In praise of crewing stability

You can’t have enough stability on board a ship. This is not a comment on the inability of certain car carriers to remain upright in all circumstances, but the conclusion of a report into crewing methods by the UK’s Solent University, which has been researching this important, but hitherto neglected matter. Read More

A long-term crewing strategy?

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.

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Can V.Group digitally transform the voyage of the seafarer?

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.

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Yet another EMSA audit deadline looms over Filipino seafarers

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.

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Energy companies likely to face skills shortage

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.

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