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Philippines’ recent expiry on crew change ban led to new quarantine and protocols for incoming seafarers The recent major ban imposed by the Philippines on crew change involving over 35 countries has expired. However, the country is not relaxing its safety measures. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) announced a series of new protocols ...

With the pandemic-induced restrictions, many bunker training course go online Since IMO 2020, the importance of ensuring fuel specifications, compatibility, stability as well as optimisation methods cannot be understated. Since early 2020, a new limit on the sulphur content in the fuel oil used on board ships came into force, marking a significant milestone to improve air quality, preserve the environment ...

South Korea’s impending launch of its crewless ship in 2021, and cloud adoption to improve business operations stress the need to be skilled in technology Last October, Samsung Heavy Industries’ successful trial of its crewless ship resulted in the announcement of deploying the vessel in 2021. A recent survey by Australia’s Telstra involving 120 business leaders revealed majority of the ...

The Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change garnered over 300 organisations’ and companies’ support in addressing crew change crisis Maritime is known to facilitate 90 per cent of global trade through distribution of merchandise by sea. Last year’s crew change crisis resulted in countless seafarers stranded both onshore and offshore. Imposed travel bans halted signing off, and left ...

Samsung Heavy Industries to launch crewless, autonomous ships in 2022 to pit against China vessels In a bid to manage the price wars with the Chinese ship builders, Samsung Heavy Industries plans to deploy its first autonomous, crewless ship in 2022. Last October, the company has successfully completed a trial with its prototype, travelling 10km – remotely monitored by a ...

Since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine plan in December 2020, port workers are now placed in priority to be vaccinated Latin America is an epicenter of the pandemic since last May, driven by Brazil’s massive outbreak. Fortunately, the country has just kicked off its National Vaccination Plan, providing a gleam of hope to the virus-stricken republic. To date, Brazil is ...

Responsible use of social media at sea Social media can help crew can remain connected and uplifted; provided it is used responsibly A seafarer is often socially isolated for their long periods at sea. Prevailing mental health issues plaguing seafarers emphasise the severity of having no social support. Social media might just be the saving grace till the ship docks ...

Creating a safety culture Instead of whistleblowing, creating a safety culture might be a better idea to make every voyage smoother Sea safety is a hot button topic. No part of any vessel is exempted from heavy responsibilities. Both shipowners and operators play an important role in ensuring safety is enforced round the clock. Nonetheless, ambiguity can still happen. The ...

The versatile discipline of marine engineering A marine engineer’s job amalgamates features from various engineering fields such as civil, electrical and electronics Marine engineering roles can fall anywhere from designing, development, innovation, production, and maintenance. As the name suggests, your focus at sea involves complicated internal systems which include air conditioning, fuel systems, power generation, propulsion, water distillation and lubrication. ...

Equally important as hard skills, soft skills can still be learnt despite being personality-centred Soft skills are essentially people skills involving your dealings with colleagues onboard or on shore. Being heavily certified in hard skills like in technology or technical-based competencies is not enough if you want to be in leadership, or just plain effective. Instead, having both makes a ...