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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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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Mar 03, 2017
    Medical

    A company which specialises in medical support for ships is urging improvements to facilities available at sea which protect and safeguard seafarers’ health. The call for increased safety comes after new research showing that almost 125,000 seafarers, around 7% of the total, are evacuated while at sea each year due to ill health. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 24, 2017
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    A woman has been killed as Storm Doris brought winds of up to 94mph along with snow and rain to the UK. While UK port owner and operator Peel Ports was forced to close the Port of Liverpool after the Storm Doris battered northern England throughout Thursday, February 23, with wind gusts reaching up to 100 miles per hour. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 17, 2017
    Whale Guide

    Pilots boarding ships in British Columbian waters will hand out booklets identifying where whales are likely to be in the latest move by authorities to protect the mammals. Marine researchers in conjunction with the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert have put together the Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of Western Canada in a bid to cut the number of mammal deaths from ship collisions. The BC Cetacean Sighting Network has gathered data on the location of whales since 2001, information that researchers hope is beneficial in cutting down collisions. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 10, 2017
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    Maritime job prospects at sea and ashore will be the focus of this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week being organised by nautical charity Seafarers UK, which celebrates its centenary this year. A series of maritime profile-raising events will take place across the UK June 24-30 2017, coinciding with IMO’s Day of the Seafarer (June 25), which has been held annually since 2011. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Feb 03, 2017
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    InterManager has presented the findings of its fatigue study, “Project MARTHA”, to The International Maritime Organization (IMO). Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary-General of InterManager urged the maritime industry to take notice of the findings as the industry recruits aspiring seafarers. The report highlights growing levels of fatigue, particularly among Masters and Watch Keepers, and noted that motivation was a major factor in fatigue experienced by seafarers. “Our people are our assets and we need to develop a strategy whereby shipping is once again seen as a career of choice for tomorrow’s young talented people” he added. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 27, 2017
    Brexit

    The UK Freight Transport Association has warned Parliament that exiting the European Union without some arrangement for “frictionless trade” could lead to expensive customs delays for ports, hauliers and shippers. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Jan 06, 2017

    Seafarers Fight Tax Man – India’s two sailors unions, National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) and Maritime Union of India (MUI), have appealed to the Centre to treat earnings of seafarers in respect of thier overseas salary as not received in India so that they would get some tax relief. Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Dec 16, 2016
    Sound Horn

    The P&O cruise ship Oriana was departing Southampton’s City Cruise Terminal last month when its horn malfunctioned and got stuck on blast for more than 20 minutes. The hilarious, and noisy, fail was of course captured on video and posted online. According to the uploader, this went on for well over 20 minutes, even though the video only shows the first 7 minutes. This happened November 25. I’m sure the locals just loved it. Continue reading

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