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Vessels were reportedly advised to turn off their tracking devices for security reasons Ever since the conflict started, the people supporting the backbone of trade are collateral damage. It is fair to say seafarers are counting their days as they approach Ukrainian ports – experiencing the unspeakable anxiety onboard. Seafarer rescue efforts The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) reported just ...

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index data revealed morale and mood onboard hit an all-time low Its findings for Q1 2022 saw rising tides of issues amongst crew onboard against the backdrop of the Russian-Ukraine conflict. Strained relationships between crew of both nationalities were worrying. Estrangement compromising safety The index showed the overall happiness average plunged to 5.85 from 6.41 compared ...

The United States’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans for the development of a new technology that reports iceberg locations Named after the ill-fated passenger ship Titanic, the DHS’ Project Titanic is developed by the agency’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). The ultimate goal is to help the US Coast Guard improve maritime safety and navigation in the North ...

The international trade association for ship and crew managers, InterManager, has advocated for the safety of seafarers during lifeboat drills According to InterManager, the loss of lives of seafarers during drills could have been prevented. Citing a legislative change made in 2009, the SOLAS regulation III/19.3.3.3 states that while lifeboats had to undergo an abandon ship drill every three months, ...

India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar has announced the government’s plans in strengthening the country’s coastal defence and surveillance Part of India’s big plan to grow their economy is through enhancing the country’s blue economy. Simply put, blue economy is the term for gaining economic growth and jobs through ocean resources. In a bid to achieve their goal, India has taken ...

Hong Kong-headquartered dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin has decided to go digital in helping their seafarers upgrade themselves It is no question that seafarers need to constantly upgrade their skills to keep up with rapidly changing technologies and maintain their competitiveness. With a roster of 4,600 seafarers, Pacific Basin Shipping saw importance in supporting their employees and their business ...

As part of MILAN 2022, India organized and hosted an International Maritime Seminar, Harnessing Collective Maritime Competence Through Collaboration, on 27 February 2022 MILAN is the biennial multilateral naval exercise conducted by the Indian navy to look at the best practices and procedures and enable learning exchanges between the navies of different countries. During the opening address, Chief of Naval ...

Safe passage through the Gulf of Guinea and North-Western Indian Ocean will continue The European Union (EU) and its member states have reaffirmed their commitment to continue improving the security and the EU’s Coordinated Maritime Presence (CMP) in the Gulf of Guinea and in the North-Western Indian Ocean through the adoption of two sets of Council Conclusions. Aimed at mitigating ...

Skills and knowledge go hand in hand to ensure the safety and wellbeing of seafarers Academic researchers have long been searching for the solution to minimize maritime accidents. After reviewing and analyzing maritime accident reports, it was found that more often than not, human error was the main factors and cause of accidents. Evidently, that there was a crucial lack ...

Maritime Medical and Public Health specialist VIKAND Solutions launches virtual training course The world’s first Maritime School of Medicine & Public Health has been established. Spurred by the ongoing pandemic, companies are now able to equip their employees and staff with knowledge about infectious disease epidemiology and its application within the maritime sector through the virtual Infection Control Officer training ...