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, []

‘Abandon Ship’ ?

The stories and legends of Masters who preferred to go down with their ships, even though they had an option to escape, reverberates the minds of seafarers for generations and are a source of inspiration. Not only the Masters, but history sparkles with the names of many members of the crew who bravely preferred their permanent abode at the sea bed with their ship. The saying about the ‘Master going down with his ship’ is not merely an ancient myth but it []

Fatigue Suffered By Merchant Seafarers

The positioning of crew onboard oceangoing vessels is done after putting in the concoctions of freight involved, type of charter, length of voyage, size of ship etc. This is often done with a cost cutting and profit enhancing approach. The charter of duties of the crew is well defined and an extra hand is not positioned onboard. At sea, these billeting turns out to be unrealistic as the crew may be summoned to meet contingencies any time. If a pump or an engine []

Maritime Training And Technology Development

Maritime Training all over the world is going through a major change, especially after IMO is tightening its procedures for training standards. Due to introduction of Standards for training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) by International Maritime Organization, maritime training is becoming more complex and demanding. echnology developments in maritime industry have changed the way to handle the ship’s equipments with regards to Navigation, Cargo Handling and machinery operation. Seafarers’ training, therefore, needs to comply with operational features of modern equipment. India, []

Lord Varun

In Hindu philosophy the concept of ‘Bhavsagar’ (the ocean of fear) occupies central place in as much as all the aspirants of spiritualism have to cross it and for this they need a guide, a Master. The world has been compared to a Bhavsagar and as such all people who want salvation, need a guide. Therefore, water and hence Water-god, Varun, have been significant from the days of Mohaan-Jo-Daro, the seat of the first ever civilization, known to the world Though the []

Cargo Safety

Recently we have noticed many ships accidents and the blame is mostly on Ship Managers and Seafarers. When a ship carries cargo safely from one port to another, without any mishaps, it doesn’t seem like any mean feat and it’s unlikely to cause mass celebrations in the boardroom. But if things go out of kilter, it’s a completely different scenario. A single mistake, a procedure not carried out, an issue overlooked or ignored: these can create a catastrophe. This is when people []