Personnel recruitment in the maritime sector has to comply with international and national requirements regarding the competence levels expected for rank. Shortage of qualified seafarers, especially officers, have been identified as a global issue that is likely to worsen in the future. For Crew Managers this may impose a challenge on hiring the right people for the job.
One of the world's leading paint and coating suppliers, Jotun, has co-operated with Seagull Maritime AS, to develop an informative set of e-learning modules on the theme of onboard paint maintenance, with emphasis on in-service treatments.
OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) has recently released their new Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) that takes effect on 17th of September 2018. With a complete section on maritime security devoted to Cyber Security, this is the first major revision of OCIMF’s VIQ since 2013.
From a new trainee to the Master, all crewmembers on board a vessel must be trained and ready to deliver effective first aid in the event of a medical emergency. Whether treatment is given to counteract shock, relieve pain or prevent further injury or death, it is often essential that first aid is given quickly to preserve life, prevent worsening or promote recovery. In some cases, such as severe bleeding or asphyxiation, a few seconds’ delay might mean the difference between life and death.
One of the challenges that navigating officers’ face is a large number of ECDIS systems found on vessels, all with different user interfaces. However, on boarding vessels officers need to be able to competently use the ECDIS, as it could be their main source of navigation. In order to assist the shipping industry, Seagull has partnered with ECDIS developers to create cost-effective ECDIS type-specific training for several of the widely used models.
There has been a positive trend for the Norwegian International Ship (NIS) register over the past 3 years, with more ship-owners registering their vessels back to Norwegian flag. According to Olav Akselsen, Director of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), ‘more than 230 vessels have been registered in NIS since 2014, most of them coming back to Norwegian flag due to changed operational terms for the owners’.
Frontline, known as one of the world’s largest owners of crude oil tankers, are an active user of Seagull Maritime’s onboard training system. Frontline oversee Ship Management of almost 180 vessels within most vessel types and have used Seagull as their preferred supplier for training management systems for many years. Frontline acknowledge the value of competent crew and motivate their external ship owners to install Seagull onboard their vessels.
Seagull Maritime continues to update the Seagull Training App. The newly enhanced Seagull Training App is now complete with the possibility to run e-learning modules and learning films directly from the main menu. The App can be used across a range of mobile device including tablets, in both Android and iOS formats, with dynamic screen layouts for all sizes.
The ongoing CIC on Safety of Navigation including ECDIS is resulting in detentions of vessels due to deficiencies related to the topic.
The number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery has decreased in 2017. The news comes in the wake of the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy, which identified a total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre between January and September 2017.
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