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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, ...

Image Credit: Safety4sea Repost: Chennai Port has agreed to grant Indian seafarers shore leave, provided they adhere to basic protocols of undergoing dual vaccination and wearing masks. The decision was taken after port authorities held a meeting, highlighting the plight of the sailors. Seafarers of foreign vessels, however, would not be granted shore leave. This comes after the Directorate General ...

Image Credit: Maritime Fairtrade Repost: Many Filipinos dream of becoming seafarers. Hiring companies make it a point to highlight not only the economic benefits but also the chance to travel all over the world. The popular image of a seafarer is one of a healthy, clean-uniformed individual who gets to travel around the world meeting interesting people and being in ...

Image Credit: Seatrade Maritime News Repost: Charity Stella Maris has found itself providing support for seafarers stuck on board vessels in the Port of Felixstowe during an eight-day strike by dock workers. The container vessel George Washington Bridge in Felixstowe was scheduled to leave port the day before the strike started on 20 August, however, departure was delayed and the seafarers remained ...