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Roaming overseas on your iPhone and iPad with GeoSIM is now possible after the release of the new MicroSIM Global SIM card.

The smaller format global SIM card allows fans of Apple devices to roam overseas and benefit from GeoSIM technology while using the MicroSIM for voice, SMS and data.

The new MicroSIM cards are pre-cut to fit the iPhone 4 and iPad so as to avoid the need for users to trim or cut a standard sized SIM card, which can result in damage to the SIM.

The MicroSIM comes with all the features of the full-sized GeoSIM global SIM cards and allows iPhone and iPad users to join existing GeoSIM global SIM card customers in taking advantage of roaming in more than 200 countries on over 500 networks.

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The MicroSIM comes as a standard SIM with a UK number or a Dual Number Multi IMSI SIM, which has a UK and US number and allows free incoming calls and much cheaper outgoing calls in the US and Canada.

The GeoSIM MicroSIM is priced at £9.98 (including VAT).

Pirates off Somalia

18 November 2011 – A United Nations-backed group dedicated to fighting piracy off the Somali coast has stressed the need for the international community to provide adequate financial, human and materiel resources to successfully tackle this ongoing threat.

The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia “expressed its grave concern that the provision of military forces for the anti-piracy operations is likely to fall short of the numbers required; and called upon States to remedy this situation.”

The call came during the group’s tenth plenary session held yesterday in New York, at which it also emphasized that adequate means must be provided to the international response to piracy.

This includes sufficient military assets to ensure an effective military response; furthering efforts of law enforcement and judicial agencies to effectively investigate and prosecute all those engaged in and profiting from piracy; and stronger support from the international community for the development of prosecution and detention capacity in Somalia and in the region.

We need to get ahead of the threat by deepening our understanding of how the threat is evolving and adjust our responses accordingly

The group also noted that a solution to piracy can only be found by combining such activities with the wider efforts aimed at stabilizing Somalia, which include promoting good governance and rule of law, strengthening government institutions and fostering socio-economic development.

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, told the meeting that despite the “exceptional” international cooperation on combating piracy, he was deeply concerned at how the threat continues to evolve, with the increase in land-based kidnappings in Kenya and Somalia, and the huge financial flows involved in ransom payments.

“We need to get ahead of the threat by deepening our understanding of how the threat is evolving and adjust our responses accordingly,” he said via video-link from Nairobi.

Combating piracy relies on a “robust and effective three-pronged, land-based strategy,” he added, beginning with countering not only the act of piracy at sea but also targeting and neutralizing those assets and infrastructure on land supporting piracy operations.

It is also necessary to collectively seek ways of promoting social and economic recovery and to generate employment opportunities, as well as to invest in peacebuilding and future social and economic development.

Thirdly, he said, it is vital to ensure support to the peace process through sustained political commitment to the roadmap agreed by the Somali stakeholders with support from the international community. “This is the underlying strategy for lasting peace and stability in Somalia,” he said.

The roadmap, which was agreed in September, spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end in August next year, including improving security, drafting a constitution, national reconciliation and good governance.

The Contact Group was established in 2009, under a Security Council resolution, to facilitate discussion and coordinate actions among States and regional organizations to suppress piracy.


Saturday, 29 March 2014 06:15

Smoke development on mine hunter

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On Mar 28, 2014, at noon fire alarm was raised aboard the -"Bad Rappenau" in the Tirpitz Port in Kiel. The fire rescue of the Naval Base was on scene within a few minutes. Also the civil fire brigade of Kiel was called to support them. There was a development of dense fume by yet unknown reasons. The forces were stood down at 1.30 p.m. after the Situation was resolved. The mine hunter had just returned from a length yard overhaul. There were no injuries, the damage had yet to be assessed.

Saturday, 19 November 2011 11:10

Curbs proposed on old ships

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The government of India,proposes to issue a notification imposing restrictions on ships that are over 25 years old in order to prevent marine accidents and consequent implications for the marine environment.


Announcing this at an international seminar on ‘Towards sustainable shipping,' organised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) here on Friday, Union Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan said that based on experience in handling marine accidents in the recent past, it was found that the age of ships played a critical role.

The government had already put in place a legal framework to handle shipping accidents by acceding to two international conventions — the Wreck Removal Convention and the Protocol to the Convention on Limited Liability for Maritime Claims. “We will also be acceding to the Convention of Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage and the Convention for the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling System on Ships soon.”

He was confident that these initiatives would provide a strong legal framework to claim compensation in case of oil spills, ship wrecks and other accidents.

Admitting that shipping as an industry was facing many challenges now, he said one of the main and most serious threats was in the form piracy off the coast of Somalia.

A large area of the Arabian Sea had been affected by this threat thereby pushing up the cost of freight carried through this critical shipping corridor.

The Minister said that the Indian Navy had played a key role in protecting convoys of ships, both Indian and foreign.The government had also issued guidelines on providing armed guards on board merchant ships.

Referring to safety at ports, he said the highest priority was accorded by the Indian government to safety. The Minister expressed concern over “commercial sustainability” of shipping consequent on the downturn in various parts of the world that had brought in distortions in global trade scenario. “We need to realign the shipping capacities in line with the trade flows,” he counselled.

Alan Marsh, President, ICS, UK, wondered why governments were not doing much with regard to piracy despite this bringing about a “most damning situation.” Now shippers had to bear the brunt, he lamented.

K.G. Ramakrishnan, Chairman of the Madras Branch of the ICS, said piracy was derailing the entire shipping industry and pleaded that it should be eliminated. Referring to the warming of glaciers, he said the shipping industry should also initiate efforts to reduce ‘carbon footprint.'



Friday, 03 January 2014 13:15

Collision off Singapore

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On Dec 29, 2013, the "Hanjin Italy" was in collision with the LNG tanker "Al Gharaffa" off Singapore which had sailed from Ras Laffan Port on Dec 19. The bow of the "Al Gharrafa" was significantly damaged. Both ships remained at the anchorage off Singapore after the accident.

Saturday, 19 November 2011 09:46

Attack on supply vessel "C Endeavor"

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Armed men boarded the "C Endeavor" contracted by U.S. energy company Chevron off the Nigerian coast early on Nov 18, 2011, which was the second attack by gunmen on Chevron contracted vessels off the state of Bayelsa this month. The vessel was off the coast, serving Chevron's Agbami field, when gunmen boarded it in the early morning hours. Three men may have been kidnapped. Chevron said it was investigating the situation.
Saturday, 19 November 2011 09:24

Technology on Ships Can be Dangerous

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THE London P&I Club has warned what many of us already know: that improvements in telecommunications technology on board ships can create unwelcome distractions, leading to casualties.

Tugboat pilot Matthew Devlin was sentenced earlier this month to one year in prison his role in the fatal collision with a tourist "duckboat" on the Delaware near Philadelphia. Devlin was apparently distracted by cellphone calls and his laptop due to a family emergency.

In its StopLoss Bulletin, the club notes that an alleged causative factor in a recent pollution incident involved the duty officer attempting to make a Skype call on his laptop during his watch. A VDR playback revealed that the officer of the watch (OOW) was listening to a news bulletin from his home country which was being streamed through a laptop computer. The officer appears to have missed a radar target and a VHF warning call while listening to the breaking news from home.

The club says, “Onboard communication has improved significantly over the last few years, with technological advances enabling crew to use mobile phones and laptops to stay in contact with family and friends ashore. However, the use of such equipment at inappropriate moments may distract crew from the navigation or operation of the ship.

“Another issue is the risk of being exposed to excessive information and simply being unable to process it all. Bridge equipment is increasingly sophisticated and it can provide the crew with access to extensive information regarding the relative positions of other ships. But, unless it is used in a focused manner, it can confuse, rather than clarify, and ultimately prove counter-productive.”

In another case cited by the club, the OOW decided to use the Automatic Radar Plotting Aid to track 99 different ships whilst transiting a congested anchorage and to overlay the radar image with Automatic Identification System data. With so much information being displayed, he failed to notice that one of the targets had both a minimal closest point of approach (CPA) and time to CPA and, ultimately, there was a collision.

The club says, “It is worth giving careful thought to how such equipment can best be used without risking information overload. An important principle of keeping a safe navigational watch is that the OOW ensures that an efficient look-out is maintained at all times and the Collision Regulations are complied with. It is therefore essential that any distractions from those duties are as far as possible minimised or eliminated.”

A Liberia-flagged oil tanker has gone missing off the coast of Ghana and a senior port official told Reuters on Saturday the captain sent a distress call to say the vessel was attacked by pirates. The Liberia-flagged MT Fair Artemis last made contact with its manager, Fairdeal Group S.A., at 6 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Wednesday when it was operating off the coast of Ghana, the company said. The ship failed to make contact the next day. Pirate attacks jumped by a third off the coast of West Africa last year, pushing up insurance costs for shipping firms operating in a key commodities export hub. "Our primary concern ... is for the safety of those on board the vessel. We would like to assure their families and all stakeholders that we are fully committed to returning the crew and vessel to a safe port," said Fairdeal fleet director John Gray in a statement. A spokesperson for the company said on Saturday the ship remained missing but gave no further details. A senior official at the port in Tema, east of Ghana's capital, told Reuters: "We had a distress call from the master of the ship yesterday (Friday) saying he was 36 nautical miles away from our waters after he was hijacked and looted in Togolese waters early Wednesday." The official declined to be identified. Source: Reuters

Mumbai port which is set to carry out repairs to the Outer Lock Gate through a private contractor has informed that shipping operation could get affected during this period. The port has issued the following schedule which is as under :- Removal of the lock gate on 15th May during day by Port floating crane Shresta, this operation will be from 15th to 20th and resulting in No movements during day ie from 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs From 15th May to 13th September, Indira Dock will be tidal. Since Indira Dock being tidal only Navigation will only be during flood tide, which will result in restriction of vessel to loa 152 meters and beam 22.86 meters. There could only be 2/3 movements in each tide and maximum permissible draft will be reduced to 8 mtrs, higher draft will be considered, depending on tide.

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