1. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency updates Dyslexia policy in line with latest guidance
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is delivering on a commitment to promoting inclusivity, with updates to its dyslexia guidance to ensure candidates have the support they need to succeed.
A Marine Information Notice (MIN676) has been issued to all colleges, training providers and companies, candidates and MCA examiners [today] that alters the MCA’s dyslexia policy following the latest guidance from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/05/the-maritime-and-coastguard-agency-updates-dyslexia-policy-in-line-with-latest-guidance/?amp=1
2. UKSA to launch new Port Operative Apprenticeship Programme to further its maritime career offering
Isle of Wight based charity, UKSA, has designed the programme to give young people the opportunity to start on the maritime career ladder in a vital port operative role which allows businesses and organisations to deliver cargo on time and within a safe environment. The course will provide students with all the necessary skills, knowledge, and qualifications to carry out port operative duties safely and competently whilst being trained by industry-leading instructors working at UKSA. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/05/uksa-to-launch-new-port-operative-apprenticeship-programme-to-further-its-maritime-career-offering/?amp=1
3. MarineTech Conference at Singapore Maritime Week 2022 lays out plans to boost cybersecurity and strengthen resilience in Singapore
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore continues its push to develop industry-wide capabilities through strengthening R&D, piloting maritime technologies , and developing maritime cybersecurity capabilities to strengthen the industry’s resilience and capacities to handle disruptions.
4. Palau registers new office in London
London is the latest location for the Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) which has opened a new regional office in the heart of one of the world’s leading maritime centres.
The new PISR office is headed by Georgios Bazos, Business Development Director (UK) who arrives in London after leaving The Marshall Islands Registry with a strong background experience of the global shipping industry. https://cyprusshippingnews.com/2022/04/05/palau-registers-new-office-in-london/?amp=1
5. OSM partners with Ocean Technologies Group
Shipmanager OSM Maritime Group has entered into a strategic partnership with Ocean Technologies Group (OTG) to implement OTG’s full suite of software solutions serving its fleet, crew and learning management requirements.
For years, OSM’s in-house crewing software, eCrew, has been considered one of the industry’s leading crewing software platforms. However, OSM said that with recent developments in the market, the speed of change in digitisation and a growing trend for more integrated solutions, a change in IT strategy was needed. https://splash247.com/osm-partners-with-ocean-technologies-group/
6. EU and US tighten sanctions against Russia
On Tuesday, the EU executive proposed banning Russian ships from European ports.
So far, none of the 27 EU member states has instituted a national ban — unlike Britain, which did so in early March.
The European Commission is also looking at banning Russian coal imports with EU member state ambassadors set to discuss the measures later today. https://splash247.com/eu-and-us-tighten-sanctions-against-russia/
7. CMA Shipping 2022: Disarray Around Decarbonization
The Connecticut Maritime Association conference wrapped up last week, bringing together hundreds of attendees to an “in person” setting. Just like many other “perennial” events that had been disrupted in 2020 and 2021 by the pandemic, this one went through a tortuous sea change including virtual iterations, shifting dates, and various event-specific hurdles that needed to be overcome. https://gcaptain.com/cma-shipping-2022-disarray-around-decarbonization/
8. Passengers Evacuated from Ferry in Straits of Mackinac After Steering Loss
The U.S. Coast Guard and a good samaritan vessel came to the rescue of a Mackinac Island ferry with 144 passengers and four crewmembers aboard lost steering in the Straits of Mackinac, connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
The Star Line ferry Huron lost steering about 6 p.m. Tuesday and was subsequently unable to deploy its anchor. https://gcaptain.com/passengers-evacuated-from-ferry-in-straits-of-mackinac-after-steering-loss/
9. Marine fuel cell: first type-approval granted
Ballard Power Systems announced at Nor-Shipping that it has been granted the first-ever type-approval for a marine fuel cell module from DNV
Ballard Power Systems noted the type-approval marks an important step in commercialising Ballard’s fuel-cell technology for marine applications. This is key to including fuel cells as a zero-emissions solution for the marine industry. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/marine-fuel-cell—first-type-approval-granted-70568
10. Transpacific: warning of ‘major congestion’ in coming months
Contract negotiations between the longshoremen’s union and west coast ports and Chinese lockdowns are expected to contribute to more congestion on the transpacific in 2022
The transpacific is enjoying record volumes and freight rates – but congestion and capacity constraints are forecast for later this year. https://www.rivieramm.com/news-content-hub/transpacific-warning-of-major-congestion-in-coming-months-70540