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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,   


InterManager Welcomes New MLC Amendment

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InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, says it has welcomed the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva last week, will ensure the provision of financial security systems to assist seafarers in the event of their abandonment and for compensation for seafarers’ contractual claims for death and


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


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


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.


Day of the Seafarer is Today 25, June

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The ‘Day of the Seafarer’ is an official United Nations international observance day celebrated on 25 June every year, in order to celebrate seafarers around the world. The event is organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) with the aim to raise awareness of seafarers and highlight the often invisible role they play in our lives every day, delivering over 90% of the world’s goods.


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


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


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


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.


Organisational Restructuring at VSS

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In order to remain competitive and reduce costs, the management of Viking Supply Ships A/S (VSS) has decided to close down the Aberdeen office with effect from 1 July 2015. The Aberdeen office has operated the Viking PSV fleet and the organisational change is a direct result of the current


Irving Shipyard Offers College, Job Opportunities for Women

From left to right: Doreen Parsons, Manager of the Women Unlimited Association; Don Bureaux, Nova Scotia Community College President; Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding; Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education; Koren Beaman, Halifax Shipyard Local 1 Executive (CNW Group/J.D. Irving, Limited)

Irving Shipbuilding's partnership with Women Unlimited provides community college funding and job opportunities at Halifax Shipyard   Irving Shipbuilding has partnered with Women Unlimited to provide education funding and job opportunities to 20 women who will participate in the welding and


Middle East Shipping Routes Secure: U.S.

Shipping corridors used by Gulf energy exporters are not at risk from violence and political volatility in Yemen and the seizure of swathes of territory in the region by Islamic State militants, a senior U.S. naval officer said on Monday.


West Coast not to Hamper Hapag-Lloyd's Financials

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 The disruptions at West Coast ports in the U.S. caused by a labor dispute won’t do much harm to the financial results of the Germany’s biggest container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG, reports Bloomberg.   Hapag-Lloyd isn’t seeing massive declines in a way that it is


Jawaharlal Nehru Port Aims High

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India’s largest container port, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), said it aims to grow as one of the top 10 global container ports in the next five years.   After announcing his 'Make in India' vision plan, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first port of call was JNPT


Hofste, Montijn Nominated to Supervisory Board Fugro

  Fugro N.V. announces that the Supervisory Board of Fugro nominates Mrs. P.H.M. Hofsté and Mrs. A.H. Montijn for appointment as members of the Supervisory Board at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) to be held on 30 April 2015.


Britain to Ban Fracking in National Parks

Britain said on Monday it would ban fracking in national parks, reversing a policy announced last year, in a concession to the opposition Labour Party which had called for tighter controls to be written into law.   "We have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks


‘Landmark Year’ for RS in 2014

For Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), 2014 marked the 101st year of its activities. The classification society said 2014 also marked a landmark year, as the construction of the world's first Arctic LNG carrier began to RS class. The new 300-meter-long ship carrying liquefied natural gas


Shipping Pollution Will Skyrocket -Study

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International freight volumes will grow fourfold by 2050 while the average length of haul will increase by 12 percent over that time, trends that will cause a spike in global carbon emissions unless corrective action is taken. An Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sector


AMSA Bans Ship for 12 Months

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned a vessel from entering or using any port in Australia for 12 months, for the first time.   AMSA issued a directive to Indonesian-flagged container ship Red Rover banning it from entering into any Australian port for a year after


Hutchison Port Holdings Trust Sees Q4 Red

Hutchison Port Holdings Trust said on Friday it swung into loss in the last quarter of 2014 due to a HK$19 billion ($2.45 billion) impairment of goodwill, the first quarterly loss the trust has suffered since listing in 2011. The trust booked a net loss of HK$18,610


Bid to Break Ports Deadlock

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  US West coast employers have made an offer to longshore workers in a bid to end the deadlock over a new labour contract that has added to the chaos afflicting some of the country's largest ports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing shipowners and terminal operators


Death Toll From Mediterranean Crossings Rises to 50 in 2015

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Inadequate naval patrols means ever more migrants from Africa and the Middle East will die trying to cross the Mediterranean, aid agencies warned on Tuesday, as Italy appealed for a "more vigorous" European response to tackle the crisis.


ILO Group Recommends SID and E-Passport Alignment

The widespread adoption of the ILO's 2003 Convention on Seafarer's Identity Documents (SIDs) requires technical upgrades, employers, trade unions, and government officials meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva said Monday.


NOL Records 4th Consecutive Annual Loss

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd slipped into the fourth straight year of losses in 2014, though the fourth-quarter net loss narrowed from a year earlier, the company said on Friday. The shipping and logistics company reported a net loss of $259






 
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