Blue Safe Corridors: Human Rights at Sea

While many seafarers who found themselves in Ukrainian territorial waters and ports managed to be evacuated shortly after Russia launched a ‘special operation’ in Ukraine on the 24th February 2022, others remain stranded on board their ships, unable to leave as widely confirmed by the recent Human Rights at Sea mission to Odesa, as well as by the International Chamber…

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HMS Spey Finds Charted Position of Island Was Incorrect

Sailors on a Royal Navy warship have proved a remote Pacific island has been in the ‘wrong place’ for 85 years. Henderson Island in the South Pacific is one mile south of the position marked on charts used by mariners the world over since 1937. On the eve of British Science Week, patrol ship HMS Spey confirmed the error as…

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Unseenlabs Learns Ships Turning Off AIS Near Chinese Coast

Since early November, a growing number of ships seem to vanish from conventional tracking systems as they approach Chinese coasts. According to VesselsValue, the number of ships broadcasting AIS signals from Chinese waters has dropped by 90% since the entry into force of the new law. Normally vessels can be identified via their AIS transponders, which broadcast the ship’s geolocation…

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New Program for West Africa Maritime Security

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is working to improve maritime security in West Africa and is offering a new and innovative program entitled the “IMO Whole of Government Approach to Maritime Security”. The program consists of integrated workshops and tailored support aimed at helping IMO Member States to develop National Maritime Security Committees, Risk Registers and Strategies. Peter Adams, IMO…

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Spain Accedes to Ship Recycling Convention

June 7, 2021 – Spain is the latest country to accede to IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Under…

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Vestdavit wins long-term service agreement with NOAA

October 16, 2020 – Leading boat launch and recovery systems supplier Vestdavit has secured a far-reaching frame agreement to provide service, support and spares for the variety of marine davits it has supplied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA operates a fleet of research and survey vessels that conduct a wide variety of missions, including oceanographic research,…

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UN Day of the Seafarer highlights sacrifice of key workers at sea during pandemic

June 24, 2020 – The 2020 Day of the Seafarer pays tribute to unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic: the seafarers who continue to carry essential goods despite facing tremendous challenges, including being stranded on board. Organized by IMO, this year’s campaign calls on governments to take action and formally recognize seafarers as key workers. On 25 June every year,…

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