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Kindness is a Super Power. . .  Headlines of the Week- June 05, 2019          View this email in your browser

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A Cup of Kindness

At last week’s Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, there was a presentation by Captain Apostolos Skempes of Arcadia Shipmanagement entitled “Preventing offensive or hurtful behavior in the maritime workplace”.  He outlined various strategies and policies employed by Arcadia to reduce abusive practices within the company, and offered suggestions for preventing negative impacts, both on shore and at sea:

  • It is important that shore staff and seafarers are aware that complaints of bullying or harassment, or information from staff relating to such complaints, will be dealt with fairly, confidentially, sensitively, AND promptly.
  • Complaints should be investigated promptly and objectively, on the basis that shore staff and seafarers will not normally make an accusation, unless they feel seriously aggrieved.
  • Companies investigating claims of harassment and bullying should consider all the circumstances and conduct an objective investigation before reaching a conclusion.


There are many humane reasons why workplace conditions are critical to a company’s success.  Cruelty, intimidation, and fear stifle creativity and loyalty (as to the latter, after the panel a security provider walked up to Captain Skempes to mention that disgruntled employees are a company’s greatest vulnerability.)  It is important to expect respect- and to give it!

A company’s most valuable assets are its people; it is important to build and nurture a team.  You don’t necessarily need a ping pong table or a dart board, but a sense of collegiality goes a long way to creating an environment that is productive and profitable.

And a cup of kindness goes a long way…

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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News of the Week
June 05, 2019 
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Nine ships selected for landmark methanol trials

2019-05-28 – The Green Maritime Methanol consortium has selected nine ships for research on the application of renewable methanol as a marine fuel. New designs, newbuildings as well as existing ships of Boskalis, Van Oord, the Royal Netherlands Navy and Wagenborg Shipping were selected. . . READ MORE


New initiative formed to achieve zero emissions at sea

2019-05-27 – A group of six Nordic industry companies has formed a partnership to develop new infrastructure for green fuels for ships. The initiative is called Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS) and consists of Wärtsilä, Equinor, DFDS, Kvaerner, Aker Solutions, and Grieg Star. . . READ MORE

Splash Extra: Satellite technology to be deployed to publish ship emissions data

2019-05-29 – The May issue of Splash Extra launches today with exclusive news of Google-backed firms and their plans to track and publish to the general public emissions data for every ship trading around the globe. The American technology uses satellites and artificial intelligence and was originally developed to monitor and publish emission data from power plants, but is now being adapted to report individual ship emissions, something that will have massive ramifications for owners, shippers and regulators alike. . . READ MORE

Iceland drafts SECA regulation

2019-05-29 – Icelandic authorities are looking at creating a 0.1% sulphur content emissions control area (SECA) around its territorial waters. . . READ MORE


CMA CGM and MSC to Join Maersk’s Blockchain Platform

2019-05-28 – CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have announced they will join TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk and IBM. . . READ MORE

Blockchain-based Bills of Lading gain traction

2019-05-30 – Describing bills of lading as an “anachronism” a top Scandinavian shipping line and a Belgian shipper have joined the blockchain push to retire the ancient paper process. G2 Ocean, the breakbulk joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Star, has just concluded a successful test with Dutch client Manuchar, using CargoX’s Smart B/LTM solution on five shipments from China to Peru. . . READ MORE


U.S. Coast Guard Warns of Cyberattacks Targeting Merchant Ships

2019-05-28 – The U.S. Coast Guard warns that unidentified hackers have recently attempted to gain access to ship electronic systems in order to steal sensitive business information and disrupt shipboard computer systems. . . READ MORE

New Tech

Wärtsilä wins first order for auto-docking system

2019-06-03 – Wärtsilä says it has taken a major step towards realizing the full commercial potential of autonomous vessels. It has booked the first order for its SmartDock auto-docking system. . . READ MORE


Winner of Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announced

2019-06-01 – The GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team has won the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, prevailing against teams from around the world to claim the top prize of $4 million. . . READ MORE

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