Offshore doom, internet gloom, and a busy jobs room

Offshore woes continued to dominate the hits on Splash this week, which was appropriate given the high calibre offshore discussion that took place yesterday for our second ever live Q&A on Splash Chat. If I were to recommend just one article from Splash for the past week it would be our roundup of who said what at this startlingly frank debate. Splash Chatters were told there are more than 300 vessels delivered and waiting in China alone. In total, there are now between 1,300 and 1,400 OSVs off-hire and idle, equating to more than 35% of the global fleet.

Among other articles that made a big splash on, err, Splash was our interview with the latest cover star of Maritime CEO magazine. The quarterly magazine launched this week with Dr Lynn Simpson, the Australian vet who is laying bare faults with the livestock trades, on the cover. The magazine will be distributed at SMM in Hamburg, Danish Maritime Days in Copenhagen, and many other events too, including a series of shows in Hong Kong.

In the Contributions section, Edward Ion from Navigate Response wrote an article on the thorny issue of whether internet onboard is a good thing.

“Unlimited internet access may not be the great new panacea for improving seafarers’ lives onboard,” Ion claimed.

The article was very widely read and unsurprisingly garnered much comment on social media.

Finally, as Europe reluctantly puts the sun tan lotion away and sends the suit for dry cleaning with the August holidays nearly over there was a notable uptick of hits over at Splash Jobs.

Clearly a number of you have had time to reflect while sunning yourself on a beach and the near 700 positions open at Splash Jobs have sparked great interest.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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