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UK to double trainee funding in maritime sector

UK Maritime Ministry informed that it will provide a £15 million funding boost, which will see more than 400 extra cadets will be trained in maritime roles every year. This program will double the support for young people to £30 million a year, and it will be offered through Support for Maritime Training, enabling the annual intake of cadets to rise from 750 to 1,200.

Booklet on gender diversity at sea published

The India-based Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre, ISWAN, and WISTA have released a new booklet on building and maintaining gender diversity onboard merchant ships, addressing critical social, cultural and interpersonal issues that can affect productivity of seafarers.

Abandoned ‘Agean Princess’ crew return home after 17 months in UAE

The eleven crew of the Panamanian flagged ‘Agean Princess’ returned home to India and Myanmar, after being held in Ajman, UAE, for 17 months, due to a dispute between their ships operator and owner. However, ITF stressed that the crew are still owed unpaid wages going back to 2015, totaling over USD 916,000.

Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention

Liabilities arising under the certificates, such as compensation for death or long-term disability, would be covered by standard P&I cover, the liabilities for outstanding wages and repatriation of seafarers together with incidental costs and expenses would fall outside of cover.

Infographic: Steps to positive mental health

As part of its Good Mental Health Guides series with ISWAN, the Shipowners Club issued two infographics focusing on mindfulness and mental health to enhance wellbeing onboard. The first reminds crews of mindful techniques for managing stress and the second highlights key components of positive mental health.

MLC Special Tripartite Committee to meet in April

The third meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee established in accordance with Article XIII of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 will take place at the ILO in Geneva, from 23 to 27 April 2018.

Myanmar boosts protection of seafarers’ rights

The Government of Myanmar has deposited with the ILO the instrument of ratification of the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 No. 185, as amended, becoming the 35th ILO member State to ratify the Convention. The amended version of the Convention entered into force on 8 June 2017.

ISWAN targets non-DGS registered Indian crewing agencies

As ISWAN says it is mandatory for all Recruitment and Placement Services providers in India to register with the DGS and obtain a Recruitment and Placement Services Licence. For this reason, it launched a campaign to discourage Indian seafarers from signing up with unregistered crewing agencies.

India to ease requirements for working on ships

The Indian government decided to ease the rules regarding the issuing of a Continuous Discharge Certificate Seafarers’ Identity Document, facilitating, with that way, seafarers to work on ships, without having problems obtaining the certificate.

Changes to UK MCA education and training requirements

The UK MCA issued a Marine Note, summarizing the changes to current MCA education and training requirements for obtaining a UK Certificate of Competency. The publication introduces further changes to the SQA OOW written examinations requirement for Overseas Collaborative Programmes and revisions to the approved programme timescale for reduced seagoing service.

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