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    Posted by: Holly Savage on May 09, 2017
    Technology

    The cyber security concerns which are facing shipping are often talked about. However, it seems this could just be part of a wider problem. With an aging seafarer population, there are concerns some crews are behind the curve when it comes to technology. Is this true? Continue reading

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    Posted by: Holly Savage on Nov 25, 2016
    Elearning

    Education and training is crucial for building and developing careers – without learning, there can be no growth, either for individuals, companies or industries as a whole. The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) aims to support the professional development of anyone working in the marine and maritime sector, helping them become better, safer and more efficient in their roles. Continue reading

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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Jun 21, 2016
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    Abandonment is a problem which has dogged seafarers for years – but even despite the advent of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and financial security requirements, it is still happening. But why, and what can be done about it? Continue reading

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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Apr 06, 2016

    Over the past decade or so, there has seemingly been as much chance of seafarers drowning in paperwork than at sea. Each new set of rules has seemingly come with a load of administration to complete, logs, forms and checklists. Continue reading

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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Mar 08, 2016
    Maersk star

    Increasingly the notion of brand and the reputation of shipping companies has an effect – but does this mean anything for seafarers, and if so what…do people work only for “strong brands”, or is it down the list of considerations? Continue reading

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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Feb 02, 2016
    Safety gear

    Shipping loves terminology – especially when it comes to things going wrong. With our accidents, incidents, misses and learning opportunities, there are so many ways of talking about bad things. But do we really understand how bad luck, foolishness, arrogance, stupidity, bad design, or other variables affect us? Continue reading

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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Jan 04, 2016
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    In the old days people did silly things…very silly things indeed. Drinking, partying, all manner of shenanigans – but because photos took an age to develop, because letters can only be sent to one person at a time, all these exploits often went unnoticed and forgotten. Continue reading

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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Dec 14, 2015
    a shakehand in a seaport

    Many seafarers eventually look to “swallow the anchor” and have a career ashore. For some having seafaring experience is a real plus, for others it seems to actually hinder them as they can be misunderstood. We look at the power of experience when it comes to developing a career ashore.
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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Dec 14, 2015
    CPD

    The tell tail signs of being a proper marine professional are not just looking the part, but it is about caring, passion and a pursuit of knowledge and experience. So how do seafarers access information and keep abreast of the news, views and information which help underpin their professionalism? CPD! Continue reading

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    Posted by: crewtoo_val on Oct 26, 2015
    a man multitasks

    The internet loves giving advice – the web abounds with top tens, twelves, even fifty tips on so many subjects….”how to be a better person”, “how to cook an egg” or make your partner happier, thinner, even hairier. Continue reading

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