Training on Harassment
The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) has released a new computer based training on prevention and response to sexual assault, sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and other prohibited behaviors in the U.S. maritime industry. The training is designed to help mariners and shore based personnel better identify and prevent such behaviors as well as assist industry efforts to aggressively promote a culture of zero tolerance for such behavior. It can run on Windows or Apple computers without requiring an internet connection and is designed for easy integration into any organization’s learning management system.
Modern Slavery Ship Detained
A ship has been detained in port near Bristol after ‘modern day slavery’ conditions were found on board. Crew members were reportedly living off sea water and out-of-date food on freighter docked at Severnside port of Sharpness. Described as having conditions close to ‘modern day slavery’, the Panama-registered Tahsin has been prevented from sailing from Sharpness by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Maritime officials found failings with navigation equipment, invalid employment contracts, non-payment of wages, damage to cargo and expired licenses.
Texas Still Suffering
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter the Texas coastline, and a combination of storm surge and unprecedented rainfall is flooding wide swaths of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana. The storm is expected to make a second landfall east of Galveston by Wednesday night, and the National Weather Service warned of “relentless torrential rains” through Friday. The storm system is moving gradually towards Louisiana and will likely deliver another six to twelve inches of rainfall before it leaves the region. However, the weather forecast for the hard-hit city of Houston is improving.
Indians Release New Cyber Rules
The Indian Register of Shipping has released new class rules and cyber safety guidelines. The Mumbai-based class society joins the growing number of leading societies that have created their own rules, notations and guidelines as the maritime sector builds up a growing awareness of the cyber risks associated with the digital developments in the industry. The class society says its rules are based on guidelines set by International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as appropriate standards such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the US Department of Commerce (NIST).
Spectacular Ship Break
Eleven sailors have been rescued from a spectacular shipwreck of a dry cargo vessel in the Black Sea off Turkey’s northwest coast. The Mongolian flag-carrying Leonardo, 114 meters long, started buckling and broke in two while at anchor off Istanbul’s Kilyos coast. Half of the ship was beached by tugboats, while the remainder is in the water gradually sinking. Turkish media reports said the ship, constructed in 1975, was going to Istanbul’s Tuzla dockyard for repairs.