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Port of Antwerp wins “Port of the Year” Award

 The Port of Antwerp has won the “Port of the Year” award for a second time at the Seafarers’ Welfare Awards organised by the    International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). Chief Operations Officer Christiaan De Block accepted the    award on behalf of Antwerp Port Authority at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva. The award is in    recognition of the efforts made on a daily basis by the Antwerp port community on behalf of the many seafarers. “We are a    port of and for people. We see this second Award not as an end point but as a milestone along the way to a future in which we    will continue our efforts unabated to make Antwerp a home port for everyone,” declared Christiaan De Block at the    presentation.   The other winners of the International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards 2014 are:   — Port of the Year: port of Antwerp — Shipping Company of the Year: Wallem Ship Management — Seafarer Centre of the Year: Flying Angel Club (Australia) — Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year: Fr Paul Noel (South Africa) — Judges’ Special Award: Ms Apinya Tajit (Thailand)   The port of Antwerp has a long tradition of offering material and spiritual care for seafarers, irrespective of religion,   


ETC Expands Its Training Network Again

ETC, the MSG MarineServe GmbH-operated ECDIS Training Consortium, announced a further expansion of its ECDIS training network through an agreement with STET Maritime in Singapore to act as its local partner. MSG will provide its well-established ECDIS training courseware, ECDIS training systems and approved Train-the-Trainer courses. In addition, MSG will provide 24/7 certificate authentication and trainee database services for reference by its Partners, Customers


Seafarers’ Legislation Faces Year-Long Ratification Delay

Full ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which will have far reaching implications for the whole shipping industry, including commercial yachts, is now likely to be delayed by a year until April 2012. “Although the required gross tonnage figure has been reached there is, however, some doubt as to whether the necessary number of countries will be achieved by the end of this year,” said John Wade, technical services manager with Isle of Man-based Dominion Marine


Maritime Labour Standards – EU Commission Adopts New Proposals

European Commission adopts two new proposals on maritime labour standards Two new proposals adopted by the European Commission are set to bring the European Union into line with enforcements and compliance rules foreseen by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The MLC provides the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers with rights and protection at work. The proposals for two new directives clarify flag and port states’ responsibilities to ensure that maritime labour


UK Club Members Receive Compliance Resources

The UK Club is providing a package of the International Shipping Federation’s (ISF) guide publication “Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Conventions (2nd edition)” and the Lloyds Register/UK Club “ILO MLC pocket checklist” free to all its members. Both publications focus on helping employers ensure compliance with the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), which enters into force in six months’ time on 13 August.


Australia Job Seekers Meet Employers at AOG Perth Conference

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The organizers of the Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) say that the demand for labour is so high that by 2018 the oil and gas workforce is expected to increase by 57 percent, according to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. On 21, February 2014 over 1000 graduates and tertiary students meet with major employers at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre  to learn about job opportunities, graduate programs and vacation work available in the oil and gas sector.


New Videotel Course: Real Time Tutoring

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No matter which flag their vessels fly or which country they are from, ship operators will soon have no option but to comply with the obligations of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention – and now is the time to prepare. However, they face the challenge of finding high quality, flexible and user friendly training that suits the needs of personnel who operate in diverse working environments with unusual working hours


Top Graduates Welcomed to SRI'S Legal Internship Scheme

Deirdre Fitzpatrick, founder and Executive Director of Seafarers’ Rights International, with this year’s successful candidates

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has again demonstrated its commitment to the shipping industry by welcoming the latest intake of high performing young graduates into this year’s SRI Legal Internship Scheme.   The successful candidates hail from a diversity of countries across the globe - but all have in common a keen interest in the field of international law and seafarers’ rights, and a desire to succeed.  


ISF Launches New Guide

In order to help employers ensure compliance with the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), which will enter into force in August 2013, the International Shipping Federation (ISF) has published new and comprehensive Guidelines on the Application of the ILO MLC.   The new ISF Guide takes ship operators through their obligations under the ILO Convention and provides guidance to help them apply the ILO standards on board their ships in a practical manner


Canada Makes MLC Real, Detains Another Ship

The ITF in Canada has been making full use of new rights for seafarers to ensure fair treatment and pay. A Japanese-owned, Panama-flagged bulk carrier became the third vessel to be detained in the country under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), which came into force in August. The Kouyou was detained in Quebec after ITF inspectors found that the crew were owed more than USD51,500 in back pay.
 ITF inspector Gerard Bradbury said that the 20 crew from Myanmar and Vietnam and the


New Authorities Delegated to RS by Slovakia

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of Slovakia have signed a new agreement on the delegation of authority for the statutory survey of ships flying the flag of Slovakia.


Total Lubmarine Celebrates Naming of Trafuco 7

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New barge operated with company’s biolubricants outlines commitment to environment and ship operators in Belgium Marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine has welcomed the naming of the newest addition to its fleet, Trafuco 7. The naming ceremony for the newly-built vessel took place at


Australian LNG investment is at risk, but not as much as feared

The Australian oil and gas industry is telling everybody that a second wave of investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants is at risk unless labour and regulatory costs are cut. The companies are unlikely to get all that they want. In fact they may not get very much at all out of the


Cruise Industry Disappointed by Findings of Critical LMU Report

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New research by the UK's Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU) claims the cruise industry is ignoring its responsibility to the environments and societies it visits. The research has provoked a strong response from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) according to shipping trade


Shipowners' Club P&I Offers MLC 2006 Wage Insurance

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In response to specific market demand for insurance cover not formerly available, the Shipowners’ Club has launched a policy for its high net worth super yacht client base to indemnify them against Seafarers Unpaid Wages Following Abandonment (SUWFA).


Construction and Drilling Training Center Opens

TQ Construction and Drilling Training Center Inaugurated in Dammam. Leading representatives from Saudi’s oil and gas sector gathered in Dammam on Thursday, February 27, to launch the newest Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP), the Construction and Drilling Training Center


Norway to Relaunch Carbon Capture Plan

By Melissa Massey and Ben Garside, Reuters Norway's government will this spring launch a strategy to develop technology for capturing and burying heat-trapping emissions from polluting industries, aiming to make good on a pledge to build a full-size plant by 2020.


ABS to Class Two US-built OCVs

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Offshore and maritime classification society ABS has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore through the company Island Ventures II LLC to class two next-generation offshore construction vessels (OCVs). The ULSTEIN SX165 design vessels, ordered through Island Ventures II LLC


PortMetro Labour Dispute: Tentatative Agreement Reached

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Reuters –  Container truck drivers at Canada's largest port have reached a new deal, narrowly avoiding an expanded job action that would have seen some 400 unionized drivers join about 1,200 non-unionized drivers who walked off the job last week.


Apostleship of the Sea Hails Role of Women

Seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has paid tribute to its women port chaplains and ship visiting volunteers ahead of International Women’s Day 2014.   AoS says women have and will continue to play a significant role within the organisation


U.S. Polar Vortex Gives Boost to Cruise Sector

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The freezing weather that swept the United States in the first two months of the year led to a surge in cruise bookings as winter-weary holidaymakers headed south to warmer climes. "Many companies have recorded their best booking month ever in January," Christine Duffy


Aquina Named CEO at Hertel

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Hertel hereby announces that Victor Aquina, currently Managing Director of the Hertel Caspian region and the former CEO of Nacap, will be appointed as CEO of Hertel as of 1 April 2014. He will succeed Paul Broekhuijsen who will leave the company as of April 1


UK Maritime Security Firm Ambrey Risk Gains Accreditation

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Maritime security company Ambrey Risk, specialists in commercial shipping in the oil and gas sector inform it has now been formally awarded full certification & accreditation for ISO 28000: ISO/PAS 28007, following Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance


Black Box Inventor Remembered in Defence Building Naming

Australia's Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, has announced that the Canberra headquarters of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is being named after the late Dr David Warren who developed the ‘black box’ to help in the investigation of aircraft


Protection Vessels International Achieves LRQA Accreditation

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Private maritime security services provider, Protection Vessels International (PVI), part of Protection Group International, informs that it has achieved ISO/PAS 28007 certification from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). PVI was one of the first private maritime security


 
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