DP World protest against P&O sackings

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch

Maritime union RMT will be joining protesters outside the Dubai owned company HQ on Thursday 21 April at 5pm.

Organised by the International Transport Federation in London outside the offices of DP World, 16 Palace Street London SW1E 5JQ, RMT activists will be keeping up their “Fair Ferries campaign” and calling for the re-instatement of all 800 sacked seafarers.

ITF inspectors who were scheduled to investigate welfare issues at the Port of Dover earlier this week...


Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry supports seafarers impacted by Ukraine crisis by facilitating the opening of bank accounts

Vassilios Demetriades, Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister – Credit: Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry

CYPRUS, 20th April 2022: The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has collaborated with the financial institutions in Cyprus to facilitate the opening of bank accounts for seafarers affected by the war in Ukraine.
The Seafarer Workforce Report, published in 2021 by BIMCO and ICS, reports that combined, Ukrainian and Russian seafarers represent 14.5% of the global workforce. As more Russian banks are...


In challenging times crew comms are critical for all ships, large or small

Nabil Ben Soussia, Group CCO, President Asia, Middle East and CIS, for IEC Telecom

Crew communications are widely accepted as an important element of seafarer welfare provision and vessel operators are now prioritising onboard systems to enable crew to keep in touch with home. The crisis in Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted the vital need for internet access and contact with home, while seafarer surveys regularly identify connectivity as a key factor in onboard happiness,...


Seafarer lives don’t need to be risked during lifeboat drills

Captain Kuba Szymanski InterManager Secretary General

Seafarers are dying needlessly in lifeboat accidents when maritime legislation doesn’t actually require vessels to be manned during drills.

InterManager, the international trade association for ship and crew managers, is raising awareness of this fact by highlighting a legislative change which means that it is not necessary for crew to be onboard when lifeboats are tested.

SOLAS regulation III/ requires each lifeboat to be launched at...


J Class Svea Set To Return To Race In Europe With Swedish Syndicate

A group of successful Swedish entrepreneurs and businessmen who are all passionate about sailing, will campaign JS1 Svea and plan to start racing this summer in Europe with a mostly Swedish crew.

J Class ​Svea Set​ To Retu​rn To Ra​ce. Phot​o Credit​: J Clas​s/Studio​ Borleng​hi

Svea is under new ownership and due to be shipped from Charleston, USA to arrive in Palma in May where the new team will prepare the boat in time for June’s Palma Superyacht Cup where she is set to line up against...


Belgian shipowners reunite Ukrainian seafarers with their families

The Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association has opened a temporary shelter where Ukrainian seafarers can reunite with their families who are fleeing the war-torn country after it has been invaded by Russia.

Located in Hoboken, south of the city of Antwerp, the empty office building was offered for use thanks to the generosity of its owner. Through the help of Antwerp’s alderwomen Els Van Doesburg, lawyer Philippe Billiet, and numerous other volunteers, the RBSA was able to refit the property in...


Pilot Ladder Safety Webinar

Seamanship must prevail      

Join us and our presenters at this Nautical Institute webinar

13:00 – 14:00 UTC on Thursday 21 April 2022  

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The Nautical Institute (NI) and the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) have been concerned for many years at the needlessly high rate of Pilot Ladder casualties.

The NI is continuously reminded of the problem from its Members and through its Mariners’ Alerting and Reporting Scheme (MARS). The issue features frequently in our...


Leading maritime charity set to deliver 8,000 SIM cards to Ukrainian seafarers

Thousands of Ukrainian seafarers visiting UK ports will be able to contact loved ones back home thanks to a national connectivity initiative the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) has signed up to.

The Southampton-based charity made an application to Vodafone, through its charities.connected scheme, for 8,000 free SIM cards – which has now been approved. It comes as there are still no signs of Russia ending its attack on Ukraine.

Each Pay as You Go SIM card contains 20GB data with unlimited texts...


Sailors’ Society remembers Titanic officer who was one of its own

Picture of James Moody

“The sea is still God’s school for teaching the highest in sacrifice” 
On the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, international maritime charity Sailors’ Society is paying a special tribute to one of its own – the Titanic’s Sixth Officer, James Moody. 

Moody, who was just 24, was the only junior officer to go down with the ship. 

Shortly before midnight on April 14 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg. The story of this tragedy...


VIKAND and Key Maritime Stakeholders Launch Seafarers’ Human Sustainability Declaration during Nor-Shipping

Front row: Peter Hult, CEO, VIKAND, Ezekiel Davis, Regional VP, ABS, Stephen Schueler, Advisory Board Member, VIKAND
Middle row: Susanne Justesen, Senior Lead Diversity & Inclusion, Global Maritime Forum, Chris Bhatt, CCO Transportation & Logistics, AON, Ben Palmer, President, Inmarsat Maritime, Kiran Venkatesh, CEO, FrontM
and Back row: Nick Chubb, Founder & Managing Director, Thetius, Marcel Kind, CEO, Simwave

Global Healthcare specialist VIKAND and key maritime stakeholders have launched the...


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