, have been involved in the development and construction of the sailing system, a project funded by the E.U. and coordinated by Mariko. The rotor is 18 meters high and has a diameter of three meters. After test runs ashore, the rotor is now being tested under real conditions on...

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ITF Alleges Safety Shortcomings at Jakarta's JICT Terminal

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) dockers' union has set its sights on leading terminal operator Huchison's Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), alleging patterns of poor workplace safety. On Monday, a new ITF Dockers' safety working group met in Hong Kong to discuss patterns of workplace incidents. Over the past year, more than 50 dockers have died in preventable incidents at ports around the world. During its review, the meeting noted a serious accident this week at Jakarta International Container Terminal...

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For the First Time, Australia Takes Top Place for LNG Exports

For the first time, Austalia has overtaken Qatar to become the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas. Thanks to the completion of multiple major liquefaction terminal projects over the past several years, Australia's export volumes have boomed, and in November, it exceeded Qatar's monthly production for the first time, shipping 6.8 million tons during the month (versus Qatar's 6.2 million tons). According to WoodMac, QatarGas was conducting maintenace during November, which reduced Qatari output slightly, and it will likely...

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Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative Launched

The non-profit Sustainable Shipping Initiative has launched the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform, a tool for sharing information on ship recycling to drive responsible practice. The platform comes nine months after a group of shipping companies first announced their collective effort to use the market-drivers that transparency brings to make responsible ship recycling the norm. Demanding transparency holds the shipping industry to account, raising the bar for current practice as well as creating fair competition among shipowners, say...

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Panama Canal Welcomes 5,000th Neopanamax Transit

The Panama Canal welcomed its 5,000th Neopanamax vessel through the waterway on Monday.   The COSCO Faith container ship transited southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The vessel has a 13,345 total TEU allowance (TTA) and measures 366 meters in length and 48.2 meters in beam. The COSCO Faith is part of Ocean Alliance's Manhattan Bridge-AWE2 service, between Asia and the U.S. East Coast.  Of the 5,000 Neopanamax vessels that have transited to date, 51 percent have...

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Survey Drones Take Off

As part of an on-going focus on safety in enclosed spaces, ClassNK describes how it has carried out detailed drone tests to revolutionize ship surveying. In spring this year, ClassNK introduced guidelines on the use of drones in class surveys, covering procedures and technical considerations for safe operation, as well as requirements for drone service suppliers.  Drones – a generic term covering unmanned vehicles of all kinds – have a surprisingly long history. In air-borne applications, their beginnings can...

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Tests Exoskeleton for Heavy Lifting

Norfolk Naval Shipyard is trialing an exoskeleton suit for heavy-lifting jobs as a way to improve productivity and lower the risk of injury. The Levitate Airframe exoskeleton is already used on the assembly line by BMW, Toyota, John Deere and Vermeer, and Norfolk's Technology & Innovation working group decided to see if it could also help in the shipyard.   The system is of particular interest for the yard's Structural Department. “We do lead shielding and a lot of heavy...

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AMSA Revokes Certificate for Unstable Livestock Carrier

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has revoked the Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock (ACCL) for the Panamanian flagged livestock carrier, MV Jawan, because the vessel’s approved stability data cannot be relied upon when the vessel is loaded. The Jawan was (again) scheduled to depart from Portland on a journey from Australia to Pakistan on Monday after the vessel’s classification society Bureau Veritas, on behalf of the flag state, provided their assessment of the ship’s stability. However, when...

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Japan's Navy Seeks Female Sailors for its Submarines

Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force is making plans to begin recruiting female servicemembers for its submarine force in order to fill gaps in staffing.  According to NHK, the service will begin shipyard work to add separate female-only crew quarters compartments to three submarines sometime next year. Ultimately it aims to have 10 percent of each sub crew filled by female sailors by 2023.  In recent years, Japan's military - technically named the Self-Defense Force (SDF), as Japan's post-WWII constitution prohibits...

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Malaysia Incinerates Three Tons of Seized Pangolin Scales

Close to three tons of pangolin scales were incinerated last week in Malaysia after record seizures made in 2017. The scales represented 12 percent of Malaysia’s African pangolin scale seizures in 2017 and included 2.1 tons found in West Port, Port Kelang in September of that year. The remainder were from seizures made at Kuala Lumur International Airport involving shipments from Ghana and the Congo. No arrests have been made in connection with the three cases, and DNA samples were...

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