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Friday, October 21, 2016

Sustainable (R)Evolution: A Multipurpose Maritime Education Fleet

Photo: Jen Berghuis

Efforts have been underway since 2014 to procure government funding for new training vessels for the State Maritime Academies (SMA). Pending bills in Congress at this time would provide $300 million for the construction of the first of four training vessels for the SMAs with a total of $1.2 billion for the proposed four vessel package. Domestic maritime stakeholders have other options, however. These alternatives are attractive for more than one reason. Separately, the U.S. offshore energy sector has experienced a significant decline in demand and production…

Finalists of Global OSCC Award Announced


THE top three international employers and training providers shortlisted to compete to be crowned winners at the annual OPITO Safety and Competency Awards in Kuala Lumpur have been announced today (28th September, 2016). Shell Nigeria, Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and McDermott are shortlisted in the Employer of the Year category, while PT Sampson Tiara, Wild Geese and Grupo Stier have been named in the OPITO approved Training Provider of the Year section. The winning companies in each category will be unveiled during the 2016 OPITO Safety & Competency Conference (OSCC)…

RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” - People, Planet and Profits. The centerpiece of the campaign, which highlights key data and legislative requirements on these topics…

Crowley Awards Scholarships to Four Cal Maritime Students

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships  Photo Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corp. presented four California Maritime Academy (CMA) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships during last night’s Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, recruiter, marine personnel, presented the awards to recipients, Christiana Harrell, Bonnie Claire Muchnick, Taylor Sullivan and Alex Yorkman. The scholarships help to further educational opportunities for the students who were chosen based on their academic performance…

ICC Releases its Latest Trade Finance Survey

Image: ICC

According to this year's Global Survey - which received 357 responses from 109 countries worldwide - 61% of respondents reported a global shortage of trade finance. Only 52% of respondents reported an increase in trade finance activity, compared to 63% in 2015 and 80% in 2012. Furthermore, the perceived shortfall came predominantly from regional and global banks - 78% and 56% respectively, compared to 41% of national banks. ICC Secretary General John Danilovich said: " We must emphasise the importance of trade finance.

Academic Cooperation Addresses Maritime Ice Operations

From left: Ted Bågfeldt, Head of Academy, Kalmar Maritime Academy, Linnaeus University; Paal Aamaas, Senior Vice President, Kongsberg Digital; Tord Ytterdahl, Deputy CEO, Viking Supply Ships; and Ulf Gullne, Head of the Swedish Maritime Administration’s Ice-breaking Division signing the MoU for academic exchange and cooperation within the framework of the Kalmar Ice Academy. (Photo: Kongsberg)

A group of industry stakeholders have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic exchange and cooperation within the framework of the Kalmar Ice Academy, with a focus on collaboratively helping the offshore and shipping industries to increase operational safety and efficiency while reducing environmental impact, through furthering understanding of maritime operations in ice. The parties, which included Kongsberg Digital, Viking Supply Ships, the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Kalmar Maritime Academy at the Faculty of Technology…

Maritime Cook Islands Focuses on Next Generation on World Maritime Day

Students from various schools at WMD 2016 Photo Maritime Cook Islands

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”) joined the international maritime community in a celebration of World Maritime Day 2016 on September 29. The theme for 2016 is “Shipping: indispensable to the world”, focusing on the critical link between shipping and the global society. In the days leading up to the World Maritime Day 2016, Cook Islands government bodies – Foreign Affairs, Port Authority, Ministry of Education, Police and Ministry of Transport – and MCI got together to organise a series of activities to commemorate this important day of the maritime community worldwide.

MPA Academy Trains Over 110 Global Maritime Leaders

Participants from various regions at the 6th Maritime Public Leaders Programme (MPLP). Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) training arm, the MPA Academy (MPAA) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), jointly organised the 6th MPLP from 3 to 7 October 2016, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) under the Singapore Cooperation Programme. Since its launch in 2011, the programme has now trained more than 110 senior maritime officials from more than 50 countries. Specially designed for high-level senior executives from maritime administrations around the world…

Cadets Stranded on Hanjin Ship Head Home

Hanjin Louisiana (Photo: Nautilus)

The Hanjin Louisiana, one of the containerships caught up in the collapse of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin, has finally docked in Singapore after several weeks of uncertainty at sea. Among those onboard the containership were four Scottish cadets, who disembarked in Singapore on September 28 for flights back home to the U.K., BBC reports. The four trainee officers studying at the City of Glasgow College – Ruaridh Hanna, David Gorniak, Graeme Deacon and Gavin McPhail – were among an estimated 2…

Braemar Calls for More Training for reducing Ship Casualties

Courtesy Braemar Singapore

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) (Braemar SA) has called for more training to be given in order to make vessel casualties manageable in the event of high-risk incidents. Addressing delegates at the annual International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit in Singapore today (3rd October), Graeme Temple, Far East Regional Director for Braemar SA said: “Training is essential to managing incidents effectively and looking at how processes can be improved. Often we see casualties needlessly occurring because of human error…

Videotel’s Updates BWM Programme

Nigel Cleave, CEO Photo Videotel

Videotel, a KVH company has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast water. Beginning next year, all ships engaged in international trade will need: a ballast water management plan to remove or neutralize harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens; an International Ballast Water Management Certificate; and, an onboard record book to prove compliance.

Training Course in Energy Economics and Shipping

Photo: Professor Tamvakis with WISTA Cyprus members. Photo Credit: Whiteleaf Pictures

WISTA Cyprus has recently organised a Training Course for its members with the title “Energy Economics and Shipping”, hosting the renowned Professor Michael Tamvakis from Cass Business School, City University in London. Professor Tamvakis presented, over a full day, topics related to the Energy Industry, starting from fundamentals and building onto the particulars of Upstream, Midstream and Downstream sectors. The training touched upon the growing importance of natural gas, the economics and export routes surrounding recent gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

UK Chamber of Shipping, MNTB Apprenticeship Seminar

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

The UK Chamber of Shipping and the  Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) jointly hosted an Apprenticeship Seminar on the 11th October. The purpose of the event was to brief attendees from the industry about the Apprenticeship Levy and how apprenticeships can play a role in the shipping industry. The Levy which will come into effect in April 2016, has caused a great deal of concern across industry due to lack of clarity around how the levy may be implemented, how companies already…

Damen, NSTC offer Crew Training in Philippines

Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. Photo Damen

To mark this year’s Interferry Conference in Manila, the Philippines, Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with Netherlands Shipping Training Centre (NSTC), Managed by the international maritime education and training organisation STC-Group. Damen and NSTC have developed a training course for the Philippines-based ferry crew. The training package will feature a number of elements, including rules and regulations (ISM code), crew and crisis management and – important in public transportation – cross cultural differences.

Clyde Launches Training Facility

CTS Staff Photo Clyde Training Solutions

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) opened central Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre. CTS – a newly established Clyde Group company -  is now offering an extensive range of onsite accredited maritime safety courses to an international market at its new complex on the banks of the River Clyde in Clydebank. Phase one of operations at the centre has created in the region of 30 jobs with potential operational growth likely to create future employment.

ABS Seminars Advance Cybersecurity Knowledge

ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman presents ABS CyberSafety™ guidance for contending with cyber threats and risks. Photo ABS

ABS brought together nearly 100 industry leaders, government officials, technical experts, and academic leaders in Singapore to discuss cyber-related threats and risks in the marine environment and explain the value of the ABS CyberSafety program. The seminar is one of many ABS is hosting across Asia, Europe and the Americas currently. “ABS understands the cyber challenges owners and operators face today with increased software integration and greater levels of automation,” says ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman.

Bulgarian Naval Academy Acquires VSTEP Simulators

Vaptsarov Naval Academy has selected VSTEP again to deliver and install a Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator with Instructor Station Photo Vaptsarov Naval Academy

On the 6th of August 2016, the official opening ceremony for The Centre for Integrated Management and Monitoring of the Coastal Zone was inaugurated by Mr. Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. At the opening ceremony were present the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Prof. DSc Boyan Mednikarov and Deputy Chief of Educational and Scientific Activities, Captain Prof. Dr Kalin Kalinov. Among the official guests were parliament members from the Bulgarian government, representatives of other Bulgarian authorities…

Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners' Association. Photo MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway. Norway’s signatory was State Secretary Dilek Ayhan. The signing was witnessed by President Tony Tan and His Majesty King, Harald V of Norway. Besides substantial commercial and industrial cooperation between the maritime clusters of Singapore and Norway…

Nor-Shipping Crowd-Sources to Turn Industry Problems into Profit

Nor-Shipping invites the next generation to find solutions to this generation’s challenges through its unique ‘Problem to Profit’ initiative. The leading global maritime event week, taking place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from May 30 to June 2, 2017, will work with key industry players and networks to identify unresolved industry ‘pain points’, before using social media to engage young people in a process that could set a new course for the world of shipping. Nor-Shipping 2017 is taking a proactive approach to the challenges facing the industry, adopting an overall theme of ‘Catalyst for Change’, while dedicating exhibition Hall A to Disruptive Sustainability.

World Maritime Day 2016 – Shipping: Indispensable to the World

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Shipping is indispensable to the world. That is the message being shared around the world today (29 September), as International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the global maritime community celebrates the annual World Maritime Day. World Maritime Day is an official United Nations day. Every year, it provides an opportunity to focus attention on the importance of shipping and other maritime activities and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. Each World Maritime Day has its own theme.

New Book Targets Better Ship Design

Improving Ship Operational Design, second edition (Image: The Nautical Institute)

Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design, published by The Nautical Institute, hopes to make maritime operations safer and more effective by giving ship designers an insight into how those onboard work and live. The book was launched at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ (RINA) conference…

Seagull Maritime Launches Training Analytics Tool

Photo courtesy of Seagull

Seagull Maritime has launched a Training Analytics tool using automated prompts to help managers to benchmark training activity levels and prioritize follow up. Developed in collaboration with several Seagull Maritime customers, the Seagull Training Analytics tool provides a simplified process for monitoring crew training activities and targeting areas for improvement. Using the tool, owners can extract combinations of the training and competence data held about their crews in the Seagull Training Administrator (STA) and Competence Manager software…

Lifeboat Crew Exchange Hits Fifth Year

Photo: IMRF

For the fifth consecutive year, rescue volunteers from European nations are to participate next week in a seven day Lifeboat Crew Exchange Program organized by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). The well-established program will include representatives from 13 countries and nine will host a full exchange seven days in their respective locations with each country able to send seven crew members each going to a different country. They will share experiences and…

Next Steps in IMO’s Energy Efficiency Training

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) is continuing its work to support developing countries to prevent air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ships with a global training exercise held in Batumi, Georgia (12-14 September). Participants are being trained to use three new draft guides, specifically developed under IMO’s GloMEEP project in collaboration with IMArEST, which cover i) rapid assessment for determining the country maritime energy efficiency and emissions status…

Maritime Skills Academy Launches Survival Complex in Dover

The Survival Complex was open for attendees to freely (Photo: Maritime Skills Academy)

Taking place on Thursday, September 8, Maritime Skills Academy celebrated the launch of its specialist training facility showcasing all that the state-of-the-art Academy has to offer to key industry guests. An integral part of the Viking ‘Family of Companies, the Academy provides dynamic training, with its expert in-house trainers delivering bespoke courses, which encompass the diversity of the maritime industry: including cruise ships, superyachts, renewable support vessels and the oil and gas sector.

First Offshore Exhibition at Maritime Museum Rotterdam

Frits Loomeijer, General Director of the Maritime Museum

Over forty-five leading companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have contributed to the funding for the first ever exhibition in the Netherlands dedicated to the offshore sector, to be housed at The Maritime Museum Rotterdam for the next seven years. Offshore Experience, which will open in mid-December, will provide visitors with a spectacular overview of the search for oil, gas, wind energy and renewables at sea. Frits Loomeijer, General Director of the Maritime Museum says…

NAUTIS FMB Simulator for AKMI Cirebon

The Akademi Maritim (AKMI) Suaka Bahari Cirebon

The Akademi Maritim (AKMI) Suaka Bahari Cirebon has selected VSTEP for the supply of one DNV Class A FMB Simulator to train its students in accordance with the latest IMO requirements and model courses. On August 22, 2016, VSTEP and its local distributor PT Megatech Mandiri Setia have been awarded the contract from AKMI Suaka Bahari Cirebon to deliver a NAUTIS DNV Class A FMB simulator with 240° horizontal field of view and a NAUTIS Instructor Station. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives from PT Pelindo 2, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and the Indonesian Navy.

MN100: West Kentucky Community & Technical College

Stan Wallace (Photo: West Kentucky Community & Technical College)

West Kentucky Community & Technical College is a SACS accredited college with an annual enrollment of 6,500 traditional and 2,897 online, long distance students that has achieved the ASPEN Institute Award on three occasions. The school is recognized as one of the leading colleges in developing and teaching degree programs through online technology to long distance learners and working from one main campus and 7 satellite campuses. This school’s Marine Technology and Logistics program is designed to be taught in an innovative environment.

BMT Awarded USCG Human Systems Integration Contract

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Designers & Planners Inc. said it has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Human Systems Integration (HSI) engineering and technical support for the U.S Coast Guard. With a BPA funding ceiling of $9.1 million over a five-year term including options, BMT has been approved to provide HSI services in five key areas including: Human Factors Engineering (HFE); Manpower; Personnel; Performance Support and Training (PS&T); System Safety (including Occupational Health); and Habitability and Personnel Survivability. David Bardash, Engineering Business Unit Lead at BMT Designers & Planners commented, “We’re delighted to be continuing our human systems work with the Coast Guard under this new contract.

MOL Offers Management Training Program

General Manager of Human Resources Division Miwako Ando giving a speech in opening ceremony

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that "MOL Global Management College, 2016" was launched on September 5. MOL Global Management College started in 2014 with the aim of improving management skills in cross-cultural environments and developing next generation executives who will be in the forefront of the MOL Group's global management. This year marks the third session of the program. In response to today's global marketplace, the college targets not only employees in the Head Office, but also personnel from overseas subsidiaries who represent the future of the MOL Group.

Royal IHC, TNPA Launch Dredge Training

Royal IHC cooperates with TNPA on new dredge

The inauguration of an IHC dredging simulator was held at Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence in Durban, South Africa on Friday 2 September. The launch marked the start of a new dredge training programme to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of local dredging personnel. employed in these sectors. The delivery of a training simulator by IHC is part of the supplier development plan that IHC and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), one of five operation divisions of Transnet, agreed on prior to the delivery of trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) ILEMBE in 2016.

Sovcomflot, ABB to set-up Center at Admiral Nevelskoy MSU


PAO Sovcomflot, Asea Brown Boveri Ltd. (ABB) Company and the Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University (MSU) have signed an agreement for research, technological and educational partnership. The document provides for the establishment of the Marine Propulsion Simulation Centre at MSU in Vladivostok. The operations of this centre which will be focused on preparing staff for work on vessels equipped with Azipod propulsion units. The agreement was signed by Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, Sergey Ogay, Rector of MSU, and Anatoly Popov, Managing Director of ABB in Russia.

How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

File photo: Brian Cronk

It’s been widely reported over recent years that the maritime industry is facing a workforce crisis. A lack of newly trained candidates to fill the gaps caused by retirement of an aging workforce, now compounded even further by the oil price crash, means marine companies are beginning to feel the pressure of staff shortages. The U.K. Department for Transport (DFT) predicts a shortfall of around 3,500 deck and engineering officers by 2021 in the U.K. alone, and the BIMCO / ICS Manpower Report predicts the global shortfall of 147,500 officers by 2025.

The Marine Training Institute Accredited for DP Training

The Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority (OSVDPA) in the U.S. has announced that the Marine Training Institute (TMTI) in Gray, La. Has been accredited to conduct OSVDPA dynamic positioning operator (DPO) training courses and assessments. Under the OSVDPA certification system, those wanting to become DPOs must complete two classroom courses, one focused on the theoretical knowledge behind DP operation and the other gaining DP experience via the use of DP simulators. By securing accreditation, TMTI can now begin conducting these courses. Accreditation provides TMTI the ability to conduct the OSVDPA final assessment and revalidation assessment.

Africa’s First Dredging Simulator Unveiled

Photo courtesy of TNPA

Africa’s first ever dredging simulator was launched in the port city of Durban, South Africa – another positive spin-off of ongoing collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), Netherlands based Royal IHC and its world-renowned Training Institute. The high-tech simulator – based at the MSoE’s Langeberg Road premises – will aid in building dredging capability in South Africa. Dredging is specialized underwater excavation that helps to keep ports and harbours safe and navigable and is a critical aspect of port development.

Navigation Simulation Suite Opens at Port of Milford Haven

The Port of Milford Haven’s Marine Navigation Suite (Photo: MARIN)

Safe navigation is a priority operating principle for the UK’s largest energy Port, the Port of Milford Haven. And earlier this week the Port demonstrated that commitment with the unveiling of its new, state of the art marine navigation simulator. Significant investment has been made in developing this new facility, and it is an exceptional tool. Built using MARIN’s latest software, DOLPHIN, the navigation suite is positioned to lead the market in training and exercise scenarios.

DGLL Pact with IALA

India's Directorate General of Lighthouses & Lightships (DGLL) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) on 11thAugust, 2016 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With the signing of this MoA, the DGLL Training Centre at Kolkata will be in position to deliver a professional training course on the management of marine aids to navigation in line with IALA model course itself. Directorate General of Lighthouses & Lightships (DGLL) is primarily responsible for providing “Aids to Navigation service” for safety of mariners in the Indian waters. Apart from upgrading the skills and capacity of AtoN (Aids to Navigation) personnel in the country…

Jt Study by MOL, Yokohama University for Improving Ocean Shipping Market Forecast


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the company and its subsidiary MOL Information Systems, Ltd. have signed a contract with Yokohama National University to conduct a joint study on the analysis and use of big data related to ocean shipping. The joint study is aimed at developing the capability to analyze data related to economics and maritime affairs and forecast the ocean shipping market and bunker prices with greater accuracy by using artificial intelligence (AI)…

SUNY Maritime Among 'Best Bang for the Buck' Colleges

Photo courtesy of SUNY Maritime

SUNY Maritime College has been named one of the best colleges for its price by Washington Monthly. SUNY Maritime placed in the top 30 schools in the Northeast. It was the top State University of New York institution on the list. It is also the highest on the list SUNY Maritime has ever been. The 2016 rankings are based on the data contained in the federal government’s College Scorecard, including earnings 10 years after graduations, loan repayment rates and the number of first-generation students.

Coast Guard Foundation Awarded 128 Scholarships

Coast Guard Foundation Chairman Will Jenkins presenting the 2016 Guardian Award to Mr. Rex W. Tillerson.

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that in 2016 it has awarded a record 128 new scholarships. Combined with multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars, the Foundation is currently supporting 163 students totaling $576,500 in support this year. In just over 26 years, the Foundation's scholarship program has paid out more than $3.8 million…

Danish Maritime Authority Supports Maritime Cultural Days

’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days

The Danish Maritime Authority's buoy tender ’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days. The vessel will be open to visitors throughout Saturday, 27 August. Safety of navigation is at the centre of the Maritime Cultural Days, and you can experience a variety of aspects of safety at sea if you visit the large buoy tender. On board the vessel will also be representatives of the ’SejlSikkert’ (safe navigation) campaign, which the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board is a part of.

South Africa Workshop Promotes Ship Energy Efficiency

Photo:  International Maritime Organization

An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the Organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships. Participants from South African governmental departments and other related bodies are in attendance at the three-day “MARPOL Annex VI and Technology Transfer” workshop, taking place in Durban, South Africa (23-25 August). The event is the latest in a series of workshops organized under IMO’s GloMEEP project…

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