Maersk fires captain, four crewmembers on ‘Midshipman X’ ro-ro

Maersk fires captain, four crewmembers on ‘Midshipman X’ ro-ro

(NORFOLK, Va.) — The captain and four engineering crewmembers aboard the vessel where the female U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadet known as “Midshipman X” served during Sea Year training have been fired. Maersk Line Ltd. (MLL) confirmed this week that the captain of the U.S.-flagged vehicle carrier Alliance Fairfax was fired for violating the company’s “no tolerance” policy on…
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Then and now: IMO asks mariners to share journeys

Then and now: IMO asks mariners to share journeys

(LONDON) — The maritime world is changing, fast. Ships are now operating greener, with greater digitization, and with more diverse crews. As the lifeblood of the shipping industry, seafarers are at the heart of this evolution, implementing new regulations, learning new skills and adopting safer, more efficient working practices. As the world's merchant fleet traverses the oceans, the crews on…
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USMMA cadet files sex assault suit against Maersk

USMMA cadet files sex assault suit against Maersk

(MINEOLA, N.Y.) — A complaint was filed Tuesday in New York state court against Maersk Line Ltd. alleging that the company failed to adequately protect U.S. Merchant Marine Academy midshipmen from sexual assault and sexual harassment while working aboard Maersk ships as part of USMMA’s Sea Year program. A second suit by another cadet, under the pseudonym "Midshipman Y," was…
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Fagan sworn in as first female leader of Coast Guard

Fagan sworn in as first female leader of Coast Guard

(WASHINGTON) — Adm. Karl Schultz was relieved as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Linda Fagan during a change-of-command ceremony presided over by President Joe Biden on Wednesday at Coast Guard headquarters. Immediately following the ceremony, Schultz retired from the Coast Guard after 39 years of service to the nation. He was awarded the Homeland Security Distinguished Service…
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WISTA reports uneven progress on gender equality

WISTA reports uneven progress on gender equality

(LONDON) — Gender diversity in maritime is extremely fragmented by sector, according to data from the newly published 2021 Women in Maritime Survey by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). The report, launched on the first IMO International Day for Women in Maritime, contains information about the proportion and distribution of women…
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Seafarers win right to mandatory internet access

Seafarers win right to mandatory internet access

(LONDON) — Seafarers’ groups have won the right to mandatory social connectivity for crews – including internet access – in updates to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), but are disappointed that shipowners and governments may seek to charge for it, according to the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). The MLC is an international treaty designed to protect seafarers’ rights…
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Seafarer job satisfaction hits eight-year low

Seafarer job satisfaction hits eight-year low

(LONDON) — The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published Thursday by The Mission to Seafarers, reveals the lowest levels of seafarer satisfaction in the past eight years, with the measure of overall happiness decreasing from 6.41 to 5.85 and levels dropping across all categories. The survey, undertaken with the support of the Standard Club, reports on the first quarter of…
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