COVID19

March 22, 2020

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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Asbestos Exposure among Navy Veterans

February 2, 2020

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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Piracy: Still an important concern

April 26, 2019

During January-April 2019, four incidents of unauthorised boarding of ships in locations of close proximity to each other were reported in the western sector of Singapore Strait. All four incidents occurred to tug boats towing barges and dredger while underway in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Of the four incidents, two incidents reported loss of scrap metal, and nothing was reported stolen in the other two…

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OCIMF extends access to Tanker Management and Self Assessment reports to non-members

March 2, 2019

10 January 2018 – London – OCIMF will extend access to Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) reports to non-OCIMF members from 14 January 2019. This major change will mean more information is available to more users, which will help improve overall safety and marine assurance. Access to TMSA reports was previously restricted to OCIMF members, but will now be extended to non-OCIMF members who are registered as Ship Inspection…

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It’s okay to say no

November 5, 2018

I was asked recently this question from a visitor, that I though someone else might empathize with, or provide insight. The Question: Is it necessary to consume alcohol onboard the ship? I heard that some crew members will force me to drink, but I don’t have a habit of consuming alcohol. My answer: I think what you are asking me, is whether you are required to drink while working onboard…

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World Class Marine Safety, a priority for Transport Canada (?)

October 31, 2018

In its statement(s) of plans and priorities for 2016-2020, Transport Canada shows us pretty clearly where it’s priorities lie. In the introduction of these report(s), Minister Garneau highlights his and his department’s commitment to implementing the “vision” of the “Transportation Act Review”. This review was initiated by the former Conservative government and its agent, David Lee Emerson; it was accepted and is being implemented by the Liberal government. The shoddy…

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Raging Seas well worth a read

October 21, 2018

I had every intention that for latest blog post that I was going to write about my “favorite subject”, Transport Canada and its general shortcomings of its licensing and regulating duties. After all, there is a  long list of items to talk about that have been itching to get out, but lately my time has been shanghaied’ by a book that’s been captivating me; “Into the raging sea”, by Rachel…

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Best Practices from the OCIMF

October 14, 2018

OCIMF releases new information paper on best practices for conducting navigational assessments OCIMF has today released a new information paper on best practices for conducting navigational assessments, called A Guide to Best Practice for Navigational Assessments and Audits. Navigational assessments and audits help vessel owners, operators and Masters to identify areas for improvement and increase safety. They also assure companies that high standards of navigation and watchkeeping are being maintained….

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