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Seagull Releases Bulker Industry Training Standard

Industry leader, Seagull, has just released a new Bulker Industry Training Standard (BITS), which is a pre-defined competence management system designed specifically for the dry bulk industry. According to the company, the BITS is a computer-based tool, designed for officers on board a ship with unique maintenance, cargo handling, and operating practices.  The system can [...]

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Philippines Continues to Try to Prevent the Blacklisting of Filipino Officers from European Vessels

In the Philippines, the Department of Transportation and Communication met with the EU to prevent the banning of Filipino officers from European ships. Following an audit last October, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) raised the possibility of blacklisting Filipino officers after they discovered deficiencies by the Maritime Industry Authority with regard to ensuring compliance [...]

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Recent Superyacht Fire Highlights Importance of New Training Requirements

A recent fire on Italian superyacht, Callisto, highlights the importance of the new safety training requirements, which are part of the Manila Amendments. Images of the fire show extensive damage of the vessel; however, it is clear looking at the photographs that any external damage was contained.  Said Steve Monk, managing director of safety training [...]

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MorphoTrust Earns Highest Security Certification

Just before the holidays, MorphoTrust announced that it has earned the highest possible security certification from NASPO (North American Security Product Organization) for one of the company’s production sites. Reports MorphoTrust, the facility, which produces U.S. Drivers’ Licenses and ID cards for state motor vehicle agencies, is the first in history to achieve the NASPO [...]

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Mandatory Security Awareness Training Requirement Goes into Effect on January 1st

As we head into the holiday season, it’s important to remember that with the new year comes more deadlines for required training under the Manila Amendments.  The STCW-95 Manila Amendments are quickly going into effect around the world, with the next, fast-approaching deadline being the mandatory security awareness training for all seafarers, which you will [...]

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TradeWinds Event to Examine the Jones Act in Contemporary Use

This week, New York City will host the TradeWinds Jones Act Shipping Forum at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.  Partnering with shipping market experts, TradeWinds will present a forum giving both seasoned maritime professionals and newcomers an opportunity to explore the options made available by the Jones Act. With the boom of shale [...]

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