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Tribute To The Forgotten Mariners

The fog horn booms its farewell note, and proudly on her way, The gleaming liner eases away, in grandeur down the bay. An opulent hotel at sea, she is her owner’s pride, The culmination of a great dream, as she floats upon the tide. The passengers in festive mood, with laughter and good quips, With keen delight, they look forward to, the great ship’s maiden trip. She’s sure to break the speed record, she’ll do thirty knots or more, Is the hope []

Sea Piracy On The Rise

Commercial shipping suffered 445 attacks in 2003, Indonesia accounted for 121 attacks across its sprawling archipelago. Piracy is fast becoming the norm in Asian and African waters. A global watchdog has recorded the number of pirate attacks in Indonesian waters and a few more in the nearby Malacca Strait, these accounts for one-third of the recorded piracy incidents by the International Maritime Bureau. Piracy attacks have risen around the world, armed pirates in speedboats and gunboats open fire on ships and rob []

Are You A Contented Mariner?

We mariners are known to be a slightly eccentric lot; but even so, no person would dislike being contented. What makes a person contented ? A few of us are happy to continue at sea, while a few others successfully relocate ashore. But a lot of mariners seem to remain a continually shifting population. They hover about, frequently switching jobs and are characterised by their constantly complaining behaviour. The number of Mariners, who can truly say that they are ‘happy’, has declined []

Universal Identity Card For Seafarers

International Labor Organization voted to adopt a universal seafarers identity document with fingerprints on it. It also makes provision for the facilitation of shore leave and transit and transfer of seafarers, including the exemption from holding a visa for seafarers taking shore leave. The ILO will now develop a global inter-operable standard for the system, probably in co-operation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) this follows an initiative already made by the Liberian Ship Registry, the second largest shipping registry in []

Ship Repairs – Competition From The Far East?!

We are sick and tired of hearing all those tall tales, about the Far East’s great success story in shipbuilding and their supply of cheap manpower to ship owners. We continue to hear, how their productivity of Steel repairs, in terms of tons/day achieved, is infinitely higher. How they are even challenging the Industrial might of the Western world. We are being constantly told, that Indian ship-repair workshops and ship-building yards, as well as man-power skills, are losing the race and we []

Distance Learning CD ROM Launched By Llyod’s Register

In co-operation with Videotel Interactive, Llyod’s Register has launched an interactive CD-ROM distance learning program for shipboard staff, enabling them to take a more active role in classification process; it enables operators who have already demonstrated a commitment to maintenance management to empower selected, accredited shipboard staff to carry out regular hull inspections. The results are then presented to a Lloyd’s Register Group surveyor for verification during the annual class survey. The CD-ROM is designed to be both a learning aid and []

High Flyers – Heading For A DOWNFALL !

High flyers work with that Ego, which initially propels them to great heights, but eventually leads to their downfall.’ The struggle to find talent continues, whether it is a Chief Executive in a Shipping Company or a ‘Head’ to be designated by a Government body in any Industry. Suddenly, they may seemingly be in short supply. A common problem is not only where to find these wonder-kids or from where to promote them, but how to manage them. They fly too high, []

Indian Cruise Industry – Charting Its Growth

Cruise vacations are fast becoming popular amongst Indian tourists. First 3 months of this year saw a jump of 25% in bookings by Indians for various cruises. This follows the international cruise trend where more than 2.2 million passengers world-wide cruised, representing a significant 23% increase over the number of passengers carried during the same period last year. According to Seatrade publisher and managing director Christopher Hayman, Indian Ocean cruises could be an effective solution for winter deployment of ships operating in []