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US Navy testing exoskeletons to reduce load for sailors

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport, a component organization of NAVSEA, is planning to take a load off the shoulders of the sailors and civilian workforce by developing technology known as exoskeletons.

Asia tops child labour, human trafficking in global supply chains, report finds

A new report by OECD, ILO, IOM and UNICEF provides first estimates by international organizations of child labour and trafficking in global supply chains. The report finds the estimated share of total child labour in global supply chains ranges from 9% in Northern Africa and Western Asia to 26% in Eastern and South-eastern Asia.

73 out of 122 ships sold to South Asian scrapping beaches in Q3

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform issued its Q3 2019 results noting that there were a total of 122 ships broken, out of which 73 were sold to the beaches of South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking. The NGO’s report for Q2 revealed that 193 ships were dismantled and the 146 of these were sold to South Asian scrapping beaches. 

Bangladesh the preferred choice for ships scrapping

Bangladesh is the top dumping location for discarded ships globally, with the country scrapping the highest number of ships in the first half of the 2019, according to a report from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. The report highlights that from the total 374 ships that were broken in the first half of 2019, 156 were broken in Bangladesh.

146 ships sold to South Asian scrapping beaches in Q2 2019

A total of 193 ships were dismantled in the second quarter of 2019 and the 146 of these were sold to South Asian scrapping beaches, according to new figures released by NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Between April and June, the Platform recorded death of at least five workers in Chittagong.

Preventing offensive or hurtful behavior into the maritime workplace

During the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, Capt. Apostolos Skempes, Training Manager, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. Ltd., outlined ways to prevent offensive or hurtful behavior into the maritime workplace. As he stated, if unwanted behavior is left unchallenged it could lead to stress, lack of motivation and reduced work performance.

How to handle employees’ performance and push them beyond their best

One of leadership’s core requirements is dealing with employees that loosen and do not pull their weight, but, on the other end of the job spectrum, they are high talented. In most of the circumstances the answer to the question ‘Keep or Fire?’ is “Fire”. However, this needs to be a two way conversation. Which is therefore the best approach to such employees, so that you deliver your negative feedback in the best way possible?

Explosion kills two at Bangladesh shipbreaking yard

Two men lost their lives and five other workers suffered severe burn injuries, after an explosion onboard the crude oil tanker ‘Bunga Kelana 4’, at the Chittagong shipbreaking area, namely at Mahinur Ship Breaking yard, in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

Addressing the Passive Aggressive Behaviours in the workplace

We all have had a coworker who on the surface appears to be agreeable and supportive, but behind the scenes sabotages others. Sadly, this hidden anger which comes out indirectly and results in spoiling relationships, careers but also happiness is more common than we think in today’s workplaces, it is often characterized as the “cancer of organizations” and it has a name; Passive Aggressive Behaviour.

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