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New guidance released for situations involving missing seafarers

ISWAN, ICS and InterManager launched a new guidance for shipping companies and manning agents, on dealing with situations involving missing seafarers. The guidance covers managing relationships onboard, actions that should be taken, and managing relationships with the families of seafarers who have gone missing.

Asian seafaring nations focus on fair treatment of seafarers

A Regional Meeting of Asia’s leading seafaring nations focused on the situation that many seafarers face in case of a maritime accident. As a result, the nations promised to advance effective implementation of the IMO and International Labor Organization (ILO) agreed Guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers. The meeting took place in Manila on November 13.

IMRF, Nautical Institute to collaborate on improving safety at sea

The MoU commits IMRF and the Nautical Institute to exchange information and technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and to improve training standards and guidelines across the shipping industry. In addition, the IMRF and the Nautical Institute will attempt to promote issues regarding the safety of mariners and others at sea.

InterManager wants crew’s help to minimise enclosed space risks

InterManager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement sector, has launched a campaign to stimulate seafarers to think about safety issues when working in enclosed spaces and encourage them to identify and share with InterManager measures which they believe would reduce risks.

New seafarer app and training facilities launched

Marine support services company V.Group will unveil a new app for seafarers and an upgraded training centre in Manila as progress is ongoing on Project Embark. The app will be providing seafarer data to improve crewing performance and assist in planning.

Maritime NZ considers changing seafarer certification fees

Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s shipping safety agency, announced the opening of a consultation on 6 November, on changes to the maritime levy and fees. Among others, the agency is considering changing seafarer certification fees that currently range from $372 to $1105 to a fee of $368, with the balance from the Maritime Levy.

ICS: STCW Convention needs revision

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of ICS, Esben Poulsson, called for a revision of the IMO STCW Convention, which governs global standards for the training and certification of about two million merchant seafarers.  A revised STCW regime should enable the industry to adapt more effectively to technological advancements.

Team-Based Cruise Ship Operations

Captain Hans Hederström, Managing Director at Center for Simulator Maritime Training, CSMART, and John Ritchie, Learning Management System manager at CSMART talk about the bridge organisation. They say that traditionally ships bridges are strong hierarchical organisations, however, this factor has contributed to a number of accidents. For this reason, Captain Hederström and Mr. Ritchie present a different type of bridge organisation.

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