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Women At Sea

When Mrs Indira Gandhi and Mrs Margarette Thatcher took up the reigns of two great nations, the world raised its eyebrows. A huge section of those eyebrow raisers comprised of women themselves. Women have a very special and highly respectable status in all the religious philosophies. In effect, from time immemorial, they were pushed back for child care and household chores. The supremacy of the brawns collapsed on the day gun powder was invented. One after the other, scientific and technological innovations []

Rescue At Sea – Seafarers’ Dilemma

It is a deep rooted tradition of the seafarers to rescue anyone in peril on the high seas. In June 2006, a Dutch registered passenger ship Noordam belonging to Holland America Line rescued 22 persons of various nationalities after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea between the Greek island of Samos and the coast of Turkey. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) praised the crew of the ship for this humanitarian gesture. In September 2005 a Danish registered ship Eli []

LRIT To Enhance Maritime Security

On the high seas, seafarers are largely on their own. Pirates and terrorists operate with impunity across the oceans and it is the worst nightmare of a seafarer. Piracy occurs in international waters; usually outside security patrolled or monitored areas. The recent incidents of sea-jacking reveal that, pirates are using most modern weapons, navaids, fast boats and have adopted terrorist tactics to board merchant vessels. While security at land based locations was tightened, consequent to terrorist attacks, concrete steps were not taken []

Dumping Of Waste At Sea

.: DUMPING OF WASTE AT SEA :. On 05th April 2006, the owner and the master of a Bahamas registered container ship were found guilty of polluting French waters in 2005 and a French court slapped a fine of $ 980,000 (Appx 800,000 Euro) by a French Court. This is said to be a record fine. On the same day, the Chief Engineer of a Panamanian registered container ship was fined $ 3,500/- , sentenced to two months imprisonment and the owner []

Fair Treatment Of Seafarers

Several instances of criminalisation of the maritime profession where authorities have acted against seafarers before any charges are proved in an appropriate court of law have been reported in the recent past. In many such incidents, the seafarers were at the receiving end at the port of call as the matter is often handled by people who do not have the basic idea of what can go wrong at sea or onboard. Just like a motor vehicle accident ashore, a mishap may occur []

ILO Setting Maritime Labour Standard

Nearly 1.2 million seafarers work for the world’s shipping industry. This industry is genuinely global in nature and therefore an international regulatory regime of universal acceptance is imperative. The rapid developments in the shipping industry, ship management, financing, ship registries, ship design, environmental concerns, technological advancements etc rendered the existing diverse and complex provisions inadequate to meet the current scenario. In 2001, by a joint resolution of the International Seafarers’ and Ship Owners’ Organisations, later supported by governments, had called on the []

Solace From Solas

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is the most important of all the international treaties concerning safety of merchant ships. The first version of the convention was adopted in 1914. The 1960 convention that entered into force on 26 May 1965 was the first major achievement of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It is regarded as a stepping stone in introducing a regulation, considering the lessons learnt and in keeping pace with the modern machinery and equipments []

2006 – Ushering Better Training

The human factor involved in ship handling is being rotated within the kaleidoscope of Maritime Training, to bring out a better shape. Today’s ships are technologically advanced and are equipped with sophisticated equipments and hence it demands highly trained operators. A slight lapse on the part of the crew may ruin the cargo, voyage or ship. A good amount of shoveling and spade work took place during the year 2005 in the field of Maritime Training and all that will bear fruits []

DG Shipping Calls For Quality And Competency In Seafarer’s Training

Mr GS Sahni, DG Shipping, Govt of India called the Maritime Training Institutes to usher in excellent quality, modern technology and efficiency in the training of Indian Seafarers. Updating of professional knowledge is imperative to perform maritime operations in a perfect manner. Constant training will only make the Indian Officers more competent than those of other seafaring nations. With this objective in mind, a strict benchmarking of maritime training institutions, by international credit rating agencies, has been introduced. DG Shipping was speaking []

Places Of Refuge

What happens when a ship in distress requires a “place of refuge”? In the aftermath of the incident involving the fully laden 31,068 dwt stricken Tanker Castor unable to find a sheltered place to effect cargo transfer and repairs for some 35 days after developing a structural problem in the Mediterranean Sea en route from the Romanian port of Constanza to Lagos, Nigeria. The ship suffered damage to the hull resulting in a 24m crack (below) running from port to starboard halfway []