Search and Rescue Operation by Teesta Spirit

Sometimes circumstances may place you in situations which will test your all resolve and leave permanent impressions on your life. Kindly read below narration to experience our story. After completion of cargo discharging, Teesta Spirit sailed out of Zawia, Libya at 10:30 LT on the 28th July 2014 for Tuzla, Turkey. Vessel received INM-C message from MRCC Rome and a VHF call from Vessel “AssoTrenta”, advising us to urgently contact MRCC Rome. Soon after, At 1700 LT / 28th July 2014, I []

Day of the Seafarer 2014

​IMO will be celebrating the fourth edition of its global campaign: Day of the Seafarer, held every year on 25 June. Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even basic needs would not reach our doors. We rely on them every day. Yet have you ever said thank you to a seafarer? Chances are you haven’t. For this year’s campaign, we invite you to complete the sentence “Seafarers brought me………..” with a word denoting an object or something specific of your []

World Maritime Day 2013

The theme was chosen in order to focus IMO’s efforts during 2013 on carrying out the commitments made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, better known as Rio+20, held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. World Maritime Day 2013 will be observed during the week of 23 to 27 September. World Maritime Day Parallel Event The 2013 World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Lima, Peru (2 to 3 October 2013). The programme for the event comprises []

Maritime Terrorism And Changing Security Environment.

With the hardening of land and aviation targets, terrorists are likely to look at maritime targets. Countries worldwide should take the call to beef up maritime security seriously, say defence ministers and armed forces chiefs attending the Asia Security Conference in Singapore. With a crack down on a particular terrorist network in Singapore last year, it was discovered that the group had made preliminary plans for suicide attacks on US military vessels entering into the harbour. International cooperation against terrorism is important, []

Day Of The Seafarer

25 June of each year is the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families. Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned are invited to promote and celebrate the Day in an appropriate and meaningful manner. The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment by a resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the []

Recession In Shipping, Is Seafarer Affected?

The world-wide recession, which started in 2008, is still continuing. Shipping, being a service industry cannot remain untouched and therefore the most feared recession is setting its foot in the shipping industry. The recession started in USA in 2008, quickly caught the markets of Europe. Since more than half of the world caught in recession, the shipping industry could not get escape. The nature of shipping business is more dependent on prediction as the ship building takes time. More number of ships []

Seafarers’ Trust Announces Latest Grants

27 March 2012  The ITF Seafarers’ Trust, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary with a major seminar in London on seafarers’ welfare, today announced its latest grants. The following donations, totalling £1,078,533 (USD1,711,685) have been agreed: 1. World Maritime University: £168,000 (USD266,624) to support five students from developing countries to attend courses on maritime administration, port operations and maritime law and policy 2.ICSW (International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare): £422,533 (USD670,581). This sum includes financial assistance for: welfare facilities for seafarers in South East []

Larger Vessels, New Safety Challenges

Millions of peoples have safely sailed on cruise ships over the decades, as the cruise industry giants vie for prestige and passengers, demands for comfort, space, coupled with economies of scale, mean that the quest for size is likely to continue in this buoyant sector of the shipping industry. So many things distinguish cruise ships from other ship types, whereas, for instance, container ships are built in response to their owners’ perceptions of the market’s requirement, cruise ship owners create a concept []

Victory Of Seafarers

The efforts of seafarers, and Unions paid off on 15 Jan 2009, when Capt. Jasprit Cahwla and Chief Officer Shyam Chetan were granted bail by South Korean Supreme Court. South Korea’s top court said on 15 Jan 2009 it has granted bail to the Indian captain and chief officer of a Hong Kong supertanker who were jailed last month over the country’s worst oil spill. Captain Jasprit Chawla and chief officer Syam Chetan were released yesterday pending the hearing of their []

Combatting Piracy

Under the aegis of the Indian Seafarers Federation (ISF), the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) and the Maritime Union of India (MUI) organized a one-day seminar on “Piracy and Armed Robbery” on 7th April, 2010. Capt. M. M. Saggi, Nautical Advisor, Government of India inaugurated the seminar. The two key speakers were Capt. H. Khatri, Dy. Director General of Shipping, who spoke on the “Role of the Maritime Administration” and Mr. Jim Mainstone, UK based Security Expert, spoke on the []