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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

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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

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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

At the Seafarers Awareness Week launch on 9 February, from left to right: Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General, Seafarers UK; Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Inmarsat Maritime; David Dingle CBE, Chairman, Maritime UK. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

Two New Themes for Seafarers Awareness Week

, deep sea, offshore, and nowadays including those who take to the sea to farm fish. Skilled workboat skippers and crews, whose services are in high demand in growth areas such as offshore wind power. Maritime pilots and harbourmasters, providing an essential link between land and sea. Merchant Navy Officers and Ratings on cruise ships, where the huge number of hospitality workers are now also counted as seafarers. Superyacht captains and crew members, where our seafarers are a vital part of the UK’s success story in that most buoyant of maritime markets.   And finally

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Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall

; “The industry is united in its call for government action, and we urge the government to seize this opportunity, before it is too late.”    The scheme, documented in a business case presented to the Department for Transport and developed by the UK Chamber of Shipping, Merchant Navy Training Board and Nautilus International, calls for the Government to double seafarer training funding from £15m to £30m.   Guy added, “We know, through working with employers and unions across the sector that we face the combined challenges of an aging workforce and

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UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

commit to employing cadets after their training is completed.   Major employers including Shell and Carnival have already committed to the scheme.   The scheme, documented in a business case presented to the Department for Transport and developed by the UK Chamber of Shipping, Merchant Navy Training Board and Nautilus International, calls for the Government to double seafarer training funding from £15m to £30m.    At present, Government’s Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) stands at £15m, and has been responsible for significantly increasing

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India Extends GMDSS-GOC License Application Period

Nautical Grade Officers to hold a valid GMDSS-GOC license issued by Ministry of Communication to operate the Communication and GMDSS equipment on board Merchant Ships.   The certificate is valid for ten years and subsequently renewed every five years.   As per the existing rules, Indian Merchant Navy Navigating officers could apply for renewal of their license only three months prior to expiry of license whereas the contract period of an officer/seafarer to work on board varies from 6-8 months.    Therefore it was difficult for them to get their license renewed in time prior to

A 7.5-ton Naval anchor, refurbished by Cammell Laird (Photo: PAL)

New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening

the only one in the U.K. to create vitally needed skills and become a beacon of international excellence.   Hugh Baird College, Bootle, and its supporting partners officially launch the Port Academy Liverpool (PAL) with some 200 guests from across the U.K. representing the maritime industry, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy – both past and present - and charitable trusts.   Port Academy Liverpool will provide first class academic, technical training and enrichment courses for students aged from 14 years looking to pursue a career in all areas of the maritime sector. The first students will

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Seacat Services Invest in UK Offshore Training

– and take it one step further with the new Traineeship and Cadetship initiatives.” Andrew Dale, Managing Director, Red Ensign, added: “The training opportunities we’ve developed with Seacat Services to date have already been recognized as some of the most successful in the Merchant Navy industry, and we’re committed to maintaining – and building upon - these standards for many years to come.” “It’s particularly satisfying to be able to broaden the reach of this year’s schemes across the UK and provide an even greater level of access to

UK Seafarers Awareness Week Taking Shape

. maritime industry’s contribution of £11 billion a year to the economy while supporting more than 113,000 jobs.   During Seafarers Awareness Week a host of activities across the U.K. will see the participation of key organizations including IMarEST, Maritime Educational Foundation, Merchant Navy Training Board, Nautical Institute and UK Chamber of Shipping. The week, sponsored this year by Inmarsat, also encompasses several maritime training establishment events, in Blackpool, Dartmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton.   All registered events, including some taking place

Shulah Jones (Photo: PAL)

New Liverpool Maritime College Launches Memorabilia Appeal

such as Capt Patrick Walker, grandson of Capt Johnnie Walker, and the Earl of Derby, whose family was involved with much of the town’s Victorian development.   PAL Project Director Shulah Jones said a fundamental part of its role will be to tell stories of Bootle’s past and how the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy were intertwined with the community.   “The maritime sector is part of the DNA of Bootle and the Liverpool City Region,” she said. “We want to ignite a passion for careers in maritime by recognising and retelling the extraordinary stories of our own community

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