International

New date: SMM international maritime trade fair to take place from 2 to 5 February 2021

SMM international maritime trade fair, has been postponed to 2-5 February 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and its global impact on major events and international travelling. “The continued highly dynamic development of COVID-19 and the resulting ban on major events have left us no other choice but to postpone SMM to next year. …

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Global Marine Travel working on efficient crew repatriation

Each month about 150,000 seafarers need to be changed over to and from the ships which they operate to ensure compliance with international maritime regulations which ensures crew safety, health and welfare, and the prevention of fatigue. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a large number of seafarers extending their service onboard ships after …

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ECSA and ETF request EU coordination on implementing IMO Framework for ensuring safe ship crew changes

The European Community Shipowners association (ECSA)and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) sent a joint letter to the European Commissioner for Transport, requesting her assistance in ensuring EU-wide coordination on implementing the IMO’s ‘Framework of Protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’. The IMO recently published the 12-point …

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Baleària aims for COVID-19 safe certification for its ships, terminals

Baleària eyes COVID-19 safe certification for its ships, terminals Spanish ferry operator Baleària is working towards being the first shipping line in the world to obtain the Global Safe Site Covid-19 badge at the highest level (Excellence) from the international certification and inspection body Bureau Veritas. According to Balaèria, certification will cover sixteen of the …

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Stress, fatigue and dread characterize life aboard ships during pandemic

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed real insight into the lives of seafarers during the global Covid-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, the report reveals seafarer happiness is lower, with clear concerns about current safety and welfare provision for those serving at sea. Seafarers are urgently calling for improved …

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Gigantic crane collapses on board offshore installation ship (video)

A few people were slightly injured on Saturday in an accident on a ship under construction for the dredging company DEME in Rostock, Germany, the company announced on Saturday evening in a press release. “A serious accident occurred aboard the offshore installation vessel ‘Orion 1’ during crane loading tests, “explains DEME. The vessel, built in …

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150,000 seafarers in need of crew change by May 15

New data compiled by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) has found that 150,000 seafarers are in need of crew change by the 15th of May. The labour day sound your horn event was created to highlight the plight of seafarers trapped by travel restrictions related to COVID-19, where seafarers have …

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Green Marine Europe launched

Paris and Quebec City – Green Marine and Surfrider Foundation Europe today announced that the Green Marine Europe environmental program is now available to European ship owners. The Green Marine Europe label is based on the Green Marine environmental certification program, a voluntary initiative by the maritime industry in Canada and the United States that aims …

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HMM names world’s largest containership in South Korea

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) held a naming ceremony for a 24,000 TEU-class containership HMM Algeciras, the world’s largest containership, at the DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering)’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje, Korea. About 160 distinguished persons attended the ceremony, including Moon Jae-in (President of the Republic of Korea) and First Lady Kim Jung-sook who served …

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