Pirates Killed in Attack – KVH Media Group.


A Somali official says foreign naval forces in international waters shot dead two pirates and wounded another when the bandits attempted to hijack a ship on Saturday. Ahmed Abdullahi, an official with the anti-piracy force in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, said the two killed men were part of a group of nine pirates in a […]

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Indian Dock Strike Action – KVH Media Group

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India’s labour unions, representing dockworkers employed at major ports, have announced an indefinite nationwide industrial action starting April 19, 2017. The ports that are likely to be affected by the strike are Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Kandla and Marmugao. JNPT port authorities have already been […]

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Building Bridges – Seafarers and Shipping Working for Maritime Safety


There are many times in the operation of ships that officers’ onboard need to not just communicate with managers ashore, but they need to be have a shared sense of endeavour. How can this be improved? IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD The tragic loss of an ore carrier this month has reminded us, in the […]

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The Secrets to Boosting Seafarer Productivity


Productivity is a word that businesses the world over like to use. It is an elusive means of getting more out of the same – or even less. For most industries it is fairly easy to measure, but for shipping it is a very different story. WHAT DOES IT MEAN If we are being technical, […]

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Protecting Captive Seafarer Wages – KVH Media Group

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The issue of protecting captive seafarers’ wages is on the agenda at an International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland (3-5 April). IMO has taken part in the ILO Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee, established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for […]

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Nigerian Attack Reports – KVH Media Group


A report on Nigerian piracy has shown, once again, that certain vessel characteristics, such as low freeboard and speed, can make a vessel a more attractive to pirate gangs. The new report also states that commercial vessels that can be boarded from the water are at risk of being attacked when they are navigating in piracy […]

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Ports Push for BREXIT Voice – KVH Media Group.

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British ports want trade facilitation to be central to Brexit negotiations, particularly highlighting ro-ro services to the EU. With UK PM Theresa May signing the letter that will trigger the process that will formally start the process to leave the EU British Port Association (BPA) chief executive Richard Ballantyne said it was “vital” trade facilitation […]

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Coffee Raising Seafarer Funds – KVH Media Group


The Sailors’ Society is opening its first coffee lounge in Portswood Road, Southampton. The BySea Coffee Lounge opens its doors tomorrow. The shop will serve BySea coffee, the ethically sourced, socially responsible brand launched by Sailors’ Society last year, with blends coming from some of the 27 countries where the charity operates. The charity’s director […]

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Maritime Student Visa Success – KVH Media Group

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The UK Chamber has welcomed an announcement by the Home Office to reform immigration rules for international students, extending the time limit to three years for educational courses which are below degree level but subject to MCA regulations that the applicant must spend 12 months at sea. Until now, international students within the Tier 4 […]

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Ships Can be Art – KVH Media Group


A mural on a bulk carrier? Why not? Canadian shipping company CSL has chosen one of its bulk carriers as the “canvass” for an original work-of-art. Namely, over the course of three weeks in February-March 2017, four urban Montreal artists worked together to create the mural that celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canada and the […]

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