Foreign-flagged ships detained in UK during September
Five foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during September 2018, after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Smuggling and ship detentions
Rod Lingard, Club Manager of the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Ltd, referred to a recent English Supreme Court decision, the insurance implications of the decision, as well as Loss Prevention measures to be taken to prevent ships being targeted with smuggling allegations.
Tips to ensure a positive PSC inspection under Liberian law
Liberia Maritime Authority issued a document to assist Master’s on their responsibilities and duties under Liberian Maritime Law and Regulations and provide guidance to ensure a positive Port State Control inspection.
Why practicing mindfulness meditation onboard
Mindfulness: the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, basically through meditation. We all feel stressed at times, although stress in the right amount is useful and essential for survival, the effects of stress can be unpleasant or uncomfortable. How useful could mindfulness be to seafarers though?
10 Tips for a better conversation
A conversation requires balance between talking and listening and somewhere along the way this balance is frequently lost. Talking to people of diverse backgrounds, such as seafarers, office executives, CEOs and ship owners can be a challenging process. Stereotypical advice, such as making eye contact, smiling back or nodding may be misleading.
A Whale of a tale: Protecting whales in busy waterways
Most reports of collisions between whales and ships involve large whales, but all species can be affected. These collisions often go unnoticed and unreported. As a result, animals can be injured or killed without no one ever noticing!
Entering an era of change and opportunity
rs. Carleen Lyden Walker, Executive Director, NAMEPA, emphasizes on sustainability as an opportunity of change for the shipping industry.
Sustainability challenges for the shipping industry
Mr. Jan Fransen, Managing Director of the Green Award Foundation, provides a list of current sustainability challenges the shipping industry has to deal with.
Lessons learned: Language attributed to ship grounding
In its Monthly Safety Scenario for October, the Swedish P&I Club presents a case of ship grounding, discussing what can happen when someone communicates in a language that is not understood by everybody onboard.
Grounding highlights need of ECDIS alarms in open waters
In the latest edition of its Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes a grounding of a small bulk carrier on a sandbank. The vessel had been following a planned track in the ECDIS, but the ECDIS alarms had been turned off. The ship remained aground for 6 days and was refloated by salvors.