Merchant Navy Vets Encourage Youngters to Learn, Remember
A group of veteran seafarers are encouraging youngsters to consider what has become an important but ‘forgotten profession’ as the country prepares to celebrate Merchant Navy Day on September 3. Residents at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, a Surrey based home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants, said there is not enough awareness of the important role the Merchant Navy plays in our society among the younger generation.
Former Seafarers Encourage Youth
A group of former seafarers encouraged youngsters to consider important professions in the Royal and Merchant Navy, on World Maritime Day on Friday 30 September. Residents at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, a Surrey based home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants, said there is not enough awareness of the important role the Merchant and Royal Navy play in our society among the younger generation. Great Britain’s maritime sector is the largest in Europe…
Former Seafarers Encourage Youngsters to Consider Maritime Careers
World Travel, Camaraderie and Exciting Voyages Characterise a Career in the Maritime Industry, but Employment Figures Show Disinterest. A group of former seafarers encouraged youngsters to consider important professions in the Royal and Merchant Navy, on World Maritime Day on Friday 30 September. Residents at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, a Surrey based home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants, said there is not enough awareness of the important role the Merchant and Royal Navy play in our society among the younger generation.
Former Seafarer Encourages Surrey Youngsters
A Royal Navy Veteran visited a Surrey school to encourage youngsters to consider important professions in the Royal and Merchant Navy, ahead of World Maritime Day on Thursday 27th September. Roy Ticehurst is a resident at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society; a Surrey based nursing home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants. The visit to Woodmansterne Primary School will raise awareness of the important role the Merchant and Royal Navy play in our society among the younger generation…
The Brits Turn Again to the Sea
Glasgow based Clyde Marine Training, the largest provider of officer training in the UK, reported that they have received over 5,000 applications this year alone, an 11% increase on last year and a 27% increase on 10 years ago. Not only has the number increased the quality of applicant has too, with more applicants having achieved 3 or more passes in A-Level, or equivalent standard, this year than ever before. It’s not all good news though as Training Officer Lesley Ellis who…
Indian Maritime Sector Seeks Govt Sops
The maritime sector, including, ports, shipping industry and merchant navy in India is expecting the government would allocate a substantial amount of provisions and sops in the forthcoming union budget. Indian Shipping Industry has the potential to ignite growth, both through a trade resurgence and development of ancillary businesses, the industry sources say. The shipping ministry has already discussed with the finance ministry for help to restructure stressed shipping industry loans and tax exemptions to the debt-laden sector.
Maersk Enrolls Deck Cadet Following in Father's Footsteps
Glenn Higginbotham, of Smisby, will take to the seas in the Merchant Navy as a cadet deck (navigation) officer later this year with Maersk Crewing Ltd, part of the AP Moller-Maersk Group. Places on the Maersk cadetship scheme are highly sought after and the 17-year-old will train for his professional seafaring certification and educational qualifications, as well as spending sea time on board Maersk vessels. His cadetship will take three years to complete, during which time he will be fully sponsored, which means he will get his course fees paid along with a sponsorship allowance of £9,000 a year to cover living costs. The Ashby School student…
Royal Seal of Approval for Maritime Charity
Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Recognizes Long Service at Annual AGM. Two trustees of one of the U.K.’s oldest maritime charities have been presented with long service awards by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in recognition of a combined 60 years supporting the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society. As well as presenting silver framed certificates to Captain Mike Marchant MBE and Captain Anthony David Braithwaite OBE RD RNR, who served the society for 23 years and 37 years respectively the Princess Royal also met with staff…
Woolly Hat Week Inspires Knitting Frenzy
The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society Supports Campaign to Help Sailors. Sailors are renowned for spinning a good yarn, however on this occasion it is a volunteer at the land-locked Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society who has been getting busy with her knitting needles to make hats for mariners as part of Woolly Hat Week (6-13 Feb). Maureen Phillips has spearheaded a knitting frenzy at the care home, which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers, and has already produced 15 hats which will be given as gifts to sailors who arrive as strangers in ports all over the world.
U.K. Sees Rise in Merchant Navy Training Applications
Clyde Marine Training, the U.K.’s largest Merchant Navy Training provider current figures show the number of people applying to train at nautical college for a future merchant navy career has risen dramatically in the last 12 months. After collating statistics from the past two years we can report that application numbers are at an all-time high. The period 2011-2012 to 2012-2013 have seen a jump of 44% in the overall application numbers for the three main job types; engineers, deck officers and electro-technical officers. Drilling into this rise in Deck Officer applications, which has traditionally always been the most popular choice, in 2012-2013 they totaled 52% of all applications received.
UK Captain Awarded Merchant Navy Medal
In the UK, Captain Duncan Glass OBE, chairman of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for exceptional services to navigational safety and to seafarers’ charities. The award focuses on outstanding contribution made to merchant shipping, its operations, development, personnel, welfare or safety, or on those who have performed an act of courage afloat. Captain Duncan Glass was awarded the medal by Admiral Lord West of Spithead at a ceremony attended by many senior figures from across the industry including the minister Mike Penning MP.
Information Sharing to Fight Piracy and Illegal Fishing in Ghana
International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Chris Trelawny has visited the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre (MTISC-GoG), located in the Regional Maritime University of Accra, Ghana. The multinational centre provides advice and information to merchant shipping operating in the Gulf of Guinea. At the time of the visit over 630 ships were exchanging information with the centre. In recent months the centre has provided support to ships and authorities to assist in countering piracy and illegal fishing, as well as supporting search and rescue operations.
Merchant Navy Medal Award Nominations Open
The Merchant Navy Medal (MNM) has been awarded by the industry for meritorious service since it was established in 2005. Last year it was elevated to a State award, with presentations conducted by HRH The Princess Royal at Trinity House on 15 November. This year, the closing date for the receipt of nominations is Friday 19 May. Details of the awards ceremony will be promulgated in due course. Eligibility for the MNM is limited to those who have served, or are serving, in the Merchant Navy or Fishing Fleets of the United Kingdom…
UK Chamber Welcomes Immigration Rule Change for International Seafarers
The UK Chamber has welcomed an announcement by the Home Office to reform immigration rules for international students, extending the time limit to three years for educational courses which are below degree level but subject to MCA regulations that the applicant must spend 12 months at sea. Until now, international students within the Tier 4 (general) visa route are subject to restrictions on the maximum period of time they can study at a specific level. The time limit for those studying at below UK bachelor’s degree level was reduced from three years to two in 2015.
Train More MN Ratings Urges UK Chamber of Shipping
President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Kenneth MacLeod, has called for shipping companies in the UK’s Tonnage Tax system to be allowed to train Merchant Navy ratings, not only officers. Shipping companies can apply to be part of the Tonnage Tax regime – a system of taxation that allows UK shipping to be internationally competitive. Being part of tonnage tax means that shipping companies must train one new officer cadet annually for every 15 officers they employ. (Merchant Navy ratings are the support staff on board a ship – they are skilled seafarers who work in the deck…
Nigeria Maritime Academy Gets Bridge Simulator
A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator was purchased and delivered to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron. The new simulator will be used to provide qualitative education and training for the merchant Navy and maritime industry in full accordance with international standards. The Full Mission Bridge Simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria faculty in Oron. The DNV class B certified simulator includes a GMDSS and Radio Communications simulator and was installed with a 120° external field of view and NAUTIS Instructor station.
Carehome Urges Seafarers in Need to Seek Support
Charity Launches New, Online Resource for Former Mariners Who Suffer in Silence. As the country comes together to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlantic this month - the longest continuous military campaign of the second world war - a Surrey care home which specializes in the care of former mariners has said too many veterans of both the Royal and Merchant Navy are prone to suffer in isolation during their twilight years, rather than seeking the specialist support often available to them.
Indian Sub Collides with Ship
According to NDTV, an Indian Navy Submarine called Sindhughosh collided with a merchant navy ship in the Arabian Sea. The submarine was trying to surface in Arabian sea near 300 km north of Mumbai. Sindhughosh was on a routine fleet-level war game exercise when the collision occurred and slightly damaged its fin. There were about 60 crew members on board and apparently it made back to the base in Mumbai without any help. Its escape is termed miraculous since submarines normally sink on such occasions. Navy officials are unwilling to confirm or deny the incident. Source: NDTV
Dubai-based Counter-Piracy Team Warns Mariners
With the ending of this year's monsoon season the British Navy reinforces their warning to seafarers to beware pirates. Attacks by ‘pirate action groups’ trying to hijack merchant shipping off the Horn of Africa are expected to increase, which is the business end of the Royal Navy’s efforts to curb the scourge of modern-day piracy and wider maritime crime in the region – and it’s about to get busier. To that end, a small, specialist Royal Navy team based in Dubai has reinforced its efforts to warn mariners of the dangers posed.
Virgin Atlantic Challenger ll Readies for UK Return
Plymouth boatyard looks to refit Richard Branson's iconic 'Virgin Atlantic Challenger II' after the boat's 20-year absence from UK shores. Dan Stevens, a merchant navy master who also runs the Mount Batten ferry and harbour cruise vessels in Plymouth, discovered the powerboat languishing in a boatyard in Majorca, where she has been laid up for more than seven years, reports 'Plymouth: The Herald'. Stevens is flying out a crew within days to carry out a basic refit to make her seaworthy…
Hong Kong collision: ITF comment
He continued: “It is deeply regrettable that crew members from both vessels have been arrested. Captain TT Chung, general secretary of the MNOGHK (The Merchant Navy Officers' Guild-Hong Kong), and member of the ITF’s fair practices committee steering group, said: “This accident has been a dreadful reminder of all that we strive to prevent. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected. Tomorrow, 4 October, has been set as an official day of mourning in Hong Kong for the victims of the accident.
Updated Best Management Practices Re Piracy
An updated version (Version 2 dated August 2009) of the Industry Best Management Practices (BMP) re piracy in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia has been released to the shipping industry. The updated BMP are of particular importance and urgency to reach ship owners/operators/masters/crew before the expected end of the monsoons later this month, which is likely to correspond with an increase in piracy attacks. A number of changes have been incorporated into the new version, based on lessons learned from vessels’ owners/operators, and in cooperation with EUNAVFOR (the EU Naval Forces in the region), and also on improvements regarding communications and reporting.
Billett Manages New AWT London Office
Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) anounced the hiring of a European sales manager, Bob Billett, and the opening of a new London office. AWT’s ship routing and voyage optimization technologies enhance safety by helping ship Captains and fleet managers to avert severe weather and sea conditions, and reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by identifying the most fuel-efficient routes to their destinations. “With increased interest from European shipping companies to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions, the demand for AWT products and services is growing rapidly,” said Skip Vaccarello, president and CEO of AWT. AWT’s London office will be led by the company’s new European sales manager, Bob Billett.