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Dredger swamped fishing boat as skipper was on social media

On August 6, 2017, a scallop dredger sank and killed three of the four men onboard a small fishing boat off Shoreham, West Sussex, while its skipper was distracted by WhatsApp. On Monday December 2, a jury at Lewes Crown Court heard that David Brooks Marr was using his laptop computer and social media when he should have been on watch. BBC reports that the three men, aged 40, 41 and 50 drowned when seawater gushed into their boat.

Career Paths: Catherine Spencer, Seafarers UK

In our column this time, we are excited to host an interview with Catherine Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Seafarers UK who suggests to look into any problematic situation with a different mindset and certainly stop any assumptions. With regards to her recent role as the CEO of Seafarers UK, Payroll Giving is top of her agenda, she states, encouraging other maritime organizations to collaborate and assist in ensuring excellence for all people onboard.

Watch: Steps to achieve stronger UK ports

The UK Major Ports Group highlights the importance of the UK ports, and their part in the country’s economy, as 95% of the UK’s trade with the rest of the world is being transferred through the sea, via the British ports. 

BPA sets election priorities for UK ports

In light of the upcoming elections in the UK and the feeling of uncertainty, the British ports Association launched its six key policy priorities for the 2019 UK General Election, paying attention to a swift to Brexit, safety, planning, connectivity, making the most of UK maritime, and fisheries.

UK Labour Party to impose windfall taxes to oil firms if elected, amid climate change

The UK Labour Party published its pre-elections manifesto reporting an £11 billion windfall tax on oil companies and delist procedures from the London Stock Exchange those who make no efforts in tackling climate change. In its manifesto, the Party discussed all urgent matters that affect the UK today, paying extra attention to the energy sector and the importance of moving towards more sustainable and green actions.

Masterplanning is crucial for ports’ development

The British ports Association along with ABPmer issued a white paper highlighting the importance of masterplanning to the development of coastal regions, as well as improve ports’ communication through their strategies and visions with stakeholders.

West African stowaways convicted of threatening crew

Four Nigerian and Liberian stowaways were convicted from a UK court for the crime of affray for supposedly throwing fecal matter and threatening the crew of the Grimaldi con/ro Grande Tema last year. The defendants were cleared of the more serious charge of attempted hijacking. 

Ferry’s personnel discovered 25 stowaways onboard

Twenty-five stowaways were found inside a refrigerated container on board a Britannia Seaways ferry. The vessel was sailing from the Netherlands to its final destination in United Kingdom. While en route to Felixstowe, the personnel discovered the stowaways, due to the fact that they heard sounds coming from the cooling container.

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