New fuels to require training for up to 800,000 seafarers

New fuels to require training for up to 800,000 seafarers

(SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt) — A new action plan, launched at COP 27 by United Nations organizations, shipowners and unions, sets out recommendations to upskill seafarers to meet shipping’s decarbonization goals. The plan is in response to findings from new research, the modeling of which cautions that as many as 800,000 seafarers will require additional training by the mid-2030s. Currently…
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Nunan named first female superintendent of USMMA

Nunan named first female superintendent of USMMA

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Saturday announced the appointment of Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, U.S. Coast Guard retired, as the next superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). Nunan is the first woman to hold the position. Nunan, who spent more than three decades in the Coast Guard, has commanded units…
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Survey: 60 percent of female mariners report onboard discrimination

Survey: 60 percent of female mariners report onboard discrimination

(LONDON) — An in-depth survey in the maritime industry revealed shocking figures in gender-based discrimination against women, onboard harassment and bullying, according to WISTA International. WISTA International, Anglo Eastern, the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) conducted a public online survey designed to examine how female seafarers perceived “discrimination” and how it…
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Philly Shipyard lays keel for Mass. Maritime training ship

Philly Shipyard lays keel for Mass. Maritime training ship

(PHILADELPHIA) — TOTE Services and Philly Shipyard marked a significant construction milestone at a keel-laying ceremony Thursday for the second of five new national security multi-mission vessels (NSMVs) for America’s state maritime academies. The keel laying is a ceremonial recognition in which the first grand block of the vessel is loaded into the building dock. Keel-laying traditions are said to…
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Exclusive interview with MarAd Administrator Ann Phillips

Exclusive interview with MarAd Administrator Ann Phillips

Agency's new leader focused on bolstering maritime workforce, promoting equity at sea By Casey Conley America’s maritime industry must adapt and change to retain its current workforce and attract a new generation of mariners, according to the new leader of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd). Although that responsibility lies with the operators themselves, Administrator Ann Phillips believes MarAd can nudge…
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Seafarers Happiness Index rebounds from record low

Seafarers Happiness Index rebounds from record low

(LONDON) — The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, reveals that seafarer happiness levels are recovering after reaching a record low last quarter. Overall happiness has increased from 5.85 to 7.21/10, with levels rising across all categories. The survey, undertaken with the support of the Standard Club and Idwal, reports on the second quarter of…
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Philly cuts steel for new Maine Maritime training ship

Philly cuts steel for new Maine Maritime training ship

(PHILADELPHIA) – TOTE Services and Philly Shipyard on Monday celebrated the cutting of steel for the third national security multi-mission vessel (NSMV) destined for Maine Maritime Academy. The event marked another major construction milestone for the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MarAd) NSMV program, designed to provide a purpose-built, state-of-the-art training platform for state maritime academies in New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas…
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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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