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First SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum focuses on key shipping workforce challenges

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum was successfully concluded on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 at New World Manila Bay Hotel, Philippines, attracting 350 delegates from 120 organizations. Discussions varied among key challenges affecting the industry, with a special focus on the hot issue of attracting new generations and diversified talents in the maritime industry which is struggling to cope with the reforms brought by accelerating technology and remain productive and efficient.

Singapore surpasses 95 million GT milestone

The Singapore Registry of Ships has crossed the 95 million gross tonnage milestone in 2019 and maintained its position among the top registries in the world. The milestone was announced during the ‘2020 & Beyond’, the SRS Forum held by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on November 8.

Panama Canal redoubles water saving measures amid October’s drought

October was one of the driest months in history for the Panama Canal Hydrographic Basin, resulting to the latter redoubling the measures to conserve and make more efficient use of water. In line with its records, October will conclude with an estimated 215 millimeters of precipitation, which represents 35% below the historical average of 331 millimeters, and places it as the third-lowest in the last 70 years. 

The winners of the first CAREER4SEA – EUROPORT Awards announced

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 CAREER4SEA – EUROPORT Awards on educational, investment in shipping, initiative, women in shipping and new generation that have showcased excellence and innovation within the maritime industry towards making a career in shipping more sustainable. The awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony which successfully concluded on November the 8th, on the sidelines of EUROPORT, the leading international exhibition that took place in Rotterdam, November 5-8, 2019.

Singapore prepares shipping industry for 2020

During the “2020 & Beyond” conference, MPA Singapore announced its future initiatives concerning the IMO 2020 transition, and its further steps to help shipowners and maritime stakeholders towards sustainability, digitalization and develop skilled maritime professionals.

New initiative aims to strengthen collaboration within the industry

COSCO, China’s state-run shipping conglomerate has debuted a cross-industry treaty during the World Shipping Summit in Shanghai with the aim to strengthen collaboration among actors from different sectors within the industry. The first batch of companies to join the initiative are Cosco Shipping, Maersk, Evergreen, CMA CGM, Yang Ming, Seaspan, Zeebrugge Port, Shandong Port Group, China Grain Reserves, BIMCO, Chalco Logistics, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, China Mobile and China FAW.

Norwegian Cruise Line boosts presence in Alaska

The Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings issued a statement informing that it will expand and boost its presence in the cruise market of Alaska, amid its rapid development, following a 30-year agreement with Ward Cove Dock Group, LLC, in order to construct a new double ship pier located at Ward Cove, Ketchikan, Alaska.

US-China trade war has both winners and losers

UNCTAD published a report discussing the ongoing trade dispute between US and China, highlighting that the trade war played a crucial part in the reduction of the bilateral trade, higher prices for consumers and trade diversion effects, increased imports from countries not directly involved in the trade war.

Tips for right anchoring

Setting an anchor correctly with confidence and knowing that your boat will be safe in a well-secured anchorage, gives you a sense of relaxation without concerning to rely on mooring and marinas when cruising. Keep in mind that anchoring plays an intense role in boat handling skills.

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