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Revised recommendations on fatigue

The IMO (International Maritime Organization) recommendations on fatigue on board was adopted in 2001. After 17 years the recommendations are about to be revised and a proposal for new formulations was agreed on during a subcommittee meeting in the middle of July. These will be discussed during the MSC meeting (Maritime Safety Committee) in December. […]

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The year of women seafarers

The theme of the World Maritime Day 2019 is Empowering women in the maritime community. The aim is to focus on women who are active in the maritime sector, the role they play and underline the importance of equality in the sector. The IMO has supported the creation of seven regional organisations for women in […]

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Recommendations for LNG vessels

During the autumn the Swedish Transport Agency will issue recommendations for bunkering ships which run on alternative fuels such as LNG, LPG and ethanol. LNG-powered vessels are becoming more and more common, but so far there are no recommendations for handling alternative fuels. (LS)

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Eva Ohlsson keeps SAN in order

For the last fifteen years Eva Ohlsson has worked with maritime and work environment issues at SARF, the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises. She explains that “soft issues” have been given more space in recent years, while her own duties have become less defined but with more responsibility. Eva Ohlsson had worked as a personal […]

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Non-approved electrical equipment can cause serious problems on board

Incorrect electrical installations or non-approved electronic equipment can have disastrous consequences for a ship. The Swedish Transport Agency plans to develop regulations for vetting the onshore electricity companies that carry out electrical work at sea, which do not currently exist. “This is no problem for serious companies that have experience of working with ships, since […]

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Seafarers less satisfied

In the last three years the level of job satisfaction at sea has decreased, according to a survey of almost 8,000 seamen in different countries conducted by the international organisation Mission to Seafarers. Overall job satisfaction fell from 6.46 (out of 10 maximum) in 2015 to 6.41 in 2016 and 6.25 in 2017. Reasons for […]

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Pirate attacks decreasing

The number of pirate attacks last year was the lowest for 22 years according to the anti-piracy agency, ICC Commercial Crime Services, on its website. In total there were 180 attacks and armed robbery on ships reported around the world, with 91 crew members taken hostage and 75 kidnapped. Three seafarers were killed and six […]

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Review of occupational injuries

Falling and slipping are by far the most common causes of accidents at sea, and the group most affected are service personnel. This is shown in a master’s thesis from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Two work environment students at KTH have studied notifications of occupational injuries in the maritime transport sector on […]

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