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EU revises seafarers’ training focusing on simpler framework

The Romanian presidency reached a provisional agreement on a plan to keep the EU rules in line with international rules, while in the meantime make the centralised mechanism for the recognition of seafarers more efficient and effective. The agreement is based on EU’s regulatory framework on seafarers’ training and certification.

E-learning to take over hands-on training in maritime industry?

Over 70% of the respondents of MarTID (Maritime Training Insights Database) survey initiative, World Maritime University (WMU) expect an increase in simulators and e-learning in the coming years. In year 2019, traditional classroom teaching, and simulation training are the most popular training methods for operators, while there has been much debate about whether e-learning in maritime industry works or not. Some believe there is no replacement for hands-on training, others believe there is.

Workload, fatigue major barrier to seafarer’s social life, poll reveals

15% of deaths at sea are by suicide. The key question to ask when shocking tragedies onboard come to light is this: do they signify social isolation? And, what leads to seafarers’ social isolation? Recent SAFETY4SEA Poll finds that seafarers want their work to be less stressful. Increased workload and the subsequent fatigue were reported the biggest obstacles for social life onboard gathering 38% of our readers’ votes, surpassing other “barriers” like isolation from family (10%), connectivity (19%); bureaucracy (17%) and team bonding (16%).

Marlins, UK P&I Club to support seafarers mental health, well-being

Marlins will cooperate with UK P&I Club to support seafarers’ health and well-being. Namely, Marlins, V.Group’s brand of Maritime English language testing, recruitment and e-learning solutions for seafarers, and the UK P&I Club will provide various e-learning courses, in order to improve seafarers’ physical and mental health.

EMSA extends its quality management system

EMSA’s Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements were expanded in order to include the Maritime Security visits to member states and the Horizontal Analysis of the findings after a cycle of visits. The extended V&I QMS was successfully re-certified in December, outlining management commitment for effective use of ISO Standards as a benchmark of our performance.

ITF exposes wage theft on ship at Port Kembla

Inspections by ITF inspectors in Western Port and Port Kembla of the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Ken Ei’, in January, led to $38,384 in coastal wages being paid immediately in cash to the 20 Filipino seafarers crewing the ship, ITF informed.

ILO: reaching 100 MLC, 2006 ratifications

Amended on three occasions since its entry into force in 2013 in order to keep up with the needs of the shipping sector, the MLC Convention has now been ratified by 90 member States representing more than 91% of the world merchant shipping fleet. The MLC, 2006 consolidates almost all previous maritime instruments adopted throughout the century.

Fast, low-cost connectivity vital for seafarers

Connectivity remains the number one demand for seafarers. However, they also expect better levels of service and lower costs. It was also observed that seafarers are keen to make crew internet access compulsory on all ships. However, respondents felt that insufficient investment is being made to ensure ongoing, high speed, and quality connections.

US National Maritime Center re-opens after partial shutdown

The National Maritime Centre (NMC) announced on January 28 that it has re-opened and that applies measures to highlight the increased levels of application inventory. NMC is working to minimize the negative impact to the maritime industry and will publish additional information regarding furlough recovery operations as needed. 

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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