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OCIMF launches Ship Security – Hull Vulnerability Study

OCIMF collaborated with defence company QinetiQ for a study on tanker hull vulnerability. This information paper highlights the results of the study in relation to the protection of crew and vessels. The results provide mitigating measures that can be applied to both existing and new build vessels.

HRAS condemns seafarers abandonment in UAE

Elizabeth Mavropoulou, Charity Administrator & Programme Manager at HRAS, provides a short comment on the HRAS Case Study on the Seafarers Abandonment in the UAE. Namely, 40 crew members, of whom 30 Indian nationals, were stranded in three vessels owned by the same shipping company.

How mental health issues affect seafarers

In this article, ARX Maritime COO, Steve Regis, talks about mental health in the maritime industry. Mr. Regis touches upon sensitive issues that can be difficult for seafarers, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and shares his views on how to deal with the reality after a traumatic situation.

InterManager wants crew’s help to minimise enclosed space risks

InterManager, the international trade association for the shipmanagement sector, has launched a campaign to stimulate seafarers to think about safety issues when working in enclosed spaces and encourage them to identify and share with InterManager measures which they believe would reduce risks.

New maritime academy launched in Philippines

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation announced that the MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy was officially inaugurated on September 12, 2018 in Dasmariñas City, Cavite, Philippines. The Academy has a full college program for Filipinos and other students from the region. The curriculum aims to increase the students’ competencies, as needed by the global shipping industry.

New project to address loneliness at sea

Danish health and safety company CONOVAH will conduct a new project, focusing on loneliness at sea and how changes such as the role of managers and new technologies affect it. It will also try to identify the factors that lead to loneliness at sea. The project is running from 1 October 2018 until 31 March 2020.

How to improve crew welfare at sea

Dr. Phil Sharples, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical, discussed how mainstream healthcare is embracing technology to deliver higher quality medical care and how some of these initiatives could apply to the maritime industry.

Project explores VR in shipping to enable remote operations

Solent University and Rolls-Royce started a collaborative research and development project on Autumn 2016, to support the unmanned and partially autonomous operation of marine vessels. The project ended on Spring 2018 and focused on applying immersive technologies to enable the crew perform typical duties remotely.

Watch: The importance of right crew in operations

In this video, Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention), highlights the importance of attracting, recruiting and retaining the ‘right crew’. Employing the right crew is important to ensure safe operations. The right crew are those crew with the correct knowledge, experience and attitude when conducting an operation.

Updates on crewing for vessels operation

AMSA released an update on the outcome of the consultation for appropriate crewing for operations under Marine Order 504. AMSA consulted on two options for changing crewing requirements to focus on empowering the operator to determine the appropriate crew for their vessel. AMSA informed that it will implement Option 1. 

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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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