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The Nautical Institute has published the second volume of its guidelines for collecting evidence in relation to maritime incidents and accidents. (Photo © Idanupong/Adobe Stock)

Nautical Institute Publishes Electronic Evidence Guidelines

The Nautical Institute has published the second volume in its ‘Collecting Maritime Evidence’ series, which focuses on the collection and preservation of electronic evidence and how it can be used to understand the circumstances that led to a maritime incident.The Institute stated that while not completely replacing traditional records such as hard-copy logbooks, data from electronic sources such as ECDIS, VDR and AIS was vital for the investigator and that the benefit of such…

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Change of Command for Cal Maritime's Training Ship

After 10 years at the helm, Harry Bolton handed over command of the Training Ship Golden Bear Wednesday at California State University Maritime Academy.Bolton, a 1978 graduate of the Academy, returned to Cal Maritime on May 1, 2008 after a 30-year career with American Maritime Officers. Twenty of those years were with American Overseas Marine Corporation (AMSEA) aboard the original preposition ships based out of Guam, Saipan and Diego Garcia. Bolton began sailing as Master in 1985, only seven years after graduation.Dr.

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter. Photo: Coltraco Ltd.

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter Joins Board of Trustees at RINA

Coltraco Ultrasonics Chief Executive, Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, has been welcomed onto the Board of Trustees at The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), an internationally renowned professional institute at the heart of surface and sub-surface ship design.Formed in 1860 and established by Royal Warrant RINA occupies a central and essential role at the heart of British and global maritime with 70% overseas members and Consultative Status at the International Maritime Organisation.Commenting on the appointment…

InterManager Secretary-General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, receives his honorary doctorate from Solent University. (Photo: InterManager)

InterManager Secretary General Receives Honorary Degree

Secretary General of InterManager, Captain Kuba Szymanksi, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies by Solent University. In addition to his role at InterManager, Captain Szymanski sits on the Executive Board of The Nautical Institute, is a Director at TK Foundation, and a Director at Seafarers Rights' International. Captain Kuba Szymanski started his sea career in 1985. He graduated from the Maritime University of Szczecin with a Master's Degree and started his deck officer career with Dorchester Maritime Limited, Isle of Man.

Dan Thompson and Stuart Rivers  (Photo: Sailors' Society)

A Quarter of Seafarers Show Signs of Depression -Report

More than a quarter of seafarers show signs of depression - and many won’t ask for help, according to a study of seafarers’ mental health presented at Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea conference on March 16, London. The study of more than 1,000 seafarers was carried out by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society and Yale University, with more than one in six of the respondents coming from the UK. Some 26 per cent of seafarers said they had felt “down, depressed or hopeless” on several days over the previous two weeks.

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Setting out to increase fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, Maritime UK has established a Women in Maritime Taskforce, a move welcomed by the U.K.’s new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. “I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step,” said Ghani, who is only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the U.K.’s £40 billion maritime sector.

Windstar Cruises Appoints Inman as Director

New expert hire reflects that traveler safety is at the forefront for the cruise line. Windstar Cruises has announced that they are welcoming seafaring safety specialist Michael Inman as the newest member of the boutique cruise line’s highly accredited leadership team. Bringing with him a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Inman will report directly to Windstar President John Delaney and work alongside fleet and technical operations officials to further maintain and enhance the luxury line’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare.

John Lloyd (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Lloyd Named Nautical Institute CEO

Last week’s Nautical Institute London Command Seminar saw the appointment of Captain John Lloyd RD MBA FNI as the Institute’s new chief executive officer, succeeding Philip Wake OBE RD MSc FNI, who is retiring after 14 years in post. Speaking at Trinity House, the venue for the third of the Institute’s 2017 command seminar series, Captain Lloyd said, “I am delighted to be leading the next phase of development at The Nautical Institute, at a time of great change for our industry.

Captain Harry Gale (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Cape Town Hosts Nautical Institute Command Seminar

The second in The Nautical Institute’s 2017 series of Command Seminars continues to focus on Navigation Accidents and their Causes, a topic that is receiving considerable attention in the industry. The seminar began today in Cape Town, South Africa, with NI President Captain Duke Snider FNI giving the opening address before handing over to South African Maritime Safety Authority CEO Sobantu Tilayi for the keynote address. Independent marine consultant Captain Alan Reid MNI, then introduced the main theme.

FIRST ASIAN MARINE CASUALTY FORUM A HIGHLIGHT OF SINGAPORE MARITIME WEEK 2015 Photo LOC

2nd Asian Marine Casualty Forum Launched

Following the success of the inaugural Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) in 2015 and by popular demand, the bi-annual industry forum aimed at addressing the current crises in maritime casualty management, is back for the second time running and officially launched in Singapore today. The much welcomed not-for–profit event with its“arranged by the industry for the industry” feature remains and already, sponsorship response has been well beyond expectations. LOC Group (LOC), the leading international maritime consultancy group…

John Lloyd (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Lloyd to Lead The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute has selected a new chief executive officer after interviewing a competitive shortlist of six candidates. Captain John Lloyd MBA AFNI, currently the Institute’s chief operating officer, will take over from Philip Wake OBE RD MSc FNI, who will retire in May 2017 after 14 years in post. Lloyd took up the COO post in November 2015 in which he has had overall responsibility for the institute’s specialized training services, including the industry-standard dynamic positioning operator (DPO) accreditation and certification scheme.

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MTCS UK Launches Competence Program

MTCS UK of Windermere, who worked with Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering on the development of a Shipping Industry Competence Program, is now ready to role out the program to the entire marine industry. MTCS UK has taken a proactive stance on the issue of competency to prevent and minimize current and future risks. Underpinning a commitment to make the marine sector a safe and responsible jurisdiction in which to do business, MTCS UK delivers competence services both in the UK and worldwide.

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New Guidance on Caring for Seafarer Mental Welfare

Authored by Professor Neil Greenberg, Managing Director of March on Stress and Professor of Defence Mental Health at King’s College London on behalf of Human Rights at Sea, the new publication, “Managing Traumatic Stress – Guidance for Maritime Organizations” aims to provide a top-level guidance to senior management to help improve the mental health of seafarers by providing education and evidence-based approaches within the maritime industry. “Better mental health support for maritime not only provides moral benefits…

The Shipmaster’s Business Self-Examiner

The 10th edition of The Shipmaster’s Business Self-Examiner, published by The Nautical Institute, has been completely revised and expanded to take account of the latest changes to maritime regulations and procedures. It serves as a reference for all who need to understand the fundamentals of business and law as they affect the day-to-day management of a commercial ship. Designed primarily as a study aid for Master’s Orals, the book is also used by OOW and Chief Mate students and has drawn the praises of many successful Orals candidates in the U.K. and overseas.

Duke Snider (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

The Nautical Institute Elects New President

The newly elected President of The Nautical Institute, Captain David “Duke” Snider FNI, has pledged to ensure the mariner’s voice is heard loud and clear within the maritime industry. Speaking at the Institute’s annual general meeting in Aberdeen, Scotland, on June 9, Captain Snider said that one of his first roles as President will be to champion the new five-year Strategic Plan, which was launched in March. The plan, informed by responses from more than 1,400 members surveyed in a questionnaire…

Captain David (Duke) Snider FNI Photo Nautical Institute

Nautical Institute Elects new President

The newly elected President of The Nautical Institute, Captain David (Duke) Snider FNI, has pledged to ensure the mariner’s voice is heard loud and clear within the maritime industry. Speaking at the Institute’s annual general meeting in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 9 June, Captain Snider said that one of his first roles as President will be to champion the new five-year Strategic Plan, which was launched in March. The plan, informed by responses from more than 1,400 members surveyed in a questionnaire…

UK Seafarers Awareness Week Taking Shape

With two weeks to go, Seafarers Awareness Week 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest campaign yet, since its inception by the charity Seafarers UK in 2010. Seafarers Awareness Week, slated for June20-26, will this year showcase Maritime Jobs for Future Generations, and there has never been a more timely campaign to promote U.K. maritime careers and employment opportunities, both at sea and ashore. Recent reports, including the U.K. Gov.U.K. Shipping Fleet Statistics 2015 and the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report, have revealed a growth in U.K.

The Revd Cannon Ken Peters Photo Mission to Seafarers

Seafarers' Vital Role in Migrant Crisis - Mission to Seafarers

As the treacherous Mediterranean Sea claimed more than 1,000 lives over the past few weeks, Mission to Seafarers has praised seafarers in their efforts in helping save the lives of many, but more must be done to support seafarers in the deepening crisis, they warn. During its seminar during Posidonia, entitled: ‘Plans for the Eastern Med and Assistance to Crews Affected by the Refugee Crisis’, The Revd Canon Ken Peters, Director of Justice and Public Affairs at The Mission will address industry concerns, including how refugees and seafarers are regarded and treated under international law.

His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi Photo Maracad

MARACAD to Focus on Training in Dubai

Three of the maritime industry’s most respected global professional bodies have announced their commitment to September’s Maritime Academic Conference and Expo in Dubai, demonstrating the priority they are giving to regional education and training needs. The Nautical Institute, the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects have confirmed participation in MARACAD - which will be staged September 20th–21st September at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. His Excellency Dr.

Melvin Mathews (Photo: Eniram)

Who Will Bin the Noon Report? [Op Ed]

Virtually every shipping company today uses noon reports to understand and monitor what is happening on their ships. These reports are traditionally sent by the Captain every day, based on data gathered manually by the crew. The content and format of the report is usually pre-agreed by the company and sent at noon. The noon report has grown over the years to give a snapshot of what has happened on board the ship since the previous noon i.e., in the last 24 hours. Since the time between noons is based on the time kept by the ship, this is not always 24 hours.

The inauguration of new Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch Photo Nautical Institute

Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch Inaugurated

The inauguration of new The Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch was hosted by the Singapore Shipping Association and sponsored by the Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxemburg), Singapore Branch, during Singapore Maritime Week. Members of the Institute attending were welcomed by the President of The Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch, Capt. Duncan Telfer FNI and the Honorary Secretary Capt. Venkat Padmanabhan. Capt. Robert Mc Cabe FNI MSc Mgmt, President of the Nautical Institute…

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Inaugural Meet of Nautical Institute (Singapore)

The Nautical Institute (Singapore) has been established as a branch of The Nautical Institute, the international professional organisation for maritime professionals. It will hold its inaugural meeting in the Republic during Maritime Week. The new branch has recently been registered with the Singapore Registry of Societies. It aims to attract maritime professionals from every corner of the industry from Singapore’s widely based maritime sector. A preliminary meeting was held in February this year at which 44 members of The Nautical Institute met to review the Constitution…

Interior shot of the CMS Training facilities (Image: CMS)

Simulating the Next Big Thing

As simulation technology evolves, the methods and techniques used to train today’s mariners are also changing. A growing list of regulatory training and competency requirements is further complicating the already crowded ‘to do’ list for today’s mariners and tomorrow’s future professionals alike. That’s not going to change any time soon. What is changing, however, is the way in which maritime training institutions utilize the latest in cutting edge simulation technologies. New equipment…

GE's Marine DP Training Center in Houston (Photo: GE)

GE Provides DP Sea Time Reduction Course

GE’s continuous efforts to help increase marine industry safety standards for operators recently resulted in the endorsement of The Nautical Institute’s (NI) accreditation for GE to conduct a dynamic positioning (DP) sea time reduction (STR) course in its modern DP training center in Houston. With this accreditation, GE’s Marine Technical Training Center has joined an exclusive list of only 13 DP schools worldwide that are accredited to provide STR courses. The accreditation allows…

Nautical Institute Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Sustainable Future for Maritime Professionals

Sustainability features strongly in The Nautical Institute’s latest Strategic Plan, which has just been published and will run to 2020. It incorporates the views of 1,400 members who responded to a call to help guide the Institute’s work. “Sustainability can also apply to professions,” pointed out Captain McCabe. “A cornerstone of sustainability is knowledge, and knowledge in a rapidly changing environment can only be gained by sharing. * Offshore-focused operations. “Sustainability…

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Seafarers help Sought to Improve Onboard Design

The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology on board ships. Speaking at the International e-Navigation Underway Conference today, David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and Richard Doherty, Chief Technical Officer for CIRM, announced the development of the CIRM User Feedback Forum. The best way to achieve usability in a system, product or service is to ask users what they think at each stage of the design.