Vestdavit secures FRC handling performance for HMS Protector

Laksevåg, Norway, headquartered boat launch and recovery systems specialist Vestdavit is bringing new fast craft handling capability to HMS Protector, the only U.K. Royal Navy ship dedicated to Antarctic patrol and survey

IMO draws up protocols for safe crew changes

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has sent a recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic to all IMO member-states, the UN and other

VIDEO: Massive offshore crane collapses during load tests

Video has surfaced on YouTube showing the collapse of a massive Liebherr offshore crane during load testing on the DEME offshore installation vessel Orion 1. Built in China, the vessel is designed

NTSB: Continued operation of Stretch Duck 7 in severe weather led to fatal sinking

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said during a public board meeting Tuesday that the continued operation of amphibious passenger vessel Stretch Duck 7 during severe weather led to the fatal July

COVID-19: Liberia calls for flag states to join together to facilitate crew change

The Liberian Registry is continuing its efforts to gain recognition of seafarers as “key workers” and for much needed crew-exchange to be allowed at major ports globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. The

USCG again recommends that operators remove duck boat canopies

The Coast Guard is conducting a Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) into the deadly July 2018 sinking of the DUKW-type amphibious vessel Stretch Duck 7 in which 17 people lost their lives.

ABS can now offer majority of annual surveys remotely

Classification society ABS is now able to conduct almost all classification annual surveys remotely on eligible vessels. Launching 10 additional remote survey options today, ABS offers a total of 28 surveys and

IATA and ICS call on governments to designate crew change airports

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are jointly calling on governments to take urgent measures to facilitate crew change flights for seafarers. Each month about

Boskalis acquires Ardent Americas

Papendrecht, Netherlands, headquartered Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) reports that it has acquired maritime emergency response specialist Ardent Americas LLC. Ardent Americas is a leading provider of OPA90-mandated marine emergency response services

European Commission calls on EU states to designate ports for fast-track crew changes

The European Commission yesterday issued guidelines to European Union member states on the protection of health, repatriation and travel arrangements for seafarers, passengers and other persons on board ships during the COVID-19