ITF mourns loss of Asia Pacific Region Chair Hanafi Rustandi

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has announced the death of Hanafi Rustandi, its Asia Pacific Region Chair and President of Indonesian seafarers’ union the KPI (Kesatuan Pelaut Indonesia). Mr Rustandi died suddenly last night (Monday) in Tokyo, where he was part of the ITF delegation representing the world’s seafarers and dockers at a meeting […]

Search and rescue H.E.R.O.s need to be recognised

The International Maritime Rescue Federation is calling for nominations for its H.E.R.O Awards, to recognise the unsung maritime heroes who battle against this frightening statistic, as the H.E.R.O award (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) deadline approaches on 28th July, 2017. The H.E.R.O Awards were launched last year and recognise anyone involved in maritime search and […]

AkzoNobel extends popular Interstores marine coatings product range

AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business – the supplier of International coatings – has launched a new multi-purpose one pack primer with the aim of offering ship owners and operators a new level of flexibility and expanding the options available for cost-effective onboard maintenance. Interstores Alkyd Primer is the latest addition to the Interstores range and is […]

Marine Environment Protection Committee opens

A busy Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) is now under way at IMO Headquarters in London (3rd to 7th July). A key item on the agenda is the implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, which will enter into force on 8th September 2017. The Committee will consider draft amendments to the BWM […]

New emotional support guidance for seafarers

The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) has produced a self-help guide for seafarers’ mental health to complement its free, 24/7 helpline, SeafarerHelp. Working away at sea with limited means of communication and little or no shore leave means that it can be difficult for seafarers to access the emotional support they might need. […]

ITIC pays out for pool manager’s acceptance of unacceptable tanker

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has highlighted the costly consequences of a shipping pool manager’s failure to accurately describe a tanker, leading to a substantial claim by charterers. The pool manager misdescribed the tanker as being acceptable to a specific oil major, even though he had received an email from the head owner prior to […]