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Merchant Navy Vets Encourage Youngters to Learn, Remember

L-R Roderick Davis, son, Thelma Davis, wife, Reginald Bowker, father in law, Captain Roy Davis

A group of veteran seafarers are encouraging youngsters to consider what has become an important but ā€˜forgotten professionā€™ as the country prepares to celebrate Merchant Navy Day on September 3. Residents at the Royal Alfred Seafarersā€™ 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

Residents from the Royal Alfred Seafarersā€™ Society Geoffrey Talbot and Roy Ticehurst [L-R] with pupils from St Anneā€™s Primary School in Banstead Emma Prichard, Rowan Stott, Katie Costello and Niall Cogavin [L-R]

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 Seafarersā€™ 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 Britainā€™s maritime sector is the largest in Europeā€¦

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 Seafarersā€™ 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.

Sir Michael Bibby New President of UK Chamber of Shipping

Sir Michael Bibby. Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

Sir Michael Bibby was elected President of the UK Chamber of Shipping at the organisationā€™s Annual General Meeting in London. He becomes the Chamberā€™s 132nd president in its 140th year. John Denholm, chairman of J&J Denholm, was elected Vice-President at the meeting, which was attended by over 100 people from the Chamberā€™s member companies. Sir Michael is planning to step back from his position as Managing Director of Bibby Line Group during 2018 to allow him to better focus his time on external work interests, including his involvement with the UK Chamber.

Former Seafarer Encourages Surrey Youngsters

 Royal Navy Veteran Roy Ticehurst with pupils from Woodmansterne Primary School Helen Marshall, James Stephenson, Azura Stones and Dylan Brown, all aged 11

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 Seafarersā€™ 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 generationā€¦

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 studentā€¦

Royal Seal of Approval for Maritime Charity

L-R -  HRH The Princess Royal, Captain Braithwaite and Captain Marchant

Royal Alfred Seafarersā€™ Society Recognizes Long Service at Annual AGM. Two trustees of one of the U.K.ā€™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 Seafarersā€™ 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 staffā€¦

The Brits Turn Again to the Sea

Image credit Sea Vision

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. Itā€™s not all good news though as Training Officer Lesley Ellis whoā€¦

Indian Maritime Sector Seeks Govt Sops

Photo: Indian National Ship-owners Association

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.

Woolly Hat Week Inspires Knitting Frenzy

The Royal Alfred Seafarersā€™ 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 Seafarersā€™ 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.ā€™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

Captain Duncan Glass OBE. Photo courtesy acceleris

In the UK, Captain Duncan Glass OBE, chairman of the Royal Alfred Seafarersā€™ Society, has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for exceptional services to navigational safety and to seafarersā€™ 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

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization

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.

Train More MN Ratings Urges UK Chamber of Shipping

Kenneth MacLeod: Photo courtesy of UK Chamber of Shipping

President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Kenneth MacLeod, has called for shipping companies in the UKā€™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 ā€“ 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 ā€“ they are skilled seafarers who work in the deckā€¦

UK Chamber Welcomes Immigration Rule Change for International Seafarers

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

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 bachelorā€™s degree level was reduced from three years to two in 2015.

Merchant Navy Medal Award Nominations Open

Image: Merchant Navy Welfare Board

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 Kingdomā€¦

Scottish Fund to Train Seafarers

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

Businesses in Scotland that contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy can now apply for a workforce development grant of up to GBP 10,000, which the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) says could open up opportunities for seafarers. The Scottish Government this month launched the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF), which aims to help pay for employee training to up-skill and re-skill companies' existing workforces through one of Scotland's further education colleges. Companies are eligible to apply for the funding if they are an Apprenticeship Levy-paying employer (i.e.

Nigeria Maritime Academy Gets Bridge Simulator

Photo courtesy NAUTIS

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

Boarding Operation: Photo credit MOD

With the ending of this year's monsoon season the British Navy reinforces their warning to seafarers to beware pirates. Attacks by ā€˜pirate action groupsā€™ trying to hijack merchant shipping off the Horn of Africa are expected to increase, which is the business end of the Royal Navyā€™s efforts to curb the scourge of modern-day piracy and wider maritime crime in the region ā€“ and itā€™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.

HELM Course Launched with MCA Approval

The U.K. Enav Center has partnered with Total HLM Solutions to provide Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) course at Management Level which is in line with the Manila Amendments 2010 at their training center in Hampshire, U.K. The course will be available to the maritime industry from June 10, 2013. The HELM course is offered at two levels; a five day management level course for Masters and Chief Mates and later in the year a three day operational level course will be launched for newly qualified Officers and Officers under training from all branches. Having only recently been established by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) the course profile provides ample opportunity to expand on the leadership, management and human aspects of life both at sea and ashore.

Hong Kong collision: ITF comment

He continued: ā€œIt 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 ITFā€™s fair practices committee steering group, said: ā€œThis 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.

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