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Julian Wong (Photo: Stella Maris)

Seafarers Supported Amid Felixstowe Port Strike

I drove the other three into town to the post office. They needed to exchange some currency and wanted to do a bit of shopping,” Julian added.The seafarers were happy and clearly relieved to spend a few hours away from their vessel. Julian also lent them mobile WiFi (miFi) units provided by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, so they were assured of having free and dependable WiFi connection on board.And on August 25, Julian even managed to help reunite a Filipino crew member from the ship with his brother whom he had not seen in person for seven years. The brother is an engineer who lives in Nottingham

Captain John Carlo Gatti (Photo: Seably)

Seably Hires Gatti as Director for Maritime Training Institutions

The youngest pilot to ever qualify as the Chief Pilot of Genoa, Captain Gatti brings with him a distinguished portfolio of knowledge, experience and hands-on expertise in navigation and vessel maneuvers that sets the bar within the maritime industry.Captain Gatti earned his command stripes within the merchant navy, before taking over the role as a Pilot, and then Chief Pilot of the Port of Genoa. Captain Gatti is a natural mariner, at home at sea—on board vessels or underwater diving for pleasure. From a young age, he believed that he should “navigate as much as possible, in the shortest time

Ken Chapman Senior Instructor, Maersk Training. Photo courtesy Maersk Training

Profiles in Training: Ken Chapman Senior Instructor, Maersk Training

the Piper Alpha. Today he reflects with Offshore Engineer on how these experiences helped drive him into a career in training, today as the Senior Instructor, Maersk Training.Ken, to start can you give an overview of your career with insights on your current position?My working life started in the Merchant Navy (MN) (the U.S. equivalent of the Merchant Marine) working for Bibby Line as a deck cadet in 1975. My father was a Captain in the MN, my uncle a Chief Engineer. This choice of the MN was not popular my father and he advised against it, saying the MN was a thing of the past in the UK. As it happened

Katy Womersley (Photo: Stream Marine Training)

Womersley Joins Stream Marine Training

apprentices into the CMT office.Womersley has also been involved in initiatives to promote the maritime sector as a career option to primary school children and organized the first “Women in Maritime” forums in Scotland, in conjunction with Maritime UK. In addition, she sits on the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Technical Committee.Colin McMurray, SMT’s Group Managing Director, said, “Having worked closely with Katy for over 15 years, I know that she will be an invaluable asset in our overall drive to build on our existing business in the recruitment and management of

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)

and not only develop high level courses, they also teach across the course spectrum allowing them to be flexible assets which enables them to look into unique training methods and practices to keep SMT as an innovator in maritime training.”In addition to serving the qualified officers of the Merchant Navy SMT’s Careers department is currently managing the training of more than 40 cadets, “which, as it was only started 18 months ago, is a fantastic achievement,” said Thomas. “As a forward thinking, innovative business, we are constantly looking at the future and how we can

Ana Paula Vitorino, Portugal’s Minister of Sea & Cmdt. Rui Cunha, APDL Port Operations and Security Director, testing the Full Mission Bridge simulator  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Simulators for New Portuguese Facility

;s largest and most advanced maritime training facility. It features a Wärtsilä Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator with 360 degree projection, two tug simulators with 360 degree LCD, and one VTS simulator to allow full training, complex exercises, and certification for pilots, tug masters, merchant navy offices, and seafaring vessel crews. The simulation technology has been developed by Transas, a Wärtsilä company.The Wärtsilä scope includes the development of several 3D zones and a tug boat model. Wärtsilä has earlier provided APDL with a VTS system

New Profile for The Shipbuilding Sector in Liguria

encourage job placement processes, the offer of the courses of the technical institutes of higher education for next autumn is to be extended.In fact, a new educational pathway meeting the employment needs of the shipbuilding sector will start in Liguria at the Accademia della Marina Mercantile (the Merchant Navy Academy).      The Regional Council, following the proposal of the Councilor Cavo, has approved the scheduling of the post-high school diploma specialization course “Foreman for production and maintenance of ships and/or related infrastructures”, developed thanks to

A Fish Out of Water

an environment, it skews your human relationship skills to the point where confusion ensues.  Many would argue that although considered a traditional market, the shipping industry should be way ahead of this archaic type approach but worryingly, it still exists – particularly within the merchant navy.  Great expectationsThe industry expects transparency from their Managers and requires them to take personal responsibility for their actions and to flag up problems that may arise within their area of responsibility at an early stage.  The fear of losing face or of being blamed for

Indian Seafarers Employment Soared 35% in 2018

for the examination. To ensure increase in the supply side, a 15-year-old ban on setting up of new training institutes or increasing the capacity of the existing training institutes was lifted with certain conditions.While India has created a large capacity in imparting class room training for Merchant Navy, there has been a major constraint in providing on-board ship training for the students enrolled for class room training.A policy shift was made by holding the training institutes responsible for on-board ship training of the students also and not only for the class room training. To release

Photo: Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering

Careers at Sea: Warsash Maritime Open Day

Adventure, good pay and excellent career prospects. From engineering in the Merchant Navy to ships navigation in the Superyacht industry, find out what a career in the maritime industry has to offer at Solent University on February 2, 2019.Teaching staff from our world-renowned Solent University Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering will be on hand to talk about the academic side of training, and current officer cadets will be there to share their first-hand experience of the training - both at the academy and on board ship.Visitors touring our new St Mary’s campus, will be able to

Merchant Navy Training Board achieves ISO Certification

The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system.ISO 9001 certification helps organizations ensure they offer consistently high-quality services to the satisfaction of customers, management and employees. It also ensures the continuous improvement of the business.The certification coincides with the launch of the MNTB’s new Center Recognition service, which recognizes quality training centers in the U.K. and abroad with an MNTB kitemark.“The MNTB wanted to prove to the

Photo courtesy of Liverpool Seafarers Centre

Liverpool to Lead Way in Cruise Ship Crew Welfare for Third Year

basis.Wilson said LSC relies on donations and is always on the look-out for volunteers to help at the centres making cups of tea, providing a friendly ear and driving the mini bus.Corporate supporters of LSC include:  Essar’s Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port, Peel Ports, the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, the Mersey River Pilots, Mersey Maritime, the Voluntary Aid Club and The Phoebe Wortley Charitable Trust

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

from other sectors that have taken similar action.   “I welcome this new taskforce and look forward to its recommendations. The entire maritime sector needs to do much more to address gender imbalance,” said David Dingle, Chair of Maritime UK.   “Just looking at the Merchant Navy, the ITF estimates that women make up only 2 percent of the world’s maritime workforce, and those figures are replicated here in the U.K. too,” Dingle said. “Of the 14,350 officers in our country, only 3 percent are women. Only 4 percent of our technical officers are women.

Nigel Hopkins (Photo: Harris Pye)

Hopkins Named Managing Director at Harris Pye UK

Harris Pye on May 1 this year working alongside Dave Hayden, the company’s retiring Managing Director at the Harris Pye UK headquarters in Llandow, South Wales before officially taking over from Dave Hayden on October  1, 2017.   Nigel Hopkins started his engineering career in the merchant navy spending 13 years sailing on a variety of vessels including oil tankers, gas tankers and cruise ships working for companies including BP, Mobil, and Cunard Line eventually qualifying and sailing as Chief Engineer, something to which other senior Harris Pye team members can also lay claim.  

Transas CEO Frank Coles. (Photo: Transas)

Transas CEO Honored

and collaboration must all be embraced if the industry is to flourish.”   In a 40-year career, Coles has served the maritime industry in practically every position from sailor to senior executive, delivering market-changing improvements at almost every step. The experience gained in the Merchant Navy has given him first-hand understanding of the practical pressures on those working at sea and still informs the decisions he makes today as the pro-active CEO of Transas. Most recently, he has been responsible for the development and launch of a revolutionary software platform, THESIS, or Transas

Captain Lawrence Aye-Manug MN Director Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC), Mr R Muirhead  Lord Lieutenant’s Husband, Geoff Rafferty. Director LSC, Dame Lorna Muirhead Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, John Wilson CEO LSC, Pamela Brown Director and Vice Chairman of LSC (Photo: LSC)

Liverpool Seafarers Center to Open Eastham Hub

,000) center will work in partnership with its headquarters at Colonsay House in Crosby to provide support to the 50,000 seafarers who pass through Merseyside’s ports each year. It has been supported by donations from Essar’s Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port,  Peel Ports, the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, proceeds from Mersey River Pilots raffle and the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards raffle, the Voluntary Aid Club Dinner and The Phoebe Wortley Charitable Trust.   Mr. Wilson said: “The new center enables us to maximize the support we can give to seafarers docking

Martin White (Photo: SMT)

Stream Marine Training Building New HQ

in the highways, rail and construction sectors. There is massive scope for growth.”   White said he sees particular scope for growth for its enclosed, dangerous space and working at height courses with rescue, which are now the only courses of their kind in Scotland recognized by the Merchant Navy Training Board.   “Our approach is to be flexible to the needs of industry,” he said. “We can undertake bespoke training here, training in the evenings or over weekends and we can train on vessels or assets anywhere in the world. We understand our industry and know many

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