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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

Day of the Seafarer Logo

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


Australia Job Seekers Meet Employers at AOG Perth Conference

Offshore rig worker: File image

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.


Israeli Port Workers Defy Court Order to Continue Strike

Striking Israeli dockworkers defied a court order on Thursday and shut down the country's two main seaports for a second day in protest at the creation of two new foreign-run ports. Spokesmen for the ports of Ashdod and Haifa said 2,400 workers had left their posts and union leaders had gone underground. Forty ships were stuck at quays or off the coast waiting to be unloaded. "The workers made a serious mistake this time," said Transport Minister Israel Katz.


Boxship Fleet Growth is Slowest in 25 Years

A large, modern containership underway. (credit: UASC)

Global container ship capacity is expected to increase by 4.6 percent in 2016, the slowest growth rate in more than 25 years, giving some relief to an industry hammered by oversupply, consultancy firm Alphaliner forecast on Tuesday. Freight rates have plunged


GAC’s Meena Wins IMC Golden Shield Award

Meena Mathews with the award Photo courtesy GAC

The International Maritime Club presented Meena Mathews, GAC’s Regional P&I Manager for the Middle East, with its Excellence in Marine Claims Management accolade at the IMC Excellence Awards ceremony at the Ocean Blue in Sharjah, UAE, this week.


IMRF: People in Distress Should be Rescued by All Vessels

Bruce Reid (Photo: IMRF)

Recent reports that some would-be rescuers do not fully understand the legal context of rescue at sea, and may have been deterred from helping people in distress because of possible legal action by local authorities seeking to counter trafficking activity are misplaced


India, China Open Maritime Talks

Pic: Chinese Embassy in India

 Amid enduring tensions over the South China Sea, India and China held inaugural round of talks on maritime cooperation on February 04 in New Delhi.    The meeting of New Delhi and Beijing officials covered a gamut of issues of "mutual interest and prospects for maritime


DP World to Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade

DP World Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf with HRH The Duke of Cambridge and United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce members during their meeting in London recently Photo DP World

  Global marine terminal operator DP World has agreed to a set of 11 principles designed to help tackle the US$ 19 billion illegal wildlife trade. In a groundbreaking meeting in London last week, members of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal


European List of Certified Ship Recycling Facilities

Photo by NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The European Commission has opened the application procedure for the European List of ship recycling facilities last Friday, 18 December. Facilities located outside EU Member States are now invited to submit their applications before 1 July 2016.   


US West Coast Not Ready for Mega Boxships

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 CMA CGM is testing the ability of the U.S. West Coast ports to handle the biggest containerships – are they ready?   U.S. West Coast ports are not yet in a position to handle 18,000 teu containerships regularly and have much work to do in terms of improving productivity if they


MSF Ends Mediterranean Rescues, Appeals to EU

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has ended its sea rescue operation aimed at reducing the number of migrants and asylum seekers killed while trying to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa to Europe, it said on Tuesday.  


Shipping Sector Confused on Emission

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 Over the course of the year the extent of the shipping industry’s confusion – some would say delusion – on how to clean up its emissions became clear, says Sotiris Raptis, shipping and aviation officer, European Federation for Transport and Environment.  


Evacuation of Kårstø After Gas Leak

Kårstø processing plant courtesy Statoil

  The pressure is starting to fall and work is continuing on depressurising the facility. The gas leak occurred in the Statpipe-facility where the gas pipelines connect to the facility for processing. There may be visible flames (controlled burn-off of gas) from the three process


Shanghai Port Profit Falls; First Drop in Four Years

Shanghai International Port Group Co Ltd, the operator of the world's busiest container port, posted a 4 percent fall in its 2015 preliminary net profit, marking the first decline since 2011 as China's economy slows. Shanghai Port, whose container throughput totalled 36


Restructuring at Royal HaskoningDHV

Clockwise from top Craig Huntbatch,  Marije Hulshof, Anke Mastenbroek and Anton van der Sanden

  International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has announced a simplified organisation and management structure. As of 1 January 2016 the company has consolidated its activities into four Business Lines and four regions


Ice Restrictions Enforced in Sweden

  The Swedish Maritime Organisation has advised the following ice restrictions in force with effect from 18 January 2016: Karlsborg – Luleå Minimum ice class IB and 2000 dwt Haraholmen – Örnsköldsvik och Ångermanälven


Medeiros Elected Member of UNCLOS Tribunal

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Courtesy Wikipedia

  Mr Antonio Cachapuz de Medeiros was elected today at a Special Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York. The meeting was held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Vicente Marotta Range (Brazil) on 18 May 2015


ICS Issues Shipboard Bullying Guidance

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Maritime employers and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to publish new international ‘Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying’. The new Guidelines, developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’






 
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