Editor's Pick

Women in shipping

18 women’s thoughts for an exciting career in shipping

The global movement for gender equality and women’s empowerment has broken new ground in recent years, making headlines in all sectors and in maritime industry as well. Implementing strategies and initiatives that enable the industry to embrace the gender diversity is critical nowadays more than ever!

Women in shipping

Five common myths around women at sea

The issue of gender balance in shipping makes headlines in 2019, with IMO devoting the Day of the Seafarer, as well as the World Maritime Day, to the encouragement of more women in the maritime. A persistence in tradition still seems to be holding the shipping industry away from being more inclusive and diversified.

Women in shipping

Mitigating diversity issue in the energy sector

As IEA informs, one of the enduring legacies of women's traditional exclusion from the energy sector is the continued disadvantage women and girls experience in comparison to their male counterparts in accessing information about employment and industry trends.


Maritime Knowledge

Piper Alpha: The world’s deadliest offshore oil disaster

Over 30 years after the Piper Alpha oil platform suffered multiple explosions off Scotland taking lives of 167 people, SAFETY4SEA analyzes the North Sea disaster which made the oil and gas industry to look safety in new terms.


Security

​Japan donates patrol boats to Kenya for maritime security

The Japanese Government donated 17 patrol boats to Kenya's Maritime Police, boosting the country's efforts in the promotion of maritime security and the fight against terrorism. The Japanese Ambassador to Kenya further noted that Japan could not afford to ignore Kenya's problem, due to the warm cordial relations between the two nations of more than 50 years.

Security

White House alerts COSCO on turned off AIS

The White House alerts Chinese shipping companies of not turning off their AIS, hiding Iranian oil shipments in violation of US sanctions, Reuters reports, as it is an action often conducted to circumvent sanctions.

Detentions

Detentions for 'illegal anchoring' in Indonesia continue

Vessels continue to be detained by Indonesian authorities while at anchor in waters around the island of Bintan. The ships believed that they had anchored at OPL Singapore, but had in fact anchored within Indonesian territorial waters.

Arctic

Arctic conditions delay salvage operation for trawler until 2020

The removal of the Northguider trawler that grounded in early 2019, in the Hinlopen Strait, has been postponed for next year as announced by the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Fines

Shipping companies falsify oil record book, fined $1.8 million

The US Department of Justice fined two shipping companies, incorporated in Liberia, for failing to notify the USCG  of a hazardous condition on one of their vessels and to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) by presenting false documents to the Coast Guard that covered up vessel oil pollution.


Emissions

Guidance for proper operation of scrubbers for Singapore-ships

MPA Singapore published an advisory to help Singapore-registered ships to operate safely and prevent pollution during installation and operation of scrubbers. The advisory shares observations from shipboard inspections carried out by Flag State and Port State Control, and documents best practices.

Maritime Knowledge

Building Resilience: Maintaining a hopeful outlook

Many people find it easier to focus on what it is wrong in their life instead of envisaging a better future. This is because problems are real, causing an unpleasant situation; however maintaining an optimistic outlook enables everyone to expect that good days are coming.

CSR

Do’s and Don’ts leaders should keep in mind

Leadership is one of the most critical components to overall effectiveness, either the effectiveness regards the safety of a ship at sea or the overall efficiency of a company on shore. But what exactly is leadership and what makes a proper leader? And which leadership model is effective when it comes to today’s complex environment?

CSR

10 ways to build resilience

Resilience may be defined as the ability to bounce back from a negative experience with "competent functioning"; in other words to become strong, healthy or successful again after a failure. The approach allows a person to recover from adversity and engage in life with hope and humor despite devastating losses on his/her path.

Emissions

S. Africa on course to enable legislation for IMO 2020

Enabling legislation in South Africa for the implementation of the IMO 2020, should be ready by year end, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed. Namely, Mr. Mbalula finally settled down the fears, stating categorically that the necessary legislation will be in place by the end of 2019. Mr. Mbalula added that South Africa must not only generate ideas, but also implemented them.

Green Shipping

Transboundary carbon capture and storage to be allowed under certain circumstances

Transboundary export of carbon dioxide (CO2) for carbon capture and storage can now be provisionally allowed under certain circumstances, as Parties to the London Protocol have agreed. The London Protocol provides the basis in international environmental law for Governments to allow carbon capture and storage (CCS) under the seabed.

Opinions

Take Warning: US enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI regulations after 2020

Mr. George A. Gaitas, Attorney and Partner, Gaitas & Chalos, P.C, shares his predictions regarding what owners should expect in the US in the enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI regulations after Jan 1st of 2020 and, specifically, whether the US will widely implement criminal sanctions as it has done with enforcement of Annex I.

Smart

Port of Rotterdam offers tracking of dry cargo flows

The Port of Rotterdam now offers the tracking of dry cargo flows. NPRC, the inland shipping cooperative, digitized its ‘supply chain’ in an efficient way in order to enable clients to monitor the status of their cargo with precision. Since summer, clients have been in the position to track connections to sea-going transport in Rotterdam as well as have real-time insight into inland shipping transport.

Smart

Partners launch blockchain application

BlocBox, Singapore-based company developing maritime apps, is collaborating with Consentium, a cryptocurrency chat-app, on developing and delivering a blockchain-based universal maritime ecosystem. BlocBox will present its Initial Exchange Offering on 18 October 2019. The IEO token, BlocX, will be launched first on Exonium Exchange and will be key to BlocBox’s plans in building a blockchain-based universal maritime ecosystem.

Smart

Watch: AR navigation system to support safe watchkeeping

Japanese shipping company MOL and electronics firm Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. made a joint presentation of their advanced augmented reality (AR)-based Navigation System. The system provides visual support to crew members during their watch-keeping and ship operations by using AR technology to superimpose real-time video imagery and voyage information.

Seafarers

Autonomous tasks may result to seafarers' boredom

A research published in the International Maritime Health journal alerts that automated onboard tasks for seafarers may reduce attention and vigilance, increase the risk of accidents, and lead to higher levels of smoking, drinking, eating disorders and addictive behaviours amongst crew members.


Women in shipping

Ghana encourages secondary-school girls follow a shipping career

The Ghana Maritime Authority along with the Women in Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA Ghana) met with girls from secondary schools in the Accra Metropolis, aiming to educate and inspire them to take advantage of career opportunities within the shipping industry.

Pollution

Greenpeace board Shell's Brent Bravo platform

Greenpeace activists boarded the remains of the Brent Bravo production platform in protest of Shell's plan to abandon four platform jackets and the oily waste they contain, supporting that Shell should remove the structures in line with the terms of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR).

Ports

Plans to double container-volume transported by rail by 2022

Port of Gothenburg announced its plans on doubling the volume of containers transported by rail to and from Gothenburg by 2022 aiming to emissions' reduction of up to 98%. APM Gothenburg  is connected to more than 300 inland destinations in Sweden via rail, with more than 60 rail shuttles per week.

Shipping

Ghana, Denmark cooperate to improve tugboat missions

A team of tugboat masters just finished a training programme in Denmark as part of a strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana. The training provided the tugboat masters with new tools on how to perform tugboat missions in the Port of Tema.

Emissions

ExxonMobil partners with Indian Uni. on low-emission tech research

ExxonMobil inked a five-year agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and Bombay to expand its portfolio on research collaboration with India’s universities, focusing on research in biofuels and bio-products, gas transport and conversion, climate and environment, and low-emissions technologies for the power and industrial sectors.