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Subject:eMaritime News for 10th December 2012

Streamlined and Equivalent Customs Procedures Key for the Well Functioning of European Ports

Last week, ESPO published a policy paper on customs emphasising the differences in application of Community customs rules that are still being reported in EU ports. These different practices lead to the phenomenon of ‘port shopping’ by shipping lines and shippers, which leads to distortion of competition between European ports, and to unequal treatment of traders.

Technology and Maritime Security: The Importance of Caution (28th November 2012)

New Technology may oft appear the answer to our problems. However, whilst this may very well be true, the importance of being cautious should never be forgotten.

Collaboration provides complete AIS picture

exactEarth is working with VesselTracker to provide global AIS coverage. VesselTracker provides very detailed coastal AIS data at a level that satellite AIS (S-AIS) currently does not provide, but its coverage is limited to around 50nm from its terrestrial receivers, generally located at ports

Investment in satcoms and ecdis technology pays off

Investment in the latest electronics technology can return an improvement in ship efficiency and cost control, and enhance crew welfare. Delegates at Riviera Maritime Media’s Marine Electronics & Communications Conference, held in association with the Admiralty, heard how shipowners had deployed the latest in satcoms and bridge technology.

Higher bandwidth and better redundancy needed

There can be bandwidth restrictions and redundancy issues with fieldbus technology and local area networks (LANs) using conventional copper cabling. Ethernet can provide the greater bandwidth and faster transmissions that ship operators require for high definition bridge workstations and video surveillance. IMO and classification societies require ship networks to ensure that “a defect in one of the subsystems of the integrated system shall not affect the functions of other subsystems

Operational Obstacle
Management and staff reticence forms the barrier to widespread adoption of Condition Based Maintenance.

7. Winners Announced for the 2012 International Seafarers Welfare Awards
The winners of the 2012 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards were announced last night during a high profile ceremony hosted by Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Impending Maritime Labour Convention raises contractual issues

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 is less than a year away from coming into force. As of August 2013, shipowners will have to comply with the requirements of the Convention in respect of the welfare of shipboard personnel. The MLC has, however, created some grey areas in terms of responsibility, especially for vessels employed in the offshore industry where charterers may place their own personnel on board to carry out various duties, such as geologists.

Launch of Maritime Security – a practical guide by The Nautical Institute
Nautical Institute has launched Maritime Security - a practical guide aimed at providing a comprehensive and practical guide to making vessels truly secure and creating a real security culture that works both onboard and ashore–-a-practical-guide-by-the-nautical-institute-

University Director calls for focus on sustainable maritime activity

University Director calls for focus towards green shipbuilding and R&D on long-term and sustainable maritime activity.

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