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UP THE FORUM

The Maritime HR Forum goes from strength to strength. The Forum was founded in 2006 by tanker owners and operators whose Boards of Directors know that reliable shore-side salary and benefits data is business critical. Other industries take this data for granted. The lack of it in shipping makes recruitment, retention and salary reviews very difficult, especially in current market conditions…

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YOU CAD

The 10th Cadwallader Memorial Lecture “Lawmaking and Implementation in International Shipping: Which law do we obey?” will be held on Wednesday 1 October 2008 at the IMOs Headquarters…

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REEFER CHAVS

In some of the less, shall we say, salubrious parts of the world, people dispose of their old refrigerators by leaving them in their front gardens, or even in the street. I wonder, are we about to see the maritime equivalent of fly-tipping?

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GERMAN INGENUITY

They're at it again, those Germans. High fuel costs have encouraged innovative vessel designers to take another look at wind power. Tradewinds reported last month that Reederei Wessels has ordered 160 sq metre towing kites for three newbuildings from Hamburg-based SkySails.

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CREWS AND CLAIMS

There's a whole lot of talk this last year about the sharp rise in P&I claims caused by the chronic shortage of skilled and experienced crews.

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GREAT CV COMMENT

Although I am an engineer by original training, I have gamely overcome this impediment and I am a very talented communicator…

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KERB CRAWLERS

One day a 12-year old boy was walking down the street when a car pulled up beside him and the window was wound down. “I'll give you a bag of lollies if you get in the car”, said the male driver…

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MORE TEA DAD?

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me. I was maybe two and a half years old and had just recovered from an accident…

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POLISH WORKERS – WHAT GOES AROUND

The United Kingdom saw an influx of something like 600,000 Polish workers when its borders were opened up to new EU citizens a couple of years ago. Press articles and news comment then flourished on the subject of British workers being denied jobs as they were “stolen” from under their noses by Polish nationals willing to work for less money.

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