Piracy and robbery way up!

July 28, 2020

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

July 17, 2020

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

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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Canada to issue CoR for Norwegian and French seafarers

December 4, 2019

A new Ship Safety Bulletin by Transport Canada issued today, outlines a recent agreement to recognize Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued to seafarers by Norway and France, under the Certificate of Recognition (CoR) program. The purpose of this Ship Safety Bulletin is to advise owners and operators of Canadian registered ships and seafarers that the Maritime Administration of Canada has entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the Maritime Administrations of…

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TC Blast

July 3, 2019

In case you have missed it, here are some marine industry related newsbits from Transport Canada and related regulators: TP 13617 – Ballast Water Regulations Please note that TP 13617 for the new proposed Ballast Water Regulations can be accessed on the following website. Navigation Safety Regulations, 2019 Please note that the Navigation Safety Regulations, 2019 have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I (http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-06-15/html/reg8-eng.html). The 90-day comment period…

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Canada Labour Code stakeholder feedback sought

July 3, 2019

I am writing to invite you to share your views on the development of regulations for recent amendments to Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code (Code). These amendments, introduced in Bill C-86 – the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, aim to modernize the Code by improving protections for employees, particularly those in precarious work, while supporting productive workplaces. Once in force, they will: ·         make it easier…

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Check your tickets!

February 27, 2019

Transport Canada (TC) now offers the capability of checking the validity of any Canadian seafarer’s certificates. In its most recent Ship Safety Bulletin released, TC announced that a new, free, website service is available online, for anyone to use to check the validity of a certificate of competency / proficiency, seafarer medical or other endorsement The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) recommends that…

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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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