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Nautilus Welcomes IBF Decision on Hormuz

JNG Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine. Credit: Associated Marine Officers' and Seamens' Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) website

The international trades union and professional association representing seafarers and allied workers Nautilus International has welcomed a decision by the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) to designate the Strait of Hormuz as a Temporary Extended Risk Zone, after 12 weeks of increased aggression towards merchant ships in the Gulf of Oman.

Risk Zone in Strait of Hormuz Extended

Map: International Transport Workers’ Federation

The International Bargaining Forum (IBF) designated the Strait of Hormuz as a Temporary Extended Risk Zone on 13 August 2019, following multiple incidents over the previous 12 weeks and rising tensions in the Gulf of Oman.According to the shipping's largest industrial relations collective, this

Cruise, Ferry Seafarers Among the Unhappiest

Image: The Mission to Seafarers

The seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry, said a study.Seafarer happiness levels across tanker, bulk carriers and container ship sectors close to global average this quarter, it said.The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers,

NYK-Fil Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Waving company's flags by Delgado, chairman of TDG(left)and Kudo of NYK (right). Photo: NYK Line

NYK-Fil Ship Management, the provider of qualified Filipino seafarers to international-going vessels of NYK Line, held a ceremony in Manila to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company’s establishment and the completion of a renovation of the head office.The NYK Group company said in a press

Ukraine Releases Crew of Russian Tanker

© Meshkov Georgiy / MarineTraffic.com

Ukraine has released the crew of a Russian tanker detained in the port of Izmail, but the vessel is still being held by Ukrainian authorities, RIA news agency cited the Russian embassy in Ukraine as saying.Ukraine said earlier on Thursday it had detained a Russian tanker for its alleged involvement

Prime Marine Selects SQLearn for Training

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Greece-based e-learning service provider SQLearn announced that Prime Marine Management has chosen the company’s innovative e-learning system in order to enhance e-learning on board and ashore.Prime Marine Management uses SQLearn’s suite of specialized services for the shipping industry in a fleet of 40 vessels.

Operator of Seized British Tanker Still Waiting to Visit Crew in Iran

The Swedish-based operator of the British-flagged tanker seized last week by Iran said on Tuesday it was still awaiting permission to visit the ship's 23 crew members."We continue to focus our efforts on supporting the families of those affected in India, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines

Number of Indian Seafarers Grows 45%

Graph: Press Information Bureau

Employment of Indian seafarers on Indian and foreign ships witnessed a growth of 45 percent in the last three years.The Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya informed the Parliament that the number has increased from 143940 in 2016 to 208799 globally in 2018.The Minister informed that the

3 Shippers Recognized for Safety Awareness

Photo: NYK

Three shipowners and ship-management companies  were  recognized by Japanese logistic major Nippon Yusen (NYK) for their original and effective implementation of measures to stimulate further safety awareness and encourage a sense of ownership among crew members.NYK held a “Brush Up

More Women Joining Maritime Industry

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

More women are joining the maritime ranks in a variety of professions within the industry, said International Maritime Organization (IMO).To encourage this trend, IMO supported a training course aimed at female officials from maritime and port authorities.According to the UN body, 25 women from 17 developing

IMO Movie Promotes Gender Diversity

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A new film from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) shows how IMO's Women in Maritime program is helping to support gender diversity in the maritime sectorThe maritime world is changing - and for the better. With help from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), exciting and rewarding

Military Veteran Finds Calling in Maritime Program

Jennifer Allen. Photo: Clatsop Community College

Jennifer Allen is a U.S. military veteran who lives with PTSD. She is also a recent MERTS graduate pursuing a career in the maritime industry.MERTS (Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station) is a small campus situated just east of Astoria on the banks of the Columbia River. It is part

MSC Approves Mooring Measures

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

The International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved measures to improve the safety for seafarers when mooring ships.Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) said in a press release that between 5 and 14 June, MSC met in London to discuss current issues related to the safety and security of global shipping.

HMM Rescues Crew of Norwegian Tanker

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South Korean shipping firm Hyundai Merchant Marine Co said in a press statement that its cargo ship, Hyundai Dubai, rescued all 23 crew members of the Norwegian oil tanker Front Altair, one of the two vessels that caught fire on suspicious attacks in the Gulf of Oman.According to U.S. officials, the

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