Dynamic Positioning from A to Z (Part I)

I. What is Dynamic Positioning? A lot of people ask “What is DP or Dynamic Positioning?”, “How does it work”, “How can I obtain such a certificate?” etc. The issue about the Dynamic Positioning system and courses is not as simple as it seems. The Dynamic Positioning or DP is an on board computer-controlled system, […]

Few important ways in which Maritime Law Protects Sailors and Their Families

According to the definition, the Maritime Law is “A body of laws, conventions and treaties that governs international private business or other matters involving ships, shipping or crimes occurring on open water. Laws between nations governing such things as national versus international waters are considered public international law and are known …

The Modern Maritime Piracy and the Legal Action against it

Modern pirate attacks are very different from what we see on television or in the movies. The pirates are no longer legends but real criminals who use very complex weaponry and commonly assail from scaled-down motorboats. Today many part-time fishermen from many poor countries had graduated to full-time piracy because they realized that the fishing …

Crew structure on board merchant vessels – deck departmentStructura echipajului pe vasele comerciale

Life on board of a vessel is very different from any other shore based jobs or organization. Each crew member has a precise rank and carries certain responsibilities in order to maintain the vessel operations successful. Mainly, the vessel’s crew has two types of seafarers: officers and ratings. Both these types of crew members have […]