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TASCS project on sustainable manning for inland waterways comes to an end

The project “Towards A Sustainable Crewing System” is coming to its end. The TASCS project is EU-funded and developed by the European social partners of the inland waterways sector: European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO) and the European Barge Union (EBU). 

Filipino seafarers account for 30% of crew on Japanese vessels

Filipino crew form about a 30% of the 46,000 seafarers deployed on Japanese vessels, said the chairman of International Mariners’ Management of Japan (IMMAJ) in an official speech. The statement was made on the sidelines of the graduation of 195 midshipmen and women belonging to the second batch of “Empriverion” class of 2018.

2019 will end ‘bread and water’ punishment for US Navy sailors

Despite a century of abolition efforts, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, passed by Congress in 2016, skippers still have the authority to punish ‘troublesome sailors’ with nothing to eat but bread and water, but this is to change from the very first day of 2019 with an update of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Piracy affects more than 26% of seafarers seeking support

Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN) provided support to its 100th case this week, with piracy, death at sea and abandonment accounting for almost two-third, 59%, of those supported. The CRN also provides support to seafarers who have been imprisoned, often through no fault of their own

North Club, AoS give presents to seafarers during Christmas

North P&I Club and seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea have collaborated to spread the Christmas spirit to seafarers for a second year in a row, by handling over 67 Christmas shoeboxes to Paul Atkinson, AoS port chaplain for Blyth & Tyne.

MSC 100: Revised guidelines on fatigue approved

IMO’s MSC 100 approved revised guidelines on fatigue, which provide comprehensive information on the causes and consequences of fatigue, and the risks it poses to the safety and health of seafarers, operational safety, security and protection of the marine environment. The aim is to assist all stakeholders to contribute to the mitigation and management of fatigue.

Digitalising the Entire Maritime Certification Ecosystem

While the entire maritime industry is gradually shifting towards the digital era, with fully autonomous ships lurking just around the corner, the maritime certification process has remained unchanged. Safebridge took it upon itself to tackle this problem and see what can be done to take the certification ecosystem one step further into the future.

Connecting safety with wellness at sea

While talking at the first SAFET4SEA Conference in Hamburg, Mr. Alex Dimitrevich, Regional Crisis Response and Wellness Programme Coordinator in Europe, Sailors’ Society, shared his insight for the association’s Wellness at Sea Programme. Traditionally, he argued, the industry thought of seafarers as only ‘occupational’ human beings, but the current definition of wellness looks at the human being’s holistic nature.

OCIMF: Seafarers’ behavioural competence assessment

Seafarers work in highly risk environments, where skills and abilities play a key role in performance at both individual and organizational level. Competencies can be difficult to assess. As such, OCIMF and Intertanko issued a report presenting a system for assessing competency in seafarers.

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