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CESMA News 2021-1, March PDF Drukāt E-pasts
Svētdiena, 11 aprīlis 2021 22:51


2021 came with the new warnings about modified COVID 19 and possible new peaks of the pandemic. And so we have to learn to live with the new realities. In the last decades the maritime industry became more intensified and so the contracts of seamen shorten. Voyages of 6 and more months usual 20 years ago are rare now but the development of pandemic COVID 19 kept on board some seamen many more months than their contracts and was reason for a lot of mental and physical disturbances thus creating risk for the normal life on board ships and generating dangerous situations due to inadequate human reactions and human errors. Captains, of course, are more vulnerable to this as they have to cover the entire life on board and as usual is between the commercial pressure from the office and stressed seamen on board. From the other side the industry is developing very fast and mega containerships are getting bigger and bigger. In March the world faced the first accident from decades which closed Suez Canal for six days and created turmoil in world shipping with huge commercial losses for ship operators, trading and insurance companies. The investigation of that accident will find the causes for it but from ship captains point of view we see more and more commercial pressure to reduce expenses which leads to near misses and accidents. Transiting Suez Canal most probably will be more complicated in the future with new safety measures coming out of Ever Given grounding, more work and stress to ship captains

On the other side we continue meeting and communication on line as there are restrictions to travel and meet people. From CESMA Log Book You see that professional webinars and on line meetings are the only possible solutions. Even IMO events are organized on line as on 07th of April there will be IMO Award Ceremony for exceptional bravery at sea streamed on line through the following link:
The new realities require new skills for the mariners which should be trained either to existing seafarers or to next generation ones. There are a lot of conferences discussing future skills of mariners in connection with the change of technology, digitalization, cyber security and climate change, new world trade routes, sailing in Polar areas, etc. And once again we face the need of balanced approach to the new technology and use of traditional ways and principles of navigation. One cannot sail safe without using instruments but at the same time looking out the window and using personal skills, perception and human evaluation remains vital for successful carriage of goods at sea. Our mission is to cooperate together with politicians and other stakeholders in the maritime industry and to meet challenges of the present building safe conditions for life on board for future generation seafarers.

Capt. Dimitar Dimitrov, PHD, AFNI, CESMA Deputy President

Full News read here: CESMA news, March 2021