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Pacific Centre Launches on Low-Carbon Shipping Mission

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Pacific region has celebrated the launch of a centre of excellence for low-carbon shipping technology, which joins centres in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America as part of a global network run by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the European Union.    Through

Overconfidence, Poor Training Sank El Faro: NTSB Report

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The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.   It was the worst U.S. maritime disaster in 30 years.

ReCAAP, India Coast Guard Conduct Workshop

Group photo of the Capacity Building Workshop Co-organized by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and India Coast Guard in New Delhi, India. Photo: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

 The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and the Indian Coast Guard have commenced the 2017 Capacity Building Workshop in New Delhi, India.   Themed “Striding Over Domestic Challenges,” this year’s workshop

IMO Assembly Adopts Vision, Strategic Directions

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 The IMO Assembly met for its 30th session at  International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London, United Kingdom (27 November to 6 December).    The Assembly was the largest-ever gathering at IMO Headquarters in London, attended by some 1,400 participants, including 56 at the ministerial level,

More Women in Ports

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 Female officials from maritime and port authorities from developing countries are attending a training course aimed at improving management and operational efficiency of their ports.    Hosted in Le Havre, France (27 November - 8 December), women from 21 countries are taking part in the two-week

Eco-Business Launches The EB Circle

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 Eco-Business, Asia Pacific’s leading media organisation dedicated to reporting on sustainable development, has unveiled a new membership programme for its growing community.   The EB Circle is a new dedicated network in which readers who sign up for just S$60 a year will gain priority invites to its events,

Interview: Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, US Maritime Administrator

Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration

Insights: Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration   Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association,

Ferry Operations: A Tragedy Averted

Kevin Suarez, a Dock Attendant for Statue Cruises (Credit: David Handschuh)

Training and attention to detail saves lives. Kevin Suarez at Statue Cruises is the living embodiment of that maritime metric.   For any first time visitor to the Big Apple, the trip probably wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. To that end, Statue Cruises’ main

Leadership and Subchapter M

(Photo: Pat Folan)

Earlier this year I was part of a safety meeting with several marine towing companies and the topic turned to leadership on our towing vessels. Companies are coming to the realization that many of their captains are not masters of the vessels.   For years, the industry has taken control of the vessels from the captains and kept it in the office.

Buzby: Kings Point Back on Track

Mark H. Buzby, U.S. Maritime Administrator

U.S. Maritime Adminstrator Mark Buzby issues statement on ‘full accreditation’ from third party auditors.   The U.S. Maritime Administrator last week issued a statement announcing full accreditation of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Brazil Funds Training on ShipConstructor & 3D Design

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 ShipConstructor Software Inc.  (SSI) says it is excited to see that the Brazilian Government has funded training on SSI’s ShipConstructor software. Below is background to that decision.   Brazilian shipyard Estaleiro Atlântico Sul (EAS) is one of a select group of bright lights in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry.

India to Establish Center of Excellence in Maritime and Ship Building in 2 Cities

Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 A world class Center of Excellence in Maritime and Ship Building (CEMS) is being set up by Ministry of Shipping in collaboration with  Siemens and Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) under the Ministry’s flagship Sagarmala Program.    CEMS will have  campuses at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai, and will provide industry-relevant skill development,

Maritime Technologies Incubator Launched in New York

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The newly formed Maritime Global Technologies Innovation Center (MGTIC) is a collaborative incubator hosted at SUNY Maritime College that sets out to foster technology developments in the maritime space through entrepreneurial innovations.   “Shipping interests exist in an increasingly complex environment

Five Requirements for Safe Ops

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A safety culture starts with the CEO As I write this article I am flying back to my home base in Canada from the 42nd annual Interferry conference in Split, Croatia. Interferry is an outstanding conference full of dedicated and passionate ferry operators and those who serve the industry. One presentation was delivered by Captain John Wright,

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