From its origins in 1901 until the late 1950s, through its deep association with the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy became unmistakably British in outlook, practices and culture. It was a relationship of great value to Australia. That comfortable symbiosis had reached its zenith by 1957, when Prime Minister Robert ..
I often find myself joining the cause of fishermen around the world lamenting the lack of consultation by government scientists and bureaucrats with legitimate fishermen. The governing bodies define total allowable catches and negotiate international boundaries or close areas to create marine parks. Sometimes there will be ..
Piracy is a scourge that just will not go away, with the Gulf of Guinea now replacing the coast of Somalia as a “hotspot” that is frightening seafarers tasked with voyages to West Africa. It is a different sort of piracy, but no less nasty, with the criminals seizing crewmembers for ransom, rather than capturing the ..
You get the impression, talking to contemporary seafarers, that their voyages never actually end. I’m not suggesting that they are like the Flying Dutchman, doomed to circumnavigate the world for ever, but rather that they get on and off their ships at the conclusion of their tours of duty, wherever the ship might be, ..
Recently there seem to have been more and more cases of ships hitting jetties, often damaging expensive shoreside infrastructure and always hurting themselves in the process. But is this really true? Accidents in port might receive more coverage simply because there is almost always somebody nearby with a mobile telephone. ..
In mid-November I was delighted to be able to represent Interferry, the international association of ferry owners, at the third ASEAN Regional Forum Workshop on Ferry Safety in Guangzhou, China. The workshop was very well organised by the China Maritime Safety Administration in conjunction with its Thai counterpart. This ..
It’s everything commercial fishing and aquaculture this week and next at BairdMaritime.com as we visit all four corners of the globe to bring you the latest news, ..
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted approval in principle (AIP) to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) and MAN Energy Solutions for an ammonia-fuelled ..
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding recently launched a new cargo and passenger vessel to be jointly owned by ferry operator Tokai Kisen and the Japan Railway Construction, ..