ClassNK, USMRC Join Forces

first_imgzoom The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) in Middletown, Rhode Island and Japan’s classification society ClassNK, have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on joint research and development activities for the maritime industry.The initial joint project will focus on the development of practical LNG bunkering simulation tools to further enhance USMRC’s existing niche portfolio of LNG bunkering training programs.This type of training, augmented with high fidelity simulations, better prepares mariners and shore-based personnel to safely handle LNG as a marine fuel. USMRC’s role will be to oversee the execution of the project.“Our goal is to support the safety of ships from not only from the technological point of view, but also the human factor perspective. The need for qualified seafarers who are familiar with the latest maritime technology is essential for the sustainable development of the shipping industry,” said ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara. “USMRC not only has the specialized knowledge to address these issues, but also has rich experience in maritime training.” “We were the first to offer LNG bunkering safety training in the United States,” said USMRC President Brian Holden. “The signing of this MOU will allow us to take another leap forward in this area by developing practical, hands-on LNG bunkering simulation tools to make this training even better.”The MOU also calls for USMRC and ClassNK to work together to offer Dynamic Positioning and other critical training capabilities to meet the needs of the offshore energy sector.ClassNK also has agreed to support USMRC’s technical research and other activities related to maritime cybersecurity – an emerging and significant risk to maritime safety.last_img read more

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670k sign petition against rape survivor receiving 100 lashes in Maldives

first_imgOVER 670,000 PEOPLE have signed an online petition against a 15-year-old girl, who was raped repeatedly by her stepfather, receive 100 lashes for having pre-marital sex with another man.The girl was sentenced to the public whipping after it was revealed she was having consensual sex with another man while police were investigating rape allegations by her stepfather. The child’s stepfather is also accused of murdering a baby born to her as a result of the rape. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.The petition was set up by Avaaz.org a website that describes themselves as one that ”empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues”.Avaaz.org is asking people to hit the “Maldives government where it hurts – the tourism industry. Let’s build a million-strong petition… then threaten the islands’ reputation through hard-hitting ads in travel magazines and online until he steps in to save her and abolish this outrageous law.”President Mohammed Waheed Hassan had expressed shock and asked the state attorney general to appeal the conviction amid an international outcry and condemnation from rights groups such as Amnesty International.Premarital sex is illegal in the popular honeymoon destination.Read: Indian parliament to debate bill allowing death penalty for rapists >last_img read more

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