Pollution Mapping App Now Available in Google Play and Apple App Stores

The industry-backed Eyesea pollution mapping initiative has gone live following six months of testing onboard commercial ships, recreational boats, and with community volunteers.
The Eyesea app is now available on Google Play and in the Apple App stores.
The pollution mapping initiative collects and processes oceanic pollution data, now via the click of a smartphone.
A Splash 247 news source by Sam Chambers states that Pollution mapping app goes live. Read nore

First Engineer of Cargo Tanker Convicted of Falsifying Records

  • A federal jury convicted Gilbert Fajardo Dela Cruz of aiding and abetting an
    environmental crime and obstruction of justice in connection with the intentional
  • This happened in February of 2019 of oily bilge water from a commercial tanker, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds.
  • The verdict follows a two-week trial before the Honorable Jon S. Tigar, U.S. District
    A recent news report in the United States Department of Justice reveals that the
    first engineer of the international commercial cargo tanker was convicted of
    falsifying records and obstructing justice in the scheme to dump oily bilge in
    international waters. Read more….

IMO 2021 Theme To Make Seafarers Proud

•IMO chooses to make 2021 a year of action for seafarers.
•The World Maritime Theme for 2021 is “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future”.
•It seeks to increase the visibility of seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future.

A recent IMO press release reveals that IMO decides to make 2021 memorable for the seafarers. Click here to read more.

How to Prevent Anchor Losses

The Anchor and the Anchoring mechanisms/procedures are the crucial stages in securing safe operations of the ship.

Anchoring a ship is a very important function that a boat or a ship has to do in order to stay stable in water. Whenever a vessel has to stay afloat in a stationary position on water when the engines are turned off, the anchor is cast into the sea so that the vessel does not drift unnecessarily from its position due to water currents.

In the recent years, there has been a hike in the damages and claims due to the loss of anchors. Also, the loss of anchors is considered as one of the top five reasons to claim insurance for ship losses. The above video helps the mariners to know what are the technical and operational challenges faced during the anchoring mechanisms.

Check out the video to know the preventive measures to be taken to avoid the ship losses.

To avoid them in future, take a look at the complete study regarding the anchor losses here.

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The Top priorities of the 2020 Regulatory Agenda Updates

2020 has been the year that all the maritime industry anticipated with mixed feelings due to the implementation of sulphur cap. Although all lights were shed on COVID-19 , once again the regulatory agenda was busy within 2020 in order the maritime industry to stay on the pulse and remain sustainable reports Safety4Sea.

Namely, the latest regulatory impacting the industry within the year include the following updates:Read more

Seafarer Tops the Lloyd’s List of Top 100 People

• Selecting a list of the most influential people in shipping is never an easy task.
• There will always be those who disagree with certain inclusions, exclusions and positions within the top 100 and those disagreements will probably last until the following year.
• But in 2020, there was no dispute over who would be number one.
• Yes, the 11th edition of the Lloyd’s List Top 100 People, a ranking of the most influential people in shipping, was released late last week.
• But in this strangest of all years, there was no disagreement on who should top the rankings — The Seafarer.

A recent news report published in the Lloyds List written by Adam Sharpe reveals that ‘Seafarer’ has been chosen as the Top of all of Lloyd’s List Top 100 People. Read more.

3-Week Atlantic Mission Shows Future of Robotic Maritime Operations

A UK boat has just provided an impressive demonstration of the future of robotic maritime operations.

SEA-KIT International, which developed the craft, “skippered” the entire outing via satellite from its base in Tollesbury in eastern England.

The mission was part-funded by the European Space Agency.

Robot boats promise a dramatic change in the way we work at sea.

Already, many of the big survey companies that run traditional crewed vessels have started to invest heavily in the new, remotely operated technologies. Freight companies are also acknowledging the cost advantages that will come from running robot ships.

But “over-the-horizon” control has to show it’s practical and safe if it’s to gain wide acceptance. Hence, the demonstration from Maxlimer.Read more:

$1.5 Million Fine for Illegal Oily Water Discharge

• Misuga Kaiun Co. Ltd. (MISUGA), Japanese shipping company has been fined $1.5 million for concealing illegal discharges of oily water.
• The chief engineer of the vessel has also been convicted.
• The company pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for failing to accurately maintain oil record book that covered up discharges of oily water.
• Apart from the penalty the company has been placed on a probation for a period of four years.
• It also has to implement a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan as a special condition of probation.

A recent new published in the United States Department of Justice website highlights about the role of a Japanese company MISUGA in polluting the ocean. Consequently it has been convicted and fined to the tune of $1.5 Million for this wrong doing and concealing it, as it is an environmental crime at any means.