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01 Dec 2022

A day in the life of a leader: NW England & N Wales 50th anniversary event

As part of the global celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Nautical Institute, the Northwest England and North Wales branch organised a seminar followed by a dinner on Friday 14 October 2022 in the Radisson Blu hotel in Liverpool.

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01 Dec 2022

Nuclear power at sea- A tried and tested green technology

As the maritime industry moves to decarbonise, safety regulations are lagging behind innovations, and seafarers could be at risk from accidents relating to fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia.

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01 Dec 2022

Conferences - Seafarer Wellness- Are the signals being read?

On 7 October 2022, The Nautical Institute Ireland Branch and Irish Institute of Master Mariners were finally able to hold their much anticipated Seafarer Wellness Conference, postponed for over two years.

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01 Dec 2022

Conferences - International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN)

On 16 November, more than 100 people came on board the SS Rotterdam, moored permanently in the port of Rotterdam, to hear about the importance of social interaction for seafarers’ wellbeing at the ISWAN conference.

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01 Dec 2022

Pilot’s column-The future of marine pilot training

More than 33 years have passed from the moment when I first joined a pilot station in a busy port with my Master’s degree in Marine Science to become a marine pilot.

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28 Oct 2022

Giving safety a platform

A meeting of the FISH Platform in Thailand marks the beginning of closer cooperation with the NI in this area – and opens the field for new members. Since our last article on The Nautical Institute’s role in a UK initiative to promote fishing vessel safety, we have moved to become more involved in The Fishing Industry Safety and Health (FISH) Platform, a worldwide project that has now been formally registered as a UK charity.

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28 Oct 2022

IMO Update - Carriage of Cargo and Containers (CCC8)

An update on use of alternative fuels and detailed investigations into enclosed space fatalities and containers lost overboard were among the many issues discussed.

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28 Oct 2022

Simulators – the answer to everything?

Simulator-based training has proven its effectiveness in various high-risk industries. A study conducted by the US Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences showed that simulation-based training improves the performance of trainees by 46% and reduced the time to complete given tasks. At the same time, trainees made 76% fewer errors and required 84% percent less coaching. In the maritime sector, a study by carried out by the Dutch TNO institute in 1994 concluded that 30 days of sea-time could be replaced by 40 hours of simulator time. Later research in the USA supported an even greater ratio.

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28 Oct 2022

Capt's Column- On the Threshold

It has been said that times of major conflicts, pandemics or disasters see significant advances in technological development, communication systems and leadership. This tends to happen in two ways. The first is that existing developments which have been dormant or progressing very slowly are suddenly accelerated. The second is that new discoveries are made, and both products and systems are brought into use quickly. This is of course due to force of circumstance and the urgency is well understood.

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28 Oct 2022

Charting success

Using project management techniques to ensure dry docking goes smoothly A project is by definition a temporary endeavour with a definite beginning and end, intended to create a unique product, service, or result. That broad definition clearly indicates that a vessel’s dry-dock for special survey and repairs can be considered as a project – something which is carried out within a limited time and serves a specific objective which is repeated periodically. Classic project management techniques can be applied to ensure that dry docking goes smooth and successfully.

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