EDITORIAL | 2018: A bad year for ferry fatalities

After a couple of good years in 2016 and 2017, 2018 saw a significant increase in ferry fatalities worldwide. From 549 “known” fatalities in 2016, the total increased to 748 in 2017 and then jumped dramatically to 1,082 in 2018.

  • Published in Ferries

COLUMN | Women in shipping [The Boroscope]

The theme for this year’s IMO World Maritime Day is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. A fine sentiment that marks a long and arduous road for women not only in shipping but in all professions.

COLUMN | Smoke gets in your eyes [Grey Power]

More than half a century ago, with the ship alongside in Brooklyn, I witnessed a confrontation between a uniformed official, packing a side arm, and our Chief Officer. The Mate had been the first officer he had seen, on stamping up the gangway and he was angrily complaining about the plume of black smoke emanating from our funnel.

COLUMN | Ladies first [Grey Power]

We are terribly hung up on the need for “diversity” these days, with every government department in most developed countries ramming its importance down our throats.

EEDI status quo for Ro-Ro vessels

The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to uphold previously agreed sector-specific energy efficiency design index (EEDI) targets for Ro-Ro passenger and Ro-Ro freight vessels. 

COLUMN | Celebrating seafaring [Grey Power]

This is being written on the day being celebrated by the IMO as “the Day of the Seafarer”, which I suppose gives an opportunity to various maritime organisations to say how much they appreciate the work of those who earn their living on ships.

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