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It remains the legal responsibility of the master to keep a ship safe, but the tools which the master requires to undertake this job are in the hands of shoreside terminal staff
The US is being far too draconian in the way it imposes sanctions on Iran. Seafarers of any rank are unlikely to know or even be able to track down the precise details of for whom they are working. For the US to put marine workers’ names on a blacklist — even in the absence of fault or criminal intent — is misguided and unjust
Shipping weeks provide huge amount of information, whether you are seeking commercial, legal or technical knowledge ensuring you leave better informed
Regardless of whether Britain leaves the EU on WTO terms or with a revised deal, as far as shipping is concerned we must listen to the pragmatic cargo-moving professionals for a change and not the politicians. They will be expected to keep trade moving no matter what the political backdrop
Logic confirms there are still too many shipyards in the world, scratching around for a living is a world where demand is hugely cyclical, desperately penetrated by politics, with even the world’s biggest finding themselves struggling
A new index measuring the happiness of seafarers is a welcome innovation, even if happiness is a relative yardstick