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CrewInspector Pursues Business in Ukraine

CrewInspector, an online crew management software provider, recently signed up with number of crew recruitment and crew management agencies based in Ukraine to provide its crewing software for businesses in Ukrainian market. “We see that companies are looking for straight forward software solutions not requiring long set-up and integration. CrewInspector offers high quality solution at very attractive price and that’s the main reason why we are so popular among start-up and middle size crew management agencies. In the same time we fully satisfy the needs off larger organizations as well thanks to CrewInspector scalability,” said Andy Lipsberg, co-owner of CrewInspector. Recent additions in Ukraine: KDM Shipping in Kiev     KDM Shipping is one of the leaders of the Ukrainian shipping industry, primarily involved in the niche segment of dry bulk river-sea freight in the Black, Azov and Mediterranean Sea regions. Wellteam Marine crewing in Kherson Wellteam Marine is a sole direct agent of a biggest Offshore Company  “Tidewater Marine” (USA) in Ukraine. Wellteam Marine is providing it’s services also to clients like Ahlers Maritime, Bourbone Offshore, Topaz Marine and others among them. Navis Crew Management in Odessa Navis Crew Management is young and dynamic crew recruitment agency based in Ukraine, recently nominated as an agent by Stanford Marine Group (UAE). Kaas Crew Services in Odessa


Precautionary Effort Prompts Star Cruises to Cancel Two Cruises

Star Cruises said that two of its crew of have been placed under observation at hospitals in Singapore and Malaysia prompted by symptoms such as fever and coughing. The first of the two crew was admitted to the Langkawi Hospital on Monday. Based on the latest available reports, the crew has responded positively to medication and the crew is expected to be discharged from the hospital in a day or two pending confirmation of further medical results


Distressed Mariners Rescued Near Seward, Alaska

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Long Island towed a disabled cabin cruiser, in danger of running aground, to safety near Seward Thursday. The Long Island crew rendezvoused with the disabled vessel and its crew 300 yards from shore, took the vessel under tow and transported it to Seward where they transferred the tow to the Seward Fire Department. The crew of the 37-foot Mystery Lady notified Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders after they lost propulsion one mile off shore


Survey: Majority Looking for Crew Management Software

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CrewInspector.com crewing software provider conducted an online survey asking companies, which are currently searching the market for a new software, to answer the question “Why they are looking for crew management software”. Survey was conducted among participants from various industry sectors such as crew manning agents, crew recruitment agencies, ship management companies and others involved in crew management operations


Videotel Simplifies Management of Crew Records

Videotel Marine International, a maritime training solutions provider, has released an Application Programming Interface (API) service in order for its clients to be able to manage their crew training records housed within webFTA - Videotel’s powerful cloud-based training records management program - directly from their own Crew Management System (CMS) portal. Videotel’s API service has two main processes, Videotel said, namely


Cutter Diligence to Return

COAST GUARD CUTTER DILIGENCE

  The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Wilmington Saturday following a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During their patrol, the Diligence crew conducted search and rescue operations off the west coast of Cuba and conducted drug interdiction operations in the vicinity of Columbia and Panama. In anticipation of Aviation Standardization, a three-day assessment of the Diligence crew's flight operations capabilities scheduled for


USS Grasp Decommissioned

The recovery and salvage ship USS Grasp (ARS 51) was decommissioned after 20 years of service and transferred to Military Sealift Command (MSC) in a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek January 19. Past and present crew members attended the ceremony to say farewell to the ship. As a U.S. Navy ship, Grasp had a crew of approximately 100 Sailors. As an MSC asset, the ship will now have a crew of 26 civilian mariners and four enlisted military personnel.


Coast Guard Assists Vessel Aground in Alitak Bay

A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted the crew of a vessel that was taking on water after it ran aground in Alitak Bay, about 60 miles southeast of Kodiak. The crew of the 86-ft. fishing tender Chichagof made a radio distress call at about 5:30 a.m. reporting the accident. The Coast Guard communications center in Kodiak issued an urgent marine assistance broadcast asking mariners in the area to assist. Two Good Samaritan fishing vessels responded to the call.


Acts of Piracy Q1 & 2 2009

The IMO issued a circular summarizing the reports it received during the first quarter of 2009 regarding acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships. Reports of 97 such acts (including 53 attempted attacks) were received during this period. During this period, about 144 crew members were held hostage, about five crew members were injured or assaulted, and two crew members lost their lives. Also during this period, eight vessels were hijacked. MSC.4/Circ.139.


Sailboat Catches Fire off Honolulu

Picture of the sailboat. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Quichocho.

A sailboat with five people aboard caught fire off Honolulu, Thursday, promting responsefrom the U.S. Coast Guard who sent a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu to tow the vessel to Pier 38 in Honolulu. Sector Honolulu Command Center watchstanders received a report at 9 a.m. from patrons at Aloha Tower of the sailboat on fire about a mile off Sand Island. The watchstanders immediately diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau’s smallboat


OSD Designs Research Vessel for TORI

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 Offshore Ship Designers (OSD-IMT) has signed a new contract to design an IMT2001 Scientific Research Vessel for the Taiwanese Ocean Research Institute (TORI).    The vessel will be used to support long-term oceanographic observation programs


42 People Rescued after Abandoning Ship off Hawaii

An aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point dropped a dewatering pump and supplies to 42 people who abandoned ship after their fishing vessel caught fire 1,800 miles south of Hawaii. The Hercules crew worked with Fong Seong 888, a Tuvalu-flagged oil tanker, to rescue the crew of the fishing vessel American Eagle. (Screenshot from USCG video courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point)

Forty-two people are safe after abandoning ship approximately 1,800 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands, Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   Crewmembers successfully dewatered fishing vessel American Eagle using equipment dropped by an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station


USS Coronado Completes Survivability Test

U.S. Navy file photo

The U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS 4) has completed survivability testing off the coast of California on January 28 in preparation for the ship's maiden deployment later this year.   The purpose of the Total Ship Survivability Trial (TSST) is to evaluate the


Owner Fined for 'Dangerously Unsafe' Vessel

The owner of a harbor tanker has been fined £3,000 with more than £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge of operating a vessel for being dangerously unsafe.   Joseph O’Connor was fined at the hearing in Southampton Magistrates Court February 12 following his guilty


Containership Detained in Tacoma for Safety Violations

The 685-foot Liberian-flagged containership Westwood Robson is being held in port after significant safety violations were discovered by Port State Control officers from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound during an inspection at the Husky Terminal in the Port of Tacoma, Thursday.  


LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future

JT Cements LNG-fuelled cement carried Greenland undergoing sea trials (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Sea trials aboard Greenland, the world’s first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel, have validated the performance of Thordon Bearings COMPAC propeller shaft solution, indicating that seawater-lubricated bearing systems are applicable to all ship types and are definitely here to stay.


IMO Revises Guidelines for AIS Use

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published revised guidelines for onboard operational use of shipborne automatic identification systems (AIS), as Resolution A.1106(29).   These are operational guidelines, developed to promote the safe and effective use of AIS


Hapag-Lloyd Sees Uptick of Incorrectly Declared Dangerous Goods

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Year-on-year increase of 65 percent; more than 4,300 cases worldwide   Container shipper Hapag-Lloyd said it registered considerably more incorrectly declared dangerous goods last year, compared to 2014. The Watchdog program developed jointly by Hapag-Lloyd’s IT and dangerous goods


Seaspan Venture: Like for Like

Photo: Alan Haig-Brown

“We don’t usually remove the heads at mid-life on the Cummins engines,” Randy Beckler, Shore Engineer for Seaspan Marine, explained in reference to the 2003 launched Seaspan Venture’s third like-for-like repower.  


Subchapter M: The Designated Person Ashore and You

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As the workboat industry marches toward Subchapter M, and ever closer to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the appointment of a Designated Person Ashore (DPA) becomes more important, the position’s job functions become more defined


Royal Caribbean Ship Thrashed by Storm Returns on Wednesday

Anthem of the Seas (File photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.)

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship forced to turn back early after being battered by an Atlantic storm was expected to return to its New Jersey port at 9 p.m. on Wednesday (0200 GMT Thursday), bringing with it 4,500 rattled guests and 1,600 crew, cruise line officials said.  


Danelec Marine Making Free ECDIS Upgrades

Ships with older Danelec ECDIS models are being upgraded to new hardware and software   Danelec Marine has launched a program to provide free upgrades of shipboard Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) to the latest technology meeting new ECDIS standards.   


Update on Seagull Mobile apps for Crew

Courtesy Seagull

The Seagull mobile app for crew training status is set to revolutionise the way seafarers track their training records and receive critical safety alerts, by making both instantly accessible via iPhones and Android devices.   The Seagull crew app is available free of charge to all Seagull


Greeks at Frontline of Migrant Crisis Angry at EU Critics

ABOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Aegean Sea, Feb 11: Greek Captain Argyris Frangoulis lifts his binoculars and with eyes fixed on the Aegean Sea horizon, steers his patrol boat out near the Turkish border to a dinghy full of stranded refugees.


NTSB to Search for El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder

EL Faro sits in 15,000 feet of water near the Bahamas (Photo: NTSB)

Second search mission to sunken El Faro seeks to locate missing voyage data recorder   The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it will initiate a second search expedition to the wreckage of sunken El Faro in an effort to gather further evidence in its investigation of the loss






 
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