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Italian Cruises Will Pause due to Holiday Travel Restrictions

By The Maritime Executive 12-04-2020 03:33:07

The cruises operating from Italy have agreed with the Italian government to pause operations during the holiday season. This aligns with Italy’s efforts to reduce transmission of the virus between Christmas and New Year’s by implementing extensive travel restrictions. Fearful of increased community spread of the virus due to holiday parties and gatherings, the Italian government has said it will tighten the restrictions on travel for residents limiting movement between regions, cities, and towns as well as limiting the ability of individuals...

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The Cutter Daphne and the “North Atlantic Vegetable War”

By U.S. Coast Guard News 12-04-2020 02:00:00

[By Cmdr. William A. McKinstry, United States Coast Guard] As the crew of the Ganeff [sic] told it, they were anchored on Rum Row Sunday night when the Daphne swung alongside. Suddenly a storm of paint pots, vegetables and other missiles came flying at them from the Coast Guard cutter . . . . - The Baltimore Sun, June 16, 1932 As the years of Prohibition came to a close, Coast Guard Cutter Daphne engaged in one of the most unique battles...

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IBM Uncovers Hacking Effort Targeting COVID Vaccine Logistics System

By The Maritime Executive 12-03-2020 10:22:00

IBM researchers have uncovered a large-scale hacking attempt to infiltrate the "cold chain" logistics effort for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. The perpetrator has not been identified, but the methods are sophisticated and the scope of the attack is unusually broad. It is not known if it was successful in its goals.  IBM's "Security X-Force" found a large-scale phishing effort targeting multiple companies, agencies and other partners in the  Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform (CCEOP) - an initiative launched by vaccination...

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FMC Members Call for Priority Vaccination for the Maritime Workforce

By The Maritime Executive 12-03-2020 10:02:34

In an open letter, two members of the Federal Maritime Commissioner have appealed to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to provide mariners and longshoremen with access to rapid COVID-19 testing and priority early vaccination.  "The maritime and port workforces have been and continue to be an underpublicized success story in keeping our Nation afloat during the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19. If the maritime, port, and sealift workforces are infected, then our...

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Offshore

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Oil Major Eni Buys Into World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

In the latest example of oil companies rushing into the offshore wind sector, Italian major Eni is buying a 20 percent stake in the Dogger Bank wind farm project - the largest installation of its kind in the world.  “Entering the offshore wind market in Northern Europe is a great opportunity to gain further skills in the sector thanks to the collaboration with two of the industry’s leading companies,” said Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi in a statement.  The deal will...

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Shipbuilding

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NYC Ferry Takes Delivery of its Final New Vessel

The NYC Ferry system has taken delivery of its final new vessel, a 150-passenger aluminum catamaran dubbed "Time Traveler." She is the twelfth 85-foot Subchapter T boat for NYC Ferry built by Metal Shark at its Franklin, Louisiana since April 2017. Over the course of that period, the yard also produced ten 100-foot, 350-passenger Subchapter K boats for the system, bringing its total to 22. “We are thrilled with the operations and production that the Metal Shark team has been...

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Training

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Four People Charged in $200K Fake US Coast Guard Credentialing Scheme

Four individuals have been charged in a scheme to sell phony US Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The grand jury indictment alleges that the scheme netted over $200,000 in profits from the production and sale of the counterfeit certificates to over 150 mariners. Beginning in July 2016 and continuing through at least the end of 2019, it is alleged that the four individuals devised a scheme to defraud...

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Rolls-Royce Acquires Supplier of Ship Control Systems Servowatch

Rolls-Royce has acquired Servowatch Systems, a UK-based international supplier of integrated marine automation solutions for navies, commercial vessels and large yachts. Rolls-Royce purchased the company from the Indian engineering, procurement and construction projects, manufacturing, defense and services group Larsen & Toubro. Servowatch, based in Heybridge, Essex, will expand the ship automation division of Rolls-Royce's Power Systems business.  "Servowatch's modern and sophisticated range of automation and integrated bridge systems for government and commercial ships and large yachts is the ideal complement...

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