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Watch: BW LPG honors crew for thwarting piracy attack

Singapore-based owner of gas carriers BW LPG informed that one of its vessels, the ‘BW Frigg’ became subject of an attempted piracy attack on 29 October, but the attack was successfully thwarted by the ‘fast reflexes’ of the crew. To honor the crew for their bravery an appreciation ceremony was held onboard.

HRAS: 40 seafarers stranded in UAE

Human Rights at Sea presented a case of 40 seafarers who are abandoned in difficult conditions in the UAE. The seafarers suffer from physical and mental health issues, while their salaries are outstanding for more than a year.

Thoughts on future crew manning challenges

It is a fact that in year 2018, seafarers’ non-technical skills are overlooked by recruitment departments, although digitalization and automation on board ships is creating demand of seafarers with skills that go beyond what machines are capable of and therefore are a crucial part of fostering a dynamic workforce. What differentiates the low performing from the high performing crews, though?

ECSA, ETF urge for action on seafarers certification after Brexit

The European Social Partners for the maritime sector, including the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) stressed potential Brexit implications, related to the possible preclusion of seafarers who hold Certificates of Competency (CoCs) issued in the UK under STCW.

Why shipping must shed focus on human rights at sea

Human rights at sea gains significant attention of the maritime community. Due to its diversified identity, shipping constitutes a friendly field for human rights abuses, with human trafficking, illegal migration, slavery and abuse in fishing sector and even the unsafe working conditions in many Southeast Asian ship recycling facilities being among the key areas of concern.

SeaSense – Expert Thinking on Mental Health

This time, our special column, in association with The North of England P&I Club, sheds focus on mental health issues which in shipping industry relate to the nature of seafarers’ job, characterized not only by intensive work hours, but also by isolation, being away from family for too long, fatigue, and many others.

EU NAVFOR, China conduct medical exercises

Medical staff from the EU NAVFOR and the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army completed medical exercises on board the EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Castilla. There were also realistic simulations with the evacuation of casualties onto helicopter.

EU to simplify seafarers training and certification

The European Council adopted its position on a proposal to simplify and streamline the existing EU regulatory framework on seafarers’ training and certification. The aim is to change the centralised mechanism for the recognition of seafarers from third countries and increase legal clarity regarding the mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates.

Maritime Business and Human Rights: Challenging the way forward

Mrs Elizabeth Mavropoulou, Charity Administrator and Programme Manager at Human Rights at Sea, addresses the issue of maritime human rights, referring to the many actions undertaken by the “Human Rights at Sea”, a registered UK Charity, which aims to bring the topic to the table.

India blacklists three ships over seafarers abandonment

The Indian Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued a circular informing that three ships and their related owners and recruiting agencies have been blacklisted over abandoning and taking no action for the Indian seafarers who have been stranded in Iran for the last 12 months.

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