Preparing for a triathlon at sea

Having access to the latest or best gym equipment is of little point if the motivation to exercise isn’t there. And when you are at sea training facilities are often in short supply therefore motivation has to be higher than someone ashore – something DP Operator and Ironman contender...

V.Group seafarers are in the know with all the latest news from home

Being away from home for months at end can be hard however being able to get a regular feed of news from your homeland can certainly help ease the homesickness. Andy Cook, V.Group’s global crew operations director explains how we are helping our seafarers connect with home: “We subscribe...

Energy management in the Leisure sector produces significant benefits

Energy management of vessels isn’t just good for the environment – it’s good for the ship owner too, with significant financial benefits to be gained through better performance. And with some ports offering discounts for vessels that have implemented ISO 140001 there are even more savings to be made....

Expert advice avoids costly dry docking repair

Being able to repair a vessel without any interruption to its schedule will be music to the ears of ship owners, charterers, crew and the fleet superintendent too. And in our latest case, UMC were able to offer their expert advice to evaluate and advise on suitable in-water propeller...

End of an era for crew on board FPSO Marlim Sul

It was a bittersweet day for crew members as they transferred off the FPSO Marlim Sul for the final time on 22 April after 13 years. The unit, operating primarily off the coast of Brazil in the oil field of the same name, was recently decommissioned marking the successful...

Training helps shore and sea personnel respond to the migrant crisis

Marlins, V.Group’s training business, launched an elearning course in December last year to ensure the effective and efficient response to crisis scenarios involving migrants and refugees making their way through the Mediterranean and South China seas. The course – Humanitarian Response – was developed in partnership with UK-based charity,...

From practice to theory our seafarer trainers are ready for business

When it comes to training seafarers, the best people to do that are those who have actually been seafarers themselves or have worked in this environment. However to take all that practice and turn it into learning opportunities for others requires skill and methodology. It’s something which, Marlins, V.Group’s...

V.Delta manages vessel conversions to meet new Panama Canal requirements

The first vessels to navigate the newly expanded Panama Canal last month mark a significant milestone in a project, which launched literally with a blast on 3 September 2007. The USD $5.25 billion project is the largest investment in the Canal’s 100 year history however vessels wishing to benefit...

Analysis of bunker samples allows for better decision making

A study of 3,000 bunker samples by our SeaTec Condition Monitoring team has highlighted the most common causes for off spec fuel. Certified analysis with the addition of detailed diagnostic comments by our senior marine engineers has also enabled us draw conclusions on the top bunkering ports and countries...

Marlins and ISWAN collaborate to help seafarers prevent and prepare for piracy attacks

Marking IMO’s Day of the Seafarer, Marlins, part of V.Group and the charity, International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have created a new elearning course to help seafarers prevent and prepare for piracy attacks. Although there have been no successful attacks off Somalia for some time, piracy, armed...

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