SafeMetrix Conference sheds light on soft skills in the maritime industry

More than 100 industry professionals came together on Friday, October 4th to attend “The Rise of Soft Skills” Conference. The event was organised by SafeMetrix, a product line of Safebridge and together with Youngship Cyprus, addressed the increasing importance of soft skills in the maritime industry.

Watch: Largest ship ever to transit Corinth Canal

On October 9, the cruise ship Braemar made history, as it became the longest ever ship to cruise through the Corinth Canal in Greece. The 24-meter-wide canal connectw the Saronic Gulf with the Gulf of Corinth. While transiting, the ship was close enough to the canal’s sides, that guests could almost touch the walls.

Watch: Crew repairs Bonneville locks

The US Army Corps of Engineers have temporarily shut down commercial access to the Upper California and Snake River, as they are repairing the Bonneville Dam navigation lock on the Columbia river. The lock is expected to commence operations on September 30, after its construction is complete. 

Watch: Norwegian Encore floats out

On August 17th, 2019, Norwegian Encore successfully completed a major construction milestone, when it emerged for the first time from the Meyer Werft ship building dock in Papenburg, Germany. Norwegian Encore will be at the shipyard port for the final phase of construction, before its conveyance up the Ems River and towards the North Sea at the end of September.

Watch: US Navy USS Billings Combat Ship commissioned

The US Navy put into service USS Billings, America’s eight Freedom-variant Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The ship is designed to conduct close-to-shore missions. The ship will be homeported in Mayport, Florida.

How Dubai adds value as a dynamic maritime center

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA at Nor-Shipping, Mr. Nawfal Al Jourani, Director of Dubai Maritime Cluster Office at DMCA, shared Dubai’s priorities as a major maritime hub of the Middle East. Mr. Jourani noted that innovation is the cornerstone of Dubai’s strategy to be attractive to the shipping community. 

Watch: France launches first Barracuda-class submarine

French shipbuilder Naval Group launched on Friday, July 12, the Suffren nuclear-powered attack submarine, in presence of President Emmanuel Macron. The Suffren is the first of the six Barracuda-class series for the French navy. Its ceremony took place in the northern port of Cherbourg. 

Watch: How dangerous are rogue waves

Scientists in the past thought that for three rogue waves of 20m or higher to occur it would need more than 24,000 years; Yet, today scientists know that a rogue wave can occur in 24 hours. Scientists have also discussed about freak waves, which are similarly dangerous, as they appear without a warning and have caused many vessels to sink.