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Career Paths: James Wilkes, Gray Page

Mr. James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page explains how he joined maritime industry and what makes his current role exciting. ‘Treat people as you would wish to be treated’ is the best advice he has ever heard, reminding him that respect and kindness are the most important elements to step his career forward.

Career Paths: Silje Bareksten, Nor-Shipping

Mrs. Silje Bareksten, Head of Sustainability and Technology at Nor-Shipping admits that she really enjoys her current role in helping to steer the shipping industry towards more socially responsible and sustainable practices.

BWMC implementation: The time for delays and denial is over

Mr. Mark Riggio, President of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) talks about the current challenges toward BWMC implementation, highlighting that the deadline for a BWTS installation expires, thus the sooner they start planning, the better. As explained, more than 80% of the world’s fleet by tonnage flies the flag of an Administration signatory to the Convention

Cyber security to be treated to a new sight in 2019?

There have been flare-ups in the maritime cyber security era over the last two years, when major cyber incidents begun striking industry’s operations. Theft of credentials is said to have increased significantly, with phishing and malware being the most popular cyber threats.

HRAS condemns seafarers abandonment in UAE

Elizabeth Mavropoulou, Charity Administrator & Programme Manager at HRAS, provides a short comment on the HRAS Case Study on the Seafarers Abandonment in the UAE. Namely, 40 crew members, of whom 30 Indian nationals, were stranded in three vessels owned by the same shipping company.

How mental health issues affect seafarers

In this article, ARX Maritime COO, Steve Regis, talks about mental health in the maritime industry. Mr. Regis touches upon sensitive issues that can be difficult for seafarers, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and shares his views on how to deal with the reality after a traumatic situation.

How to select a suitable BWTS, a roadmap to retrofitting

Mr. Leif Erik Caspersen, Director International Sales, ERMA FIRST, provides recommendations on how to select a suitable BWTS retrofitting. A ballast water treatment, he said, is much complicated as it is especially designed for each vessel. Mr. Caspersen advised that operators should select the systems with the most suitable operation options for their vessels.

Port State Control: A Flag State Perspective

Mr. Richard Dias, Regional Technical Manager for International Registries (Far East) Limited, which provides administrative and technical support to the Marshall Islands Registry, talked about port State control (PSC) from a flag State perspective, noting that there is a balance between the flag State’s role of providing service and enforcing regulations.

Challenges in the healthcare for crew members

Maritime professions are considered dangerous occupations. Being a member of the crew on board of the ships increases the chance of physical injury and loss of health, argues Mrs. Elena Donina Glukhman, Project Manager, Development & Cooperation Worldwide at AP Companies Global Solutions.

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