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Oct 10, 2016 in Product Update

Seafarer HQ v5.0 with STCW Manila Amendment compliance and enhanced security

We're proud of the fact that Seafarer HQ was the first product to introduce the concept of QR codes and mobile validation on all seafarer documents back in September 2014. We followed this up in February 2015 with another first with the introduction...

May 23, 2016 in Press Release

Oceans HQ to deliver Vessel Registration system to UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Partnership with Thoughtbot London will see development of user-focused and efficient IT solution to support Flag Administration’s digital strategy.

Oceans HQ, a leading provider of specialised software to the world’s Maritime Administrations, has...

Apr 13, 2016 in Vessel Registration

Does having a large number of registered ships affect standards?

Despite the fact that 90% of the goods traded around the world are transported by sea, all is not buoyant in the shipping industry. In spite of this figure, there is currently an overcapacity of ships within the industry. The result being that there...

Mar 20, 2016 in Seafarers

Are There More MARPOL Regulations and Reporting on the Way?

It is getting to that time again when the subject of climate change and what needs to be done about it will be filling the headlines. This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference is set to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11.


Mar 2, 2016 in Seafarers

Reporting of Seafarer Casualties

The maritime industry can be considered among one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work. Due to the nature of the industry, accidents to personnel working onboard a ship are not uncommon; more common than those working in the industry on shore...

Feb 13, 2016 in Vessel Registration

Provisional Registration of Ships under Construction

Having queried the validity of an existing ship which is only provisionally registered following a change of flag, it is important to clarify the difference as far as provisional registry for a ship under construction is concerned.

There are usually...

Jan 9, 2016 in Vessel Registration

Are Stricter Controls Needed for Provisional Registration?

In the world of shipping, for a ship to change flag is nothing unusual. A change in ownership, bareboat charter, or the change in the area a will ship operate are just some of the many reasons for changing flag. Some of these other reasons may be more...

Dec 14, 2015 in Vessel Registration

Yacht Registration – a competitive business

In the same way that there is stiff competition between registries for the registration of ships, so too is there stiff competition for the registration of yachts. One might think that the larger registries such as Panama and Liberia would have a monopoly...

Nov 26, 2015 in Regulation

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.

In recent months Royal Caribbean International...

Oct 21, 2015 in Vessels

Larger Ships Need Larger Canals – But Is There A Need For Another One?

The Panama Canal was opened in 1914, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Since then fuel prices have increased as have the size of the ships that are now being built. Because of the size of the locks in operation in the canal, the dimensions...