• OCIMF extends access to Tanker Management and Self Assessment reports to non-members
  • Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre and CleanTech Alliance Seattle Sign Cross Border Memorandum of Understanding
  • Corvus Energy awarded the marine world’s biggest battery package by Norwegian Electric Systems
  • Happenings on MMEP
  • It’s okay to say no

It’s a good news bad news thing

For nearly 20 years now, Canada, and many jurisdictions, have steadily migrated to a Safety Management System, where cash strapped government essentially downloaded responsibility of enforcing safety regulations onto industry itself. Companies love it because, well, safety glasses, cliché slogans, and dubious reporting present fewer impediments to their cash flows, than knowledgeable safety inspectors working on behalf of the common good – the government and the citizen they represent. Occasionally,…

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Random drug testing for seafarers in Canada

Browsing the Canada Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) website the other day, I ran across a very interesting paper, it was an arbitration decision, ruling in favour of the Guild and against west-coast tug and barge operator, Seaspan, over it’s random drug testing policies. I completely despise these “CYA”, big brothers, top down attitudes, which these drug policy initiatives seem to be born from. Controlling and punitive motives are probably…

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Day of the Seafarer (DotS), June 25, 2018

This year, once again, 25 June will mark the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS). Seafarers wellbeing ​2017 and 2018 have seen strong momentum in the industry to address seafarer’s wellbeing, particularly their mental health. To give further exposure to this important issue, our choice for the 2018 Day of the Seafarer theme is “seafarers’ wellbeing”. By addressing the issue of seafarers’ wellbeing and particularly mental health, this campaign can…

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New leadership at USCG

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft was relieved as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Karl Schultz during a military change-of-command ceremony held Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Zukunft also retired from the Coast Guard after 41 years of service to the nation as part of the same ceremony and received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from President Donald J. Trump. “Truly, Mr. President, you honor the men and…

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Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia in May 2018

A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships—comprising six actual incidents and two attempted incidents—were reported in Asia in May 2018 Compared to April 2018, the number of incidents reported in May 2018 has remained fairly consistent Of the eight incidents reported in May 2018, two incidents occurred on board ships while underway and six incidents on board ship at anchor Of the six actual incidents reported in…

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Seat Belts Please : TCMS is on the move

Big changes to the Marine Engineering certification process in Canada are underway to bring it inline with the Manila Amendments of the SCTW code. STCW2010 as it is called, came into force January 2012, however Transport Canada and its Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS) division, the federal regulator responsible for certifying seafarers in Canada, has yet to produce supporting regulations. They were required to be issued two years after agreeing…

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INTO THE RAGING SEA – SS El Faro

We’re honored to be publishing today INTO THE RAGING SEA: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm and the Sinking of El Faro (Ecco; On Sale 5/1/18) by Rachel Slade. The book has already received STARRED reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was reviewed by Douglas Preston for the New York Times Book Review where he said INTO THE RAGING SEA is “a powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly…

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“Single Reporting Centre” for Piracy and Sea Robbery

ReCAAP ISC and RSIS Co-organises Maritime Roundtable on “Single Reporting Centre” for Piracy and Sea Robbery This is the first Maritime Roundtable co-organised by ReCAAP ISC and RSIS to discuss issues relating to the topic: “Is a Single Reporting Centre the Answer to Timely Reporting, and Prompt Response against Piracy and Sea Robbery?” The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre…

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