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STCW: How to obtain a certificate of competency as Master

With respect to masters, the STCW Convention clarifies which requirements concerning previous certificate & seagoing service, education & training and age should be met for masters serving on ships of 3,000 gt or 500 — 3,000 gt or less than 500 gt and the table in the end summarizes all mentioned requirements.

Master overboard fatality linked to his emotional state

The Marine Accident Investigation Committee (MAIC) of Cyprus issued an investigation report on the fatality of the Master of the bulk carrier ‘Evnia’, after falling into the sea from a rope ladder, while the ship was berthed in Chittagong Port, Bangladesh, in June 2018. 

NZ prosecutes Captain over unsafe work practices

Maritime NZ pressed charges against the Captain of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Spinnaker SW on Friday 29 March 2019. The Captain was charged with allowing dangerous activity involving ships or maritime products under section 65(2) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994. The Captain allowed the crew to load a cargo of logs onto the Spinnaker SW, without the use of personal protective equipment

Meeting the first female captain to launch a cruise ship

Captain Serena Melani will helm the newest cruise ship of the Miami-based cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the ‘Seven Seas Splendor’, becoming the first woman in cruise industry history to captain a new ocean cruise ship at launch, the company announced. 

New report raises concerns over fatigue of Panama Canal tugboat Captains

The ITF issued a report investigating the relationship between captains’ fatigue and the operational safety of the Panama Canal, and the relationship between fatigue and the captains’ physical and mental health, after the Panama Canal’s decision to reduce the number of tugboat crew this year.

Why ‘Celebrity Edge’ sets a landmark for women in shipping

Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship ‘Celebrity Edge’ was named by the Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, in a ceremony held Tuesday in Florida. Celebrity Edge is the company’s first new ship in six years and first new ship series in more than a decade. The ship’s highlight is that it has set a landmark with the major involvement of women in its development and manning.

El Faro: Assessing Captain’s failures

The sinking of the container ship ‘El Faro’ in October 2015, claiming the title of one of the biggest marine tragedies in the recent history of US, was largely attributed to the Captain’s wrong assessment of the conditions. Anastasios Chrysikopoulos, Chief Officer at Maran Dry Management Inc. analyzed the Captain’s actions which identified human error as the key lesson to be learned from the El Faro loss. 

Team-Based Cruise Ship Operations

Captain Hans Hederström, Managing Director at Center for Simulator Maritime Training, CSMART, and John Ritchie, Learning Management System manager at CSMART talk about the bridge organisation. They say that traditionally ships bridges are strong hierarchical organisations, however, this factor has contributed to a number of accidents. For this reason, Captain Hederström and Mr. Ritchie present a different type of bridge organisation.

Trial starts for cruise ship Captain over air pollution

On 9 July, a Court in Marseille started the trial for the Captain of the cruise ship ‘Azura’, who was sued over breaching sulphur fuel limit, during a stopover in Marseilles, on 29 March. In the first case of its kind in Europe, if found guilty, the Master could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to €200,000.

Panama Canal to further reduce crew in tugs

The Panama Canal Authority has informed the Union de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta (UCOC) in late May that it is to reduce the tug’s crew to the minimum manning established by the Panama Maritime Authority. In view of this, the ITF urged the ACP to re-evaluate the way it conducts its industrial relations.


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