Sydney ferry fatality highlights need for more effective wastewater management practices

The importance of maintaining chemical toilets onboard ship has been raised following an incident in February onboard a Sydney Harbour-operating passenger ferry in which a high level of toxic gas was detected in a toilet cubicle after a passenger was fatally injured. A 39-year-old passenger was found unconscious in a toilet cubicle aboard the Lady […]

Smart Maritime Council to drive collaboration among technology providers

Representatives from major maritime technology companies and related industry stakeholders gathered in London yesterday (Tuesday) for the inaugural meeting of the Smart Maritime Council, a new initiative created by the Smart Maritime Network to support collaboration and standardisation in the development of IT systems for the shipping sector. Smart Maritime Network was formed in January […]

Columbia Shipmanagement takes eLearning in shipping to next level

Columbia Shipmanagement has launched its own eLearning Management System (LMS) in partnership with Adobe Systems. It is the first time a ship manager has partnered with a multinational computer software company to implement a global LMS solution for its entire eLearning courses. This cutting edge Web and App-based eLearning platform enables seafarers to access and […]

FONARs are ‘not a free pass’ to use non-compliant low sulphur fuel, warns ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the decision in principle by the UN IMO that safety or operational concerns about the quality of low sulphur fuels may, in exceptional circumstances, be a valid reason for ship owners to be issued with a Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR) when the IMO global sulphur […]

TCarta wins contract to map seafloor around remote pacific island nation

TCarta Marine, a global provider of geospatial products and services, has been contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels. “Most of Kiribati’s islands average […]