Youngest ever officer rewarded for heroism at sea

The youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal, has today (12 November) been recognised for saving people’s lives in dire straits at sea. Third Officer Max Bingle, 24, from Devon, is joined by 19 other mariners awarded for outstanding service and contribution to the sector, including services for fishing safety and training throughout […]

UK’s longest-serving nuclear vessel makes its final journey

Oceanic Pintail is making its final voyage after 33 years of impeccable service to the UK’s nuclear industry. The world-class cargo vessel has enjoyed a stellar career at sea, with an unparalleled safety record, and will now be decommissioned in Scotland. It set sail from Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria, for the final time last week, and […]

Fatigue management solution wins Crew welfare Open Innovation Challenge

Mobile satellite communication provider Inmarsat has unveiled a joint entry from Canary Sentinel and Workrest as the winner of the inaugural Crew Welfare Open Innovation Challenge, a competition rewarding technologies most likely to benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing. The Challenge, created with Shell Shipping & Maritime and digital consultancy Thetius, attracted 49 entries from […]

COVID-19 pandemic crises pushing up costs for crew changes

Ship operators are being warned to expect higher crewing costs next year as pandemic measures and challenges in carrying out crew changes push prices higher. Henrik Jensen, Managing Director of Danica Crewing Specialists, has analysed recent crew costs and reports that each crew change is costing an extra $2,000 – doubling the price since last […]

The Mission to Seafarers’ Christmas service celebrates seafarers with global online event

The Mission to Seafarers is hosting its annual carol service celebration ‘Festival of Light and Hope’ online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will take place on Wednesday, 9th December. In a year which has been extremely challenging across the world, our international seafarer community has been badly affected, with extended contracts, severely […]

HFW helps BIMCO draft industry’s first standard contract for autonomous shipping

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW is helping shipping association BIMCO draft the industry’s first standard contract for the operation of autonomous vessels. The new standard contract will be based on the SHIPMAN 2009 agreement for use with autonomous ships, and is expected to be published in 2021. HFW is the only law firm on BIMCO’s […]