Fundraising coffee morning raises over £600 for Exmouth RNLI

Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)


PR300519-1 Exmouth RNLI Community Safety team greet visitors.


PR300519-2 Raffle prize table with volunteers Fiona and Jackie.


PR300519-3 RNLI merchandise table with volunteers Pat and Jill.

PR300519-4 Budleigh Mayor, Caz Sismore-Hunt buys a plant from Exmouth RNLI Chair, Simon Davidson

On 30 May, Exmouth RNLI volunteers ran a successful coffee morning at the Public Hall in Budleigh Salterton. £623.44 was raised in two and a half hours with the RNLI merchandise stall taking an extra £140.05.

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ICS Launches Definitive Guidelines on MLC Convention

Responding to changing regulations the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched of the third edition of its essential Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, the only fully up to date guide to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for all involved with the employment of seafarers.

Focused on today’s MLC, the publication covers all amendments made to the Convention since it entered into force in 2013. It also contains practical advice, information and key learnings from industry bodies at the heart of the shipping community.
Natalie Shaw, Director of Employment Affairs at ICS says: “These new Guidelines provide a framework to help all involved in the industry understand how the MLC works. Companies can use them to assist in developing their own policies and procedures and incorporate them in their working practices.

“Every Master should have a copy of the updated Guidelines on board and companies should also have copies in their shore-based offices. Indeed many shipowners seem to agree, as we have already presold the first print run of the Guidelines, prior to official launch.”

New in Edition 3
•    Mandatory arrangements for the provision of financial security to address cases of seafarer abandonment.
•    Changes to employment agreements to address piracy.
•    Measures to prevent harassment and bullying.
•    New ICS/ International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welfare guidelines.
•    Implementation of health and safety provisions.

The new Guidelines contain helpful information on common issues arising from the inspection processes and procedures used by various port State control (PSC) authorities in addition to support materials developed by various parties, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) and ITF.   The section on welfare provision has been fully updated in line with increasing digitalisation and the changes in technology that affect the seafarer’s workplace. A copy of the full MLC guidelines and a number of other useful documents are included, helping shipowners meet the requirement to carry a copy of the Convention on board.

A complementary digital version is also included, containing a portfolio of additional information to assist shipowners to effectively apply the MLC on board their vessels.

Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention is available from maritime booksellers, or visit the ICS website.

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Going digital can put vessels ahead if properly planned, says IEC Telecom

Nor-Shipping, Oslo, June 4 – 7, 2019: Digitalisation can offer vessel operators a competitive edge but maritime companies need to be aware of the potential risks and to put in place effective back-up and security systems to ensure they reap the benefits, advises Nabil Ben Soussia, Vice President – Maritime, IEC Telecom Group.

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Samui Regatta – AY Race Report 3


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AY Race Report 3

Samui Regatta – Persistence pays off in the long run…
By AY MultiMedia
May 29th, Koh Samui, Thailand: Overnight a huge tropical deluge forced its way across the island and changed the weather outlook for today. At dawn it was flat calm and after a short delay the fleet left the beach and headed SE of Chaweng Bay, where a light Southerly awaited them. As it remained steady and covered the course area, a mixture of windward/leeward and trapezoid style courses were set and the start sequence underway for all classes. Although it fluctuated between 3 and 5 knots, it was enough to stem the current and progress around the course. Just as it looked doubtful to have another race, the breeze came in from the East and the course quickly relayed and two more races held, to avoid using the lay day tomorrow. Follow the action in the AY Photo Gallery

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IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), 101st session, 5-14 June 2019

MSC 101 Highlights

  1. Adoption of amendments
  2. Regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships
  3. Goal-based standards and safety level approach
  4. Safety of ships in polar waters
  5. Development of further measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of fuel oil
  6. E-navigation
  7. Domestic ferry safety
  8. Approval/adoption of other draft amendments, guidance and guidelines.

Read more details here:

Publicly available MSC documents may be accessed via IMODOCS (registration required)


Start Vuurschepen Race

What an Evening… the Start of the Vuurschepen Race

It was a rainy, grey cold morning in the Netherlands on May 28, 2019. As it continued to rain throughout the morning many people questioned if the sun would make an appearance as promised in the afternoon. To many surprises the sun did come out, the skies were clear and the wind did blow. We could not have asked for a better evening to send off the sailors on the Vuurschepen Race from Scheveningen (NL) to Harwich (UK).

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Alabama ferry conversion is an all-electric first; Eastern delivers first FMT newbuild with Sub-M certificate

May 28th 2019
May 28, 2019 — After conversion at the Master Marine shipyard in Bayou la Batre, Ala., the historic Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Gee’s Bend ferry returned to service in April as America’s first zero-emission, electric-powered passenger/car ferry. Operated by HMS Ferries on behalf of ALDOT, the 15-vehicle/132-passenger ferry runs on the Alabama River between Camden and Boykin, Ala.

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