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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 ...

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Subcommittee on Human Factors, Training and Watchkeeping’s eight meeting took place in February in virtual mode. The Panamanian delegation was headed by Rafael Cigarruista, Director General of Merchant Marine and Luis Bernal, Panama’s Ambassador to the IMO. Member States of the International Maritime Organization, associate members, representatives of programs, specialized agencies, other United Nations entities ...

Synergy Group ties up with maritime training pioneer Seably to provide training for its seafarers One of the world’s leading ship management companies, the Synergy Group, has joined hands with online marketplace provider Seably to provide digital maritime training for its seafarers. The international group, which is headquartered in Singapore, employs more than 18,000 seafarers around the world and manages ...

Employment and skills challenges in the European maritime transport and services sector was discussed at the La Rochelle Maritime Symposium on 9 February 2022 Kitack Lim, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Secretary-General, addressed the symposium with an overview of the current predicament of the maritime industry. He also stressed the need for the maritime industry to retain the human element, ...

International vaccine acceptance is essential to sustain world supply chains It was heartening to know more seafarers were vaccinated as per the latest Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator. However, the difference in vaccines administered despite all were World Health Organisation (WHO) approved remains a big hindrance to world trade. Facilitating smoother operations While the Indicator reflected significant rise in seafarers’ ...

Skills upgrading must be continual and more could be done to improve online training deliveries Seafarer training was a hot button topic at the recent CrewConnect Global Virtual Week, where industry professionals examined the need re-look at delivery modes. It turned out that online trainers also needed some polishing to be as effective as teaching in the classroom. A new ...

Intercession by seaman association on making this annuity permanent In August 2021, the Government of Goa launched The Goa Welfare / Pension Scheme for Seafarers to provide financial assistance in the form of gross pension. Unfortunately, not many applicants managed to get the funds. More thorough approach This pension scheme was formulated to provide financial assistance of Rs. 2,500 (US$34) ...

Seafarers not overlooked for enhancing decarbonisation efforts At the COP26 Summit, the Global Maritime Forum and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have signed an agreement to work together in problem solving, and identifying concrete actions to speed up decarbonisation in the maritime sector. Seafarers’ role in curbing emissions The agreement laid out the significance of collaboration between workers and ...

The spotlight is now on shipowners’ willingness to embrace green technologies All eyes are on the COP26 Summit’s approach in addressing climate crisis in time, where time is certainly not on our side. Is the mad rush to go green even feasible now? Pledges and actions are two different things This year has been exceptionally trying for the maritime industry. ...

German shipowner turns to Korea for new generation of seafarers Hamburg-based BSM inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technologies (KIMFT), a maritime education and research institute run by the South Korean government. Potential pool of talents in Korea Under the “Global Employment Project for Young Korean Seafarers” programme, both BSM and KIMFT ...