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Repost: A debate is currently raging in the Philippine seafaring industry concerning the possible return of a seafarers’ education course. On the government side, it wants to bring back an expensive, mandatory training course that was removed only last year; on the side of seafarers, they want the training course to remain scrapped and instead call for reforms in maritime ...

Image Credit: Maritime Fairtrade Repost: South Korea is one of the top countries in the world to receive the most shipbuilding orders.  In the first half of the year, South Korea added 9.8 million in compensated gross tonnage (CGT), to lead the world’s total order volume in July. Top Korean shipbuilders like Hyundai Heavy Industries is expect to achieve their sales ...

Image Credit: Seatrade Maritime Repost: Stell Maris has launched a Seafarers Support Service for Ukrainian seafarers with funding from law firm HFW. Stella Maris said the service provides access to professional psychologists to help affected individuals deal with the mental and emotional impact of the war in Ukraine. Martin Foley, UK CEO, Stella Maris told Seatrade Maritime news that the ...

Repost: A new seafarer neurodiversity charity has launched a survey to gather benchmark data to help create a maritime neurodiversity strategy. NeurodiversAtSea is a charity founded in September 2022 with the aim of enablement and empowerment of neurodiverse people, helping them to reach their full potential within the maritime industry. The charity’s purpose is also to educate and inform maritime ...

Image Credit: Maritime Fairtrade Repost: The Philippines’ Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) wants to convert the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) training and research institute in Tacloban City, located in the central Philippines, into a “think tank that will focus on improving the skills of Filipino sailors. DMW is a newly-established state agency mandated to protect the welfare of Filipino workers ...

Image Credit: Splash247 Repost: How can Singapore keep shipping flowing smoothly in the event of another global health crisis? September 2022 seems a very far cry from the summer of 2020, a period of time where seafarers were rightly railing against the flip-flapping inaction of many maritime administrations around the world as the crew change crisis became acute. It might ...

Image Credit: Seatrade Maritime Repost: The release of Greek seafarers on board the two national-flagged tankers held by the Iranian authorities since May in retaliation for the case of the cargo of the tanker Iranian-flagged Lana has begun. “The second officer of Delta Poseidon has arrived home, in Athens,” a Shipping and Island Policy Ministry official has said. Iran has ...

Image Credit: The Maritime Executive Repost: For the first time, Cal Maritime has hired a female master mariner to command its training ship, the TS Golden Bear.  Capt. Samaro Bannister-Schneider, an alumnus of Cal Maritime, will be the new interim captain of the academy’s training vessel. Capt. Bannister graduated from Cal Maritime in 2000 and began her career aboard SWATH (small ...

Image Credit: Seatrade Maritime News Repost: Pay talks at the UK’s main container port Felixstowe have broken down and workers have announced an eight-day strike. Strike action will begin at 0700 hrs on Tuesday September 27, running through to 0659 hrs on Wednesday October 5, according to Unite the union. Felixstowe handles some 48% of the UK’s container goods, and ...

Image Credit: Seatrade Maritime Repost: A move to attract Panamanian seafarers to apply for positions with Colombian shipping company Navesco has resulted in 300 applicants. Working with the Panama Maritime Authority’s Seafarers section Navesco called for Panamanian seafarers interested in working on the company’s cargo vessels. This call was directed mainly to First Officers (Deck and Engine), Chief Engineers, ABs, ...