Guidelines to shipping companies on Mental Health awareness

Originally posted on Maritime Cyprus:
(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Nautilus, the RMT union and the UK Chamber of Shipping have jointly agreed new guidelines to help shipping companies to develop policies for the mental wellbeing of their seafarers. The advice come at a time of increasing awareness of the importance of wellbeing and growing concerns about evidence suggesting that the…

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Flashback in maritime history – MS Prinsendam fire – sinking 4 October 1980

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The cruise ship Prinsendam was built in 1973 for Holland America Line. It was somewhat smaller than average size for its day, carrying about 350 passengers and 200 crew. Just after midnight on 4 October 1980, a fire broke out in the engineroom as the ship was transiting the Gulf of Alaska. Shortly thereafter, the master sent…

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Flashback in maritime history – Carter agrees to transfer Panama Canal to Panama

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter signs a treaty that will give Panama control over the Panama Canal beginning in the year 2000. The treaty ended an agreement signed in 1904 between then-President Theodore Roosevelt and Panama, which gave the U.S. the right to build the canal and a renewable lease to control five miles of land along either…

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