zoom The 153,514 dwt containership which ran aground in the Suez Canal on Thursday was refloated in the early morning hours on April 30, according to GAC.The vessel resumed its southbound transit to Suez escorted by five tugs.The ship is “presently anchored in Suez port outer anchorage, without any effects to navigation in Suez port as well to the canal navigation,” GAC Egypt said, adding that there were no reports of damages to the vessel.According to information from the Suez Canal Authority movement section, the Southbound Convoy, currently at Great Bitter lakes, was due to resume transit later that day, while the Northbound Convoy would be rescheduled.The vessel, which was the tenth ship in the Southbound convoy of 20 vessels, ran into trouble due to engine problems.GAC did not disclose the name of the ship to World Maritime News, however, based on the data from Marine Traffic, Portugal-flagged 153,514 dwt containership MSC Fabiola was aground in the Suez while on its way to Salalah, Oman.World Maritime News Staff
The meeting last week in Geneva organized by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was designed to launch a global effort aimed at eliminating spam, which accounts for an estimated 80 per cent of all email traffic and costs the global economy some $25 million in losses each year.In addition to strong country laws, technical solutions and international cooperation, the meeting generated consensus on the need for consumer education and industry self-regulation as part of a multi-track solution to the nuisance.Robert Horton, Acting Chair of the Australian Communications Authority and Chairman of the meeting, said spam has grown into a major plague affecting the digital world. “We are facing a global epidemic which can only be combated through a global and concerted action,” he said.”What is at stake is no less than the protection and preservation of the Internet as we know it,” he declared. “I am convinced that we can curb spam within the next two years if we act on a number of fronts simultaneously and make sure that there are no havens for spammers anywhere in the world.”Despite the enactment of anti-spam legislation in about 30 countries and the introduction of technical solutions by Internet service providers and end-users, there has been so far no significant impact on the volume of unwanted email, with spammers sending hundreds of millions of messages per day.Increasingly, spam is being used to support fraudulent and criminal activities, including attempts to capture financial information such as account numbers and passwords by masquerading messages as originating from trusted companies, called “brand-spoofing” or “phishing.” In addition, spam can be exploited as a vehicle to spread computer viruses and worms.Mobile networks face the problem of bulk unsolicited text messages which aim to generate traffic to premium-rate numbers. As these trends transcend national boundaries, international cooperation is essential to enforce anti-spam laws, the ITU pointed out.