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Worlds First VLGC Retrofitted With LPG Propulsion Technology.
BW LPG announces the successful start of a week-long sea and gas trials for Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) BW Gemini which has been retrofitted with pioneering LPG dual-fuel propulsion technology. BW Gemini has achieved a historic milestone as the worlds first VLGC to be fuelled by Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), with the retrofitted main engine running on LPG and switching to traditional fuel seamlessly.
Australia: Dock Workers Claim Vindication as Shipping Lines Blamed for Delays and Profiteering.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), whose "wharfies", or dockers, were being blamed by Patrick Terminals, which operates the Port Botany freight facility, for the delays incurred there by shipping companies, says it has been vindicated after a recent meeting between the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) / Australian Peak Shippers Association (ASA) and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
The union has also taken a swipe at the Covid-19 precautions, or lack of them, being taken elsewhere in the country.
Thailand Eases Ship And Yacht Crew Travel Restrictions.
Thailand on Wednesday further eased coronavirus restrictions and plans to shorten a quarantine period to (assist seafarers and) encourage foreign tourists, an official said. Southeast Asia's second-largest economy suffered its worst contraction in over two decades in the second quarter as the vital tourism sector was badly hit.
Relaxed rules will make it easier for people on yachts and the foreign crew of ships to enter the country, but with strict adherence to health measures, coronavirus taskforce spokesman, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, told a briefing.
New Zealand: Port keeps up strict protocols for crews.
Crews from ships docking here are allowed onshore only after completing Covid-19 precautions, Eastland Port says.
Eastland Group chief operating officer Andrew Gaddum said Eastland Port took the safety of port users, visitors, staff and the Tairawhiti community "extremely seriously".
"The port continues to work with Hauora Tairawhiti, Maritime NZ, and other authorities to ensure stringent protocols are followed.
HRAS: Crew of Tanker Gulf Sky Caught in a Case of Political Intrigue.
The saga of the crew aboard the tanker Gulf Sky continues according to the NGO Human Rights at Sea and the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration. According to a statement issued by the two organizations, the crew's situation remains unresolved leaving them unpaid and unable to work due to the disputes, investigations and political intrigue surrounding the tanker.
Diminishing seafaring appeal to tighten officer availability.
Officer availability varies significantly by nationality and rank, with important implications for recruitment, retention and wage rates, particularly in light of tightening labour market conditions.
Earlier in the year Drewry projected that the current officer shortfall to crew the global merchant fleet would widen, despite the dampening effect of Covid-19, due to the reduced attractiveness of a career at sea and rising man-berth ratios.
Cargo ship ran onto breakwater, damaged, Japan
General cargo ship ASUKAMARU ran onto breakwater while entering Toyama Port, Honshu, Japan sea, at around 0330 Tokyo time Oct 21. The ship was taken off breakwater by tug at around 0830 Tokyo time, and berthed in Toyama. Bulbous bow was breached and dented, no water ingress reported.
Maersk Supports Maritime Education in South Africa
Lawhill provides secondary-school students in Grades 10 to 12 with a specialized education and knowledge that prepares them for entry into maritime and related industries. For more than two decades, the industry-funded program has greatly improved the post-school employment prospects of thousands of young South Africans, especially those from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds.
Female leadership can be maritime industry game changer.
Female leadership should be a priority for maritime businesses - particularly in the bunker industry - where women make up just nine per cent of senior positions.
LQM Petroleum Services are bucking the trend and have a gender equality ratio of 50 per cent across global operations in the UK, USA and France.