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Ventis and OSM Crew Management have signed a joint venture agreement to provide Filipino crew to K Line’s entire LNG fleet.  

Port of Fujairah has implemented new regulations that could mean vessels are delayed from leaving the port in the event that crew have to seek medical assistance on land.

Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping (JAK) has inked a contract with Damen Shipyards for three new vessels at Seatrade Maritime Middle East in Dubai.

Shipping giant Maersk has agreed that it will ensure that any vessel it charters has an ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) or similar agreement – which puts in place protections for crews on flag of convenience ships – covering it.

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has received type approval from Lloyd’s Register for a record new 81 m evacuation chute.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released an accident docket on sunken ro-ro vessel El Faro, operated by TOTE Services.

No chance of walking on Dartmoor one wet morning in Devon last week… but the weather did provide the opportunity for a bit of ‘maritime research’ and a small excuse for a ‘what I did on my holidays’ report.

Returning to the crewing capital of the world – Manila – after a couple of years absence last week it was interesting to see just how upbeat everyone we met was, especially at time when many in the industry at large are rather downbeat.

A fire has broken out on 1998-built Marshal-Islands-flagged, 33,700 dwt general cargo vessel Purple Beach, igniting its cargo of fertiliser and prompting evacuation of crew over fears it may explode.

NYK is set to launch a new employment scheme for Japanese seafarers, which will begin either in April or October of next year.

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