Bild: Seemann mit Fernrohr
I am seafarer and I want to know:
Bild: Seemann mit Fernrohr
People of the German flag
Behind the German flag are many strong personalities. We introduce the people of the shipping sector that are closely connected to German flag. Currently: Michael Hinz
Annual Report 2020 on the German Maritime Labour Act
Annual Report 2020 on the German Maritime Labour Act
In its Annual Report 2020 on the German Maritime Labour Act, the Ship Safety Division of BG Verkehr comprehensively presents how it verified compliance with the requirements of the German Maritime Labour Act throughout the last year. A guidance document on the topic "Working and living on board" aids with the implementation of the German Maritime Labour Act.
Cabotage application now available online
Cabotage application now available online
As of now, shipping companies can apply for their cabotage approval online via www.deutsche-flagge.de/en. In addition, companies can now register their interest in transports online. This way, the Generaldirektion Wasserstraßen und Schifffahrt (GDWS) optimizes their service for sea cabotage.
COVID-19 Guidance updated
COVID-19 Guidance updated
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a guidance document for ship operators. It gives advice on the best practices to protect their seafarers and how to deal with suspect cases and confirmed cases on board the ship. As the corona virus has spread globally by now, the ICS has broadened its guidance adding for example an instruction to create covers for mouth and nose. Further topics include recommendations to enhance mental health and how to procure prescription medication.
Emergency manager and manual rolled into one – the Maritime Medical Handbook newly published
Emergency manager and manual rolled into one – the Maritime Medical Handbook newly published
A medical emergency at sea – no rescue service, no hospital, no doctors. It is the master's or navigational officer's obligation to help. The newly published handbook can help to facilitate the best medical care possible in places far away from medical infrastructure.
Flagging-in ships with asbestos
Flagging-in ships with asbestos
For a long time, asbestos was considered a miracle product: the natural mineral is fire resistant, an insulator, easy to process and inexpensive. But asbestos causes illness and can give rise to cancer. BG Verkehr summarized the things shipping companies have to observe when they flag-in a ship that is contaminated with asbestos.