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Maritime Health

Dealing with mental illness on board

Depression, anxiety, and psychoses are mental illnesses that affect a lot of people. However, according to Skuld Club, their impacts could be more severe to seafarers due to the nature of their work. For this reason, a timely diagnosis is needed, as well as the appropriate treatment of the person during and after presenting signs of a mental illness.

Maritime Health

Healthy food and physical exercise improves seafarers health

Healthy food and physical exercise onboard should become a part of every seafarer's life as maintaining good health at sea is challenging and most crew members spend more time onboard than at home. The cornerstone of a long career at sea is to ensure a healthy lifestyle and to reduce the risk for lifestyle diseases.


How to improve crew welfare at sea

Dr. Phil Sharples, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical, discussed how mainstream healthcare is embracing technology to deliver higher quality medical care and how some of these initiatives could apply to the maritime industry. These initiatives include the utilization of low bandwidth video consultations to improve accessibility of medical care onboard.


Women in shipping

Career Paths: Connie Roozen, C&B More

In our special column, we are delighted to host an interview with Mrs. Connie Roozen who has founded her own tax law firm, C&B More, specialized in the maritime industry. Mrs Roozen explains us how she decided to join the industry while as an active member of WISTA she advocates for diversification in shipping


Frederick University: Maritime training needs to keep pace with changes

Given that maritime industry operates in a dynamic and changing environment, it is vital to keep pace with latest developments; thus training should not be limited only to technical and operational skills, Dr. Angelos Menelaou, Frederick University says.


Cobham: Digitalisation is the way forward

Maritime industry will enhance safety and sustainability if it becomes more connected and better informed by data, Mr Matthew Galston, Cobham SATCOM argues, highlighting the importance of increased connectivity onboard.


Experience Transfer and Best Practices beyond compliance
During the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore, Mr. Reji Joseph, Marine HR Manager, Wallem Ship Management, Singapore, shared best practices from the company’s strategy aiming to achieve safety and operational excellence beyond compliance.

Port State Control: A Flag State Perspective
During the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore, Mr. Richard Dias, Regional Technical Manager for International Registries (Far East) Limited, talked about PSC from a flag State perspective, noting that there is a balance between the flag State’s role of providing service and enforcing regulations.

Lessons Learned


Lessons learned from US maritime casualties in 2017

The NTSB issued its 'Safer Seas' annual report providing an overview of key lessons to be learned from the most major maritime casualties, noting that many of the issues noted in last year's reports were recurring topics, such as fatigue, poor bridge resource management, and distraction.


Overwhelmed bilge pump leads to sinking

UK MAIB analyzed the sinking of a fishing vessel as its bilge pump was overwhelmed by the volume of water ingress. Notable is that the vessel was certified with most recent surveys revealing no areas of concern. MAIB highlighted that the two men onboard were saved as they had enough time to collect and don their emergency use lifejackets.


Lessons learned: A PFD or lifejacket is useless unless worn

In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB analyzed an accident concerning an open boat that was upturned in the sea. The skipper was fortunate enough to escape without using a life vessel, although he was not wearing his lifejacket, as he was carrying a waterproof mobile phone.

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OCIMF: Three levels of sharing lessons learned

OCIMF released the information paper 'Sharing Lessons Learned from Incidents' that encourages vessel operators to use three different levels of sharing the lessons learned from incidents. The objective focuses on acknowledging the important content of the lessons, the audience of those messages and the processes to be changed and the revised expectations on safety.


Canada invests in 8 additional SAR lifeboats for CCG

On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada is acquiring eight new high-endurance search and rescue (SAR) lifeboats. These new high-endurance SAR lifeboats will enhance the Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities, through their ability to operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore.


Immature safety culture leads to fatal accident

UK MAIB released its report on the SMN Explorer accident. Namely, on 1 February 2018, a crewman from the cargo vessel SMN Explorer was fatally crushed as he was working on deck. Namely, a stowage space hatch cover fell on him.

Regulatory Update



World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel begins operations

On 11 December 2018, the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel 'Kairos' has started operations in Northwest Europe. Chartered by Blue LNG, a joint venture of the Hamburg-based LNG supplier Nauticor with a 90% share and the Lithuanian energy infrastructure provider Klaipėdos Nafta (KN) with a 10% share, the ship was handed over by the owner Babcock Schulte Energy in the port of Klaipeda.


LNG icebreaker loads first LNG cargo from Yamal LNG third train

On 11 December 2018 the world’s first LNG icebreaker, Christophe de Margerie, loaded the first batch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced at the third train of Yamal LNG plant, at the Port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula. This has been achieved a year ahead of the initial schedule and within the original budget.


Breaches of regulations identified at Hammerfest LNG leak

The PSA Norway has concluded its investigation of the LNG leak in Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG plant at Melkøya on 17 June 2018. Several breaches of the regulations have been identified.




Overview of three key ship types markets in 2018

As the year is reaching its end, VesselsValue provided an analysis of three key ship types markets, comprising big ship categories Capesize, the LNG, and the medium range (MR1) tankers markets.


WTO: Restrictive trade measures put in danger the economic recovery

WTO published the annual overview on trade-related developments that shows an increase in trade coverage of trade restrictive measures by WTO members from mid-October 2017 to mid-October 2018. The continuous reproduction of the restrictive measures that are opposed to trade may put the economic recovery to risk.


Costruction begins on one of the biggest European offshore projects

Kvaerner and Aker Solutions cut the first steel plate for phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup offshore field development. The Johan Sverdrup development, including phase 1 and phase 2, is one of the largest current industry projects in Europe with around 150 000 man-years involved in developing the installations.