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Do you know why Bill of Lading is important for shipping?

Shipping of goods is the backbone of global economy and a really complex procedure. Taking into consideration how many stakeholders are involved in the trade process, we cannot help but wonder: How the efficient transfer from party to party is achieved? And how do parties ensure quality of the cargo is maintained through the voyage?

New requirements coming into force on maintenance of life-saving appliances

1st January of 2020 marks the beginning for many regulatory updates for shipping. One of them is the new IMO requirements for the maintenance, examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats; the following article outlines key changes to assist operators in effective compliance with new requirements.

Why garbage management plan onboard is vital

A Garbage Management Plan on board provides a systematic approach to the disposal and control of garbage in the marine environment. Namely, the revised Annex V of MARPOL 73/78 requires every ship of 400 GT and above and certified to carry 15 persons or more, to have a Garbage Management Plan. Scope of this plan is to provide compliance with MARPOL and Company’s policy on garbage management.

Understanding Fatigue: Why good sleep is important

The amount of sleep we need each day will change over the course of our life. On average an adult aged 18 years or older needs 7–8 hours a day, however, sleep needs vary from person to person. Lack of sleep and poor quality of sleep and rest can cause fatigue, which is considered as the silent risk factor for seafarers.

Shipping Watch: How shipping will be in 2050

During the last SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum, all experts attempted to provide a picture of the shipping in 50 years from today and imagine how the industry is going to change in order to face upcoming challenges. Namely, the key question raised was: What will be the same in the shipping industry and what will be different in 2050 from your perspective?

Do you know why FONAR is needed from 2020 and onwards?

With IMO 2020 just around the corner, the shipping industry must already have a plan to comply. However, despite the fact that we are just two months away from this groundbreaking regulation for maritime, there is increased uncertainty regarding compliant fuel oil availability worldwide. In such case, companies should have a plan to deal with such unavailability, with the answer might lying in the Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report (FONAR).

USS Fitzgerald deadly collision: Poor seamanship in the spotlight

It has been over two years since the US Navy was shaken by two successive collisions involving US navy ships and claiming lives of 17 sailors. As part of its lessons learned series, SAFETY4SEA focuses today on the collision between the USS Fitzgerald with a merchant ship which pushed the US Navy to redefine its approach on safety.

Safety Watch – What is going to change in shipping by 2050?

During the last SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA asked experts to think what will be different and what will be the same with respect to safety in 50 years from today, bearing in mind that shipping industry follows a more traditional approach and has already shown a resistance to change to new challenges, i.e. smart era and digitalization.

6 ways to mitigate external security threats

Currently, all eyes are on cyber security; but let’s not forget that physical security of one organization is equally important. Nevertheless, each organization needs to have proper safeguards in place to prevent a real threat and protect its employs and assets. Physical security refers to all actions taken in order to protect important data, confidential information, networks, software, equipment, facilities, company’s assets, and personnel.

Do you know what Plimsoll lines on ships are?

Have you ever wondered what Plimsoll lines are? And why are they called Plimsoll? Professionals across the shipping industry may be familiar with the term, but even those not working in the industry, but who are extra observative, may have noticed that ships have some line marks on their hull, just above the waterline. These are Plimsoll lines.

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