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Coming to grips with health on board

Challenges on board ships put not only seafarers’ strengths, but also their emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and health under strain. Lately, the focus shifts towards management-level personnel on shore and on board ships for supporting seafarers. This article is a look into different ways to encourage seafarers’ wellness. Day of the Seafarer 2018 was dedicated to crew wellbeing. This year that the theme leans towards another, equally important topic; that of “Empowering women in maritime industry”.


Understanding Fatigue: Why we get tired and what can we do about it?

Fatigue is a hazard that affects safety, health and well-being. A long-term fatigue may result in health disorders (physical and mental), insidious onset, persists over time, multi-factor causes, significantly affects behavior and wellbeing. For the maritime industry, fatigue is considered as a significant contributory factor to many incidents in shipping industry and one of the major concerns for seafarers.


Benefits of internet access onboard outweigh safety concerns, survey shows

A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) presents that internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships is more widespread and available than previously imagined. In addition, the survey shows the positive benefits related with this access, which outweigh the feared safety concerns regarding the technology.


Asia saw fewer total shipping losses in 2018

The frequency and cost of collision, grounding and fire incidents has increased in some areas for Asian-based ship owners and managers, but the number of total losses as a whole has reduced significantly over the past 12 months, said Allianz in its recent Shipping and Safety review 2019, recommending that newer infrastructure, better port operations and more up-to-date charts would help to address some of these issues.


Danube fatal collision: Captain of cruise vessel was sober

Hungarian authorities announced they had found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse by the Captain of the cruise ship 'Viking Sigyn' that hit and sank a small tourist vessel last month, causing one of the most fatal maritime incidents on Danube River in the last century.


Four more crewmembers arrested in connection with Philly's drug bust

According to local sources, four more crewmembers of the container ship MSC Gayane have been charged in connection with the discovery of 15.5 tonnes of cocaine on board.


Indian Ministry of Defence deploys two vessels in Gulf of Oman

The Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the Indian Navy deployed two vessels in the Gulf of Oman to secure Indian flagged vessels, following the recent attack on two tankers in the region.


Iran shoots down US surveillance drone in Strait of Hormuz

Amid a growing tension between the US and Iran in the light of the two tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week, Iranian forces now have reportedly shut down a US military surveillance drone while flying over the Strait of Hormuz.


Three officers arrested over alleged arson regarding Grande Europa's fire

Three officers of the Grimaldi Group who were onboard the Grande Europa when it caught fire off Mallorca last month, have been been arrested in Spain for alleged arson. Namely, the third officer and two other crew members are facing accusations of setting off two fires on the ship.


Tallink Grupp conducts its first cold ironing at Stockholm port

Tallink Grupp announced that it began using its shore power in order to provide electricity to two of its vessels, Silja Serenade and Silja Symhony, while they're alongside in port, to decrease the environmental impact of the vessels and also mitigate air pollution in the Nordic capital cities the company’s vessels visit.


8 Key focus areas for an inspirational leader

In the past both management and leadership were very much about processes or policies. However, these terms are evolving as long as humans continue to do so. That therefore means that the way leaders behave is changing as well. For the shipping industry to attract and build leaders there are some items that will need to get addressed in year 2019 such as attracting the right talents, genuinely invest in people, get along with digital developments but also formulate specific traits over time through interactions and experience.


UN Global Compact: Ten principles for sustainable companies

The UN Global Compact has set ten principles for companies to integrate them into strategies, policies and procedures, in a bid to establish a culture of integrity. Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.


How competition drives innovation and awakes opportunities

Harvard Business Review study reveals that “…rivalry could be an important lever for managers to pull to incentivize risk-taking. This could mean emphasizing longstanding corporate rivalries, or fostering (friendly) rivalries between employees, perhaps by creating incentive systems that provide for repeated competitions.” Although, there are several risks that should be taken into consideration, there is also a plethora of benefits that competition brings to light.


Finland publishes updated Water Traffic Act

The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland published its new, updated Water Traffic Act, which will unite the traffic rules and signs used in water transport. The aim is to enhance the maritime safety, boost responsible boating and also provide a favourable environment for water transport automation. The new Water Traffic Act will enter into force on 1 June 2020. The Government submitted the Act for approval and the President of the Republic approved the bill on 19 June 2019.


France joins fishing vessel training treaty

As IMO announced, France is the 29th State to sign up to the IMO treaty on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F). According to the announcement, the Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above. During the review of the STCW-F, the Sub-Committee envisages finalization of the revised Convention and new STCW-F Code in the second half of 2021.


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 to learn something new, and one that avoids them, often out of fear of failure. 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.


To achieve digitalization the industry should be re-invented, Wallem CEO says

LR's James Forsdky Asia Vice President – Hong Kong and Taiwan discussed with Wallem CEO, Frank Coles, about digitalization and the future of the shipping industry. Mr Cole explains that the shipping industry has to adapt to a new attitude to fully embrace digitalization and follow in the successful footsteps of the nuclear, aviation and aerospace industries.


Partners launch blockchain-powered cargo community system

Cargo community provider MGI collaborated with Thales to integrate blockchain technology into its Ci5 Cargo Community System, enabling clients act as trusted third parties when key statuses are validated for the release of goods from shipping terminals. The data in the Cargo Community System is gathered from various sources, including shippers, customs authorities, freight handlers, port agents and road haulage companies.


Port of Baku aims greener ports and digital connectivity

Announced in June 14, port of Baku collaborated with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with the aim of promoting greener ports and connectivity in the Caspian sea region. The project will be implemented in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UNECE and leading private sector experts. Participants discussed the possible benefits offered by reduced border crossing times and enhanced co-operation between authorities.


ILO adopts new Convention and Recommendation to tackle violence and harassment in workplace

The Centenary International Labour Conference has adopted a new Convention and Recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the workplace. The Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, and Violence and Harassment Recommendation, 2019 , were adopted by delegates on the final day of the Centenary International Labour Conference, in Geneva.

Women in shipping

ILO: Mandatory pregnancy testing is a discriminatory practice against women

According to ILO, mandatory pregnancy testing is  now considered as a discriminatory practice. The Norwegian Seafarers Union played an important role to this achievement at the ILO to stop sexist discrimination.


ITF calls Thai gov. to take further steps on ILO conventions 87 and 98

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) called on the Thai government to implement and enforce the 'Work in Fishing' Convention, and ratify ILO Conventions 87 and 98, to decrease the risks of forced labour or labour rights abuses in seafood industry supply chains in Thailand.


Danish company reveals sail-assisted cruise vessel

Danish Company Knud E. Hansen announced its latest design for a sail-assisted cruise vessel that is able to accommodate up to 100 passengers and has a variety of 6,000 nautical miles.


Shipping confidence slightly down due to trade wars

Confidence in the shipping industry has fallen marginally over the past three months, largely as a result of ongoing concern over trade wars and increased regulation, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from shipping adviser and accountant BDO.


Greek shipping boosts Greek banks' performance

According to Petrofin Bank Research, Credit Suisse has remained stable in its top position in Greek ship finance of a fifth year in a row. Credit Suisse has a $7 billion book among Greek owners, larger than second place DVB on $3.1bn and BNP Paribas in third place with a $2.92bn outlay.