Captain Wendy Williams To Lead First Virgin Voyages Ship; Becomes First Canadian Woman To Captain Major Brand Cruise Ship

Captain Wendy Williams to Lead First Virgin Voyages Ship

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin announced the appointment of Captain Wendy Williams as Master of Scarlet Lady. When Captain Williams takes the helm of Scarlet Lady in spring 2020, she will become the first Canadian woman to be captain of a ship for a major cruise brand. The company also announced a brand-new lineup of itineraries for their premier 2020 season.

“Captain Wendy’s extensive maritime background makes her an excellent choice to...

IMO’s MSC Approves Measures To Improve The Safety For Seafarers When Mooring Ships

IMO MSC Mooring Rules

Between 5 and 14 June, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) met in London to discuss current issues related to the safety and security of global shipping.

​Part of the agenda was dedicated to the draft measures for safe mooring operations as prepared by the SDC sub-committee based on proposals originally submitted by Denmark.

The measures approved by the Committee entails an amended SOLAS regulation and guidelines intended to improve the current situation where accidents and unsafe work...

APM Terminals Employ Vessel Training Simulation Underway At Tema Port

Vessel training simulation underway at Tema Port’s new Terminal 3

The first vessel has successfully docked at Tema Port’s new MPS Terminal 3, Ghana. The container vessel will be used for training purposes over the coming weeks, to ensure that the terminal runs smoothly from day one, when operations begin later this month on June 28.

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Chartering the test vessel will cost around 250,000 Dollars. Over the coming weeks it will be used to run a full-scale test of the port and for final staff training. “When it comes to training, the...

China And South Korea Agree On Ballast Water Exchange Rules

Ballast operation

There is some good news for international ships, which are flying either a Republic of Korean flag (South Korea) or a Chinese five-star flag, sailing between China and South Korea.

Taking into account the difficulties found in conducting a safe and efficient ballast water exchange in the waters between China and South Korea, the maritime safety administration of China has issued a notice (Marine anti-pollution Decree [2019] No. 661), exempting such ships from conducting ballast water exchange in...