Life at sea has many challenges, with seafarers facing a number of issues to maintain their health, safety and wellbeing. The Seafarers International Research Centre investigates these issues to contribute positively to seafarer welfare.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen, A.P. Møller Maersk and customers such as BMW Group believe that LEO - a blend of lignin and ethanol - could be part of the future solution for sustainable shipping.
A recent safety report from the Nautical Institute’s MARS database illustrates the dangers of working aloft and the need for effective risk assessment.
Two 30-metre tall Rotor Sails installed match initial fuel saving expectations.
Image ©: Norsepower
It has recently been reported that the Indian Government has for now decided against its earlier plan of imposing a blanket nationwide ban on single-use plastics as an attempt to combat pollution, describing the measure as being seen as too disruptive for industry at a time when it is coping with an economic slowdown and job losses. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had planned to outlaw a number of plastic items as part of a broader campaign to rid India of single-use plastics by 2022. Instead, it has been announced that there would be no immediate move to ban plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets, with the Government opting for education and other forms of encouragement. The Indian Directorate General of Shipping has however decided on a much stronger approach.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has become the latest flag State safety body to remind seafarers of the need for care and attention when rigging pilot ladders and transferring personnel.
The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) represents 43 national and marine market insurance and reinsurance associations. Operating at the forefront of marine risk, it gives a unified voice to the global marine insurance market through effective representation and lobbying activities. As a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice, IUMI works to raise standards across the industry and provides opportunities for education and the collection and publication of industry statistics. IUMI has recently commented on the need for the container industry to take action on the disturbing trend in container fires.
Today, 14% of all cyber-attacks target the maritime industry, with over 50,000 ships at risk of being hacked. For shipping companies it is more important than ever to document their efforts to minimize cyber security threats.
This medical reference guide is published by The Stationary Office (TSO) on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in the UK but is widely used on vessels of all flags and has become a respected and authoritative standard on the ship’s bookshelf over the years. The latest updates have resulted in the recent release of the 23rd edition.
Amendments to the international treaty aimed at preventing the spread of potentially invasive species in ships' ballast water entered into force on 13 October 2019.
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