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Will The Increase In Cruises Mean An Increase In Regulation?
The Mediterranean and the Caribbean were once the main attractions when people considered taking a cruise. However, as the popularity of cruising continues to increase, new destinations are opening up.
Who's keeping Watch?
Now that we are in the 21st century, one would expect that with all the sophisticated technology that has been developed, there would be far fewer accidents at sea. Yet it seems that hardly a day goes by without there being a report of a collision...
Can Anyone Put An End To Piracy?
Piracy has been a problem ever since the days when ships were first used to carry cargo for commerce. Colonialism and the increase in seaborne trade that came with it, especially between England, Africa and the Caribbean, made the act of piracy pa...
The Choppy Ride to Getting the STCW Convention Right
Way back in 1978 the STCW Convention introduced international requirements for training, certification and watchkeeping, in an attempt to standardise the competency of seafarers internationally. Previously these standards were set by individual co...
MOU Blacklists, Grey lists and white lists - Tips for avoiding the blacklist
The technical performance of a flag state is measured by a calculation based on the number of inspections and detentions of its ships over the past three years, where a minimum of thirty inspections have been carried out.
This year's Nor-Shipping is less than a week away and runs from 2nd to the 5th June in Oslo. The event is even more notable this year with it being the 50th Anniversary of the event, making it the longest running maritime exhibition in the world. ...
Top reasons for Port State Control detentions
For a ship owner or operator, Port State Control does not rate as one of their favourite topics of conversation. When a ship is detained by PSC due to a deficiency of one sort or another, it can be a costly affair. Not only will there be additiona...
Oceans HQ partners Gibraltar Ship Registry on STCW requirements
London, 19 May 2015 - Maritime software solutions provider Oceans HQ Ltd has announced a partnership with the Gibraltar Ship Registry (part of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration), ahead of new STCW requirements for online access to seafarer cer...
The Lack of International Training for Registrars
Due to globalisation, shipping continues to play a vital role in the world economy and the maritime industry is now a huge industry. There are in the region of 50,000 merchant ships operating throughout the world comprising of a variety of ship ty...