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 []

IMO And World Maritime Day 2005

Describing the greatness and magnitude of the seas is an infinite task. About 70.78% of the surface of the earth is covered by salt water, often called the oceans of the world. It has an area of about 361 million sq km, an average depth of about 3,730 mtr and a total volume of about 1,347,000,000 cu km. That is about nine-tenths of water and is home for over 97% of all life on earth. After the second world war, several nations []

‘Tsunami’ – The Dance Of Destruction – “It’s Mental-Pollution That Results In Environmental Pollution”.

We have been slaughtering all elements of nature and its vital resources, and there is a saying, that when wrong actions reach an extreme they lead to massive destruction bringing about an en masse settlement of human misdeeds. Today, air is being continuously polluted towards which the Maritime transport sector cannot absolve its responsibility, and will have to contribute in order to keep it within the limits prescribed. Further, nuclear experiments are being conducted under-water. All these cause grave environmental and ecological []

Hopefully An Improvement For Seafarers In Acquiring US VISA

With reference to our previous article, it is reliably learnt that during a meeting between US State Department Office of Field Support and Liaison officials and Industry representative body – BIMCO (which has been highlighting the difficulties that US visa policy has created in the maritime trades) says that they have been given valuable advice and guidance and are hopeful of a noticeable degree of improvement with respect to seafarers acquiring visas for calls at US ports as well as to seafarers []

Bridge Watchkeeping Safety Study

The Marine Accidents Investigations Branch (MAIB), Southampton, UK had undertaken a study to establish the principal factors that cause the nautical accidents and published its report in July 2004. is reproducing the gist of this report for the benefit of Seafarers. Background   652 Collisions & groundings and 995 near collisions involving merchant vessels during a span of ten years from 1994 to 2003 were reported to MAIB. Many of these accidents were subject of the study. The study’s overall objective is []

Marine Technology Update

‘Designers urged to talk with users’. “The need for stronger links between those who design ships and equipment and those who will use them in service is urged in the latest edition of Alert, the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin published by the Nautical Institute in association with Lloyd’s Register. The newsletter points out that an efficient ship design is one in which all the systems that have been incorporated by the designer work together to provide optimum efficiency.” – LLOYD’S LIST, []