• The Plight of 300,000 Seafarers Stuck at Sea
  • Piracy and robbery way up!
  • Deckhand Walks the Gangway of Opportunity
  • COVID19
  • $5K donation to BCIT to commemorate “dieselduck”!

The Plight of 300,000 Seafarers Stuck at Sea

The pandemic had an enormous impact on markets, health, and geopolitics. But while a certain normalcy has returned in commerce and day-to-day life hundreds of thousands of seafarers are still stuck at sea. The countries that still don’t allow crew changes at ports are part of the problem. The situation for up to 300,000 seafarers has been described as unbearable. They are hoping for a solution but there doesn’t seem…

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Piracy and robbery way up!

Fifty-one Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre from January to June 2020 Number of incidents is almost double compared to the same period in 2019 ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today released its Half-Yearly Report 2020 (January to June). Highlights of the Report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies, also known as ReCAAP Focal Points, and regional…

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Deckhand Walks the Gangway of Opportunity

With the International Day of the Seafarer (June 25) nearing, recent global events have highlighted the crucial role seafarers play in the supply chain and the great challenges faced by the thousands who have been unable to return home to their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic.These realities are not lost on Mercy Ships – an international development organization operating state-of-the-art hospital ships run by skilled volunteers to deliver free…

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COVID19

The maritime world is going into deep shock! The fact that most seafarers are toiling out of sight makes them particularly vulnerable, more so in this time without precedent. Book ended by the brutal Saudi Arabia – Russia oil price war, and the COVID19 pandemic and its economical impacts, professional seafarers are going to find themselves considerably challenged in the near future. In my view, the disastrous response by the…

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$5K donation to BCIT to commemorate “dieselduck”!

In late December 2019, I was excited to send a CAD$5000 financial gift to the British Columbia Institute of Technology Foundation (BCIT)  to commemorate Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net – 20 years of being online. Earlier in the year, I received the financial gift from a long time user of the website, a marine engineering professional working in Canada, who felt the website had inspired and guided his career….

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Asbestos Exposure among Navy Veterans

Veterans Day is a day for remembering the sacrifices of those who have served the United States, their families, and those who paid the ultimate price in war. At Environmental Litigation Group we offer compassionate and comprehensive services to aid veterans and their family members. We should take a moment to remember some of the less obvious risks men in uniform were confronted with during their service, and not only…

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Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) updated

New edition of Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) published by OCIMF 20 December 2019 – (LONDON) The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), a voluntary association of 112 oil companies, has today published an updated edition of its Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment (OVMSA) programme. OVMSA has been updated to reflect current legislation, expectations and emerging risks. It also includes expanded best practice guidelines and a streamlined…

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Piracy at sea in 2019

Eighty-two Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre in 2019 Annual Report (January to December 2019) released at the 11th Nautical Forum, ReCAAP ISC’s annual dialogue with maritime, diplomatic and regulatory/law enforcement communities ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today released its Annual Report 2019 (January to December 2019). Highlights of the Report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies,…

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