Britannia P&I is delighted to announce that, as part of its recently launched BSafe initiative, it is supporting Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea awareness campaign. The campaign was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis and aims to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues, motivate crew and provide practical support to help seafarers through challenging times.

The awareness campaign, which reflects Sailors’ Society’s experience in wellness training and supporting mental health at sea, will be rolled-out by Britannia to its Members throughout 2021. A variety of resources and materials will be made available on Britannia’s BSafe website, including podcasts, videos and posters. Each part of the campaign includes ‘seafarer activities’ which are designed to encourage seafarers to engage and take active steps to support their mental health and general wellbeing.

Britannia’s BSafe initiative is a proactive safety campaign targeted at seafarers on board its Members’ ships. Under the three main themes of onboard safety, seafarer health and onboard security, the aim of the campaign is to help influence behaviours and prevent onboard injuries and losses. By sharing relevant information and developing initiatives to support various aspects of onboard operations, the objective is to help Britannia’s Members’ crews to be safe. Crew welfare and wellbeing is particularly relevant at this time given the extra demands and pressures under which seafarers are operating due to the global pandemic.

“As seafarer wellbeing is such a critical issue and a key theme for our BSafe campaign, we felt that Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea awareness programme represented the perfect opportunity to support a worthy charitable initiative and supplement our campaign,” said Graham Wilson, Divisional Director, Loss Prevention at Britannia. “We shall be rolling out the Wellness at Sea materials as part of BSafe campaign over the course of the year, with a new module being introduced every month. We encourage our Members to make their seafarers aware of the campaign and use the available resources to support their own efforts to assist their crew members to keep mentally fit.” he added.

Sara Baade, Sailors’ Society’s CEO said: “In these challenging times, it is particularly important that we continue our vital aid to seafarers and their families. We’re delighted that Britannia P&I have recognised this and have chosen to care for seafarers’ mental health by partnering on our Wellness at Sea Awareness Campaign and rolling support out to crews via their members.The most important element of the Wellness at Sea Campaign is to let seafarers know that they are not alone, with the emphasis on where they can seek help if needed.”

Danica welcomes Russian seafarer vaccination

Russia, a major hub for seafarers, has now recognised seafarers as keyworkers and begun giving them Covid-19 vaccinations as a priority group – a move welcomed by Danica Crewing Services, a leading supplier Russian seafarers.

Danica Managing Director Henrik Jensen reports that Danica crew members are among the first to receive the vaccination in Saint Petersburg.

He commented: “We are delighted to have the first seafarers vaccinated. It is a major step forward to a return to normality for our industry. Vaccination eliminates the risks of our seafarers becoming infected  by Covid-19 which will enable our seafarers to travel freely and cross borders.”

Of the about 1500 seafarers deployed by Danica, some 500 are from Russia. Danica first established in Russia in 2015 and now has offices in Saint Petersburg, Vladivostok and Nakhodka, specialising in the supply of crew to Russian bulk carriers, tankers and LNG vessels.

Mr Jensen advised that all seafarers joining through Danica will be vaccinated – the next group of vaccinations will be carried out this Monday (March 1st).

ISOA Signs Neptune Declaration

All stakeholders in the offshore energy sector are urged to play their part in implementing the principles set out in the Neptune Declaration

The International Support Vessel Owners’ Association (ISOA) which represents owners and operators of support vessels in the offshore energy sector, has signed the Neptune Declaration committing its members to play their part in promoting the important principles set out in the declaration. These are:

  • Recognize seafarers as key workers and treat them accordingly by giving them early access to COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Implement high quality health protocols
  • Increase collaboration between ship operators and charterers to facilitate crew changes
  • Ensure airline connectivity between key maritime hubs

In a statement, ISOA says:

“The objective of solving the crew change crisis and ensuring the wellbeing of our seafarers cannot be achieved without committed action from other parties. In particular, we urge that:

  • Governments recognise seafarers as key workers and facilitate the transfer of seafarers between their vessels and their home countries, in line with internationally agreed, high-quality health protocols.
  • Governments should also work with the maritime industry to ensure that at an appropriate time, seafarers, irrespective of their nationality, can get priority access to COVID-19 vaccines alongside other key workers and health care professionals.
  • Charterers should co-operate with owners to ensure that crew changes can take place, agreeing to deviations to operating schedules where needed, and contributing to the additional costs being incurred to ensure the continued safe operation of the vessel during the ongoing pandemic

“The offshore energy sector plays an important part in ensuring that the global economy can continue to prosper during the pandemic, and it is vital that the role played by our seafarers is recognised, and that their health and wellbeing is protected.”

About the Neptune Declaration
The Neptune Declaration, signed by more than 600 organisations, outlines the main actions that need to be taken to resolve the crew change crisis.

Further details can be found at


International leading catering management and training provider, MCTC has underlined its commitment to the important Greek and northern European markets by strengthening its teams in those regions with the appointment of two new Business Development Directors.

Vasiliki Stamati (Vicky) will head up the business in the Greek market while Sven Schröder, based at MCTC Germany office in Hamburg, will spearhead operations across Germany, Benelux and the Scandinavian markets.

Sven brings over 20 years’ experience in shipping, towage and offshore energy. He said: “MCTC is playing an important role in helping to change the shipping industry’s mindset towards nutrition and healthy eating onboard ship. The company’s commitment to wanting to improve catering for the benefit of seafarers’ health inspired me. It made me want to join Christian Ioannou and his MCTC team because I am absolutely convinced there are a lot of shipping companies who could benefit from their catering, training and consultancy services. I’m very excited to be leading the business from MCTC’s office in Germany.”

Vicky Stamati was previously Business Development Manager at Prevention at Sea and brings with her a wealth of customer-facing experience to the new role.

She said: “Now more than ever, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the maritime industry understands the vital role seafarers play in our lives. Vessels would be nothing without their crew and it is our duty to care for them. If we want them to live and work safely and effectively, then it is paramount we fuel them with wholesome nutritious food to support them both physically and mentally.

Welcoming news of the appointments, Christian Ioannou, Managing Director at MCTC, said: “Vicky and Sven bring a wealth of expertise to the table. I am delighted to welcome them to the team as the company expands.

“While COVID has brought the industry some challenging times, it has also shone a light on the importance of leading a healthy wholesome lifestyle, something MCTC strongly believes in because health can’t be bought. We need to fuel our bodies with the right nutrients for it to function to its optimum level both physically and mentally. I am pleased to have both Vicky Stamati and Sven Schröder onboard to strengthen and promote our message to the industry.”

MCTC offers a full Catering Management Programme covering the vessel’s entire catering management needs such as ordering supplies, recipe planning, menu management, health and nutrition – all of which reduce vessel running costs. It also provides a Catering Competency Development Programme designed to increase standards in the galley through a safe food handling and nutrition course; onshore upgrading culinary course; trade tests, briefings, on board visits and also crew conferences.

Bahamas flagged reefer ships to benefit from WCPFC cooperation

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is delighted to announce that the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), at its 2020 annual meeting, has accorded The Bahamas the status of Cooperating Non-Member (CNM) within the organisation. This decision not only recognises The Bahamas’ non-compromising commitment to transparency, regulatory compliance and better control over fishing-related activities by the Bahamas fleet, but also strengthens its position as a strong supporter of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations’ (RFMO) efforts in total eradication of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing practices on a global scale.
The WCPFC was established in 2004 on the basis of the Convention for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stock in the Western and Central Pacific region. The Commission is acting as the regulatory authority in the management of high seas fisheries activities and conservation efforts in the convention area.
Cooperation with WCPFC paves the way for The Bahamas to establish a fisheries cargoes transhipment authorisation program with the Commission. The program will allow reefer carriers flying The Bahamas flag to undertake high-seas transhipment of cargoes originated from the WCPFC regulatory area. Such cooperation will open new commercial opportunities to Bahamian flagged reefers available through the Transhipment Authorisation program enrolment and allocation to the list of WCPFC Fishing Vessels.
Captain Dwain Hutchinson, the BMA Managing Director and CEO, said: “Cooperation with the WCPFC will facilitate the way the Bahamas flagged reefer ships operate in the Western and Central Pacific region and will bring new prospects for cooperation in promoting sustainable fishing. We look forward to continuing to offer quality services to all registered ships and welcome the opportunity to discuss our commitments with any stakeholder.”
In line with existing programs already in place with NEAFC, ICCAT and the Norwegian Fisheries Directorate, the WCPFC Transhipment Authorisations will be issued to qualifying reefer ships on submission of an application by the managing Company. The Bahamas Department of Marine Resources (DMR), in collaboration with The BMA, ensures the regulatory control, monitoring and licensing activities in establishing and maintaining the fisheries cargoes Transhipment Authorisation programs world-wide.

Stream Marine Training and Stellamar Partnership Drives Seafarer Recruitment and Training

Stream Marine Training (SMT) and global recruitment provider Stellamar have formed a strategic partnership to improve seafarers’ career prospects and training needs.
Southampton based Stellamar has close links with the maritime industry, especially in the cruise, port operations and super yacht sectors, and has an in-depth knowledge of the specialist skills and attributes required by crew to fill many of the technical roles in these areas.  It has a rigorous selection process and recommends SMT as its preferred provider of MCA STCW approved training courses to candidates that need to update their mandatory safety critical training to ensure they can carry out their roles in a professional and competent manner.
“’Maritime skills and training is a key agenda across the industry and we recognise the importance in selecting the right partner in this area, to ensure maximum levels of safety onboard our clients vessels,” said Alasdair MacMillan, CEO of Stellamar.
“Having worked closely with SMT over a number of years, as well as other major players in this space, it is clear to us that SMT is paving the way for ensuring the safety of vessels and crew in the modern world. We are delighted to announce our strategic alliance with SMT to assist in their substantial and continued growth in the coming years.”
SMT now employs a blended learning approach with online training for the theory parts of its courses and on-site practical sessions at its COVID-safe facilities in Glasgow. This means that trainees’ travel and accommodation costs are reduced as well as having the flexibility of taking the theory sections of their courses wherever they are based in the world, provided there is  reliable  internet access.
“SMT is growing rapidly and we’ve had to make some senior appointments recently to keep pace with our ambitious plans. Stellamar is the first recruiter we turn to when seeking candidates for senior roles as we know that the staff fully understands our requirements and has unrivalled maritime recruiting experience,” said Colin McMurray, SMT’s Group Managing Director.
“Stellamar’s  CEO Alasdair is very hands-on and is great to work with as he understands exactly what we need and recently found us the perfect person for our Business Development Manager vacancy,” he added.
Both companies will continue to work together to promote the maritime industry as a great option for talented individuals that want a structured career path backed with comprehensive training and knowledge support.

Wireless Maritime Services and Carrier Transicold Announce Vessel Capabilities for TripLINK Platform


MIRAMAR, Fla., Feb. 16, 2021 – Through an integration with Carrier Transicold’s TripLINK(TM) platform, Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) IoT at Sea vessel network offers enhanced benefits to seafarers and onshore teams by providing uninterrupted, temperature-controlled transport and storage of frozen and perishable goods from producer to consumer.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Carrier Transicold to help drive a healthier, safer, more sustainable cold chain. Our combined solution brings unique capabilities at a critical time when the COVID-19 global pandemic is showing the world the importance of maritime trade for life’s necessities including perishable food and medicine,” said Lee Mabie, Vice President Strategy, Product Development and Marketing for Wireless Maritime Services (WMS).

Willy Yeo, Director of Marketing, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold added, “Integrating TripLINK with WMS IoT vessel network will deliver greater visibility, efficiency and 24/7 monitoring at sea. For onshore teams using the TripLINK application, they can now have global visibility of the exact location of their fleet and remotely manage TripLINK-enabled containers at sea, thereby giving asset operators and owners alike greater ease of mind, transparency and control over their refrigerated containers.”

Seafarers (crew members) are empowered with a more efficient, easier and safer container management solution at sea. “Seafarers are the heart of maritime shipping. They work tirelessly at sea moving ninety percent of global trade so the world can live, work and play. Today they also face COVID-19 restrictions extending their time at sea, impeding crew changes and limiting access to ports for respite. We are committed to empower seafarers with capabilities to increase efficiency and safety for easier container management at sea,” Mabie noted.

First, crew members will be able to access the TripLINK application centrally on the vessel to manage containers wirelessly reducing, or eliminating, the need for manual inspections thus improving safety – especially in rough seas.

Second, equipped with mobile handsets, crew manage container alerts from anywhere on the ship, making the process more efficient. These mobile handsets receive container alarms, allowing the crew to acknowledge the alarm and rectify any potential issues. With TripLINK’s bay load plan file integration, simple text alarms include the exact container location on the ship and a summary of the alarm, resulting in quicker response time and ultimately minimizing potential cargo loss.

Finally, in the event of satellite outage, continuity of service is maintained on the vessel so crew members can still manage TripLINK-enabled containers at sea and receive container alerts on their mobile handsets. Druid Software’s RAEMIS platform is integrated with WMS vessel network providing this capability.

This solution by Carrier Transicold and WMS complies with IoT standards for vessel networks.

For more information about the integrated Carrier Transicold TripLINK and WMS IoT at Sea solution, please visit

About Wireless Maritime Services (WMS)

Wireless Maritime Services (WMS) enabled digital transformation shaping the future of maritime connecting people, data and things through IoT, cellular and Wi-Fi networks at sea. WMS has been a pioneer in wireless maritime network and cellular roaming since 2004 leading in radio frequency (RF) and satellite engineering for some of the most prestigious maritime brands in the world. WMS is headquartered in Miramar, Florida, USA. Additional information about WMS is available at Follow WMS on LinkedIn at Wireless Maritime Services (WMS).

About Druid Software

Druid Software is a core cellular network software company based in Ireland. Established in 2001 Druid has evolved into one of the world’s leaders in Private 5G & 4G Cellular technology over the last 20 years. Druids RaemisTM platform is a mature 3GPP compliant 4G/5G core network, with unique features designed specifically for business and mission critical use.

Druids mature RaemisTM platform is in use today by ISPs and Enterprises for mission critical environments in the U.S, Asia and Europe. Druid technology enables solutions in different areas including enterprise communications, IoT, mobile edge computing, and public safety. For more information, please visit

Hamworthy Pumps wins big Babcock contract

235 pumps for new Royal Navy frigates

As a subcontractor for Babcock International Group, Hamworthy Pumps will supply the pump solutions for five highly specialised Type 31 military vessels.

By 2028, Babcock International Group will have built five new Type 31 frigates for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, and Hamworthy Pumps will supply the pump solutions.

With this contract, the two companies strengthen an already close and long-standing collaboration on deliveries to the government market in the UK. Including the Type 23 (Duke class) frigates, which were built from 1989 to 2002 and have proven their versatility in naval operations around the world.

“The Hamworthy business was founded in 1914 on Poole Quay in Dorset, and we are proud to once again have the opportunity to contribute to an important frigate programme in the United Kingdom. We are currently expanding our Poole capabilities, and this order shows that we have the right setup to handle large and complex projects in the region,” says Jim McGookin, key account manager at Hamworthy Pumps and responsible for the collaboration with Babcock International Group.

Navy segment in focus

The Babcock International Group contract includes the delivery of a total of 235 pumps over a five-year period. According to the newly appointed CEO, Hans Christiaan Laheij, the Type 31 programme will be an important reference in the coming years, with Hamworthy Pumps further increasing its focus on the Navy segment.

“Hamworthy Pumps has a long history as a supplier for naval projects and a significant installed base on military ships in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands, among others. In addition to the contract for the Type 31 frigates, we also have significant contracts for new ships for the US Navy. It gives us an excellent position to be considered for other upcoming naval projects,” says Hans Christiaan Laheij.

For example, a key element of the Type 31 programme is to supply a design with the potential to secure a range of export orders and thereby supporting the UK economy and UK jobs. If international customers wish to develop local build and support capabilities, Hamworthy Pumps will support a collaboration approach with a range of export strategies to maximise local in-country content.


The Type 31 programme consists of five general purpose frigates with a production cost of GB£ 250 million per unit. The T31 builds upon the already successful Iver Huitfeldt Global Frigate design, incorporating changes to provide a compliant and adaptable modern platform.

Hamworthy Pumps will deliver (per ship):

  • 6* Fire Pump (Horizontal) & Motor unit
  • 3* Chilled Water Circulation Pump & Motor unit
  • 2* Ballast Pumps & Motor unit
  • 2* D.O. Transfer Pumps & Motor unit
  • 2* Hot Water Heater Circulation Pumps & Motor unit
  • 4* S.W. Cooling Pump Auxiliary System & Motor unit
  • 4* F.W. Cooling Pump Auxiliary System & Motor unit
  • 3* S.W. Pump for Cooling Plant & Motor unit
  • 2* F.W. Hydrophore Pump & Motor unit
  • 2* F.W. Refilling Pump & Motor unit
  • 1* S.W. Pump for Foam System & Motor unit
  • 2* S.W. Pump for RO Plant & Motor unit
  • 2* Hot Water Circulation Pump & Motor unit
  • 1* Sewage Transfer Pump & Motor unit
  • 1* Harbour SW Pump & Motor unit
  • 1* L.O. Transfer Pump M.E. & Motor unit
  • 1* L.O Transfer Pump D.G. & Motor unit
  • 1* L.O. Transfer Pump – Gearbox/CPP & motor unit
  • 2* Sludge Transfer Pump & Motor unit
  • 1* Boat Fuel Supply Pump & Motor unit
  • 1* Engine Room Bilge Pump & Motor unit
  • 1* Urea Transfer Pump & Motor unit
  • 2* Diesel Driven Fire Pump

Beast meets giant: Jumbo Kinetic Transports 1435-tonne Shiploader

Jumbo Shipping raised the bar with the recent shipment of a 1435t shiploader, measuring 135 x 25 x 43 metres, from Vietnam to Canada for the machine’s manufacturer Tenova.

After almost two years of engineering, the Jumbo Shipping team saw their hard work come to life when the Jumbo Kinetic was captured on film lifting and shipping this gigantic 1435t shiploader from Phu My Port, Vietnam to Vancouver, Canada.

Heavy Lifting

Having conducted a final loading simulation, the time had come for the engineers to put MV Jumbo Kinetic, a K-class vessel with 3,000t dual lifting capacity, to the real test by loading this super-heavy shiploader onboard.

Lift On

Based on the size of the unit and the length of its boom, loading this shiploader at Phu My Port, Vietnam was a formidable task, but the dual lift went without a hitch.

With stage one of the lifting operation complete, the next step was to temporarily suspend the unit above the deck so that the boom could be retracted to change the centre of gravity position. This enabled the vessel’s team to re-rig and then perform a single lift to shift the shiploader to its final stowage position where it could be secured for the sea voyage to Vancouver.

This video shows the spectacular sight of the Jumbo Kinetic arriving in Vancouver with the shiploader stowed on deck as well as the masterful loading and discharge operations:

Lift Off

After a 20 day ocean voyage the Jumbo Kinetic arrived safe and sound at the Neptune terminal in Vancouver and discharge operations got underway. If the engineering work at Phu My Port was not already impressive enough, our client raised the bar even further for the offloading operations with the team needing to discharge the shiploader while it was half suspended over the water.

The shiploader was then steadily manoeuvred onto the pivot point at the quayside and onto the semi-circle shaped rails above the water. Now in its final position at the Neptune Bulk Terminals in North Vancouver, this shiploader is reshaping the landscape of the port.

Thanks to strong team work and cooperation between all parties involved, a journey of two years has come to a successful completion.

Soren Toft starts ceo role at MSC

Former Maersk coo Toft will oversee MSC’s global cargo businesses including ocean liner and logistics, and be a member of the board of directors of Terminal Investment Ltd (TiL). Toft’s appointment to the role of ceo was announced by MSC in November 2019 shortly after a surprise announcement that he was quitting Maersk.

He will report directly to Diego Aponte, MSC Group President, and Gianluigi Aponte, Founder and MSC Group Chairman.

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