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Women in shipping

Enhancing diversity awareness: Key issues on the agenda

Increased diversity awareness and empowerment of women in the maritime world is gaining ground lately with relevant events being held and interesting issues toping their agendas. Moreover, many organizations have special diversity events. On top of that, the theme of World Maritime Day 2019 is dedicated to empowering women in the maritime. This article suggests key issues that could set the context for an event related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, to maintain momentum on advancing gender equality and accelerate the pace of progress.

Women in shipping

It’s ‘make-or-break time’ for shipping to invest in women

2019 has been proclaimed, by the IMO to be the year of “Empowering women in the maritime”. Digging deeper into the diversity issue and learning by other industries, shipping tends to understand that a diverse organization equals with a more profitable organization. It is time, we look at how priorities are set in the shipping industry agenda and move from discussions into real actions. It is the make-or-break time for shipping industry, not only to point out the need of investing in women, but also to address better ways and strategies of investing in female personnel.

Women in shipping

How men of shipping could get women to the top

“Organizations that retain and promote top talent-both female and male-are more likely to thrive,” write two men who have long been concerned about the struggle of women to earn a place at the leadership table; W. Brad Johnson and David Smith, naval officers, college professors. However, there is a consensus in shipping industry that a handful of shipping organizations lack balance in diversity and there is another consensus in global business world that if an organization needs more women, then men in powerful positions need to support their ascension.

Loss Prevention

How the Master can mitigate cargo claims

When informed that wet or damaged cargo has been found in a hold, the Master's initial actions can do a lot to help their position and can even help in defending or reducing liabilities. For this reason, the North P&I Club describes the Master’s role in mitigating cargo claims.


Watch: AMSA rescues 24 seafarers, fishing vessel on fire

AMSA reports that on July 16, Tuesday, received an alert from the Japanese Coast Guard, according to which the Myojin Maru No. 8, was in distress after a fire broke out onboard. According to reports, the 24 crewmembers onboard were abandoning the vessel into lifeboats.


Vessel robbed second time this year in Singapore Strait

In its weekly report for 9 – 15 July, ReCAAP ISC informed of one CAT 4 (least significant) incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia, involving the barge 'Sung Fatt 36' in the Singapore Strait, Tuesday. Notably, this was the second time in 2019 that this vessel was targeted by perpetrators in this region.


Arbitration Notice Clause launched

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) has released the Arbitration Notice Clause. This clause aims to ensure that notices of arbitration are validly served if the procedure in the clause is followed.


MSC pays millions to release MSC Gayane after drug seizure

US authorities have reportedly released the container ship 'MSC Gayane', almost a month after the ship was seized with 20 tons of cocaine in Philadelphia, marking one of the largest drug seizures in the US history. The ship was released after the operator posted $50 million, including $10 million in cash.


Collision linked to poor communication between Pilot and Master

Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) issued an investigation report on the collision of two container ships while Hanshin Port, Kobe Area, Japan, in May 2018. The incident resulted to no fatalities, but it highlighted issues associated with poor communication and misjudgment.


Total moves forward with Oman LNG bunkering project

A year after Total signed a MoU with the Government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in the region, the French oil and gas player awarded a contract to Houston-based McDermott International, to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the Sohar LNG bunkering project in Oman.

Maritime Knowledge

Vision vs perception: How visual perception affects decision making at sea

How we see, how we process multiple information sources, such as alarms and bridge sensors and how perception is affected by other factors such as night conditions, fatigue and movement, can be proven  crucial factors for the safe operation of a ship and the safety of seafarers in general. In a report, 2018, CHIRP Maritime explores key issues in the areas of Perception and Decision Making explaining how the eyes work with the brain.

Women in shipping

Watch: Career advice for female leaders in shipping

In line with IMO's World Maritime Day theme for 2019 'Empowering Women in the Maritime Community', ABS issued a video depicting few of the organization's female leaders discussing career advice for women pursuing a career in the maritime industry. Women in leadership positions remains a hot issue across all business sectors, and maritime included. Of 6,500 engine officers at sea currently, only 1% are estimated to be female.


Fixed vs Growth mindset: It’s time to change the way you think

There are two types of mindsets: one that embraces each challenge as an opportunity, and one that avoids them. People that avoid conflicts can be described as having a fixed mindset while those who see problems as challenges have a growth mindset. Many people have a fixed mindset because they believe basic qualities like intelligence or talents are fixed traits and they are responsible for success.


China Emission regulations: An overview

In this article, SQE Marine provides information about the current situation on Chinese emissions regulations. Specifically, China relevant authority (MSA) has set three ECA’s in China area in which from 01-01-2019, all vessels should use (all time) fuel with 0.5% m/m sulfur content. The initial three established ECA’s started to be: Bohai-rim Waters (Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province); Yangtze River Delta; Pearl River Delta.


UK to review the fishing training and certification regulations

The Maritime and Coastguard agency examines all of fishermen's training and certification regulations, to update the UK's training and examination system for fishermen to boost their skills and also improve safety in seas. the Maritime and Coastguard Agency commented that the update may also include a ratification of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel.


New Maritime Levy and fees apply in New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand informed that changes to fees and the levy came into effect on 1 July. The organization has put together the following questions and answers to guide operators through the Maritime Levy and fees process. Passenger capacity is now an important factor for all passenger vessels when calculating the Maritime Levy. The Maritime Levy is paid by all commercial maritime operators and applies to all New Zealand commercial vessels and foreign commercial vessels visiting New Zealand.


Re-thinking Maritime Training: Challenges and solutions

In an era where we experience hologram concerts, when we use our smartphone while we are at the office to control the AC at home, when deep learning algorithms are used to apply smart supermarket shopping, no one could argue that technology is defining our lives in every sector. The maritime industry cannot but keep up with these rapid changes, in particular when we are referring to the seafarers’ training.


Ulstein, Schottel to promote digitalization in maritime

Ulstein and Schottel announced that they will begin a cooperation to take the next step in automation and digitalisation within marine operations. Namely, the former Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Blue CTRL, will continue as an independent company under the name Blue CTRL. Both Ulstein and Schottel will own 50% of the shares in the company. Deliveries from the company will be based on the X-CONNECT platform.


Autonomous vessels will not happen in the near future

Concerning SEA-KIT International Ltd's autonomous vessel that sailed from the UK to Belgium, BBC contacted various industry stakeholders discussing the advantages and dis advantages of autonomous shipping. Lawrence Brennan, a retired US navy captain and adjunct professor of admiralty and maritime law at Fordham University School of Law, reported to BBC that all these uncrewed cargo ships may come with challenges.


Watch: Rating seafarers' life at sea

The Mission to Seafarers calls those working at sea to complete the anonymous Seafarer Happiness Index survey, in order to have their say about life on board. The survey will help the industry better understand what needs to be changed.


USCG rescues five fishermen after vessel sinking

The US Coast Guard and Alaska State trooper boat crews rescued five fishermen when their vessel sunk near Black Island, on Sunday, July 14. The Daffnie commercial fishing vessel sunk in approximately 500-foot deep water with the possibility of 400 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.


NTSB: Poor lookout led to collision of fishing vessel with tanker

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an investigation report on the collision of the fishing vessel 'Polaris' with the tanker 'Tofteviken' in the Atlantic Ocean in May 2018. NTSB identified a poor lookout as key cause of the accident, in breach of COLREGs.

Green Shipping

Bureau Veritas is the latest addition to IWSA

Bureau Veritas is the new member of the International Windship Association (IWSA) to assist in the development of various renewable solutions. BV's addition is expected to boost IWSA's development with the establishment of regional wind propulsion ‘centres of excellence’ or ‘hubs’ around the world.


China's trade with Belt and Road countries reaches US$617 billion

China's trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marked a robust growth in the first half of this year, according to official data provided by the General Administration of Customs (GAC), on Friday.


Watch: Equinor's Trestakk field from A to Z

The Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor started production from the Trestakk subsea field on Haltenbanken in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday, July 16. In the meantime, the company published a video presenting the procedure from A to Z, for an offshore field to come online.