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Seafarers at “breaking point” over crew change crisis

On World Maritime Day, key industry players have pleaded with governments to help get stranded seafarers home. A webinar, co-hosted by the IMO, ILO and the UN Global Compact on ‘COVID-19 and Maritime Crew Changes: A humanitarian, safety, and economic crisis’ heard that crews are at “breaking point” with some even being onboard for 17 months with many crew changes … Read More...

Loss prevention remains a vital element in ensuring the insurability of maritime risk

The International Union of Marine Insurance’s (IUMI) two-week online conference continued today with a comprehensive loss prevention workshop chaired by Uwe-Peter Schieder, from German Insurance Association, GDV and Mariella Dauphinee from Intact Insurance Company. Both were keen to highlight the role of loss prevention managers and their role in identifying, … Read More...

Bureau Veritas calls for ‘vital’ shipping industry to marry pragmatism with ambition on decarbonisation

The President of the Marine & Offshore Division of Bureau Veritas (BV) has spoken about the need for the shipping industry to be both pragmatic and ambitious in securing its future: a future in which shipping meets its decarbonisation targets, is more transparent, is better understood outside the sector, and keeps raising standards. Speaking on World Maritime … Read More...

Keeping biofouling at bay in times of crisis

Dr Markus Hoffmann, Technical Director, I-Tech AB discusses the importance of biofouling prevention as vessels lay idle during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Few could have predicted the seismic effect COVID-19 would have on the shipping industry throughout 2020. Travel restrictions and a period of decreased demand for goods plunged thousands of ships into idle … Read More...

LR awards Samsung Heavy Industries Approval in Principle for its ammonia-fuelled tanker design

South Korean yard pushes ahead with development of future gas supply system and detailed ship design. Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted Approval in Principle (AiP) to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for its ammonia-fuelled tanker design, a key progress milestone in the joint development project LR and SHI announced with industry leading partners MISC Berhad and MAN … Read More...

Synergy Group CEO calls for action on crew change crisis

The CEO and Founder of Synergy Group, Captain Rajesh Unni, has used World Maritime Day to call for action on the crew change crisis. He has issued a statement, which reads: “On World Maritime Day, with hundreds of thousands of seafarers still stranded at sea, I think now is the time to address shipping’s inability to consistently shape and direct policies that … Read More...

Mackay acquires Dynamic Marine Systems and opens in Cape Town

Communication and navigation equipment provider Mackay Marine has announced the opening of its newest marine electronics sales and service centre in Cape Town, South Africa, following the acquisition of Dynamic Marine Systems. Dynamic Marine Systems’ team of highly skilled staff have over 100 years collective maritime and naval experience. Specialising in nav/comm … Read More...

MLS and SMT collaborate to offer unique end to end maritime training solution

Two respected maritime practical training and eLearning specialists are collaborating to provide a unique end-to-end maritime training solution for the commercial, leisure and offshore shipping sectors. Marine Learning Systems (MLS) provides software and service solutions to optimize knowledge, skills and behaviour for maritime operators while Stream Marine … Read More...

Cyprus SDM supports World Maritime Day with plans for new green incentives and continuing efforts to facilitate crew changes

With the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day (today) ‘sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet’, the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has reinforced its commitment to both environmental initiatives and measures that support the physical and mental wellbeing of seafarers. Vassilios Demetriades, the recently-appointed Shipping Deputy Minister, will … Read More...

UN Secretary-general Renews Call on Governments to Act on Crew Change Crisis to Avoid Global Supply Chain Disruption as Major Businesses Cite Forced Labour

Major global businesses join maritime industry, government, UN and union leaders urging immediate political action on crew change crisis as global business community points towards humanitarian crisis and global supply chain disruption. UNITED NATIONS, New York, 24 September 2020 -- On World Maritime Day, the United Nations Secretary-General renewed his call on … Read More...

Highlight plight of seafarers on World Maritime Day says crew manager

As the spotlight falls on the shipping industry on World Maritime Day tomorrow (24th September), one crew manager is urging everyone to spare a thought for seafarers. Henrik Jensen, Managing Director of Danica Crewing Specialists, says it is important to highlight the crucial role seafarers have played in supporting the global economy as the world battles to … Read More...

Aderco supports stranded seafarers with treats as it backs calls for intervention

Sweet treats and sanitary kits are being donated to stranded seafarers by fuel treatment technology specialists Aderco as the company backs calls for intervention to get them home during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more than 300,000 seafarers currently stranded at sea and unable to get home as coronavirus continues to impact world trade. The IMO is … Read More...

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