Shipowners' committee seeks standard training requirements in the region

The seamen's committee of the Asian Shipowners Forum (ASF) wants the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) to take its study on the seven Maritime Education and Training Institutions (METs) in China to a regional level.

Wednesday, 29 November, 2000, 12:00am

Global benchmark sought to prevent cost-cutting on crews

Refining the principles of safe manning will have no effect unless there is international agreement on minimum manning scales, according to a marine official.

Hong Kong Marine Department's chief of shipping policy (nautical) Suresh Anand said many Hong Kong ship managers accepted the idea of a minimum global benchmark on manning.

29 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Industry concern at shortage of good officers and seafarers

No matter what shipping rules and regulations are formulated by regulatory bodies, safe operations still depend on officers and crew, an executive says.

The out-going president of the International Ship Managers' Association (Isma), Harry Gilbert, said it was therefore important that ship managers made the right choices when selecting seafarers and officers.

22 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Competition benefits shipowners

Intense competition is forcing ship management companies to provide highly professional, responsible and efficient services to shipowners, according to a shipping executive.

6 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Growing shortage of seafarers worries owners' forum

The seamen's committee of the Asian Shipowners Forum has expressed deep concern at the increasing shortage of qualified seafarers worldwide.

23 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Service record book introduced

The International Shipping Federation has launched a personal training and service record book to help seafarers who are already qualified to demonstrate their compliance with the revised STCW Convention.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Panama to set up Manila office

Panama is to establish a maritime regional office in Manila to speed up licensing of seafarers from the region, as Filipinos make up 60 per cent of the 180,000 seafarers on board Panamanian-flagged vessels.

30 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

New maritime regulations aim to promote safer industry

The Government gazetted 12 subsidiary maritime legislative measures on Friday, and will table them before the Provisional Legislative Council on Wednesday.

23 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Implications of port state control tackled in new guidebook

The UK Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Club has produced a comprehensive guide to promote awareness of the growing impact of port state control (PSC) on shipowners and mariners.

The club said many shipowners were not aware of what to expect in individual ports in terms of regulations and their enforcement by the regional authorities.

5 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Call to improve seafarer training

The shipping industry should establish schools with a standardised curriculum throughout the world to train seafarers, a ship manager says.

Wallem Shipmanagement managing director Aswin Atre said shipping accidents were costly to shipowners, managers, shippers, big charterers and environmentalists.

3 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Training record book released

The International Shipping Federation has officially launched an updated training record book to reflect the requirements of the revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Convention.

9 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Maritime training association set up

Thirty-one delegates from 24 institutions and organisations held a three-day meeting, ending today, to establish the Association of Maritime Education and Training Institutions in Asia Pacific (AMETIAP).

Delegates have held five previous regional meetings informally since 1989.

13 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Manager urges government to play bigger role

Governments and port states must co-operate in regulation and operation of vital shore-based services, besides establishing uniform standards and procedures for inspecting vessels, a ship management executive says.

13 May 1996 - 12:00am

ITF demand to strike may put workers in dock

Shipowners will seek court intervention if the International Transport Federation's (ITF) call for a week's industrial action in June against ships in European ports causes serious disruption.

8 May 1996 - 12:00am

Qualified officer shortage looms

The shortage of qualified and competent officers is bound to escalate unless corrective action is taken, a report says.

The joint 1995 Manpower Update report by the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and the Baltic and International Maritime Council (Bimco) shows that the upward trend in trainee recruitment for officers' posts peaked in 1993.

20 Mar 1996 - 12:00am