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 []

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 []