Posts by Iman Fiqrie

SeaTALK: Meeting Obligations by Setti...

NL 50 by Clive Cole, Associate Proessor, Director ESS Programs Hon Sec International Maritime Lecturers Association Vice Chair IMLA-IMEC, World Maritime University  

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NL 50 ENGINE ROOM SIMULATOR TRAINING – The Sharing of ALAM’s Experience. By: Mr. Gan Boon Song Senior Lecturer ALAM.   Engine Room Simulator Malaysia Maritime Academy (MMA), more commonly known by Malaysians as ALAM or Academi Laut [sea] Malaysia, was first establish as Malaysian Training and Education for Seaman (MATES) Foundation about 1977. It […]

Port Calls Cause Stress, Says Seafare...

Port Calls Cause Stress, Says Seafarer Survey

NL 50 Namrata Nadkami Crewtoo Sometimes life is simpler staying on board Port Calls Cause Stress Seafarers sometimes dread port calls because of the increase in workload caused by the many audits and inspections when a ship is in dock, according to the second Seafarers Happiness Index report compiled and published by Crewtoo, the online […]

“Knowledge is Power:” The Maritime In...

NL 50 “Knowledge is Power:” The Maritime Industry Needs more of Both, Right Now   The creator of the well known quote, “Knowledge is Power”, was Prince Machiavelli, a 6th century member of the Italian ruling classes. His words were more to do with the need to identify your enemies than education for his people. […]



  Letter to subscribers, fellow bloggers and readers, This post is just to let all know that I appreciate your comments and try to answer them, but that I sometimes get over 5,000 comments with spam in a 3 or 4 day period. It’s just me and I appreciate all your feedback and try to […]


Proud Mariner

NL49               Editorial highlighting a number of interesting articles This month’s newsletter 49 finds a number of interesting articles and highlights; collision regulation loss prevention placards; Automatic Identification System (AIS) Aids to Navigation (ATON), AIS ATON (AIS Buoys); Virtual AIS ATON; marine safety investigation involving the collision between Kota Wajar and the yacht Blazing Keel […]

SRI Releases New Film on Criminalizat...

SRI Releases New Film on Criminalization of Seafarers

NL49 Criminalization of Seafarers awareness Raising awareness of the risks of seafarers facing criminal charges Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has released a short, informative film commissioned by the International Transport Workers’ Federation aimed at raising awareness of the risks of seafarers facing criminal charges as a consequence of their professional activities, and the actions they can take to protect […]

Coaching through Toastmasters Interna...

NL49 by Iman Fiqrie, Lecturer, Malaysia Maritime Academy Figure 1 District 51 Malaysia Toastmasters’ Mission Toastmasters International builds character, communicators and leaders I often ask newsletter readers what can be done to help further MET, myself I really believe one such solution are organizations like Toastmasters International (TM), an outstanding example of the kind of […]

Inmarsat Joins Autonomous Ship Projec...

Inmarsat Joins Autonomous Ship Project

NL49 Autonomous Ship Project Global satellite communications provider Inmarsat has joined the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) recently launched by Rolls-Royce The project, funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), will bring industry partners together with universities, research institutes, ship owners and other stakeholders to explore the economic, social, legal, regulatory and technological factors which need to be […]


NL49 OSV FOR THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY By: Capt. Ng Yew Hong Date: 01st September 2015 The myth of obtaining C.O.C. The general myth is that when a seafarer finally passes his C.O.C. Class 1 (it is an acronym for Certificate Of Competency Class 1), it signifies the highest academic achievement for education and […]

Highlight: What is your stone?

Highlight: What is your stone?

NL49 by Iman Fiqrie                 The aforementioned was adapted from Cathy Lee Gifford, on the recent passing of your husband the American football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford. Stone from the City of Eilat: David and Goliath The idea of the stone is reference to a special stone […]

Grounding Report Commodore Clipper: E...

Grounding Report Commodore Clipper: ECDIS Alarm Disabled

NL49 in ballast tank of Commodore Clipper, courtesy MAIB. By MarEx 2015-08-09 17:00:10 Grounding of Commodore Clipper The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its investigation into the grounding and flooding of the ro-ro ferry Commodore Clipper in July 2014, citing passage planning problems and ineffective use of ECDIS as contributing factors. The […]

Safety climate (republished)

Capt Mazlan

By, Captain M.H.Hamzah Senior lecturer, Advanced Nautical Studies Dept, Malaysian Maritime Academy (ALAM) Safety climate at sea high risk Why do people still go to sea knowing that it is a high risk environment; the sea is unforgiving. The risk to life at sea is real. The loss of all life except one, the cook; on […]

Highlight: AIS assisted buoys and Vir...

Highlight: AIS assisted buoys and Virtual Navigation Aids

By Iman Fiqrie Automatic Identification System Aids to Navigation (AIS ATON) Captain Yashwant Chhabra, has written a couple articles for the newsletter on the Prevention of Collisions and has shared some materials condensed and highlighted here. In an article posted on the gCaptain website in February 2014, Captain Madden, spoke of the AIS assisted buoys […]

New Collision Regulations Loss Preven...

New Collision Regulations Loss Prevention Placards

NL49 03 Aug 15 – 14:55 West of England P&I – Loss Prevention Placards Two new placards have been added to the West of England Club’s Collision Regulations series of Loss Prevention placards. The new placards remind deck officers of the application of two of the principal Steering and Sailing Rules which apply to vessels […]

Marine safety investigations & r...

Marine safety investigations & reports

NL49 Collision between Kota Wajar and the yacht Blazing Keel, Moreton Bay, Queensland on 6 July 2014 Investigation number: 311-MO-2014-006 Marine safety investigations: What happened? At about 0419 on 6 July 2014, in clear visibility, the container ship Kota Wajar collided with the yacht Blazing Keel in Moreton Bay. The ship was southbound in the […]

Subantartic Polar Circumpolar Current

Subantartic Polar Circumpolar Current

  NL49 Origin of the Antartic Circumpolar Current he Antarctic Circumpolar Current originated around 30 million years ago, according to new estimates emanating from the University of South Carolina. The current, which encircles Antarctica with a constant eastward flow in the Southern Ocean, formed after the tectonic opening of a deep-water channel in the Tasmanian […]



Over the past few days subscribers may have noticed what is called 503 or 443 errors on the site. The problem was temporary and isolated to Buddy Press or the Plugin that tracks Users, Activities and Groups. I am still troubleshooting but it looks like the Group function may have crashed the site as there […]

Newsletter 48 Editorial

Newsletter 48 Editorial

NL 48 GlobalMet Blog Editorial AMERICA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN his month, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S., finalized the first ever comprehensive plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants- one of the biggest polluters of the environment. It is touted as the most comprehensive Climate Change initiative of its time; the AMERICA’S CLEAN […]

Making Careers at Sea More Attractive

Making Careers at Sea More Attractive

NL 48 Making careers at sea more attractive Careers at sea in decline in some countries n many countries and particularly in the West, the popularity of seafaring as a career option has been in decline. A Drewry report that was released this week highlighted that shipping will require an additional 42,500 officers by 2019. While the report’s […]

On Risk Management and the Safety Man...

On Risk Management and the Safety Management System

NL 48 Risk management Capt. Richard Teo FNI FCILT MAICD Managing Risks on board ships n recent times, there have been much ado about “Managing Risks” on board ships and the ship- operator industry’s responsibility and accountability. There is a perceptible nervous approach to design, procedures and the processes in risk management. Many operators have purchased software off the […]

Technical Highlight SAMSUNG Gear Fit ...

Technical Highlight SAMSUNG Gear Fit Smartwatch

NL 48 Samsung Gear Fit by Iman Fiqrie Samsung Gear Fit Smart Watch On a recent trip back to my hometown of Niagara Falls, N.Y., I found myself in a computer electronics store   called Best Buy. I couldn’t get over all the electronics inside! I knew I was missing out on some of the latest electronics, […]

The Training of Bridge Officers

The Training of Bridge Officers

  NL 48 Bridge Officers Captain John Rose ExC, LLM, FNI Director (Maritime Training of Bridge Officers he training of bridge officers has been questioned by the UK’s Confidential Reporting Programme for Aviation and Maritime (CHIRP) after receiving confidential reports about incidents at sea. Questions of Competency of Bridge Officers “A report we have received related to very […]

East and West: Personal Brands, Organ...

East and West: Personal Brands, Organizational Success and Technology Transfers

NL 48 Personal Brands Iman Fiqrie Bin Muhammad (LCDR, USN ret) Lecturer, Malaysian Maritime Academy Personal brands help businesses be successful here’s a lot of information out there in the biosphere on training courses, outcomes, state of the economy, fiscal responsibility, KPIs and such– all aimed at making individuals, organizations and businesses more successful! One important […]

Human Error: A Stubborn Problem

Human Error: A Stubborn Problem

U.K. Chamber of Shipping Ninety percent of World Trade carried by sea Shipping industry statistics state that around 90 percent of world trade is carried by sea. Key sea lanes are already busy and as world economies expand, the number and size of ships trading internationally, currently 50,000 vessels, will increase. The natural hazards of being at sea remain […]

Blogging 201: What You Need to Know A...

Blogging 201: What You Need to Know About the GlobalMET Blog

NL 48 Blogging Iman Fiqrie Bin Muhammad (LCDR, USN ret) Lecturer, Malaysian Maritime Academy     Blogging 201: GlobalMET Blog blog refers to the Blogosphere comprising smaller blogs consisting of a video blog, political blog, corporate blog, nonprofit blog, school blogs, private blog, sports blog, military blog and one of the more interesting types of blog– the network […]

Giants of the sea

Giants of the sea

NL 48 Giants of the sea World Maritime News Staff; Infographic: DNV iants of the sea Do you know which are world’s biggest ships? This infographic shows you 6 largest ships in the world, dominating their respective classes, ranging from container shipping to the cruise industry. Take a look at the infographic and try comparing […]

Reconnecting to those Days of Glory: ...

Reconnecting to those Days of Glory: from Niagara Falls to Maritime Education and Training

Iman Fiqrie NL 47 Reconnecting to those days of glory By Iman Fiqrie Bin Muhammad (LCDR, USN ret) Lecturer, Malaysian Maritime Academy According to the State of Shipping Industry and Forward Looking Perspectives, “The world needs daring and decisive political leadership”. Niagara Falls, New York ecently, I was on a well deserved vacation back to […]

On Leadership and Management Developm...

On Leadership and Management Development & Training for Sea-Going Officers

NL 47 On Leadership By Capt. Richard Teo FNI FCILT MAICD Leadership management for officers uch has been debated about the need for officers to have leadership and management skills. In a rather confused and make-shift way, this basic competence or skills set have made its way into the STCW code at operational level. It is now being promoted […]