Costa probe blames the human element

IMO to meet this month to consider recommendations from inquiry into Italian disaster The long-awaited official Italian report on the investigation into the Costa Concordia disaster last year has concluded that ‘the human element is the root cause’. But the 173-page report also highlights a series of technical and design shortcomings that resulted in ‘immediate…

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Been there, done that… a recipe for success?

A debate is raging about the future of the superintendent’s role — much of it focusing on the thorny question of whether superintendents need to have been to sea or sailed in the highest ranks to do their job well The Maritime HR Forum — an association of 60 shipping employers who come together to benchmark salary data for the shipping…

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IMO seeks public input on administrative burdens

Today marks the start of a six-month consultation period in which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will seek widespread input on the administrative burdens that may result from compliance with IMO instruments. The intention is to gather data from a broad spectrum of stakeholders from which recommendations on how to alleviate administrative burdens can be…

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Job swindles exposed

Nautilus and the Chamber of Shipping are working together to highlight growing concerns over ‘scam’ employment agencies seeking to defraud seafarers with offers of work. The past year has seen a rising tide of cases in which crew members have been conned out of cash by bogus companies promising well-paid jobs — often with reputable…

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Seafarers fail to heed enclosed space advice

Seafarers are continuing to be killed in enclosed spaces onboard ships despite the campaigns to cut the death toll, a P&I club has warned. The UK Club has issued a special bulletin in response to evidence of a recent increase in the number of fatalities involving entry into enclosed spaces despite the ‘wealth of information’…

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