Bob Jaques

Bob Jaques

Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review

Bob Jaques is the editor of Seatrade Maritime Review with over 20 years' experience as a maritime journalist and moderator of shipping conferences.

Before that he was based in Geneva and wrote for a number of international business and consumer titles, in the fields of aerospace, media and travel.

More than a quarter of seafarers show signs of depression – and many won’t ask for help, according to a new study carried out by international maritime charity sailors’ Society and Yale University.

An overwhelming 92% of seafarers now say that internet access “strongly influences” their decision on where to work, according to the latest Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report published by Futurenautics Maritime this week. This compares to a 75% figure reported in the last edition of the same survey in 2015.

The UK Government has set up a team of experts to advise on the future of the maritime industry and how the country can stay at the forefront in the development of new technologies such as autonomous ships and digital ports.

Sir Michael Bibby, until recently md of Bibby Line Group, has been elected president of the UK Chamber of Shipping, becoming the 132nd president in the body’s 140-year history.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) announces that it has acquired cyber security services provider Nettitude, which it describes as a research-led organisation with “some of the most sophisticated technical capabilities in the industry”.

The United Arab Emirates has established a national Marine Environment Protection Agency (MEPA), becoming the eighth member of the International MEPA movement founded by Greece’s HELMEPA, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last year.

Satcoms provider Marlink has introduced a faster burst rate, or Maximum Information Rate (MIR), of up to 6 Mbps at no extra charge for customers using its Sealink Allowances maritime VSAT service plans for crew communications or operational applications.

Foresight Group run by London-based entrepreneur Ravi Mehrotra has bought a1999-built VLCC from John Fredriksen’s Frontline Shipping for an undisclosed sum.

The maritime industry will have to be prepared to change its model to be a candidate for a smarter digital future, according to Transas, which is making “enterprise change” the subject of its annual Transas Global Conference.

Foresight Group chairman Dr Ravi Mehrotra’s annual Winter BBQ proved more popular than ever, attracting 550 shipping folk to the marquee erected in the back garden of his home in leafy southwest London.

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