‘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 []

Tsunami Disaster

Seafarers have always respected the power of wind and water. This is especially the case during storms at sea, where ships run the risk of damage or sinking from strong winds and high seas. Large and powerful storms, referred to as “closed cyclonic circulations,” are especially dangerous and have caused massive destruction throughout all of recorded history. Tsunami waves, which hit India for the first time on Sunday wreaking havoc across the southern coastline, are a known phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean []

The New Risk Reality

“Too often, wrong decisions are the result of wishful thinking….” In a global and transparent shipping business environment characterized by an increased focus on safety, environmental issues and social responsibility, today companies are facing a new risk reality. They have been shaken by accidents and events which have demonstrated their vulnerability. Widely publicized events, such as collapse of Enron and Arthur Anderson and the severe losses of tankers such as Erika and Prestige, have forced companies to take a fresh look at []

Restructuring Of A Shipping Company Can Pay Dividends

“It could lead to ongoing success of any company” Many jobs were affected by the recent reductions in fleet size in World-Wide. The sun is shining again on the horizon. Anyway, we must thank all those Mariners whose jobs were affected for their understanding and especially for their past contributions. We gather most of these reductions were the result of plans made by the Shipping Companies. Fleet rejuvenation obviously has to be an ongoing process in a world that looks to quality []

Draft Policy For Maritime Sector Emphasizes On Maritime Training

Government of India has released its draft policy for the Maritime Sector for general review. The policy has given special attention to the Maritime training. In his covering note, Mr. DT Joseph, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has emphasized that Government should be concerned in infrastructure structure with policy making, resource generation and regulation rather than with implementation and day-to-day administration for which the field level officers, agencies and PSUs should be strengthened and left free to manage, improve and develop without interference []

Mariners – Passing To Eternity

‘It is the final gate, through which every one of us will eventually pass…’ A very close batch-mate was seriously ill and died. Along with his family and friends, I too had to steel myself for the inevitable end. The memories of glorious days spent out at sea (in happier times) remained, though he did not. You have been in this state before, more than once; we all must have been through this, at some time or the other. Yet that sense []