For a civilisation that depends on shipping in order to survive, surely training the next generation of seafarers would be high on the industry’s agenda.
Several dubious practices are employed by bunker fuel suppliers during a typical bunker stem operation. Read about thirteen common bunkering operation malpractices which seafarers should be aware of.
Gravitating of bunker fuel is a malpractice followed by several unscrupulous bunker suppliers. Learn how gravitating is achieved illegally and what can be done to prevent it.
Cappuccino effect remains still one of the most common and widely used ‘mal-practice’ in the bunkering industry to-date. Learn how to identify Cappuccino bunker effect and what precautions should be taken against it inside the article.
Researchers at MARINTEK believe that in ten to twenty years time there will be 200 metre cargo ships plying the oceans without the need of a captain or crew. But before this can happen, we will be seeing the technology working on an existing vessel.
Companies within the ship recycling industry are known as cash buyers when they purchase a vessel with 100% cash. In turn, the cash buyer sells the vessel to a recycler in any one of the ship recycling countries.
Shashank Agrawal, vice-president legal of Wirana Shipping Corp, Singapore, looks at the problems facing cash buyers and ship recyclers and suggest ways of overcoming them with strong leadership and support from the new Indian government.
A recent piracy attack represents a step change in tactics that could, if repeated, be a game changer in Gulf of Guinea piracy. The pirates made an unsuccessful attempt at boarding a product tanker from the stern, but eventually fell behind as the ship’s master opened the range. Read more inside the article.
Seafarers of any nationality can arrest a ship for unpaid or underpaid wages in any port in India. Read the article inside to know how.
IMDG Code 37th amendment will come in print by October 2014. Countries, shipper &, shipping lines can adopt IMDG Code 37th amendment in whole or in part on a voluntary basis as from 1 January 2015. From 1st January 2016 IMDG Code 37th amendment will become mandatory.
Modern day maritime piracy is a world-wide phenomenon that poses a serious threat to international shipping. An economic approach to the control of maritime piracy is based on the general economic theory of law enforcement that views offenders (pirates) as rational decision makers who would respond to threatened punishments.
In 2012 more than 1300 ocean-going ships were sold for breaking. Only a minority of these end-of-life vessels were handled in a safe, sustainable manner. About two thirds of the ships were simply run ashore on tidal beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. A look at how ship recycling can become cleaner and safer.
Not so long ago, explorers risked their lives and the lives of their crews in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. Now the question is no longer if a route through the Arctic exists but how many ships will use the two routes now open each year along the northern coasts of Canada and Russia.
On April 4, 2014, IMO MEPC on its 66th session, agreed on stricter requirements for vessels’ NOx emissions in specific areas, the so called NECAs. During this session the entry into force date of these requirements has been also agreed, although until the final MEPC decision, there was a disagreement for this matter from a number of countries headed by Russia.
A popular myth exists that it is bad luck to rename a boat. It is unclear whether this applies to “boats” as big as a 987-foot-long oil tanker, but it is possible that the ship originally known as the Exxon Valdez might be used to argue that the answer is “yes.”
A shift in US foreign policy based both on changes to the threat landscape and improving domestic energy security could lead to an increase in threats to shipping within eighteen months according to David Hunkin of Dryad Maritime Intelligence.
It’s important that shipping personnel are well aware of the various considerations that need to be kept in mind to perform cargo handling operations on ships with utmost safety. Learn ten important tips to ensure safe cargo handling on ships.
Helicopter underwater escape training arms you with the resources and skills needed to stay safe and escape from a helicopter that has landed in water. Find out more about the training course inside the article.
Wire ropes for ships are used in a global marine environment that is typically harsh. Seafarers must conform to universal good practices of marine wire ropes inspection and maintenance to ensure that their use doesn’t compromise the safety of onboard personnel and that these wire ropes are able to perform to the fullest.
Among the various emission control applications used in the shipping industry, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) System comes out to be the most efficient in effectively reducing ship’s NOx emission by 90-95%. Find out more about SCR systems inside the article.