Arkiv | In Brief

New regulations

A new regulation came into force on 21 August regarding hygienic limits (AFS 2018:1). The changes are based on an EU directive on dangerous substances. Examples of substances concerned are carbon monoxide, cutting liquids and dust from textiles. Approximately 500 substances are governed by the Work Environment Authority’s regulations on hygienic limits. (LS)

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Better cooperation

Under the leadership of the Transport Agency, the various parties of the marine labour market have agreed to try and introduce systematic work environment management on board Swedish ships. The scheme is being run by a council consisting of SEKO Seafarers, the Maritime Officers’ Association, the Swedish Shipowners’ Association and SARF (the Swedish Confederation of […]

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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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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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Simplified regulations

The Work Environment Authority has about 2,300 work environment regulations in 72 folders. To simplify the management of all this information, the government has proposed that the number of rules should be radically decreased, with the proviso that requirements on the work environment must not be affected. A decision on this change of regulations will […]

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