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Remembering the seafarers during Covid-19

COMPARED to what is going on in much of the world right now, Singapore has managed to keep a grip on the Covid-19 situation. However a few days ago, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued a Port Marine Circular (No 15 of 2020) which reflected the continued, and worsening,...

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Cruising takes a hammering from Covid-19

ON returning at the weekend from a two-week holiday in Egypt, I was expecting to read lots of reports of how the Covid-19 was affecting shipping. But I was not prepared for just how badly the newly termed pandemic was affecting world trade.

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3D printing and the future of shipping

THOSE of us who can remember the early days of the container revolution will recall its slow start, which went almost unnoticed. Then suddenly, or so it seemed, the world had changed almost beyond recognition. The once-ubiquitous general cargo ship was on a one-way trip to a breaker's beach, and...

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Shipping must be prepared for wider spread of virus

UNFORTUNATELY, everybody in Singapore is now all too aware of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. The situation has moved on since the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued an advisory stating that on Jan 29 there was a confirmed case of a crew member with...

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All eyes on next marine fuel deadline

SO FAR, so good seems to be the general consensus a month after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 0.50 per cent sulphur in fuel limit came into force for the global fleet.

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Piracy is still an unacceptable reality

HERE we go again. New year, new attacks on shipping and crews.

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How old? New guidelines on age discrimination

A PRESS release from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has grabbed my attention. As somebody who first went to sea as a cadet 50 years ago, I was very interested to see ICS has released new Guidelines for Shipowners to Avoid Age Discrimination On Board Ships. It is available free of...

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Shippers' container lashing row flares up

JUST under two years ago, many in the shipping industry were surprised that the long running "who does what" dispute over container lashing was apparently resolved.

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Shippers' forum adds fuel to the ire

WE are now just over a week past what has been the biggest change in ships' operating practices since the introduction of steam power. Unless subject to the even stricter standards enforced in International Maritime Organization (IMO) designated Emission Control Areas (ECA), all ships must now...

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Is a confident start to 2020 justified?

CONFIDENCE in the shipping industry rose in late 2019 to its highest level for 18 months, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from London-based shipping adviser and accountant BDO.

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Investing in research to go carbon-free

SOMETIMES us old journalists put two and two together and make five. That was initially the case when I heard that the global shipping industry has come up with a proposal to the the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to accelerate the development of commercially viable zero-carbon...

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There's many a slip between safety and ship

THE American Club, one of the 13 big mutual protection and indemnity (P&I) insurers of the shipping industry, has taken a close look at why its pays out something like US$40 million a year in injury claims.

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Shipping needs to help salvors save their profession

SALVORS, the people and companies who specialise in pulling ships out of harm's way, gathered for the International Salvage Union's (ISU) regular December board meeting and salvage conference in London. Appropriately they get together just as the Northern winter sets in, with prospect of ships...

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Sending ship carbons to the bottom of the sea

LAST week a press release turned up which used very low-key language to announce what could be a game changer.

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Fighting and fixing cyber threats at sea

A NEW book has just landed on my desk, Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use. The associated advertising blurb says it is a "practical, straightforward and easy to understand guide to support the master and the ship's crew with cyber security risk management".

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Shipping groups exchange broadsides at global maritime meeting

THE London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was a busy place last week. Almost 400 representatives from nearly 70 countries, as well as from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the European Commission, the League of Arab States and around 30...

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Keeping seafarers' mental health shipshape

LONG working hours, isolation and extended periods away from home put seafarers at risk of poor mental health, according to new research by a team from the UK's Cardiff University.

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Strategic thinking by shipping leaders

RIGHT now, it is difficult for shipping industry executives to think long term. An awful lot is going on, as has been noted in this column in recent weeks.

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Shipping remains a risky business

THERE has been a spate of survey findings landing on my desk recently, including another one from prolific survey instigator BDO.

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High crimes on the high seas

IF you look at the statistics it is possible to say that piracy and armed robbery against ships is becoming less of a problem.

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Shipping business adjusts to winds of change

THIS year has seen more than its fair share of political and economic instability. And high level politics and economic uncertainty have often come together, notably in the US-China trade dispute.

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Bunkers, busts, blame and blockchain

LAST month the World Shipping Council (WSC), BIMCO, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA) asked all maritime countries to strictly enforce the 0.50 per cent global sulphur cap for marine fuel.

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A new look at watchkeeping standards is needed

AT LAST week's International Chamber of Shipping's conference in London, a marketing display by the UK Hydrographic office caught my attention.