Dry Bulk Market: Scrapping of...

Dry Bulk Market: Scrapping of Older Ships A One-Way Street To Shipping’s Recovery in Dry Bulk Market 23/04/2019 Unless...

Dry Bulk Market: Scrapping of Older Ships A One-Way Street To Shipping’s Recovery
posted on: Apr 23, 2019

Are We Doing Enough for...

Are We Doing Enough for the Well-Being of our Seafarers? file photo By Dimitrios Lykaros 20 April 2019 Are...

Are We Doing Enough for the Well-Being of our Seafarers?
posted on: Apr 22, 2019

Reimagining the Bridge...

Reimagining the Bridge Nuyina central conning console courtesy of Mike Jackson By Wendy Laursen 20 April 2019 (Article originally...

Reimagining the Bridge
posted on: Apr 22, 2019

Sewol sinking: South Korea’s ferry...

The Sewol wreck loaded-in in June 2017 / Credit: ALE Sewol sinking: South Korea’s ferry disaster 16th April marks...

Sewol sinking: South Korea’s ferry disaster
posted on: Apr 22, 2019
Career Paths: Natalie Shaw, ICS

Career Paths: Natalie Shaw, ICS

posted on: Apr 22, 2019

Career Paths: Natalie Shaw, ICS In our special column this time, we have the pleasure to host an interview with Mrs. Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs, International Shipping Federation and International Chamber of Shipping who, when she first joined the industry, had the chance to  work on the MLC, 2006. Women in shipping | 11/04/19 Mrs Shaw says that studying for her professional qualifications was a worthwhile career investment, even if it impacted negatively her social life for a short time. Also, she suggests to only focus on the important things and delegate others when necessary. Overall, it is important to ‘work to live not live to work’ she concludes, meaning that it is worth putting family, and friends first as much as possible. SAFETY4SEA: How did it come about that you joined shipping industry and your field of expertise specifically? Natalie Shaw: I answered an advertisement placed in People...

Career Paths: Nick Brown, Bureau Veritas

Career Paths: Nick Brown, Bureau Veritas

posted on: Apr 22, 2019

Career Paths: Nick Brown, Bureau Veritas In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Mr. Nick Brown, Communications Director, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore who says that by accident or luck, PR and communications felt right for a career in shipping, which is an indispensable part of the modern world trade, both a challenging and important industry. Opinions | 11/04/19 Working as the Communications Director for BV,  he really enjoys engaging with stakeholders towards a safer and more sustainable future. At the early stages of his career, Mr. Brown spent few months onboard a multi-purpose ship, which was a worthwhile experience.  Concluding, he highlights the need for more women in the sector as ‘we need to evolve from the overwhelming dominance of the shipping man’. SAFETY4SEA: How did it come about that you joined shipping industry and your field of expertise specifically? Nick Brown: Why...

Congratulating Captain Belal (14N) for his appointment as the Chairman of IMEC

Congratulating Captain Belal (14N) for his appointment as the Chairman of IMEC...

posted on: Apr 20, 2019

Congratulating Captain Belal (14N) for his appointment as the Chairman of IMEC Dear Zillur Bhai, Thank you for kind and thoughtful reply. As with everything we do in real life, nothing can be achieved without a like minded team. Without your keen interest and dedication we could not have achieved what is now a founding step to move forward. Much work still  need to be done to make progress from where we are today. I will continue to do what we have started together. Kind regards Belal (14N) On Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 6:12 PM President-BMMOA <president@bmmoa.org> wrote: Dear Capt. Belal, I could not respond to this email in the BD Mariners Group earlier as I am travelling at a remote place in India with limited access to internet. Firstly, I must mention that your initiative, assistance and guidance was the main catalyst for the BMMOA to get...

Notice of BMMOA AGM

Notice of BMMOA AGM

posted on: Apr 17, 2019

Notice of BMMOA...

China Has Embedded Global Lending Institutions in Its Belt and Road Initiative

China Has Embedded Global Lending Institutions in Its Belt and Road Initiative...

posted on: Apr 17, 2019

Feifei Zeng & Vasabjit Banerjee 16 April 2019 China Has Embedded Global Lending Institutions in Its Belt and Road Initiative Credit: Reuters / TPG Feifei Zeng is an Operations Analyst at International Paper. She graduated with Honors from Mississippi State University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Foreign Language. Her research interests include China’s Belt and Road Initiative and U.S.-E.U.-China relations. Dr. Vasabjit Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration where he teaches comparative politics and international relations. His primary research interests are contentious politics and the local political-economies of state-formation in developing societies; specifically South Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa. He also conducts research on electoral institutions and domestic influences on foreign policies of developing countries. Why you need to know China’s Belt and Road Initiative ensnares lending institutions not just in Asia, but around the world. In...

Sailors’ Society Launches “Not On My Watch” Petition

Sailors’ Society Launches “Not On My Watch” Petition...

posted on: Apr 17, 2019

Sailors’ Society Launches “Not On My Watch” Petition By MarEx 2019-04-16 Maritime charity Sailors’ Society is petitioning the International Labour Organization to make wellness training for seafarers mandatory in the Maritime Labour Convention. The petition is a key part of the charity’s “Not On My Watch” campaign to combat suicide and depression at sea. The campaign is also calling on maritime companies to donate to the charity’s work with seafarers struggling with depression and to run wellness training for their staff. The charity claims that more than a quarter of seafarers suffer from depression and nearly six percent of deaths at sea are attributable to suicide. This figure increases substantially if probable suicides – seafarers going missing at sea under suspicious circumstances – are taken into account. To put this into context, less than one percent of deaths in the United Kingdom in 2017 were recorded as suicide.  Aditya Giri,...

IMEC Press Release: Capt. Belal Ahmed (14N) takes over as IMEC Chairman

IMEC Press Release: Capt. Belal Ahmed (14N) takes over as IMEC Chairman...

posted on: Apr 17, 2019

IMEC chairman Capt Belal Ahmed Capt. Belal Ahmed takes over as IMEC Chairman in International Shipping News 16/04/2019 The International Maritime Employers’ Council’s (IMEC) Annual General Meeting was held in Southampton, UK on the 10th April, where the Chairmanship was handed over from Capt. Rajesh Tandon, to Capt. Belal Ahmed. When Capt. Tandon originally took over the role of Chairman in 2014, he knew the organisation would be facing a tough negotiation period. The International Bargaining Forum (IBF) had experienced a history of giving seafarer wages increases, despite the state of the shipping markets and the recent negotiations in Indonesia had been no different. However with the shipping market cycle heading towards the lowest point of the depression, the employers’ side of the IBF were going to have to face hard negotiations. It was perhaps unsurprising that when the IBF met for the next round of negotiations in 2017,...

Cruise Ship Helps USCG Rescue 23 from Drifting Sport Fishing Boat

Cruise Ship Helps USCG Rescue 23 from Drifting Sport Fishing Boat...

posted on: Apr 17, 2019

Cruise Ship Helps USCG Rescue 23 from Drifting Sport Fishing Boat Image courtesy USCG By MarEx 2019-04-16 On Sunday, the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy rescued 23 people from a small boat in the Caribbean after receiving a request from the U.S. Coast Guard.  “Yesterday, Carnival Fantasy responded to a distress call and request for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard as the ship was returning to Mobile,” Carnival said in a statement Monday. “We can confirm that our crew was involved in a rescue at sea involving more than 20 people and we are now working closely with federal authorities.” According to the Coast Guard, the occupants of the boat included 22 Cuban nationals and one Cuban-Mexican national. The Cuban nationals were refugees who had departed Cuba in a wooden boat, then lost power and drifted for three days. The Cuban-Mexican man encountered them adrift and brought them aboard his sport-fishing...

Major decline in India’s steel export to US; increase in aluminum: Report

Major decline in India’s steel export to US; increase in aluminum: Report...

posted on: Apr 16, 2019

Major decline in India’s steel export to US; increase in aluminum: Report in Freight News 16/04/2019 India’s steel export to the US in 2018 declined by 49 per cent to USD 372 million, while that of aluminum increased by 58 per cent to USD 221 million, the independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in its latest report. In 2018, the US imports of steel and aluminum products totalled USD 29.5 billion and USD 17.6 billion respectively, the report said adding that over the past decade steel imports have fluctuated significantly by value and quantity, while imports of aluminum have generally increased. The largest declines in US steel imports, by value, were from South Korea (-USD 430 million, -15 per cent), Turkey (-USD 413 million, -35 per cent) and India (-USD 372 million, -49 per cent) with significant increases from the EU (+USD 567 million, +22per cent), Mexico (+USD 508...

Industry supports the IMO’s new anti-corruption agenda

Industry supports the IMO’s new anti-corruption agenda...

posted on: Apr 16, 2019

Industry supports the IMO’s new anti-corruption agenda in International Shipping News 16/04/2019 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to address maritime corruption by including this important issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee. The decision to include an anti-corruption agenda came at the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands, Norway, United Kingdom, United States and Vanuatu. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) co-sponsored the submission along with a number of other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping said: “Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. Corruption impedes investment, with consequent effects on growth and jobs. This is a global issue but we all need to work to eradicate corrupt practices. We are pleased that the IMO will be working to address this important issue and...

Ship Recycling Activity Picks Up Ahead of Upcoming Monsoon Season

Ship Recycling Activity Picks Up Ahead of Upcoming Monsoon Season...

posted on: Apr 16, 2019

Ship Recycling Activity Picks Up Ahead of Upcoming Monsoon Season in Hellenic Shipping News 16/04/2019 Ship recycling activity has picked up considerably over the course of the past week, as a result of upcoming Easter Holidays and the Monsoon season in the Southeast Asian peninsula. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “the latest spike in price levels appears to stem from an incentive from the end users in Bangladesh to place tonnage on their yards prior to their budget announcement in the first week of June. The rumors from the waterfront suggest that heavy import tax increases will be imposed which is pre-empting the local recyclers to continue their aggressive stance to ensure they have tonnage on their yards in case these rumors bear fruition. This position currently being experienced is also not just buying the vessel, but having a unit delivered to a...

MARITIME & SHIPPING: CERTAIN CONFUSIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

MARITIME & SHIPPING: CERTAIN CONFUSIONS & CLARIFICATIONS...

posted on: Apr 14, 2019

MARITIME & SHIPPING: CERTAIN CONFUSIONS & CLARIFICATIONS F R Chowdhury 29 March 2019 Ship registry cannot be privatised: Registration of ships is an integral part of maritime administration. They cannot be separated from one another. Maritime administration is a sovereign function of the government. It should be run by an appropriate authority set up by the government preferably headed by a chief executive who may be referred to as a director general. The functions of this office are by no means commercial in nature and cannot be auctioned or sold off to the highest bidder. It is only corrupt government who sell their sovereign rights and functions to foreign businessmen to make personal fortune. If there is any shortage of expertise, experts and advisers/ consultants can be hired for a specific period but the administration must remain a part of the government preferably headed by an own national who...

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