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COVID-19: This is not a Drill!

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. 187 countries are affected by the pandemic and the number of confirmed cases stand in the hundreds of thousands. These trying times are likely to persist and measures adopted globally such as travel restrictions are bound to affect us, argue  Michael Hughes, Claims Executive and Rahul Sapra, Senior Surveyor of Standard Club.

Key challenges amid COVID-19 from the operators’ perspective

The coronavirus crisis has brought many changes in the industry; from travel restrictions to crew changes. This is a new situation that not only shipping but the whole humanity faces. As far it concerns our industry, we need to reassure seafarer’s health and safety at sea as well as to minimize disruptions in trade. In this context, Capt Panagiotis Nikiteas, PGDip, MSc, MEd, HSQE Manager / DPA / CSO, Maran Dry Management Inc, enlists all current challenges that ship operators face.

Operators’ key challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak

After almost two months of monitoring and navigating through these new Coronavirus times, the pandemic’s effect on our businesses and personal lives is beginning to show. Although the disruption to the shipping industry might seem trivial compared to the human lives that are in danger and those who have already been lost, the importance of shipping should not be taken lightly since it directly affects the product and energy supply chain, argues Mr. Alexandros Danousis, DPA / HSEQ Manager at Eurobulk Ltd.

Connecting crew during COVID-19

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organisations to assist seafarers in need.

Seafarers Stories: Capt. Dimitrios Giannakis, Master

We are happy to host an interview with Capt. Capt Dimitrios I. Giannakis, Master of LNG/c Maran Gas Asclepius who works with Maran Dry Management since 2013. Capt. Dimitrios says that being a captain is a dynamic and challenging work since the captain is responsible for crew’s performance and at the same their leader and mentor.

LNG as a marine fuel

During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Panayiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore, shared his views on LNG as a fuel, towards 2050 compliance and beyond.

Seafarers Stories: Capt. Dimitrios Liakakos, Master

Our ‘Seafarer Stories’ new column hosts seafarers’ views who present briefly the key challenges of life and work onboard, providing a picture of what a career at sea actually means. In this context, we are happy to host an interview with Capt. Dimitrios Liakakos, Master of MV Maran Spirit who works with the Maran Dry Management Inc. since 1980.

Lay-up and re-activation revisited

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the maritime industry in previously unthinkable ways. Ports around the world are denying entry to certain vessels, travel restrictions have postponed crew changes, ships are taken out of service and crew have been laid off. These operational problems are forcing some owners and operators to consider placing vessels in lay-up, notes Mr. Jarle Fosen, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Arendal.

Seafarers Stories: Capt. Georgios Athinaios, Master

Our ‘Seafarer Stories’ new column will host seafarers’ views who will present briefly the key challenges of life and work onboard, providing a picture of what a career at sea actually means. In this context, we are happy to host an interview with Capt. Georgios Athinaios, Master of MV Desert Challenger who works with the Atlantic Bulk Carrier Management Ltd since 2001.

On the path of reducing GHG emissions through vessel performance monitoring

During the latest GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Dr. John Kokarakis, Technical Director – Hellenic-Black Sea & Adriatic Zone, Bureau Veritas, explained how Vessel Performance Monitoring can open the path of reducing GHG emissions. This, Dr. Kokarakis explained, can happen as Vessel Performance Monitoring answers critical questions, such as what are the operating conditions of the vessel? Also, are company’s procedures properly followed? Answering such questions will eventually lead to a better operation of the vessel, as it will define when corrective actions are needed.


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