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Ensuring There's No Stigma Around Mental Health

By Julian Clark 2018-07-17 18:12:52

Seafarers’ mental health is by no means a new phenomenon. However, what is concerning to the maritime community, and beyond is that suicide rates among seafarers have more than tripled since 2014 (according to figures from the UK P&I Club). Suicide is now one of the most common causes of death at sea. Mental health affects employees from all different industries and fields, and is certainly not isolated to seafarers. It is probably...

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U.S. Coast Guard Academy Offers Cyber Major

By MarEx 2018-07-10 19:33:24

For the first time in more than 20 years, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will add a new academic program: beginning with the Class of 2022, it will offer an academic major in Cyber Systems.    The U.S. Coast Guard has identified cyberspace as an operating domain in its Cyber Strategy plan, specifically pointing to defending cyberspace, enabling operations and protecting infrastructure as strategic priorities critical to overall mission success.   “The world of cyber is...

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World Maritime University Celebrates 35 Years

By MarEx 2018-07-05 18:10:05

Alongside the 70th anniversary of the IMO, in 2018, the World Maritime University (WMU) is celebrating 35 years. WMU has made a major contribution to global maritime education, research and capacity building, with 4,654 WMU alumni from 167 countries to date. In the early 1980s, the IMO identified a shortage of well-qualified, highly educated maritime experts, particularly in developing countries. In order to support member States with high-caliber education in the maritime field, WMU was officially established by the IMO...

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Speed Trusting is Just like Speed Dating

By Vivek Menon 2018-07-04 03:12:24

On board ships, having a great deal of trust amongst each other raises the level of trust on board the ship making work safer, more efficient, provides a greater sense of well-being and fewer conflicts. From a leadership perspective management research shows that trust is always a key parameter for success in general. Building trust takes time and requires effort from everyone involved. Ashore, building trust may take less time and effort, as we often tend to work with the...

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Virtual Reality Could be the Future of Arctic Navigation Training

By Bjarne Rasmussen 2018-07-01 22:40:18

Denmark's Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has published an Executive Order describing the training and qualification requirements for masters, officers and other personnel who are part of the guard on the bridge for ships operating in polar areas. The Danish Executive Order entered into force on July 1, 2018. These sections of the Executive Order are of particular note: Course providers and requirements for instructors qualifications § 6. In order to offer education and issue of qualifications, the...

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Canada Wants More Seafarers

By MarEx 2018-06-12 22:04:48

Canada expected to lose 20 percent of its aging seafarers to retirement within the next five years. This represents a huge challenge for the industry which is projected to increase significantly over the next decade.  To avoid this skills gap, the Seafarers' Training Institute, with partners Algoma Central Corporation, Groupe Desgagnés, Canada Steamship Lines and the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU), has launched a Canada-wide hiring initiative called Be a Seafarer.  At a national level, the Canadian commercial...

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The Nautical Institute Focuses on VTS

By MarEx 2018-06-04 18:58:06

The latest issue of The Nautical Institute’s magazine The Navigator explores Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and how the system is so important for safe navigation.  VTS is shore-based and the support it provides can range from providing simple information messages, such as the position of other traffic or meteorological hazard warnings, to extensive traffic organization within a port or waterway. Many mariners don’t recognize that there are three distinct types of VTS service:

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Jim McKoy Has Crossed Over the Bar

By MarEx 2018-05-30 17:21:12

James “Jim” McKoy, Professor of Marine Transportation at SUNY Maritime College, has passed away. He was fighting a long battle against a most devastating disease, said President RADM Michael Alfultis. “He crossed over the bar Monday morning. Mate McKoy will be missed by his colleagues and students across the campus and by the thousands of alumni who had him as an instructor during their time at Fort Schuyler. During his 38 years at Maritime College, Mate McKoy was well respected by...

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SOCP Releases Course Materials on Preventing Sexual Assault

By MarEx 2018-05-19 23:44:58

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) has released of classroom course materials on prevention of sexual assault, sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying, hazing, coercion, stalking and other prohibited behaviors in the U.S. Merchant Marine.  The material is designed to provide guidance to the course facilitator and a practical approach for different audiences within the maritime industry. The course materials include a Facilitator’s Guide, a Student’s Workbook and a Classroom PowerPoint presentation. SOCP Members developed the training tools as part of a...

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Record Number of Indian Seafarers Employed

By MarEx 2018-02-28 19:41:59

The number of Indian seafarers employed globally has exceeded 150,000 for the first time according to India’s maritime administration, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS). The Hindu Business Line says the numbers counter suggestions that the popularity of Indian seafarers is waning among ship managers. At the end of 2017, India had 154,349 seafarers employed on merchant ships, compared to 143,940 in 2016, 126,945 in 2015 and 117,090 in 2014, according to the DGS. Of the 154,349 seafarers, 71,177 are...

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