ICS Deeply Concerned by Mediterranean Migrant Rescue Incident.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents the global shipping industry, is very concerned by reports that a merchant ship, the Palau-flagged tanker ‘Elhiblu 1’, had been taken over by migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, reportedly because the ship was going to return the some 100 rescued persons to Libya.

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Oyster Yachts one year on – transports hull to Southampton

Oyster Yachts celebrates a year of new ownership as it transports its first in-house hull from Wroxham to Southampton
• Last week, the first of many hulls was transported from Oyster Yachts’ state-of-the-art moulding facility in Wroxham to its Southampton shipyard where it will complete its build.
• This coincides with the company celebrating one year since it was bought out of administration by CEO Richard Hadida.
• The moulding facility opened on 27 November 2018, creating 23 highly-skilled jobs in the area.
• With a full order book, the moulding facility is nearing maximum capacity for the next year, an impressive status and evidence of the company’s remarkable turnaround.

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Maltese forces take control of tanker after migrants “overpower” rescuers; GTT to design tanks for Sembcorp Marine LNG bunkering vessel

March 29th, 2019 — A vessel “overpowered” by a group of migrants was stormed by Maltese rescue forces early on Thursday, the Times of Malta reports the Armed Forces of Malta saying. The vessel, the tanker Elhiblu 1, with 108 migrants on board, including 12 children and 19 women, docked in Malta today at around 8.30 am, local time.

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KVH Introduces World’s Fastest 1 Meter Ku/C- band Maritime VSAT Antenna for Global Connectivity

The TracPhone V11-HTS delivers global data speeds of 20 Mbps and is available as part of KVH’s AgilePlans program

MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 28, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today introduced the TracPhone V11-HTS, the world’s fastest 1 meter Ku/C-band maritime VSAT antenna, designed to deliver data speeds as fast as 20 Mbps down/3 Mbps up to commercial maritime vessels and superyachts around the world. The fast data speeds support the critical needs of commercial ships today for operations, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and crew connectivity. Superyacht guests can now enjoy fast connectivity for streaming HD content and accessing Internet and social media platforms at sea.

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Japan accedes to ship recycling convention

IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling has received another boost. Japan has become the 10th country to become a Party to the Hong Kong Convention.The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships.

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E-Update for March 2019

Welcome to the March PEMSEA e-update. This month has seen a number of tools released to aid with coastal and ocean management, some by PEMSEA partners and some by others. Find them below, alongside a selection of the latest news regarding our shared seas. We hope you join PEMSEA as we participate in Earth Hour this Saturday. In between newsletters, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

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Huntington Ingalls awarded $1.4 b for LPD 30 design/construction; Low lube oil pressure eyed as cause of Viking Sky power loss

March 27th, 2019 — The Norwegian Maritime Authority says that it has been working throughout the night with classification society Lloyd’s Register and the shipowner to determine why the cruise ship Viking Sky suffered a power black out this past Saturday “For the present, our conclusion is that the engine failure was directly caused by low oil pressure,” says NMA. It says that the level of lubricating oil in the tanks was within set limits, though relatively low, when the vessel started to transit the Hustadvika stretch of coastline.

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Austal gets EPF contract mod worth potential $370.7 million; Turkish tugboats deliver big bollard pull on trials

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March 26th, 2019 — According to the Department of Defense: “This modification will award the DD&C effort for EPF 13 and EPF 14 and definitize and subsume the long-lead-time material undefinitized contract actions for EPFs 13 and 14. Note: the funding obligated covers the DD&C award and also definitizes the UCAs — which results in a total greater than the face value of the award.”

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