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Manning, training and certification guidance for the offshore industry

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has recently issued guidance and instructions concerning the variation in qualifications and training required for people on Bahamian registered Mobile Offshore Units (MOU) as well as other such units, as determined by the BMA, used in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Guidance on assessment and approval of seafarer training

The Bahamas Maritime Authority has recently issued guidance and instructions concerning the Bahamas policy and procedures relating to the approval and acceptance of seafarer training or instruction for seafarers employed or engaged onboard Bahamian ships.

U.S. Navy to consider training improvements

In a new report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GOA) recommends that the U.S. Navy should take further measures in order to improve training quality. In fact, with the aim to improve ship-driving skills, the Navy has added classroom and simulator training for the Surface Warfare Officers who drive these ships, since 2017, when ship collisions resulted in the loss of 17 sailors’ lives as well as significant damage to Navy ships.

IMO endorsing women in port management

IMO is providing support to eight female officials from developing countries to attend a Port Senior Management Programme which took place from 6 to 19 November at the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) in Nahalal, Israel. The event in particular was delivered through IMO’s gender and capacity-building programme, together with GIMI, as part of IMO’s efforts to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

20% of seafarers have contemplated suicide or self-harm, Yale study finds

A new study by Yale University to 1,572 seafarers identified potentially dangerous levels of depression, anxiety and suicide risk among seafarers. Within the previous two weeks of the survey, 25% of respondents had suffered depression, 17% anxiety and 20% had contemplated suicide or self-harm.

IMO trains African women on search and rescue operations

During IMO’s training courses at the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Rabat, Morocco, in 13-15 of November, African women who work in search and rescue (SAR) operations, had the chance to be trained and extend their skills in order to face SAR missions.

UK approves marine surveyor apprenticeship

The UK government’s Department for Education (DfE) approved an industry-backed initiative led by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), to develop a four-year degree-level apprenticeship for those who aspire to become professional marine surveyors.

Bulk carrier grounding highlights gaps in port risk assessment

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued an investigation report on the grounding of the bulk carrier ‘Orient Centaur’, which lost power while transiting a channel from the Port of Weipa, in November 2017. This incident highlighted gaps in the port’s risk plans, ATSB noted. 

First SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum focuses on key shipping workforce challenges

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Manila Forum was successfully concluded on Tuesday 12th of November 2019 at New World Manila Bay Hotel, Philippines, attracting 350 delegates from 120 organizations. Discussions varied among key challenges affecting the industry, with a special focus on the hot issue of attracting new generations and diversified talents in the maritime industry which is struggling to cope with the reforms brought by accelerating technology and remain productive and efficient.

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