From shipping losses to storing ocean data, we’ve been keeping track of the news that reflect the important and interesting issues affecting the maritime industry. Here are a few recent stories from the past week.

AGCS looks at 2012 ship lossesThe Maritime Journal recently published findings from Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality’s (AGCS) 2012 annual report on ship losses. It reveals that the main reason for incidents seem to be human error. According to its Safety and Shipping Review of maritime losses, the Costa Concordia incident topped the list as the largest loss of 2012 at 114,137 gross tonnes. Foundering was the most common cause of losses in the past year (49%) followed by wrecking or running aground (22%). AGCS suggested that human error remains a root cause of most incidents, with fatigue, economic pressures and inadequate training being the main causes for concern. The company expects self-regulation initiatives and technological improvements, such as the revised SOLAS regulations on ECDIS carriage, to reduce accidents, but only if coupled with effective training and management. Dr Sven Gerhard, AGCS, said: “Technology is only as useful as the training behind it – and we don’t always see this human element keeping up with other advances. What we do see with the best shipowners is a proactive safety management culture. This can really make an impact in improving safety.”

A dropbox for ocean data – Scientists have been collecting data on the world’s oceans for decades. But the files containing this information are massive and come in dozens of formats, creating an unwieldy mess for those researchers who want to easily share raw data or key findings with clients or colleagues. OneOcean will bring its cloud-based ‘Ocean Data Exchange’ to market next month, reports GeekWire. OneOcean Chief Executive Don Pickering, said that scientists have historically used the postal system to ship ocean data to one another, which is an expensive and time-consuming exercise that can delay research or other projects. “We’ve assembled a team of cloud, geospatial and GIS experts to solve a problem and build a platform where we can easily catalog and aid in the transferability of these files,” said Pickering. The technology claims to have multiple applications, helping everyone from oil & gas and renewable energy companies to military or university scientists to more easily transport data.

Influence of Antarctic waters in the Peruvian sea under evaluation – Scientists from the Peruvian Hydrography and Navigation Department will study oceanographic conditions of the cold waters around Antarctica and its impact on the Peruvian sea, reported FIS. According to Rear Admiral Javier Gaviola Tejada, “the behaviour of waters off Peru is influenced by the Antarctic ones. These waters bring nutrients and floras, which regulate the oceanographic conditions of the Peruvian coast.” The president of the Peruvian Maritime Institute, German Vasquez Solis, said several studies will be carried out in the fields of biology, ecology, oceanography, acoustics and geology. The institute will also analyze organisms living on the seabed and will determine its relationship to environmental conditions of the area.

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