Regional Focus: A steady ship in the ‘richest poorest country’

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First Person: Natasa Pilides

Cyprus’ new Deputy Minister for Shipping   The … >>

Crew Welfare: Food for thought

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How I Work: Sabrina Chao

It takes a level of confidence to stand up in front of the … >>

Cover Story: Cyprus round table debate

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IMO takes first steps to address autonomous ships

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has started work to look into how safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) operations may be addressed in IMO instruments. The Organisation’s senior technical body, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), endorsed a framework for a regulatory scoping exercise, as work in progress, … Read More...

Ensign research reveals “alarming gaps” in workers’ pensions awareness

Workers in the maritime industry could face significant hardship in retirement due to lack of understanding of pensions, revealed today by new research from Ensign. A survey of employees in the shipping and maritime sector reveals that workers are aware of the importance of pensions, ranking pensions as more important than job satisfaction, workplace environment or … Read More...

Carbon targets for shipping can only be met with ‘Zero CO2’ Fuels

The ambitious CO2 reduction targets set by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the year 2050 can only be delivered with the global rollout of zero CO2 fuels and propulsion systems says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Speaking at the annual Summit of Transport Ministers hosted by the OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig, ICS … Read More...

New President plots course for The Nautical Institute

The newly elected President of The Nautical Institute, Captain Nick Nash FNI FRIN FRGS has pledged to help in its efforts to improve standards of shiphandling and bridge resource management (BRM). Captain Nash is Senior Master for Carnival Corporation’s 144,000 GRT, 3650 passenger vessel the Royal Princess. He also teaches at the group’s simulator training facility … Read More...

North P&I Club reports increase of $20m in free reserves and a rise of 5m in gross tonnage

Global marine insurer North P&I Club has announced its annual results, confirming a 4.6% increase ($20 million) in free reserves to $451 million, a 2.6% (5M GT) rise in total entered tonnage to 195M GT, and a combined ratio of 104% for the year ended 20 February 2018, along with a stable 99% member retention rate. North’s results reflect their consistently … Read More...

Wall-to-wall success for Sailors’ Society’s new event

Twenty-seven teams from across the industry raised approximately US$115,000 for Sailors’ Society by taking part in the charity’s inaugural Great Wall of China Challenge this weekend (18-21 May). Hiking 25km from Jiankou to Coiling Dragon Hill in 30C heat, competitors crossed the finish line to Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall. Sandra Welch, Sailors’ … Read More...

Seafarers’ House launches $4.5M Place of Welcome Campaign

Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has launched the public phase of its “Place of Welcome” Campaign to build a new home for the seafarers who visit the port. The announcement was made at its annual Golden Compass Gala on 19th May, honouring President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley, who announced that the cruise line is committing $500,000 to … Read More...

BlueWeek – City of Rotterdam & STC host the Natural Propulsion Seminar

Low carbon and low emissions technology solutions for commercial shipping are coming to the fore in the industry, with the selection of fuel saving technologies and the development of alternative fuels vital to the future of a decarbonised global fleet. Wind propulsion and other maritime renewables are a key component in that development and next week leading … Read More...

Union calls for “real” increase in global seafarer wage

The ITF and Nautilus International will call for an increase in monthly pay for the world’s lowest paid seafarers. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Nautilus International, the maritime professionals’ trade union, are set to tell the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that the time has come for a significant rise in the global minimum … Read More...

Inmarsat receives IMO approval to deliver most significant advance in maritime safety in a generation

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has formally approved Inmarsat’s Fleet Safety solution as a new service to support the Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS). Ship owners and operators will now be able to combine maritime safety and broadband data services in a single FleetBroadband or Fleet One terminal … Read More...

IMarEST partners with Norstar Shipmanagement and Norstar Crew Management

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the world’s largest global marine and maritime professional body, has today announced a partnership with Norstar Shipmanagement in Singapore and Norstar Crew Management in Myanmar. The partnership will support the enhancement, attraction and development of both engineering and deck officers in … Read More...

Naval Dome welcomes Siemens’ Charter of Trust initiative

Naval Dome, the maritime cyber security system provider, has welcomed the Charter of Trust initiative implemented by German technology group Siemens and which has since welcomed a “who’s who” of global technology companies and brands. The Charter looks to address the cyber security challenges that arise from increasingly digitalised, “cloud”-based infrastructure, … Read More...

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