The most common way for cyber criminals to strike is through negligent or poorly trained individuals. In the past, many companies have been victims of cybercrime by relatively unsophisticated hacking methods, such as downloadable links in emails and viruses. In the maritime industry, the belief that “Our vessel is not connected to the cyberspace” is very much WRONG!
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.
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.
Working as a seafarer can have a large effect on your lifestyle. Even something as simple as getting a few hours of good sleep can be made impossible. Watch patterns, heavy weather and noise are a just a few factors that affect the quality of your sleep. Sleep badly and your mood, health and productivity can be negatively affected. Sleep well and you feel mentally sharp, emotionally balanced and full of energy.
Three of the MARPOL Annexes have significant changes coming up in March 2018. The changes were all adopted at the 70th meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) in October 2016.
The Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU have announced a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focusing on the Safety of Navigation including ECDIS. The CIC aims at checking the compliance with Safety of Navigation, including Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS). This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2017 and ending 30 November 2017.
Crew Evaluation System (CES) is the preferred tool among ship operators to evaluate the background knowledge of your seafarers. With CES, you can construct your own Company-tailored test using the test editor function or integrate STCW testing to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of any given crew. After analyzing the CES results, you can easily implement the necessary fleet-wide or individual seafarer training programs. Competence will increase, resulting in more confident seafarers.
Carrying out an inspection in the scavenge space of a large two stroke main engine is an extremely useful way of diagnosing engine condition, assessing the need to adjust cylinder lubrication and for planning maintenance. Periodic inspections will reduce maintenance and running costs and avoid large overhaul costs, since problems are found at an early stage.
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