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Martyn Thomas is the Chief of Staff at Stream Marine Training Ltd (SMT Ltd.)

Profiles in Maritime Training: Martyn Thomas, Chief of Staff, Stream Marine Training Ltd. (SMT)

Martyn Thomas is the Chief of Staff at Stream Marine Training Ltd (SMT Ltd.) following many years working for both global training providers and cruise companies.  SMT is a maritime skills and technology business providing fire-fighting, sea survival, survival craft and HSE training to the global maritime, oil and gas, renewables and construction industries.Thomas works out of SMT’s head office in Glasgow where SMT trains the majority of its theoretical based courses, including Alternative Fuels, HELM, Security Awareness, and Security Duties, as well as its pool-based training courses like

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Australia Bans Two Bulkers Over Mariner Pay Spat

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned two foreign-flagged bulk carriers from Australian ports after their crews reported being underpaid.The Chinese-owned bulk carrier MV Xing Jing Hai and the Panama-flagged MV Fortune Genius were banned for 18 months and 12 months respectively.AMSA surveyors boarded the Fortune Genius in Gladstone after receiving a complaint via the International Transport Workers’ Federation.AMSA’s investigation revealed the crew of the Fortune Genius had been deliberately under paid by the operator, New Fortune Genius Management, by about AUD $100

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ClassNK Creates Cyber Security Team

ClassNK established a cross-sectional cyber security project team made up of ship and security experts of the society, as cyber security for ships is entering a practical stage, including the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) resolution encouraging administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after January 1, 2021. Senior Executive Vice President Hiroaki Sakashita was chosen to lead the new team.

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Maritime Education to Focus on Quality

the WMU’s Malmö headquarters and 58 from its China programme, plus two PhD graduates and 83 graduates from WMU’s distance-learning programmes.This year, WMU is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since its inception, its curriculum has expanded and evolved, from initial programmes in maritime safety and marine environment protection, to embrace maritime energy management and ocean sustainability, governance and management.The class of 2018 brings the total number of WMU graduates to 4,921 from 168 countries, many of whom have gone on to hold senior positions in their countries and in the

Dr. Dakuku Peterside has been re-elected the Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA) for another term.

Nigerian Maritime: Dakuku Re-elected Chairman

is the incumbent Chairman of the Association was unanimously elected to continue to lead the body by the member states present at the 4th conference of the continental body which recently met at the El-Sharm sheik in Egypt.According to the Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Mr. Sobantu Tilayi, the leadership style of the NIMASA DG has brought better relationship amongst the leaders of the maritime administrations on the continent. He added that there is no better way to sustain the tempo than to re-elect Dr. Dakuku to continue to lead the charge

Pictured left to right are Simon Brebner, chief executive  of Peterhead Port Authority; Linda Hope, center manager for the Scottish Maritime Academy; Frazer Smart; and John Forman harbor master, Peterhead Port Authority. (Photo: Sentinel Marine)

Young Seaman Sets Sail on Journey to Career with Sentinel Marine

sea on board the Mariner Sentinel under the watchful eye of Master Mogens Karllson. The ship is currently operating within Statoil’s Mariner oilfield to the east of Shetland.The trainee deckhand course covers a wide range of topics, including stability, vessel construction, communication and maritime safety. Sentinel Marine has the newest and most modern fleet of ERRVs in the industry, and by opting to build new rather than refit existing vessels, have ensured their ships are kitted out with the latest technologies and crew facilities.Unlike other ERRVs, the vessels can take on a wide variety of

Nozipho Mdawe (Photo: TNPA)

Mdawe Takes Over As TNPA COO

is to manage, develop, facilitate and sustain effective stakeholder relations, and to create a single point of contact and engagement for all TNPA external stakeholders to ensure the achievement of TNPA objectives. TNPA’s key stakeholders include, but are not limited to, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA), South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents (SAASOA) and Government representatives. His responsibilities will include management of the Chief Executive’s office, as well as Corporate Affairs, Public Relations and Media

MarTID: The Global Survey of Maritime Training Practices Debuts

The inaugural edition of the MarTID Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) Report sheds new light on maritime safety and training practices, what works, and what doesn’t. More importantly, its analysis and data emanates from you. The first annual Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) Report initiative has been two years in the making. This initiative was developed with the intent of being a shared commitment to safe, efficient and sustainable operations in the maritime industry. Importantly, the detailed 50-page report provides valuable insight, not based on so-called third-party

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Australia Bans Containership over Unpaid Wages

Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora has been banned from Australian ports for three months after the operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained.   The ban was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), who inspected the ship in the Port of Brisbane on March 14, 2018 after receiving a complaint which alleged that crew had been underpaid.   During the inspection AMSA found evidence that crew had been underpaid from November 2017 to February 2018 and were owed more than AU$53,000 (US$40,800).

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Can Employers Ask About Prescription Drug Use?

safety. Nevertheless, maritime employers should give careful consideration to the nature of an employee’s position and the scope of substances to be addressed before proceeding with these inquiries.     The Author Mark Meeker serves as Assistant General Counsel for American Maritime Safety, Inc., where he provides legal guidance to over 400 member companies regarding compliance with federal regulations impacting the maritime industry. He also conducts nationwide, on-site training classes for drug and alcohol testing as well as sexual harassment. Mark received his Juris Doctor

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Empowering Maritime Women in East and Southern Africa

Managers in the Maritime Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA), held in Mahé, Seychelles (September 26 to 29).   Under the theme "A Decade of empowering Maritime Women - What does the future hold for Africa's Blue Economy?", the event, supported by the Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA), focused on the key achievements made by the Association over the last decade, as it celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary.   Since its establishment under the auspices of IMO in Kenya in 2007, WOMESA has established strong governance and strategic principles

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one

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DMCA Training for Marine Drivers

being provided to Skippers with a one-hour briefing class on ‘Marine Knowledge for Boat Operation’ with a focus on deepening and enriching modern marine knowledge in managing operational processes before undergoing formal inspection.    This is a step forward in integrating maritime safety, operational efficiency and safe navigation along the local coastlines to position Dubai at the forefront of the world's most advanced, competitive and attractive maritime and logistics hubs.   Amer Ali, Executive Director of the DMCA, said: “The growing demand for marine driving

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ACR Electronics Names Delcourt Sales Manager

 ACR Electronics, Inc. manufacturer of maritime safety and survival products, has appointed a new sales manager within its Land and Marine Division for Europe, Middle East and Africa.   Guillaume Delcourt will focus on expanding ACR’s international sales footprint in these geographic regions as demand increases for its popular range of 406 MHz beacons, AIS man overboard devices, distress lights and other safety products for the recreational and commercial markets.   Delcourt brings several years of experience in the marine sector to his new role at ACR, including European

L-R: Assistant Director, Maritime Safety, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Engineer Olu Aladenusi, FNSE, Executive Director, Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, FNSE, His Wife Mrs. Olubisola Fashakin and Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi at the conferment of the Fellowship status to the NIMASA ED, Operations by the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Abuja recently.  (Photo courtesy of NIMASA)

NIMASA Executive Director, 23 Others Bags NSE Fellowship

the investiture were; Honourable Minister for Water Resources Hon. Suleiman Adamu Kazaure, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Hon. Asoquo Daniel Effiong, and Engr. Joe Makoju of Dangote Group, the Head Corporate Communications of NIMASA Mr. Isichei Osamgbi and Assistant Director, Maritime Safety of NIMASA Engr. Olu Aladenusi who is also a Fellow of the NSE amongst others.    

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Window Joins SIMWAVE as Navigation Manager

, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Royal institute of Navigation. He is also a panel member of the Maritime Advisory Board of CHIRP, an international confidential hazardous incident reporting program that shares knowledge globally to improve maritime safety

Captain Khamis Weld Ghumail, Director of Maritime Traffic Management, DMCA  (Photo: DCMA)

DMCA Celebrates Dubai Training Achievements

;   The DMTC has pushed the importance of investing in the development of manpower skills in the maritime sector. It has made remarkable contributions in facilitating the adoption of latest maritime knowledge, dissemination of international best practices, and establishment of a culture of maritime safety, crisis management and emergency response. These activities are conducted in accordance with a comprehensive curriculum comprising 13 intensive workshops and a world-class training course in 2017. The center has successfully implemented 8 training workshops for crews in floating restaurants

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