From social media to a helpline for seafarers, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:
Ongoing maritime training is needed – With technology, regulations and actual onboard operations constantly changing, the need for regular training within the maritime industry has never been more pressing, argues Captain Richard Madden on gCaptain. Currently, once mariners have received their license or seaman’s papers no further training is required for at least five years. Though more information is available in manuals, guides, and textbooks than ever before, there’s a danger of overloading mariners with information which they don’t take on board. Training is essential to making sure everyone who works in the shipping industry is fully up-to-speed with all things maritime.
Seafarers’ helpline shows that mariners aren’t alone – Established by the International Seafarers Assistance Network over ten years ago, SeafarerHelp provides a multilingual contact point, referral and helpline, available around the clock to seafarers worldwide. Lloyd’s List reports that last year the service helped more than 3,000 seafarers of 59 different nationalities, with an average of two new cases appearing every day. Though seafaring is, by its nature, an isolated and lonely occupation, this helpline demonstrates by its humanity that no seafarer is entirely alone; no matter what problems he or she faces.
Shipping industry could use social media more – According to a new report from US-based McQuilling Services, many shipping companies could do more to increase their use of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. According to Lloyd’s List, the report surveyed the top 50 public oil companies and top 50 public shipping companies, finding that oil companies are more active in social media. 54 per cent of the oil companies surveyed used all three social media sites, while only 13 per cent of shipping companies surveyed were active.
Have you read anything interesting this week that you’d like to share?