From Seafarers’ Welfare Awards to maritime social media, we’ve been keeping an eye on the industry’s most interesting stories from the past week. Here’s a quick selection:

2012 International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards shortlist announced – The International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare announced the shortlist for its awards highlighting best practice in seafarers’ welfare. The Maritime Executive reported that the high-profile ceremony will be the finale of two days of events that also includes a seminar exploring the welfare aspects of the Maritime Labour Convention. To see those shortlisted for the awards that include ‘Seafarer Centre of the Year’ and ‘Welfare Personality of the Year’ categories visit


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How to win by ‘losing control’ – Social media is a topic of interest to many companies in the maritime industry wanting to increase their presence online while others are still fairly hesitant. Sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn can open up the brand to potential customers but also open it up to scrutiny.  gCaptain has explained how businesses using social media can reap rewards, such as Maersk which has become very influential online.

ECDIS website increases in popularity – The ECDIS reference website, which publishes news and articles solely dedicated to ECDIS legislation, has reached 100,000 downloads, reported The Maritime Executive. The website, launched in 2011, is aiming to make it as easy as possible for mariners to find current legislation in an easy to read format.

If you have read anything interesting this week that you’d like to share, please let us know.


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