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MLC - one year results PDF Drukāt E-pasts
Ceturtdiena, 18 septembris 2014 14:11






The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) was adopted in Geneva in 2006 and entered into force on 20 August 2013. The convention is the fourth pillar of international maritime law, along with SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL. So far, 60 member states of ILO have ratified the convention, and collectively they have approximately 80 per cent of the world’s gross tonnage.

CESMA News, July 2014 PDF Drukāt E-pasts
Otrdiena, 26 augusts 2014 19:33


Opinions expressed in articles are those of the sources and/or authors only


The 19th CESMA Annual General Assembly was organized in Barcelona, Spain, on 16th and 17th May 2014, at the invitation of the ACCMM, the asociacion Catalana de Capitanes de la Marina Mercante.

Prior to the Assembly, on 15th May, a seminar was organised by both the Nautical Faculty of Barcelona and the ACCMM, which asked attention for the advantages of simulators in the training of future navigation officers. It was organised at the premises of the Nautical Faculty of Barcelona, a division of the Polytechnical University of Catalonia, which houses in a beautiful building, a former ducal palace.

I F S M A - NEWSLETTER No.70 PDF Drukāt E-pasts
Otrdiena, 24 septembris 2013 10:10
I F S M A - NEWSLETTER No.70 Summer 2013
International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations
1. Some Thoughts from your Secretary General.
2. A Guide to Identifying Genuine Admiralty Products.
3. Passenger Service on Asia-Europe Route. 
4. HMT Lancastria. Telecoms Improving Onboard. 
5. Shipping Company Fined Over 'Disregard for Safety'. 
6. Titanic II Project Appoints Ship Managers.
7. New 'Apps' to Aid Seafarers.
8. At Least 6 Killed as Ship Hits Genoa VTS Tower. 
9. UKHO Publish World's First Security Paper Charts.
10. Picton Castle. 
11. Fisherman Lost After Ship Hits Boat off Chennai Coast.
12. The 100 Series Rules (RUF). Sleep Walking. 
13. The KNOWME Project. 
14. IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013. 
15. EU Anti-Piracy Funding in East Africa. 
16. Sargasso Sea Poster. MV Nireas Bulker Death. 
17. First Rolls-Royce Environship Delivered. 
18. NOK20m Donation for Norwegian Sea Rescue Boat. 
19. A New Method for Measuring Altitude. 
20. Future Ship Safety Symposium. 
21. A Master's Guide to Securing Containers. 
22. Maersk Unveils World's Biggest Container Ship. 
23. DNV Urges Increased Safety Focus on Shipping. 
24. Improve Your Chances of Survival When Abandoning Ship. 
25. Day of the Seafarer. Obituary Dr. CP Srivastava.
26. Survival Craft Warning. MOL Comfort: Focus on Safety.
27. UK Ratifies MLC. Dutch traffic routes updated.
28. UKMPA Safety Alert. 
29. LNG Propulsion.
30. PLUS another seven interesting articles on pages 26-31.
An Electronic Colour Version (pdf) of this Newsletter is available at
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Project "Rank up" International Conference Riga, Latvia, 17th September 2013 PDF Drukāt E-pasts
Pirmdiena, 23 septembris 2013 13:11

 Project Rank up 17.09

Easier path for ratings to get officer certificates

The newest maritime project for the EU looks at efficient ways and options for upgrading ABs to watch-keeping officer.  In the UK there is a well proven pathway for this.  Elsewhere in Europe the course is confused. 


A new research project, code named RANK-UP, has designed and charted a simple course giving an Able Seafarer (Deck) a direct passage to becoming an Officer-in-charge of a Watch.  The expertise underpinning this Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation project is drawn from trans-national partners in Cyprus, Germany, Latvia and UK.  The project is led by Professor Captain Ralph Becker-Heins of the Bremen Shipping University under the guidance of Captain Jazeps Spridzans of the Latvian Maritime Administration. 

The prime objective of RANK-UP is to develop an innovative approach for ratings to upgrade their professional competence by offering the foundation programmes for upgrading that are applicable across trans-national boundaries. Existing competences have been assessed using ECVET   elements and principles.  The outcome is a customised scheme of upgrading training, complemented by shipboard placements and distance learning designed to achieve the necessary competence upgrading. The rating will attain qualification at the STCW Convention Operational Level, as revised in 2010. 

Materials for training centres (colleges, academies etc) and on-board training have been developed plus a career counselling guide to support ratings who are thinking about becoming officers by way of conversion training.

The exemplary conversion courses have been chosen within the framework of this pilot programme are Practical Navigation, English Preparation and Ship stability.  Professor Becker-Heins explains, “These three are selected to cover different competence areas of seafarer’s training: Navigation, Communication and Cargo Handling and Stowage. Stability is generally a completely new topic for ratings, who might never have got in touch with it before, and has thus been chosen as an exemplary course as well”. 

Different training possibilities have been considered and described for conversion into e-learning and other distance learning formats.  The scope also includes “Standards for Training Centres” who that may wish to start conversion courses for ratings, a “Self-Testing Assessment Test” for trainees who wish to assess gaps in competence, a “Training Record Book” for the seagoing time, and a feedback Questionnaire to evaluate the training process.

These matters were unpacked for delegates at an International Conference in Riga, Latvia on 17th September 2013.  The event explored the key elements of competence for upgrading and how best these can be achieved whilst maintaining a high standard of quality in the outcomes.  It was hosted at the Unimars Centre in Riga.


DNV & GL Group merge confirmed PDF Drukāt E-pasts
Ceturtdiena, 12 septembris 2013 10:30
Letter from Business Development Manager Mr.Rikard Olsson of DNV GL Group

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is our pleasure to inform you that DNV and the GL Group have received final approval for our merger. The new company, DNV GL Group, will begin operations from September 12th, 2013.

DNV GL will be the world's largest ship classification society, a leading independent expert in oil and gas risk and maritime advisory services, a global energy technology powerhouse and a preeminent provider in renewables, power transmission and distribution. With over 17,000 highly skilled employees in more than 100 countries, DNV GL will have an expanded global presence, providing its customers around the world with technical experts offering world class services that exceed industry's expectations.

In a world where the technological and engineering challenges faced by business become more complex every day, we are dedicated to providing safe and sustainable concepts for the future. As such, DNV GL will have a sustained commitment to making significant investments in innovation and R&D.

Customers will benefit immediately from a broader service offering from one single provider and our complementary strengths. DNV GL's services will cover all ship types and will deliver the most advanced technical solutions for all new building projects. Ship owners will also be able to class their entire fleet with DNV GL.

The new head office of the DNV GL Group will be located in Oslo, with the maritime head office situated in Hamburg. DNV GL will survey over 13,000 ships on a regular basis and support the international offshore industry with classification and verification services.

DNV GL intends to take a broader view, offering a unique level of technical expertise and innovation to propel the maritime industry to become "Safer, Smarter and Greener".

We look forward continuing our successful cooperation over the years to come.

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