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Largest open ocean clean-up takes place with sponsorship challenge launched for phase two

Mission Resolve Foundation announced it has gifted Ocean Voyages Institute $25,000 as a challenge grant to other sponsors to join them in their support of their critical upcoming second clean-up expedition.

The highly successful first leg of this clean-up expedition includes collaborating organisations such as NASA, Smithsonian, Scripps Oceanography, University of Hawaii, and University of Washington. The expedition returned to Hawaii from the North Pacific Sub-Tropical Convergence Read More…

OCEAN Technologies Group Acquires Marlins And Enters Into Strategic Partnership With V.GROUP

V.GROUP, the leading global provider of ship management and marine support services, and Ocean Technologies Group, the leading provider of maritime learning and operational technologies, have entered a strategic partnership to offer best-in-class e-learning to V.Group personnel and customers.

Starting later this year, V.Group will leverage on Ocean Technologies Group’s digital platforms to provide innovative and industry leading integrated e-learning solutions to V.Group’s customers. The new solutions will include bespoke Read More…

Hon Robert Montague and Maritime Authority of Jamaica praise sea-going keyworkers on the Day of the Seafarer

Today, as we recognise the contribution of seafarers, our dedicated global workforce, on this international Day of the Seafarer with the theme Seafarers are Key Workers, the Ministry of Transport & Mining and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica which is responsible for the welfare of seafarers urges all Caribbean Governments to designate seafarers as “key workers” and to treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve as they work Read More…

Speak out for crew on Day of the Seafarer urges Danica

The world must not ignore the problems faced by the hundreds of thousands of seafarers who remain at sea, delivering trade and aid around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic, warns crewing specialist Henrik Jensen of Danica Crewing Services.

Speaking out on the Day of the Seafarer, Mr Jensen urged everyone associated with the shipping industry to lobby governments, asking them to do all they can to enable crew changes Read More…

COMPA Repairs expands global network for onboard ship repairs

An onboard ship repair network has been expanded with COMPA Repairs signing three partnership agreements to make the service available in Greece, Cyprus and Hungary, and in Latin and South America

The innovative repair service applies composite patching to geometrically complex structures and in locations difficult to reach.

Agreements have been signed with international marine companies from the mentioned markets and combined with previous ones, expand the network of durable, Read More…

Plea not to forget seafarers’ families on Day of the Seafarer

A public plea has been made by the welfare charity Seafarers UK to not forget seafarers’ families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as the International Maritime Organization makes a call for seafarers worldwide to be recognised as key workers.

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are currently stranded on merchant ships worldwide, with crew changes curtailed due to restrictions imposed by governments. Many have been compelled to work beyond their contract Read More…

Welfare 2.0 report investigates the role of technology in enhancing crew safety, health and well-being

Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has published a new report focusing on the way technology can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea, at a moment when COVID-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.

“Welfare 2.0: How can the next generation of technology enable better crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea?” report, has been prepared by consultancy Thetius.  It follows an earlier ‘Trade 2.0’ report Read More…

Day of the Seafarer – will you help?

The Chairman of The Mission to Seafarers has written an open letter to the shipping industry calling on members to support the charity, which has seen its income severely depleted by the COVID-19 crisis.

In the letter Tom Boardley said: “I am writing to you in my capacity as Chairman of The Mission to Seafarers to ask for your help. As I am sure you have read in the media, Read More…

UK P&I Club issues Risk Awareness Guide on Pollution Claims

The Loss Prevention team at UK P&I Club has issued a new Risk Awareness guide focusing on pollution claims, which highlights the controls, methods and procedures necessary to avoid or minimise them.

The Pollution Claims guide pinpoints some of the most significant threats leading to potential pollution-related claims including bunkering, cargo loading/discharge, bilge and slop, ballast water, garbage/sewage disposal, funnel emissions, hull/equipment failures and hose or pipeline failure.

Each threat Read More…

Cyber Security Expert Joins Pelion Consulting

PELION CONSULTING, the specialist in superyacht and maritime cyber security, is delighted to announce that CAMPBELL MURRAY has joined them as their new Chief Security Officer (CSO).

Campbell brings with him more than two decades of cyber security experience and knowledge. He began his career during the 90s and quickly founded his own company, Encription Limited.  Starting as an “Ethical Hacker” Campbell was a pioneer in “Pen Testing” websites and Read More…

New research shows even before COVID-19, over 40% of vessels had unacceptable levels of barnacle fouling

New research commissioned by Swedish biotechnology company I-Tech AB has quantified the true extent of the barnacle fouling problem across the global shipping fleet.

I-Tech contracted independent marine coating consultants Safinah Group to analyse underwater hull fouling condition on a sample of 249 ships which drydocked over a four-year period between 2015-2019. The sample included all major ship types covering a range of trading activity.

It was found that nearly Read More…

UN Day of the Seafarer highlights sacrifice of key workers at sea during pandemic

The 2020 Day of the Seafarer campaign is calling on IMO Member States to recognize seafarers as key workers – and to provide them with the support, assistance and travel options open to all key workers during the pandemic.

The 2020 Day of the Seafarer pays tribute to unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic: the seafarers who continue to carry essential goods despite facing tremendous challenges, including being stranded on Read More…