MV Hebei Spirit – The Oil Spill Case

Hope, we are not overlooking our two Indian officers, Capt. Jasprit Chawla and Chief Officer Syam Chetan, the off-beam sufferers of MV Hebei Sprit. Today (10th Dec, 08, Wednesday) the South Korean court has sentenced jail to both Capt. Jasprit Chawla and Chief Officer Syam Chetan after ruling they were partly to blame for the country’s worst oil spill. The duo was experiencing “departure ban” imposed by the Government of the Republic of Korea, whereas a federal Korean court had acquitted them []

Ship-Hijacking: Industry’s Action And Reaction

On September 15th, “MV Stolt Valor”, a chemical tanker bound for Mumbai from Suez was hijacked by 15 Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Shipping industry is well aware of the incident. Among 22 crews onboard MV Stolt Valor, 18 crews are Indians, two are Filipinos, one is Bangladeshi and one hails from Russia. Although, all hostages are reportedly unhurt and safe, according to the DGS press release on Sep 16th; family members of all 18 Indian crews are still traumatised []

Seafarers Fatigue

“25% of all ships caused 51% of marine accidents and one reason behind these accidents is seafarers’ fatigue”–DNV study reveals Our Shipping industry is well acquainted with the increase of seafarers’ fatigue onboard. All shipping personalities and decision makers are well-aware of the damages that fatigue may cause to the life span of the human as well as to the environment. Stay away from home for long period, limited communication and consistently high work loads on seafarers are the reasons, which are []

Maritime Training On A Roller Coaster Ride

Whoever ruled the seas ruled the shores later.  This strategic truth has equal relevance to the economic growth also.  Whoever excelled in shipping has achieved tremendous economic growth later.  During the recession days of eighties, maritime education and training was not adequately geared up to meet the boom in the shipping industry.  Considering the shortfall of seafarers globally, the maritime education was then opened to private entities.  The number of Maritime Education and Training Institutions (METIs) rose from a figure of 4 []

Classification Societies

Edward Lloyd managed a Coffee House at London. To help his shipping industry clientele to exchange information regarding ships, he printed a sheet of all the news he heard at the Coffee House. The Coffee House customers formed the Register Society in 1760 and printed the first Register of Ships in 1764 to give underwriters and merchants an idea of the condition of the vessels they insured and chartered. In 1834, the organisation was reconstituted as Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping []


 The Protection and Indemnity Clubs, formed by ship owners to secure cover for risks which are outside the normal marine policy are generally known as P & I Clubs.  Huge financial burden or risk is involved in the shipping business; in connection with the cost of the ship, value of cargo, voyage commitments, crew etc.  The sea is a potential danger zone where loss of life and property cannot be predicted.  Therefore, Insurance and re-insurance Companies or hull underwriters restrict their liability []

Sir Mohamed Yusuf Seamen Welfare Foundation Training Ship Rahaman

The 22 acres Campus of Sir Mohamed Yusuf Seamen Welfare Foundation is located on the seaface on the North East corner of Nhava, about six miles across Mumbai Harbour. It is accessible from the mainland by road as well as by sea. Training Ship Rahaman, the Maritime training facility, is the oldest Rating training establishment in India, having been founded in the year 1910. The Training Ship also conducts various STCW and post sea courses, such as Fire Fighting, Survival, RANSCO and []

The Ship’s Master

  Traditionally the person in charge of a ship at sea is addressed as Captain. In the Merchant Shipping industry, in most legal, trade and commercial documents, the captain is referred to as the Ship’s Master. Among professional mariners, the title “Captain” is generally used by a person who has been appointed and commanded a merchant vessel. As per British precedence, the Harbour Master, the equivalent of Chief of a Port, is also referred to as “Captain” if he had merchant marine or []

Abandoned But Not Lost

Over 18 Indian Seafarers employed by a Mumbai based manning company onboard MV Lamo has got stranded for over two months at Port Luba in Equatorial Guinea since 23 Nov 2006.  Captain of the ship told a news agency:  “We cannot go to port because we have no money. The company says it has sent money, but we have received none. The ship is run by diesel which has run out and there’s none even to work the generators. We have no []

Voluntary IMO Audit Schedule

Several international treaties are in place with a vision to achieve safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans.  These treaties are developed after deliberations at the highest forum of representatives of nations, considering the experience gained in maritime affairs, over centuries.  It endeavors to create a uniform operational environment for an industry that is truly global.  But collisions, accidents, groundings, loss of life, loss of ship, environmental damage, financial loss etc are happening every day.  Shipping Administration of nations (flag state []