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Vision of Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) campaigns for seafarers’ recognition as key workers and to receive priority access to vaccine In a recent conference, physical and mental health was a hot button topic for Germany-based CSSF’s members in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 23 participating companies discussed about ways to mitigate stress onboard. An example listed was implementing mental ...

World Maritime University urges the world to acknowledge seafarers are essential As facilitators of global supply chains, seafarers are constantly subjected to acute strain and exhaustion, not to mention remaining stranded at sea for long periods. Seafarers’ mental health is also gradually gaining worldwide attention, fueled by COVID-19’s devastation. Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of World Maritime University, said: “Seafarers are ...

Investing in employees’ training does not necessarily benefit the next organisation; it just depends on how it is executed Creating a culture of learning may seem daunting for many marine organisations. However, such culture will rejuvenate employer-employee relationship dynamics. From a macro perspective, better training outcomes translate to improved performance, safer operations and certainly a more engaged team. Professional development ...

The pandemic is a wake-up call for more emphasis on seafarers’ health and wellbeing COVID-19’s threat to world health is nothing less than catastrophic, but seafarers’ overall wellbeing and health is not to be placed at the backburner. Though the arrival of the vaccine may be delightful news to many, it is already touted as “not a silver bullet” against ...

Reliefs extended to affected seafarers amidst COVID-19 impact till June 2021 Maritime Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) MaritimeSG Together package was introduced in May 2020 to assist companies and individuals during the pandemic, originally expiring on 31 December 2020. The $27 million package provides financial support to companies and seafarers, with emphasis on seafarers’ upgrading and employment. Singaporean seafarers who ...

LNG Marine Fuel Institute changes name to Clean Marine Fuel Institute In early December 2020, the non-profit organisation, LNG Marine Fuel Institute (LNG MFI) changed its name to the Clean Marine Fuel Institute (Clean MFI) to reflect the global maritime industry’s aim to decarbonise marine fuels. When the institute was first established in 2017, Clean MFI CEO Margot Matthews said ...

CrewSafe audit programme developed to facilitate crew change in Singapore An audit programme, CrewSafe based on Singapore’s crew change model, has been developed by the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Research (SG-STAR) Fund Taskforce (SFTF) to establish safe and scalable ‘corridors’ for crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme will help ensure quality checks on quarantine/holding, medical, and swabbing facilities ...

14 world leaders of the ocean panel has called for sustainable ocean management by 2025 World leaders of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economic (Ocean Panel) have proposed a new ocean action agenda to manage their national waters by 2025 sustainably. They are from Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau, and ...

HPC and Roland Berger to undergo study on the restructuring of Port of Beirut Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) has joined Roland Berger, the Munich-based international management consultancy, to initiate a study for the restructuring, construction, and operations of Beirut port following the recent chemical explosion incident. They aim to achieve better integration of the Port area into the city of ...

The inconclusive meeting held last week at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) resulted in shipowners reevaluating their plans. A major shipbroker, Gibson said, “This week, the IMO agreed on short-term measures to address climate change. For many, it felt that these measures lacked the ambition needed to reach the IMO’s goal of reducing total GHG emissions by 50% and carbon ...