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How to prevent anchoring failures

The anchoring operation of a ship is a complex activity, especially when it is being carried out in busy anchorages or in ports’ outer limits where traffic is heavy. It involves the use of critical shipboard equipment and requires high level of situational awareness.

Proper ECDIS settings in navigational waters

Industry stakeholders have discussed a lot about the pros and cons of paperless navigation concluding that ECDIS does have an edge over the traditional paper chart navigation. However, the question for the navigating officers remains the same. Can they steer the vessel, following a pre scheduled passage plan, avoiding grounding?

Engine room safety: Best practices

The industry has mostly shed its focus on navigational safety or pollution prevention; however, the issues related to engine rooms and installations should not be disregarded considering that many accidents have been reported due to engine failures, loss of power or other engineering related causes.

Emergency Procedures: Helicopter operations

When situations at sea becoming out of control, threatening human life, the crew is authorized to call for medical or other assistance which approaches with a helicopter from the shore. Emergency incidents are the most common situations that need helicopter intervention.

Maritime History: Fire on board car carrier “Eurasian Dream”

On this day 20 years ago, on July 23 1998, a destructive fire took place on board the car carrier “Eurasian Dream”. The fire spread quickly, and despite the efforts from the crewmembers and fire-fighters, the vessel and a large amount of its cargo became a total loss.

Emergency Procedures: Rescue from Enclosed Space

Accidents on-board happen for various of reasons; falls and slips are the most common. But what if an accident results to the death of crew member or members? This is a very different situation. Enclosed space is one of the most common reasons that result on different accidents on ship.

Why practicing mindfulness meditation onboard

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?

Emergency Procedures: Personnel injuries and illness when onboard

Being a seafarer is considered a challenging occupation especially when it comes to crew health and safety. Certainly, verifying seafarers’ health status prior embarkation is compelled. However, even if medical examinations are being conducted before seafarers join a ship, diseases owning to the nature of working onboard such as the cargo carried or the materials handled and even a few epidemic diseases are very common.

Watch: IMO’s 70 years of ‘Better shipping for a better future’

As 2018 marks 70 years since the IMO Convention entered into force, the IMO issued a short animated film showing how the organization has developed mandatory international regulations covering almost every aspect of shipping: safety, environmental protection, search and rescue, security, Arctic routes and many others. 

10 things that require zero talent

Success isn’t created by talent only, let alone, it can be acquired adopting behaviors that have significant impact on one’s life success. ­­No matter the kind of our workplace (onboard & ashore) there are 10 simple steps to follow in order to succeed!


Should BWM training be a mandatory requirement?

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