What do you mean by the phrase –“long-term crew strategy”? In recent years, in our beloved shipping industry, I have tended to believe that it is trying to find a Second Engineer with a chemicals endorsement and US visa, for a ship leaving Singapore next Tuesday.

Digitalisation is the buzzword across all sectors in shipping with it seen as a way to improve vessel performance and streamline processes, and the world’s largest ship manager V.Group is now in the process of trying to bring these benefits to the crewing sector with the kind of smart technology we already use in many aspect of our day-to-day lives.

The elephant in the room at the CrewConnect Global conference in Manila this week was the Philippines failure to comply with the European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) standards for the implementation of the STCW Code and increasingly possible ban of Filipino officers.

The saga of the Philippines crewing industry and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) as to whether the country's maritime training is compliant with the Standards of Training, Certification, Training and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention has now dragged on for an unbelievable 12 years.

UK headquartered Viking Recruitment have expanded into the US market with a Viking Marine Services office in Fort Lauderdale.

In the second part of this two-part series international shipping lawyer Torgeir Willumsen takes a closer look at the legal obstacles to autonomous shipping.

Oil and gas companies that have slashed jobs since the oil price crash could well find it difficult to recruit staff with the right skill sets when exploration and production (E&P) spending picks up again.

OSM is reinforcing its presence in the Brazilian offshore market with the posting of more than 90 specialised offshore positions onboard the FPSO Peregrino.

 A perfect storm of retiring baby-boomers and the ongoing global economic downturn, are causing the number of skilled seafarers in the global industry to shrink dramatically, but attendees at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) will hear from an expert panel of speakers how automation and advances in connectivity could solve the looming skills crisis.

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has officially opened its new Ship Management Centre and Crew Service Centre in Mexico following one year of operation.

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