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US-based software firm INTTRA is spearheading a non-commercial initiative to develop standards and data sharing protocols to help improve the free flow of information between carriers, ports, freight forwarders and BCOs (beneficial cargo owners).

Over the last couple of weeks Philippines government officials have been seeking to reassure the country that it will pass the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) latest audit on its maritime training.

The saga of the Philippines crewing industry and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) as to whether the country's maritime training is compliant with the Standards of Training, Certification, Training and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention has now dragged on for an unbelievable 12 years.

The Australia authorities have barred a Papua New Guinea general cargoship found to have 79 deficiencies in less than 24 months.

Singapore has launched the technical reference standard for bunker mass flow metering on Tuesday, about 11 months ahead of the mandatory use of the fuel measuring device for bunkering operations in Singapore port from 1 January 2017.

The growth in use of the ISO/PAS 28007 standard is a sign of maturity for the maritime security sector providing a benchmark against which individual private maritime security companies (PMSCs) can be judged.

Singapore has made progress in the development of LNG bunkering standards after completing a study on the technical standards and procedures for the bunkering operation in the port, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Despite being on the front line for a sharp decline in successful hijackings in the Gulf of Aden, the use of armed guards has divided the opinions of the maritime industry, governments, and the UN.