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Wakashio’s captain and first mate pleaded guilty for grounding in Mauritius


Both face a maximum of 60 years’ incarceration for the sinking of the ore carrier MV Wakashio’s high profile disaster in July 2020 attracted substantial media attention given 1,000 tonnes of oil spilled into the waters. After several legal transpirations, the key persons responsible for helming the vessel finally pleaded …

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Updated salary data for seafarers and customisable crewing services for employers COVID-19 has compromised the attractiveness of the seafaring career. India’s massive outbreak caused several countries to imposed border restrictions which disrupted manpower balance. One aftermath was the manpower demand’s shift to other nations, which eventually suffered shortage. Other accompanying …

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Patience wears thin towards seafarers’ poor treatment


Frank Coles continues his aggressive lobbying for improved seafarers’ treatment Last week, Coles wrote a piece to “provoke” a strike to convey a message, this time he demonstrated his rapidly thinning patience. In an emotionally charged appeal, Coles called out the unacceptable behaviours of everyone in maritime who participated in …

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Recognising seafarers as key workers takes centrestage at roundtable discussion

Recognising seafarers

BIMCO, Intercargo, International Chamber of Shipping and Intertanko met to debate on pressing issues confronting the maritime industry, such as recognising seafarers as key Leaders of the Round Table of International Shipping Associations: BIMCO, Intercargo, International Chamber of Shipping and Intertanko recently affirmed the industry’s commitment to universal recognition for …

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Elaborate clean-up operations commence on Wakashio’s mishap


Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering commences dismantling of Wakashio’s 75m bow Clean-up operations have commenced in Pointe d’Esny in Mauritius after the massive collision involving MV Wakashio last July. Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering is engaged to dismantle the 75m vessel bow. The parts will be transported on a special barge to …

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27,000 Singaporean seafarers to receive COVID-19 vaccines

Singaporean seafarers

Seafarers have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines after tested PCR-negative As part of Singapore Government’s drive to protect frontline workers, COVID-19 vaccination administering commenced last Wednesday to shore-based personnel, which includes those who carry out essential work onboard vessels in ports, such as cargo and bunkering operations, repairs and maintenance, as …

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Singapore authorities ramp up safety measures after latest infections

safety measure

Firm action to be taken against companies found to have breached the safety regulations resulting in the infections  The recent cases involving a marine surveyor and a harbour pilot tested positive for COVID-19 have sent Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Ministry of …

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Simulator training remains the preferred choice for seafarers

Simulator training

Simulator training remains the preferred choice for seafarers The MarTID 2020 survey revealed increased simulation training being the preferred choice, with ship handling and practical on-the-job training trailing behind. The survey for the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) 2020 Training Practices Report showed training preferences resulting from the events that …

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