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    Posted by: Holly Savage on May 26, 2017
    Guards

    UK ports have stepped up security and screening measures for ferry passengers following the deadly attack on concertgoers in Manchester earlier this week. At the port of Holyhead, the nation’s second-busiest passenger port, police commissioner Arfon Jones has added new armed patrols to ensure security, part of the UK’s Operation Temperer. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on May 19, 2017
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    The UK P&I Club is putting the spotlight on seafarer mental health with suicide the cause of 15% of deaths at sea. As a career seafarers are second most at risk from suicide Anuj Velankar, senior loss prevention advisor, UK P&I Club, told a seminar in Singapore on Tuesday. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on May 12, 2017
    Rolling

    The UK prides itself on being an island nation in a world that is almost three-quarters oceans and seas. Packed full of potentially valuable resources, the ocean has long played a vital role in transport and fishing. But commercial exploitation has been slowed by the very real technical and non-technological challenges and the high costs that accompany them. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on May 05, 2017
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    Pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers in the first quarter of 2017, slightly more than the same period last year, according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report. The global report highlights persisting violence in piracy hotspots off Nigeria and around the Southern Philippines – where two crew members were killed in February. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Apr 28, 2017
    Propeller

    The Port of Rotterdam’s Additive Manufacturing Fieldlab (RAMLAB) and Autodesk have created a 3D-printed propeller using a hybrid manufacturing process combining wire and arc additive manufacturing using six-axis industrial robotic arms. Currently, if a vessel comes into port needing a replacement part, it can take weeks or months to order and deliver, costing companies millions of dollars while they wait. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Apr 21, 2017
    Piracy

    The number of piracy incidents in Asia has dropped in the first quarter this year, compared to the same period in 2016, and ReCAAP ISC praises the swift action of crews and responding military forces. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Apr 06, 2017
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    The issue of protecting captive seafarers’ wages is on the agenda at an International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland (3-5 April). IMO has taken part in the ILO Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee, established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers. The Group is considering proposals on the protection of a seafarer’s wages when the seafarer is held captive, on or off the ship, as a result of acts such as piracy or armed robbery against ships. These proposals include an amendment to the MLC Code. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Mar 31, 2017
    Brexit

    British ports want trade facilitation to be central to Brexit negotiations, particularly highlighting ro-ro services to the EU. With UK PM Theresa May signing the letter that will trigger the process that will formally start the process to leave the EU British Port Association (BPA) chief executive Richard Ballantyne said it was “vital” trade facilitation was given the highest priority. Ports provide vital economic gateways and from the point of view of trade and freight flows, probably the lead concern from the ports sector is facilitation, with potential major challenges dealing with HGVs on ro-ro and ferry routes,” he said. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Mar 24, 2017
    Health

    The Standard Club is happy to report that its Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) scheme has now entered its second year. The decision to continue the scheme was based on its successful first year of operation: the scheme examined over 2,000 seafarers in 2016, and the monthly rate of examinations and the number of members using the scheme continue to grow. The scheme has distributed health advice to many seafarers with treatable conditions ensuring that these conditions do not worsen and result in a claim. The scheme also identified seafarers who were chronically ill and thus unfit for sea service Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Mar 17, 2017
    Piracy

    Following two years of research and development Gray Page is pleased to unveil its new vessel perimeter protection system, DFENCE. Devised by the maritime security specialists and internationally-recognised piracy experts at Gray Page, the DFENCE system is designed to prevent unlawful over-the-side access to ships, oil rigs and other marine platforms and installations. Having worked discreetly with ship-owner clients as it developed its innovative barrier concept, Gray Page is now able to reveal its DFENCE system to the global maritime market. Continue reading

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