Editor's Pick

Women in shipping

IMO launches new logo for its "Women in Maritime" program

IMO launched a new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The primary objective of the program is to encourage IMO Member States to open the doors to women.

Women in shipping

UK: Maritime 2050 can increase women participation in shipping

Closing the Maritime 2050 strategy event, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani explains how government and industry can work together to ensure maritime sector careers are open to all.

Sustainability

Embracing sustainability within maritime industry: 10 key practices

Organizations develop sustainable business aiming at improving their social conscience and environmental responsibility. Do you wonder which the key areas of focus are toward an even more sustainable shipping industry in the future?

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Smart

Change management: Keeping pace with digital transformation

Change management (CM) drivers vary from technological evolution, process reviews, crisis, and consumer habit changes to pressure from new business entrants, acquisitions, mergers or organizational restructuring. In this article we are about to focus on the all-important one; technological evolution and digital transformation.

Opinions

How e-navigation will transform passage planning

During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Børge Hetland, Director of Sales & Marketing at NAVTOR, shared the company’s experience from its’ involvement in European Research & Development projects to describe how the emerging technology is expected to transform the four stages of the Passage Planning procedure.

Sustainability

Shipping industry wakes up to Diversity and Inclusion

"Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers"says Josh Bersin, leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning. And indeed, for over 15 years now, organizations globally are pledging to achieve workplace equality.

Videos

NAVTOR receives SMART4SEA e-Navigation Award
NAVTOR received the SMART4SEA e-Navigation Award, sponsored by METIS Cyberspace Technology, for its innovative complete vessel performance and passenger monitoring system as well as its Passage Planning Software Module.

Marlink receives SMART4SEA Connectivity Award
Marlink received the SMART4SEA Connectivity Award, sponsored by Vessel Performance Solutions, for the growth of its global satellite network ‘XChange Cloud’, providing a platform for the transfer of files between ship and shore.

Lessons Learned

Casualties

Lessons learned: Toolbox meeting could have prevented broken leg

Maritime NZ describes a case of a severe leg injury onboard a dredge, highlighting that the owner company employed an engineering firm to assist with a repair and did not hold a meeting

Videos

Watch: How the HiLo model works

This video explains how the HiLo model works. HiLo prioritizes based on risk. The model has analyzed thousands of maritime industry accidents and then calculates the probabilities of leading events, causing undesired events.

Loss Prevention

Conducting a safe manual handling

Despite continued industry awareness and guidance published on manual handling, several musculoskeletal injuries are reported every year, Skuld Club informs. Skuld says that the TILE methodology should be adopted: Task, Individual, Load, Environment.

Top Stories

SAFETY News

Casualties

Ferry partially sinks after collision in Amazon river

The Ro-Pax ferry 'Men Del Norte II' partially sank following collision with the berthed cargo ship 'BBC Zarate' on the Amazon River in Peru, in the morning hours of Friday, 15 February.

Seafarers

Employment of Indian seafarers grows by 35% in 2018

The number of Indian seafarers employed on Indian or foreign flag vessels saw an unprecedented growth of 35% last year, according to data provided by the Indian Ministry of Shipping.

Security

London high court to reach decision on alleged piracy attack in Gulf of Aden

Οn July 5 2011, a small boat with seven armed in the Gulf of Aden drew alongside the 'Brillante Virtuoso', a tanker with 140,000 tonnes of fuel oil. A few hours after the pirates boarded the ship, a fire took place.

Regulatory Update

GREEN News

Arctic

Clean Arctic Alliance: PPR 6 must focus on Arctic HFO ban

As the meeting of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR 6) opens today in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance called on Member States to give emphasis to the target of establishing a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic.

Fuels

Excelerate, Equinor complete first STS LNG transfer

Excelerate Energy and Equinor Energy completed the first-ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of LNG in The Bahamas on February 7, 2019. The STS was conducted using Excelerate’s 150,900 cbm floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor’s 142,759 cbm LNG carrier Arctic Voyager.

Green Shipping

Port of Vancouver expands noise reduction features in protection of whales

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has expanded its industry-leading EcoAction Program, encouraging vessels that call on the Port of Vancouver to quiet the waters for the endangered whale population along the southern coast of British Columbia. Specifically, the program got into force on January 1, 2019.

SMART News

OTHER News

Detentions

Vessel detentions in Indonesia due to 'illegal anchoring'

According to the North P&I Club, its correspondents Spica in Indonesia informed about an increasing number of vessels being detained by Indonesian authorities while they are at anchor in the waters around the island of Bintan.

PSC Focus

Gabon: Points to watch out to avoid PSC fines

Operators proceeding to ports in Gabon should note that all vessels are subject to PSC inspection and there is currently a long list of “deficiencies” which vessels should take care to try to rectify beforehand, or otherwise risk being fined, the London P&I Club warned citing information from correspondents TCI/Eltvedt & O’Sullivan.

Shipping

Gard informs on misdelivery of coal shipments in India

Gard comments on several cases, that took place recently, that involve banks claiming for misdelivery of coal cargoes at Indian ports. The misdelivery has to do with the challenges that follow when a cargo is delivered without the production of the original bills of lading.