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

AASTMT maritime college opens branch in Sharjah

Next month sees the opening of the new Sharjah branch of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), the Egypt-based specialised organisation of the Arab League for maritime education and training. Read More

Enclosed spaces remain serious safety hazard for seafarers: InterManager

Enclosed Space Entry remains one of the gravest onboard safety hazards facing seafarers today, Capt. Kuba Szymanski, secretary general of trade association InterManager, reiterated to delegates attending the International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit at this year’s London International Shipping Week. Read More

New gas-freeing solution aims to reduce enclosed space risk

With enclosed spaces again highlighted as a serious risk to seafarers an innovative new way to combat the dangers of in-tank asphyxiation by gases left over from cargoes was unveiled by US company Ecochlor, best known for its chemicals-based Ballast Water Treatment Systems. Read More

Diversity is just the start

It was in the early 1970s, when the shipping industry was going through one of its regular manning crises, that a Norwegian ship owner came up with an ingenious solution. It was a long time ago, but I recall that the idea was to replicate a small “village” community aboard a ship. Read More

ITF blasts US plan to revoke seafarer visas

Global union, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), has blasted the US government for saying it will deny seafarers a US visa if they have worked on a vessel carrying a Iranian oil. Read More

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