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Rise in global Seafarer optimism

According to the latest report from the Seafarers Happiness Index, the second quarter of 2022 has revealed a welcome rise in optimism with a significant increase in the overall rating of 7.21/10, up from 5.85 in the previous quarter.” “It is great to see seafarer happiness increase after such low satisfaction in the last Seafarers

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U.S. NOAA proposes new vessel speed regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales

The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Fisheries has announced proposed changes to vessel speed regulations to further protect North Atlantic right whales from death and serious injuries resulting from collisions — part of a multifaceted approach to stabilize and recover this endangered population. The changes would expand the current mandatory seasonal speed restrictions of 10 knots or

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Dockers vote to strike in August at Port of Felixstowe

Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, could soon be brought to a standstill after dock workers voted overwhelmingly to strike in August.  No actual strike date has been set, and both sides will be resuming negotiations next week. Main outstanding issue: below-inflation wage increases offered by management. Felixstowe handled 4 million TEUs annually, nearly half

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Heddle Shipyards receives Canadian Coast Guard vessel life extension contract

The Canadian Coast Guard today announced the award of a $36.14 million vessel life extension contract to Heddle Shipyards of Hamilton, Ontario for the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) George R. Pearkes. The vessel will be dry-docked and enter an extended maintenance period designed to increase its operational life. The ship primarily performs light icebreaking and buoy tending,

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CMIF appoints Julia Fields as Executive Director

Ottawa – The Canadian Marine Industry Foundation (“CMIF”) has announced the appointment of Julia Fields as Executive Director, effective August 22, 2022. Julia joins the CMIF with more than 20 years’ experience in communications and journalism in Canada, the U.S. and the UK, including most recently as the Communications Director with the Chamber of Marine

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