Tanya Blake

A man comforting his crying colleague
Discussions surrounding mental health are improving, but shipping must work to tackle the root causes, such as bullying, which are often lurking just beneath the surface of seafarers’ daily working lives.

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There is no denying that seafaring is a tough job and crew are required to be highly resilient individuals to deal with long hours, tiring work and months on end away from home.
Figurative image of brain waves
The UK Chamber of Shipping's new mental health guidelines have been developed so companies can better support crew and alleviate common issues contributing to seafarer mental health problems. However...
Crew members demonstrating fire safety procedures
Technology that can transmit shipwide radio beacons through thick steel on ships and pinpoint crew members’ whereabouts has far-reaching implications for seafarer safety and could improve evacuations...
A ship hull getting wet damage
Crew and shipowners are failing to take basic precautions to prevent hatch cover leaks, according to the Swedish Club.
A crew member aboard a ship
A five-year study by charity Human Rights at Sea and the United Kingdom’s Bristol University has revealed a disparate ratification of human rights treaties between flag states.
Russian Helicopters VRT300 unmanned helicopter
Tests of two versions of the Russian Helicopters VRT300 designed for operations in harsh climates will begin in late 2018.
LNG bunkering at the Port of Antwerp
LNG-fuelled ships are expected to make up 11% of the global fleet in 2030. Crew accustomed to working on ships fuelled by heavy fuel oil must be prepared to deal with this new fuel's unique safety...
E-navigation shot of ships entering Busan, from the Full Mission Simulation System
For several years, the IMO’s vision for taking navigation beyond ECDIS seemed moribund, but a string of European R&D projects are now starting to bear fruit.
Model of a hydrogen-powered ferry for the Hjelmeland-Skipavik-Nesvik route in Norway being developed by ferry operator Boreal Sjø and Wärtsilä Ship Design
In a bid to meet drastic zero-emission goals in environmentally protected locations, Norway is pushing forward with hydrogen-fuelled ferry projects.   
Screen shot of various social media applications
Everyday posts on social media can lead to unexpected security issues for crew and companies but draconian measures are not the answer.