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OSM Launches Seafarer Mental Health Campaign

OSM has chosen The Day of the Seafarer to launch a global campaign aimed at safeguarding and improving the mental health of its 11,000 crew members. The year long initiative, christened How Healthy is Your Mind: An OSM Seafarers’ Guide to Positive Mental Health, will be pushed out across the 500 plus vessels managed by the business, addressing an increasingly pressing, but often overlooked, industry issue. According to a recent report carried out by Sailors’ Society and Yale University…

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What Can Beijing Do if China-US Trade Row Worsens?

China and the United States sank into a deepening trade conflict that roiled financial markets Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese products, prompting Beijing to accuse Washington of starting a trade war.Trump said Monday his threat was retaliation for China's decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion of U.S. goods over the weekend, a move that itself was in response to additional U.S. tariffs on Chinese…

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Hapag-Lloyd: Crocodiles on Board

Beginning immediately, two 20-foot containers with colorful graffiti are part of Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet. On them can be seen crocodiles, jungle vegetation and ice hockey players painted in graffiti style. With these unusual containers, Hapag-Lloyd is strengthening its partnership with Crocodiles Hamburg, the city’s professional ice hockey club. The containers will be integrated into the normal operations of the world’s fifth-largest liner shipping company, and their first voyage will take them to Colombia.

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ISWAN :Infographics for seafarers Psychological Wellbeing at Sea

ISWAN has produced four new infographics, in partnership with The Shipowners' Club, using extracts from its latest self-help guide for seafarers, Psychological Wellbeing at Sea. Psychological wellbeing enables us to function well, feel good about ourselves, and feel a sense of purpose and life satisfaction. With restrictions to wellbeing such as spending time away from family and friends, limited shore leave and long working hours, it is important for seafarers to take care of their mental health while working on board.

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Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma

Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. "Their safety and security is a top priority," Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the installation. Naval Air Station Key West personnel have a designated safe haven area of within 300 miles of Atlanta.

Robert Griffin on board HMS Meon (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Brothers Separated by the Sea Reunited

A pair of former seafaring brothers who had lost touch have been reconnected, thanks to international maritime charity Sailors’ Society. Robert Griffin, was worried about his brother Norman, who lives in New Zealand, after being unable to reach him for more than two years, and is delighted after finally speaking to him last week. Robert, 81, who spent nine years in the Royal Navy, last spoke to his brother in 2014. He had all but given up hope of speaking to his brother again until Sailors’ Society came to the rescue in response to a call for help from Robert’s son Steve.

The hand-held RockSTAR system provides highly accurate location reporting

Rock Seven: MVS Telecom Appointed Russian Distributor

The UK-based Iridium satellite tracking and communication specialist Rock Seven has appointed MVS Telecom as its Russian distributor. MVS Telecom will launch Rock Seven’s RockSTAR and RockFLEET products through its nationwide dealer network, providing access to new users on land, air and at sea. MVS Telecom is a well-established Russian satellite telecommunications integrator, specialising in Iridium, Inmarsat and VSAT services. Already recognised as the leading Iridium Service Provider in Russia, MVS’ regional dealer network covers over 280 locations across the country.

Helen Delich Bentley (Image courtesy of the U.S. Congress)

Helen Delich Bentley Dies at 92

Helen Delich Bentley, a former journalist and a U.S. Republican congresswoman from Maryland who gained global attention by smashing Japanese goods to protest Tokyo's trade policies, died over the weekend at the age of 92, officials said. Bentley upset a longtime Democratic congressman to win a U.S. House of Representatives seat in 1984, a year in which Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in the presidential race helped bring several new faces from the party to Congress. The five-term congresswoman was a staunch advocate for the port of Baltimore and the state's maritime industry.

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LA Port Gears up for LA Fleet Week Inaugural

Organizers of this summer’s inaugural LA Fleet Week 2016 are in full planning mode for the week-long call of U.S. Navy ships on the LA Waterfront  in the days leading up to and including Labor Day Weekend. Friday September 2, through Monday September 5, big crowds are expected to converge at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center for Naval vessel ship tours and a variety of exhibits and activities along the main channel that will bring together the public and more than 1,500 military personnel descending on the nation’s largest trade gateway for the end-of-summer celebration.

AIDAprima during her christening ceremony in Hamburg (Photo: Carnival Corporation & plc)

AIDAprima Christened in Hamburg

Carnival Corporation & plc officially welcomed its fleet’s newest ship with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for Carnival’s German-based brand AIDA Cruises. AIDAprima made its debut with a light show and naming ceremony witnessed in person by 1.6 million visitors at the 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary. AIDAprima launched as the corporation’s most environmentally friendly ship, equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) while in port and at sea.

RedPort XGate Now Includes PredictWind Weather Service

Newly available version of RedPort XGate satellite email and data services suite now includes PredictWind weather forecasting service, letting users select, download and view marine weather forecasts over satellite and cellular networks. RedPort Global announced the immediate availability of a new version of XGate, now including the PredictWind Offshore weather-forecasting app. XGate is an independent satellite data acceleration service letting people easily and affordably access accelerated email, web, weather data, social media and blogging wherever they go.

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A New Paradigm in Crew Connectivity?

Despite some recent suggestions to the contrary, demand for crew connectivity remains a strong driver of the maritime communications market. The Maritime Labor Convention is among the factors encouraging service upgrades and higher spending, but there are other fundamental forces at work and across our industry. Shipowners and operators, managers and crewing agents need to understand what is happening and how to manage this change in a positive way. The economics of maritime communications are evolving very fast.

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Seafarers Trust in Technology

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust recently re-released an upgraded version of Shore Leave 2.0, enabling seafarers to access the internet in ports on tablet consoles. Together with Shore Leave, the Seafarers’ Trust believes that these initiatives will effect real change, attending to the global welfare of seafarers. In today’s world of fiber optic broadband, 4G mobile networks and app innovation, we have all come to expect the super-fast delivery of our online communications. For seafarers, however, the unique environment of being away at sea for many months at a time challenges this norm.

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Israel Extends Maritime Space for Gaza Fishermen

Israel has extended the distance it permits Gaza fishermen to head out to sea along certain parts of the coastline of the enclave, which is run by the Islamist terror group Hamas, reports Reuters. Fishermen in Gaza are now sailing further from the coastal territory after Israel expanded the fishing zone. The fishing zone was expanded from six nautical miles (11 km) to nine (16 km) along Gaza’s central and southern shores. COGAT, the Israeli defense body that handles civilian issues with the Palestinians, announced the new easing of restrictions on its Arabic Facebook page.

Oil Industry Turns to Women in Hour of Need

Facing one of its worst crises in a generation, the oil industry is trying to open up - to women. Even when oil was selling at above $100 a barrel, most of the industry's top executives said they struggled to find and retain young talent. Year after year, it was cited as one of the biggest problems for the industry - one of the best paying in the world - during annual gatherings of its top brass on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss Alpine resort of Davos.

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Windstar Runs Aground in Panama, Cruise Cancelled

The luxury cruise operator Windstar Cruises will drydock ship following last week’s grounding in a remote region of Panama. Windstar reports that Star Pride experienced a grounding while coming into anchor at Isla de Coiba, Panama. As a result the ship's December 26, January 2 and January 9 voyages have been cancelled. According to a statement on the Windstar Cruises Facebook page, Star Pride was “coming into anchor” at Isla de Coiba, off the coast of Panama shortly after 6 a.m. CST on Dec.

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#MyCoastGuardStory: Collecting Stories from the Ranks

The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. has launched a new social media initiative designed to collect and share personal stories of heroism and honor dedicated to the United States Coast Guard. The campaign gets underway as excitement builds for the release of the Disney Motion Picture, The Finest Hours, which hits movie theaters across the country on January 29, 2016. The #mycoastguardstory initiative is gathering stories from current Coast Guard men and women, veterans…

Brazil Oil Workers' Union Proposes Ending Petrobras Strike

Leaders of Brazil's largest oil workers' union said on Friday they had proposed ending a 13-day strike at state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA .   In a Facebook message, the union said a historic strike had been necessary to preserve workers' rights. (Reporting by Gustavo Bonato and Caroline Stauffer)

Contractors conduct dive operations at the site of a sunken barge near the Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie,

USCG Investigating Unknown Substance in Lake Erie

The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie, Sunday. Due to the report, the Coast Guard has established a safety zone 3 nautical miles east of Kelley's Island Shoal extending 1,000 feet around position 41-38'21"N, 082-29'35"W. Friday evening crews at Marine Safety Unit Toledo, Ohio, received a report from the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, of a leak of an unknown substance emanating from the barge and an odor of solvent, but they did not observe the leak underwater.

Capt Pradeep Chawla

Human Factor Competencies for Future Mariner

Capt Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director QHSE & Training, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd., Presented a paper at the Nautical Institute Hong Kong Branch Seminar – “Competencies of a Future Mariner” on 23 October 2015. This paper discusses the changes that are taking place in the maritime industry and their effects on the daily life of the seafarers. It further discusses the human factor competencies that will be essential for the future mariner. The last two decades have been extremely fast paced with respect to technology influencing every walk of life.

Lt. David Dziengowski, left, Yeoman 1st Class Silvia Raya, and Lt. j.g. Victor Gutierrez, from the Chief of Naval Personnel office, show support for the 1 Small Act message as part of the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign

USN Observes Suicide Prevention Month

While September is Suicide Prevention Month, subject matter experts from the 21st Century Sailor Office's Suicide Prevention Office, OPNAV N171, say their goal isn't to prevent suicide on just a single day or month, but every day of the year. "Every life is precious, and the fight is year-round," said Capt. Mike Fisher, OPNAV N171 director. "We want people engaged with their shipmates every day of the year. This year, Suicide Prevention Month will focus on a new message with its Every Sailor…

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Singapore Transport Minister Resigns

Singapore’s transport minister Lui Tuck Yew, a familiar face among the country’s shipping industry, will step down from politics. Lui, former chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), has shocked the Singapore maritime industry advising prime minister Lee Hsien Loon that he will not be standing for re-election in the next Singapore general election. Prime minister Lee said in Facebook post this afternoon: “Lui Tuck Yew has told me that he does not wish to stand again in the coming General Election, and I have reluctantly accepted his decision.

June 27, 2015. The final day of the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during the prize giving following the Inmarsat In-Port Race in Gothenburg. Photo: Volvo Ocean Race

Abu Dhabi Wins Volvo Ocean Race's In-port Series

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), despite pulling into the port of Gothenburg, Sweden, in fifth place on Monday. The Emirates team, skippered by Walker, triumphed in the nine-month triennial race after finishing fifth in the ninth leg from Lorient to Gothenburg. The team had accumulated enough points in the previous legs to take first in the 12th around-the-world sailing competition, making it the first Asia-based crew to win. Abu Dhabi spent 148 days at sea, traveling 38,739 nautical miles over four oceans and hitting 11 ports on six continents.

Online at Sea: Cruise Company Debuts Social Media Flat Fee

The advent of broadband at sea continues to expand, as German cruis brand AIDA introduces a flat-fee for social media networks onboard its ships. AIDA Cruises is introducing an Internet flat fee for social media networks on board its ships. For 4 euros per day, or 19 euros per week, passengers will be able to share their experiences on board with friends in popular social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp. “The use of mobile devices is continuously growing.

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Seawork Honors 2015 Award Winners

After the first day of Seawork International, nearly 300 exhibitors packed The Vestry, Southampton, to enjoy canapés and bubbles at Seawork’s Network and Awards Evening, and to find out the winners of the Innovations Showcase, the Sprit of Innovation Award, the Maritime Professional of the Year Award as well as the Seawork Lifetime Achievement Award. Compere for the evening was Southampton’s power boat champion, and TV and radio pundit Shelley Jory. The category winner for Vessel Design & Construction was Gobbler Boats for Gobbler Offshore 290.

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NATO Begins 'Dynamic Mongoose' Sub-Hunt Exercise

Naval forces from 10 NATO nations and Sweden have launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea in Norway to practice detecting and hunting submarines in an annual exercise whose real-world relevance has grown in the past year. Dubbed 'Dynamic Mongoose', the training pits submarines from Germany, the U.S., Sweden and Norway against surface ships employing a suite of sonar, sensors and maritime air patrols. The exercises are expected to last until May 13 and involve more than a dozen warships and submarines, as well as planes and helicopters.