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Shortlisted nominees announced for 2020 GREEN4SEA Awards

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the distinguished shortlisted nominees for the 2020 GREEN4SEA Awards, following an online nomination process, initiated a few months ahead of the event, where industry stakeholders proposed nominations. The aim of the awards is to recognize those organizations that demonstrated outstanding performance within the scope of fostering Environmental Excellence & Sustainable Shipping.


Bills of Lading Masterclass: The Golden Rules

Shipping of goods is the backbone of global economy and a really complex procedure. Taking into consideration how many stakeholders are involved in the trade process, bills of lading come to give solution. In particular, Bills of Lading are at the core of international trade and many shipments are often affected by some bill of lading related issue. A 1-day Masterclass from North P&I Club, in cooperation with SAFETY4SEA in early March, aims to help delegates understand the ‘golden rules’ and recognise their potential risks and exposures.


UN Chief ‘disappointed’ as COP 25 ends with a modest deal

The UN Climate Summit (COP 25) in Madrid ended on Sunday after two weeks of intense negotiations, with the UN Secretary General expressing disappointment for the overall result, despite some progress made by the private sector and regional governments. The most notable outcome was a modest agreement highlighting the ''urgent need'' to bridge the gap between greenhouse gas targets set in Paris Agreement and scientific advice that says much deeper cuts are needed.

PSC Focus

Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU: No exception on implementation of fuel carriage ban

The Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on port State control (PSC) announced that the awareness among ships’ crews regarding the 2020 sulphur cap proved to be high, so emphasis is now placed on the fuel carriage ban requirements entering into force on 1st March 2020. Both Memoranda agreed that the requirements will be applied without exception.


US issues new security advisory for Gulf of Guinea

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation issued one new advisory to commercial shipping, canceling the earlier ones issued in 2019. Namely, the 2020-002-Gulf of Guinea-Piracy/Armed Robbery/Kidnapping for Ransom, cancels the the U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-010.


Pirates release Duke crew, one dead during captivity

Nineteen crew that were kidnapped by pirates from the oil tanker 'MT Duke' off Benin last month, have been released, while one died during the captivity. The twenty Indian crew were kidnapped on December 15.


Eight crew kidnapped from fishing vessel off Malaysia

A total of eight crew men were kidnapped from a Malaysian-registered fishing trawler which was found abandoned on 17 January, off Sabah, Malaysia, according to data provided by ReCAAP ISC.


Singapore Strait: Two scrap metal thefts from the same ship in one day

ReCAAP ISC issued another Incident Alert to shipping regarding two subsequent incidents of scrap metal theft from ships while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait. This is the sixth relevant warning by ReCAAP ISC, validating an alarming trend of piracy activity in the region.


Fire started on Golden Ray wreck during welding operations

Fire broke out on the wreck of the ro-ro Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound on January 19. When the fire started contractors were contacting welding operations inside the ship.


USCG: Waste Reception Facilities on fishing ports

In the last post of USCG's series on Waste Reception Facility regulatory requirements, the Facility Safety Branch staff discusses how MARPOL 73/78 governing waste reception facilities applies to the three different categories of commercial fishing ports.


Why body language is important in the workplace

What does your sitting style or your voice tone say? What message do you send when you cross your arms? Mastering body language can have an effect not only on job interviews, presentations and social occasions, but also on your brain! Through this article you are going to understand how to get the most out of your body language or even how to be able to 'read' another person's postures and gestures; an amazing skill everyone wishes to have!


How to handle employees’ performance and push them beyond their best

One of leadership’s core requirements is dealing with employees that loosen and do not pull their weight, but, on the other end of the job spectrum, they are high talented. In most of the circumstances the answer to the question ‘Keep or Fire?’ is “Fire”. However, this needs to be a two way conversation. Which is therefore the best approach to such employees, so that you deliver your negative feedback in the best way possible?


7 tips for successful public speaking

Maritime industry has changed from labor-intensive to a capital-intensive one, completely transforming maritime education, focusing mainly on business as well as analytical skills. Therefore, this industry offers many opportunities for public speaking, either in a team meeting or at industry events, conferences, webinars and podcasts. Which are, however, the tips towards a better public speaking?


IMSBC Code amendments to come into force in 2021

The IMO Resolution MSC.462(101) – Amendments (05-19) to the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, concerning ships carrying solid bulk cargoes, will come into force on January 1, 2021. The Standard Club alerts that although the amendments will be implemented in 2021, some contracting governments may apply these amendments in whole or in part on a voluntary basis from 1 January 2020. The amendments will provide new information concerning individual cargo schedules with specific carriage requirements for Group B cargoes.


Requirements for lifeboats and rescue boats following SOLAS amendments

Bureau Veritas focuses on SOLAS Chapter III amendments, which will be applied on January 1, 2020, including requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear. BV informs that from January 1, 2020, detailed examination, operational testing, repair and overhaul of the equipment explained above, should be conducted by service providers authorized by the ship's Flag State Administration.


Single-use plastic ban: Updates in India

The Director General of Shipping in India issued an addendum on the regulation of banning single-use plastic in Indian waters, providing details concerning a delayed timetable for the introduction of the ban on plastics. India firstly announced the ban in October 2019, according to which the use of single-use plastic is prohibited onboard vessels on board Indian ships and foreign ships, when these ships are at a port or place in India. The Director General provides additional information on the dates and method to be followed.

Cyber Security

USCG alerts stakeholders on software vulnerabilities

As the Microsoft released software fixes to address 49 vulnerabilities, the U.S. Coast Guard alerts maritime stakeholders and operators to address those recently-identified security flaws, in order to protect their business networks and servers, reducing the possibilities of a dangerous cyberattack.


Keppel O&M uses 3D printing for offshore grade materials

Keppel Offshore and Marine (Keppel O&M) is using a 3D printing technology to produce high-value components for the offshore industry, with the technology accelerating production times, resulting to projects being quicker completed.


New collaboration to boost Arctic connectivity

The global communications company OneWeb announced a new distributor partnership expected to enable delivery of its high speed communications services across Alaska.

Cloud-based cyber security is a critical area for shipping



Shipping industry needs to invest in cyber security and digitalization



Maritime Health

Dental hygiene while at sea: How to relieve tooth pain

Toothaches can cause such an intense pain that no one is easy to withstand for long time. Especially for seafarers on duty, severe toothache is difficult to be treated with the medication means included in the ship’s medical chest. Considering that prevention is better than cure, a proper dental and oral hygiene while at sea is essential since an aching tooth may be the start for more serious issues, including abscesses, gum disease, and tooth loss.


Italy court rejects charges against German rescue captain

The Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy confirmed that the German captain of a migrant-rescue ship, should never have been arrested. Specifically, the Master of "MV Sea Watch 3", Carola Rackete, was arrested on 29 June 2019 by Italian authorities for helping and abetting illegal immigration and for forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa.


Indian Navy saves 13 crewmembers stranded off Somalia

On 6 January 2020, the Indian Navy authorities officially announced that its Navy patrol vessel "INS Sumedha" found and save the life of a wooden dhow vessel's personnel. Specifically, onboard the traditional vessel "Al-Hamid", were 13 Indian crewmembers.


Ports and carriers launch Boao Cooperation Initiative 2020

During a convention between 17 Carriers and Ports for OCEAN Alliance hosted by COSCO SHIPPING in Boao, Hainan Province, jointly released the Boao Cooperation Initiative 2020 to jointly build a shipping and port service platform.


HMM: Geopolitical instability, oversupplied market impede positive outlook

Geopolitical instability and oversupplied market are continuing situations in the new year that may obstruct a positive outlook, says South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).


Pearl River freight volume sets new record

The freight volume of south China's Pearl River set a new record in 2019 by exceeded 1 billion tonnes, second only to that of Yangtze River in China.