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 []

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 []