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An overview of existing policies in place to protect the interests of women seafarers in a bid to address gender inequality The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) revealed only 2 per cent of the world’s maritime workforce comprises women. This low percentile is attributed to workplace harassment and discrimination against women. Compared to their male counterparts, women seafarers are also ...

Keeping crew occupied with scrubber training during the pandemic interlude to reduce equipment downtime Being nonoperational over extended periods can dilute the crew’s skill sets onboard and ashore. The pandemic placed more importance on upskilling to remain updated during downtime. Apart from enriching crew’s knowledge, the purpose of training is also to minimise risks of future downtime. SOx scrubber training ...

Ship crew has a higher chance of overcoming hypothermia with proper training and precaution Seafarers are prone to health risks at sea. Apart from heat-related conditions under scorching weathers, extremely cold environments can also subject the crew to hypothermia. It is a dangerous condition which the body temperature drops to below 35°C (95°F). Freezing working environment accompanied with risks of ...

Ways to manage a crew member suffering from heat stress Seafarers are most susceptible to heat stress when working in engine rooms or unsheltered decks. Patients may not be aware they are struck; despite symptoms such as profuse perspiring and dizziness which are often dismissed. However, steps can be taken to prevent or minimise aggravation if someone onboard suffers from ...

Mindfulness can help seafarers tame their anxiety while managing the heavy workloads at sea Seafarers deal with heavy workloads. Prolonged periods without proper rest can cause stress and anxiety. The crew change crisis accompanied by various travel bans, resulting in extended stays onboard significantly worsened seafarers’ mental wellbeing. Minds full vs mindful The Nautical Institute, a United Kingdom-based international professional ...

While both roles equate in importance, maritime pilot is needed especially for port manoeuvring At sea, the captain is responsible for the vessel; including sea-worthiness, safety and security, cargo operations, navigation, crew management and legal compliance. However, when the vessel reaches dangerous or congested waters such as harbours and river mouths, marine pilots come in with their niche knowledge through ...

Seafarers’ Standard of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificates and medical certificates granted six-month extension With the COVID-19 induced travel bans which greatly affected the shipping industry, the MSAF announced a six-month extension for seafarers who are holding both Standard of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificates and medical certificates. The six-month extension will be from the original expiry date ...

The Mission to Seafarers is calling for nominees who made significant contributions to improve seafarers’ wellbeing. 2020 was one perilous year for seafarers – notably the crew change crisis stemming from COVID-19 induced travel bans. Seafarers were put through extreme isolation which affected mental health, plus limited food and medical supplies. The Mission is recognising those who have gone above ...

Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime and ABS join forces to develop the world’s first remotely-controlled commercial tug Global towage operator Svitzer A/S, Kongsberg Maritime and ABS recently announced their agreement to develop RECOTUG™, the world’s first fully operational and remotely controlled tugboat. All three parties will be responsible for the respective components: Svitzer A/S is to provide a newly built tug with the ...

Confinement onboard finally stopped after Mission to Seafarers charity’s intervention The tanker owner’s financial troubles resulted in non-payment of wages for at least three years. All five crew members were hence abandoned onboard the 5,000-tonne MT Iba, owned by Alco Shipping. A new buyer, Shark Power Marine Services handed two cheques amounting to $165,000 (£119,000) in unpaid wages to the ...