The ordeal of several seafarers from Pakistan continues on the vessels owned by Saint James Shipping. More than 20 seafarers from Pakistan remain stranded on arrested vessels, while the MT Ariana ship is now off the radar.

Pakistani media covered the story of Pakistani seafarers toward the end of last month. They reported that almost 100 Pakistani crew members are now encountering a life-and-death crisis.

Sam Tariverdi is the son of Dr. Hassan Tari Verdi. He is the CEO as well as the owner of Saint James Shipping. Seafarers accused him of putting their lives and security at risk and making them suffer even for basic needs like food, bunker, water, and spares for the vessel.

Mt. Ariana
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Earlier, Saint James Shipping endangered vessels in war zones without any insurance cover. About 23 seafarers from Pakistan were stranded on a ship named Ariana in Al-Mokha (Yemen). At gunpoint, they were removed from the vessel with Naval Escort at the owners’ behest, and some local crew members were placed on the vessel. These crew members were reportedly repatriated in highly critical and risky conditions.

In a recent development, Ariana has gone missing. It cannot be seen on the maritime radar. The vessel was last observed on 23 August off Sharjah; after that, the vessel’s location could not be tracked.

The Pakistani seafarers who’ve reached Pakistan safely have appealed that it is high time for international maritime monitoring agencies to execute a formal search and rescue mission to ascertain the safety of the vessel and the crew members onboard.
They have raised a concern that in maritime affairs, typically, the owners resort to putting the vessel off the radars when they consider using the ship for illegal business purposes. Such activities include transporting sanctioned cargo, entering prohibited territories, or even evading some critical maritime regulations.

Sam Tariverdi, the CEO of Saint James Shipping, was asked to clarify the entire situation, but it yielded no results. Sam, Iranian by origin, is the passport holder of Grenada and has his residence in the UK as well. He had informed the seafarers that he would resolve their issues, but no progress had happened.

A group of Pakistani seamen who are extremely worried about their colleagues has reported that criminal indifferences and violations of Saint James Shipping and its owner/CEO Sam Tariverdi is unprecedented and persistent in the maritime sector.

Saint James Shipping owes millions of dollars to its managers, vendors, crew, and lenders. Ariana is operating without an operating license (DOC) and insurance coverage. The seamen added that the owner is jeopardizing the lives of innocent crew members by using the vessel in critical conditions without complying with International shipping regulations.

Safety of the vessels remains crucial as the owner does not release necessary funds for routine repairs and spares of the vessel, ship managers have informed. They have also said that it is unexpected that such transgressions were made for financial gains and vested interests, as done by Sam Trivedi.

They have said that it’s high time that renowned international maritime firms take note of Saint James' unlawful activities endanger seafarers’ lives. Besides the seafarers being repatriated in severe conditions; still, some Pakistani sailors are on the Saint James’ vessels.

The firm also owes a colossal amount to ship managers at GRSM, Entrust — a US-based financier, and vendors besides the unpaid wages of seafarers. It is, hence, warranted that Pakistani maritime authorities take note of the sufferings of seafarers of Pakistanis at the hands of Saint James Shipping and the CEO named Sam Tariverdi and officially approach international naval organizations to take legal action against offenders.

Reference: dailytimes, htsyndication


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Last year, union ship inspectors recovered US$$37.6 million in unpaid wages owed to seafarers, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has revealed in figures published August 19.

The ITF’s 125 inspectors and coordinators completed 7,265 inspections in 2021 to support thousands of seafarers with wage claims and repatriation cases, despite Covid-19 restrictions preventing inspectors’ ability to board ships for much of the year.

ITF Inspectors get their name because they board and ‘inspect’ ships. They educate seafarers about their rights and support crew to enforce these rights. The officials cover more than 100 ports across 50 countries.

Inspectors are trained to look for exploitation, overwork – even for signs of forced labor and modern slavery. On many vessels, Inspectors have the right to examine wage accounts, employment contracts, and to review recorded hours of work and rest.

“It’s not uncommon for crew to be paid the wrong rate by a shipowner, or less than the rate set out in the employment agreement covering the ship,” said Steve Trowsdale, the ITF’s Inspectorate Coordinator.

“Crew can generally work out when they’re being underpaid. And that’s when they contact us. ITF inspectors help seafarers recover what’s owed to them.”

Altogether, the ITF clawed back US$37,591,331 in unpaid wages and entitlements from shipowners in 2021.

Trowsdale said the makeup of seafarers’ wage claims was changing: “Concerningly, we’re seeing a rise in the number of seafarers reporting non-payment of wages for periods of two months or longer, which actually meets the ILO’s definition of abandonment.”

“Seafarers might think it’s normal to go unpaid for a couple of months, waiting for a shipowner to sort out financing, but they need to be aware that non-payment can also be a sign that a shipowner is about to cut them loose and leave them abandoned.”

The ITF reported 85 cases of abandonment to the International Labor Organization (ILO) last year, an historic high. In many of those cases, abandoned crew had already been waiting on several weeks’ or months’ of unpaid wages – including those aboard the storm-hit MV Lidia.

ITF inspector based in Hong Kong, Jason Lam, helped eight Burmese seafarers who were crewing the MV Lidia recover almost US$30,000 in unpaid wages after they ran aground in October 2021, thanks to a typhoon that left them close to shipwrecked. The shipowner refused to pay the two months’ wages he owed them, abandoning them and ruling out any assistance to get them home.

Weeks of campaigning by Lam on behalf of the seafarers had an impact, and on 2 November 2021, the crew flew home – full wages in hand.

Photo credit: ITF. Burmese seafarers who were left near shipwrecked after a typhoon are pictured on their way home from Hong Kong, after ITF Inspector Jason Lam helped them recover almost US$30,000 in unpaid wages.

Amidst crew change crisis, ITF inspectors got thousands of seafarers home

Trowsdale said Inspectors did not let Covid-19 barriers stop them from supporting seafarers in need, instead adapting and finding new ways of working.

“I’m extremely proud of the work of our inspectors have done to support seafarers in the last year, often working in the face of incredibly difficult circumstances,” he said.

“It’s always been incredibly important for our team to be able to physically get to seafarers – to board ships and educate crew on their rights. So, when Covid-19 restrictions presented a challenge to inspectors to board vessels, there was a real question: ‘What will happen to the seafarers who need us?’”

As the crew change crisis worsened in early 2021, a flood of requests filled the ITF’s inboxes from crew desperate to sign off and get home. Covid-related border restrictions were the underlying reason for the crew change crisis, which impacted an estimated 400,000 seafarers at the worst point of the crisis. But on some ships, other more sinister factors were at play in keeping crew from their families.

“There is evidence that some shipowners were using Covid-19 as an excuse to keep seafarers working beyond their initial contracts and in complete violation of those seafarers’ human and labour rights,” said Trowsdale. “Thankfully, our team was wise to what was going on and despite everything we got thousands of seafarers home.”

“Keeping crew onboard while pretending their hands were tied may have saved those employers a few dollars in flight fares, but in today’s society that kind of conduct gets noticed. There are no shadows to hide in anymore when it comes to global supply chain accountability,” he said.



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All Ukrainian men aged 18-60 have been subject to a wartime travel ban since February, but certain seafarers will soon have an exemption

On August 27, 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine finally adopted a resolution on allowing Ukrainian seafarers to leave the country to work under contracts on vessels.

Our company, SKYMAR, is a leading travel service provider in Ukraine for shipowners and seafarers. In the difficult days of March 2022, when all maritime market players and relevant organizations refused to deal with the problem of Ukrainian seafarers leaving, SKYMAR began to pursue a positive solution by all possible official and behind-the-scenes methods. Every week we wrote letters to the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Office of the President of Ukraine. We wrote SMS, called all the known numbers and tried to prove and show how important it is for Ukrainian seaferers to return to their jobs and relieve their colleagues who were on vessels at the time of the start of the war. Our petition to the President of Ukraine was able to collect 25,000 signatures and attract his attention.

Ukrainian seafarers bring up to $4 billion annually to the country. Ukraine ranks sixth in the world in terms of the number of employed seafarers. The urgent need to remove restrictions from Ukrainian seafarers was due to the fact that most of the seafarers could be left without a livelihood. Their skills and abilities are very specific and have little use ashore, even in times of war. In addition, a huge proportion of Ukrainian seafarers help our army in the fight against the enemy, both financially and with humanitarian aid.

And on Saturday it happened! We welcome this decision of the government of Ukraine. Now Ukrainian seafarers will again be able to travel to their jobs on vessels around the world, relieve their colleagues, start providing for their families again and continue to support Ukraine’s army. This is a victory for seafarers and their families, and there are about one million of them in Ukraine.

In the coming days, the Cabinet of Ministers will approve the final adjustments to the adopted resolution and approve the final date from which Ukrainian seafarers will be able to leave on contracts. Our company continues to participate in the discussions of the working group for details on the departure of seafarers.

Once again we would like to thank every Ukrainian seafarer and every member of his family in achieving our common goal. Together we are stronger!

Andrey Panchenko is the CEO and founder of SKYMAR, a seafarers’ travel company from Ukraine.



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With a fleet of 20 million DWT, comprised of 200 vessels across our dry bulk, containership, and tanker segments, Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) is undergoing unprecedented growth in a fast-changing environment. To manage this growth, we have shifted our culture from managing ships to leading people. To reinforce this culture shift, we have refreshed how we think about seafarer involvement and wellbeing with the EPS Life at Sea Programme. This comprehensive set of benefits aims to enhance the quality of life onboard today while investing in the next generation of seafarers.

Culture-driven decisions

Making time at sea an enjoyable experience meant reimagining living spaces onboard to create an inclusive and collaborative environment. We worked with professional designers to create modern, bright, and open living areas onboard that strengthen camaraderie, develop a sense of belonging, and forge an integrated culture across sea and shore – all crucial elements to feeling safe and appreciated. Our revamped blueprint for vessel accommodation includes community mess halls, vibrant and modern recreation lounges furnished with flat-screen TVs, video and board games, guitars, free Wi-Fi in common areas and more – all which help seafarers forge strong relationships while at sea.

To promote a fitness culture, we equipped every EPS managed vessel with state-of-the-art gymnasiums. To further encourage and emphasise the importance of physical wellbeing, the EPS Community has access to virtual coaches who share tips and exercises through a Physical Readiness Programme. The aim is to help achieve balanced strength, endurance, and mental resilience through functional and bodyweight training. Our fitness culture was in full force when our sea and shore teams were among thousands of participants of the 2022 EPS Around the World Fundraiser. The group, which included people from across the maritime industry, collectively travelled 217,448km while raising S$1.58 million for The Mission to Seafarers.

These benefits certainly have a positive impact, however the inherent physical and mental demands of life at sea, coupled with the long-drawn global effects of Covid-19, have weighed heavily on the mental wellbeing of our sea and shore colleagues. As a result, we understood that more needed to be done to protect the mental wellbeing of our community. To address this concern, we established a partnership with a professional mental health service provider to break the mental health taboo and provide our team access to insights, tips, mental exercises, and 24/7 support from a dedicated qualified Clinical Psychologist.

Staying in touch with family and the EPS Community worldwide is also important for mental health. Therefore, we increased connectivity and internet bandwidth at sea so that our seafarers can connect with loved ones using free monthly data packages and complimentary Wi-Fi in common areas. Additionally, we introduced an internal social network to foster a robust, interactive, and engaging community. This digital platform connects our 6000-strong and growing community through their mobile devices, where they engage in organic conversations, discuss best practices, celebrate milestones, and participate in company-wide contests and challenges. They are also able to have two-way conversations with senior management, which plays an important role in establishing a sense of inclusiveness across the organisation.

More than just calorific value

As the saying goes, ‘nothing brings people together like good food’. At EPS, we believe that meals served onboard are not just about essential nourishment. It’s about finding common ground to unite our multicultural team. That’s why we provide high-end, professional-grade cooking appliances, such as pizza ovens, in our galleys. We also train our chefs to deliver a world-class culinary experience onboard by serving dishes that create an engaging dining experience that brings cultures and ranks together.

Training begins with our in-house Culinary Consultant, Chef Patrick, a highly sought after and well-regarded professional chef who has spent his career preparing meals for top political and business leaders. Chef Patrick works with our cooks onboard to create easy, nutritious, and mouth-watering menus. To further enhance their skills, EPS cooks attend an intensive five-day culinary training session by executive chefs from a world-renowned hotel that covers an extensive range of topics such as knife skills for varying cuts of meat and vegetables, creation of spice mixes, sauces, and tips to perfect various global cuisines and more.

Implementing sustainable methods of growing vegetables onboard is another initiative we are developing. Select EPS-managed vessels are conducting trials to grow fresh lettuce using an advanced hydroponics system. Teams have already been able to nurture seedlings into fresh, full-grown lettuce. The impressive harvest yielded a delicious meal for the entire team. What was more encouraging to see was the unique sense of ownership and special bonds formed between the groups during the trial, which was especially important earlier this year when Russia invaded Ukraine.

The power of a strong community

Following the invasion, we anticipated that our 600 Ukrainian employees would potentially be impacted, displaced, and in danger. Our team sprang into action and began renting apartments in Varna, Bulgaria, to provide safe and free housing for all EPS Ukrainian seafarers, office staff, and their immediate family members. Over 400 people, including adults and children, have made their way to these apartments. They have been supported by EPS teams in Odessa and Varna and teams from our global offices, who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure our colleagues and their families are safe and comfortable.

The EPS Life at Sea Programme, Around the World Fundraiser, and our accommodations in Varna remind our colleagues that they are part of something bigger—a community that celebrates its successes and supports each other in times of need.

These initiatives have undoubtedly created a close-knit EPS Community, enhanced company-wide communication, and increased employee satisfaction, which equates to a safer, more productive work environment. While it’s no secret that this has helped attract and retain talent across our young and diverse fleet, the main driver behind our actions is that it is simply the right thing to do.

Seafarers are the backbone of the maritime industry, and it is up to shipowners and managers to create company cultures that not only support meaningful and rewarding careers but also provide a sense of overall mental and physical wellbeing.



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The container vessel George Washington Bridge in Felixstowe was scheduled to leave port the day before the strike started on 20 August, however, departure was delayed and the seafarers remained on the vessel once the strike started on Sunday.

Stella Maris chaplain Julian Wong had visited the vessel on 19 August before the strike started and had left contact details. With the vessel still stuck in port once the strike started the chaplain visited the vessel and its crew again on 24 August.

“They were all fine and some said they would like to go into town as they had been on board, within the confines of the port, for a few days now,” said Wong.

“I provided transport for six seafarers. Three of them stopped off at the Seafarers’ Centre and later walked into town and I drove the other three into town to the post office. They needed to exchange some currency and wanted to do a bit of shopping.”

The extended stay the George Washington Bridge provided an expected opportunity for one Filipino seafarer to reunite with his brother, who lives in Nottingham, for the first time in seven years.

The brother had travelled to Felixstowe, hoping to meet the seafarer. On 25 August Wong was able to drive the seafarer to a cafe in town to meet his brother.

“With the ongoing strike a lot of people’s attention is, understandably, focused on operational and business matters. At Stella Maris we continue to focus on the seafarers who live and work on board these ships,” Wong said.

The strike by 1,900 members of Union Unite is scheduled for eight days from 21 – 28 August, however, the union has said the strike will escalate unless Felixstowe Docks, run by Hutchison Ports, returns to the table with an improve wage offer.


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The President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Prince Adewale Adeyanju, has berated shipowners for failing to attend the inaugural meeting of the tripartite National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) held in Lagos on Wednesday.

The NJIC was set up to negotiate and review compensation, remuneration and working conditions for Nigerian seafarers.

“If you look very well inside this hall, it is only four or five employers of seafarers that are here,” he said.

Adeyanju regretted that aged seafarers who worked for the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) have been neglected by the Federal Government.

He said the Federal Government is refusing to pay the entitlements of the ex-NNSL seafarers because they did not have employment letters.

“Those aged seafarers have contributed immensely to seafaring in this great country. Where are they today? Where is their right? Who is to pay them?

“But with the coming up of NJIC, those issues will be discussed during the technical session. I want to urge the Director-General of NIMASA, through the office of the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage, services that the privileges of the aged seafarers be considered.

“We have done it in the past and we are still appealing to the DG that those seafarers; because what we are hearing is that they don’t have letters of employment, but letters of employment can be determined by the discharge books if the government has the love of those seafarers in their heart.

“This also includes the ship owners who have used the seafarers in the past and they are still using them now, but NJIC will address this proper,” Adeyanju said.

In his opening remarks, the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, charged the employers of seafarers to prioritise their welfare and adhere strictly to the terms of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

He said, “A review of the Collective Bargaining Agreement is needed for improved wages and living standard for seafarers operating in the Nigerian territorial waters, who undoubtedly are an integral part of the maritime sector.

“The ongoing review by the NJIC is timely because it comes at a time when we are in the process of reviewing both the NIMASA Act and the Merchant Shipping Act with the outcomes of the tripartite negotiation by the NJIC to be inputed into both amendments to ensure that they are binding.

“The importance of this gathering is determined by the need for adequate compensation, remuneration and workplace conditions for Nigerian seafarers, and for employers of labour to ensure responsible conditions of service guiding seafarers employment in line with global best practices.”



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James Helliwell, the winner of the Future Maritime Leaders essay competition, underlines the need to put human sustainability and seafarer safety at the forefront before introducing new zero emission fuels which bring new safety risks.

Imagine this: it’s 2030, you’re the engineer on duty in the control room of a new ship, powered with a zero-carbon fuel called ammonia. An alarm sounds. You check your control panel and you see you have a fire in your engine room and a gas leak in your main fuel system.

You race towards the back of your control room and grab your breathing apparatus. You pull on your HazMat suit. You pull the oxygen mask over your head and turn on the oxygen supply. Next, you look at each of your team members in turn, checking if they’ve got their own masks fitted correctly and their own oxygen supply turned on. Your team grabs the nearest fire extinguisher, and you sprint out of the control room towards the fire.

You get to the main engine and in the time, it has taken you to get your safety equipment on it is fully ablaze. Your team starts to fight the fire and after a short, hot battle you get the fire extinguished. But what about the fuel leak? You know there’s a leak, you can’t see it, and you know it will kill you. You start to switch on your gas detector when you notice one of your team is missing. As the smoke from the fire starts to clear up, you see your colleague and friend lying motionless on the floor. You notice that in the rush to go and fight the fire, they didn’t fit the seal on their oxygen mask properly and they died from inhaling ammonia.

This may sound like an overdramatized and unrealistic scenario, but this could be the future that our seafarers soon have to face. Even today, fires on conventional ships occur at an alarming rate. As reported by the International Institute of Marine Surveying, fires on containerships alone in 2020 occurred at a rate of one fire every two weeks.

The global maritime industry is in a marathon race to find a new zero-carbon fuel to tackle its emissions problem. That race is between two fuels: hydrogen and ammonia. Academics, industry leaders, regulators, and other key stakeholders debating the selection of a future fuel tend to limit discussions to practical items such as how to store each fuel, how to use it, and its impact on reducing emissions. Very rarely, if ever, do you hear mention of the impact of these fuels on our seafarers. The ramifications of changing to a zero-carbon fuel make some of the other human sustainability issues (working rights, wellbeing, and training) seem small in comparison.

Recent tests undertaken by the Department for Homeland Security in a desert in Utah show that just two tonnes release of ammonia remained harmful to human beings at a distance of over 800 meters away. Last year, an ammonia leak on a ship off the coast of Malaysia killed one and injured three crew members. Is this really something we want on our ships? Is hydrogen the alternative? Whilst hydrogen has its own safety challenges (high flammability and explosivity), these challenges are at least similar to the hazards of the hydrocarbon fuels we use today. With hydrogen, we can at least give our seafarers a chance in being able to respond to a hydrogen fire without fear of inhaling an invisible, toxic gas cloud.

So, what’s my point? As part of the drive to become a sustainable, low-emission industry, we can’t afford to overlook the human element in the selection of new fuels. Human sustainability needs to be put at the forefront of the decision to select a sustainable fuel. Leading stakeholders and thought leaders in our industry need to advocate for studies to be undertaken to look at how people onboard our ships interact with these new fuels. If there is a fuel leak, how will the engineer go and fix it? If there’s a fire, how do they go about fighting it? How would having an ammonia fuel onboard have changed the outcome of recent maritime incidents and disasters?

As an industry, we cannot walk blindly into choosing a new fuel purely on its carbon credentials without giving serious thought to the impact this may have on those onboard. A ship isn’t just a place of work, it’s a home for a family of people that live onboard for months at a time. Can people sleep safely in their beds at night with ammonia being pumped through piping just a few decks below? As an industry, we need to undertake the studies and research today to get to the answers to these questions.

The drive to decarbonize has the potential to be the biggest threat to ever face human sustainability. Whilst decarbonizing is vitally important, if we don’t get it right and chose the wrong fuel, every effort over the last century to improve wellbeing will have been in vain. We are at the precipice of selecting a fuel that can put thousands of people in direct harm. We need to do the research now, before it’s too late, to understand the impact these fuels have on people working every day on our ships.



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Ukrainian industry news outlet Seafarer News reported tragic death of a 21-year old Ukrainian seaman on board of Greek bulk carrier MELPOMENI, on Aug 18. According to the story, young seaman was working all day through under scorching sun, moving heavy weights like tools and supplies. He felt sick, and informed Captain and CO, asking them to allow him to move from direct sunlight into shadows, but his plea was ignored. Next day he had to work with weights again, until finally, collapsed unconscious. He died, from heart attack or from stroke. Relatives blame ship’s officers for this tragic death, accusing them of negligence and lack of first-aid skills. MELPOMENI is presently docked at Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia. On Aug 17 she was anchored off Fujairah, left anchorage same day and sailed to Persian Gulf.
Understood young man was a cadet, probably undergoing his sea practice as a deck hand.


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OneLearn Global (OLG) has launched an online eShop to enable seafarers to invest in their own learning.

The eShop will make courses easier to access independently. Seafarers will be able to take a host of courses, from compliance courses to soft skills courses and more.

The courses, which have been approved by the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), are created for seafarers to take control of their learning. Self-paced and designed to give seafarers flexibility to train and learn on their own terms. OLG reports that this style of learning will be especially appealing to the millennial and Gen Z audiences who favour focused, compact courses.

Courses are taught through its next-gen Learning Management System (LMS) which is designed to deliver both an enhanced and engaging, yet personalised and intuitive, enjoyable learning experience through digitlisation.

Amongst these is a series of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) courses, which are now available on the OLG website. They cover a wide range of issues from Cyber Awareness and GDPR to Crisis Management and Human Behaviour. New courses are continually being developed and added to the eShop.

Capt. Jerry Mooney, technical & compliance officer in the seafarers & manning department at The Bahamas Maritime Authority, said: “The BMA is pleased to have been able to approve OneLearn Global’s online training courses. Courses which not only satisfy the requirements of the STCW Code, but also help both our clients and seafarers to obtain the necessary qualifications without the need for travel, accommodation, and additional expenses.”

Abhinava Narayana, CEO at OLG, said: “Educational tools should follow three simple rules. They must be relevant, they must be engaging/stimulating, and finally, they must be available on demand. We provide our seafarers with interactive, intuitive, mentally and visually stimulating courses, which are available on our eShop 24/7. This way, our eShop opens up opportunities and possibilities and lets the seafarer take control of his/her learning and career development.”


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Columbia Shipmanagement has signed an agreement with the Nautilus Pacific Maritime Training Centre in Manila to be the exclusive training centre for its seafarers in the Philippines.

The agreement, which comes into immediate effect, will mean that CSM can tap into state-of-the-art simulators, holograms and webinar technology to bring together high quality in-person and online seafarer training.

Up to 5,000 Columbia seafarers will be trained every year at Nautilus’s multi-million dollar, purpose-built training centre. The International Maritime Training Fund (IMTF) has helped to part fund the new equipment and the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) has lent its full support to the initiative.

The 1,700m2 training centre has completely renewed its facilities and equipment to include numerous modern classrooms, all fully equipped and approved for asynchronous and synchronous online training.

The centre also includes a number of high-tech Wärtsilä simulators, including a full mission bridge simulator, equipped with aft view and suitable for ice navigation across numerous ship models, as well as Wärtsilä’s Model Wizard toolkit and engine room simulator capable of simulating multiple engines and models.

The training centre also has a simulator for liquid cargo handling (including oil, chemical, LPG and LNG), multiple ECDIS simulators, several mini-bridge simulators as well as a new rescue boat simulator, the first of its kind in the Philippines. It has also built a dedicated Chemical Tanker workshop and wall wash test training and there are plans to upgrade its electrical and electronic workshops and to introduce crane handling training.

Nautilus will strengthen the scope and reach of its training courses by utilising holograms through CSM’s PORTL technology. CSM has invested in this technology to elevate its training capability and reduce global travel with hologram-led international business meetings.

Mark O’Neil, president and CEO of Columbia, said: “We are committed to providing the highest quality and most effective training for our seafarers in the Philippines and worldwide. What has been achieved at the Nautilus Pacific Maritime Training Centre is ground-breaking and we are delighted to be working with them.”

Capt. Faouzi Fradi, group director crewing and training at CSM, welcomed the agreement with Nautilus saying CSM was excited to be working with a partner of their quality.

“It is all about ensuring the safe operation and management of our ships. The fact we can run online as well as in-person courses at the very highest level, whether STCW or company specific, with the quality of trainers and instructors we can call on, puts CSM in a very strong position.”


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