Top stories of 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, let's revisit the standout MARPRO Maritime Professionals blogs and publications from the year.


Which articles captured your attention, garnered clicks, and held your focus the longest? Explore the top-read pieces of 2023, offering insights into the noteworthy events and developments in the maritime and shipping industry.

As a new year’s tradition, we’ve revisited the articles that captured your attention in 2023, dear readers.

The year brought both chaos and remarkable projects to the maritime & shipping industry. Amid the unfortunate situation in the Red Sea causing global market uncertainties, our readers’ eagerness to learn shone through. All these facets are encapsulated in our overview of the most-read articles of 2023.

Take a moment to explore Maritime Professionals’ top articles of 2023, refreshing your memory on the events that shaped the past year. What resonated with you the most?

How to plan for a long-term sailing trip?

Shipowners often find themselves in a position where planning a long-term sailing trip is crucial. Although that process may seem straightforward at first, there are many aspects to consider. A thorough planning checklist often goes a very long way in ensuring smooth sailing.

2,000 maritime jobs in the UK

Creating 1,200 UK shipyard jobs, hundreds of graduate and apprentice opportunities, and an expected 800 further jobs across the UK supply chain, a £1.6 billion contract has been awarded to Team Resolute.

Risk of Asbestos exposure in the maritime

Mesothelioma Cancer can take 20 to 50 years to develop and unfortunately those who have worked in shipyards and aboard ships can be at risk to develop this disease. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in the maritime industry and other industries for insulation, fireproofing, and other purposes. This has led to a high incidence rate of mesothelioma in those who have worked in the maritime industry.

Challenges faced by women seafarers

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is celebrating 18th May as the International Day for Women in Maritime to recognize the significant contributions of women in the maritime industry and promote gender equality within the sector. Today, women represent around 1.2% per cent of the global seafarer workforce, it is estimated that there are around 24,059 women seafarers.

Who is going to be the next Secretary General for IMO?

Ambassador Karigithu would be the first female Secretary General of the IMO and the first from Africa, a remarkable and necessary milestone. Her capacities as a seasoned diplomat, honest broker, and consensus builder are critical to meet this moment. She carries with her the conviction to do what is right and to ensure successful outcomes for all nations, no matter how large or small.

Top global marine trends in the next decade

Seafarers, ship managers, and port administrators have been using digital technologies for a long time. However, there are always new developments to keep tabs on. Several of these innovative technologies will be increasingly important in the coming years.

A love affair with the canals

It’s early in the morning, Anders is strolling by the company’s quay with a steaming hot coffee in his hand. He is glancing at the freshly painted boats lined up in wait to be set off into the picturesque harbour of Copenhagen.

Today Anders is sailing the “Little Mermaid”. His favourite boat. The distinguished Stromma boats are all named after world-known fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. He gets on the boat, enters the cockpit, places his personal items on the passenger seat and takes a standard control tour around the boat.

Maritime expert behind the MARPRO Office in Germany

In a groundbreaking move this past June, MARPRO embarked on a new journey into the heart of the German maritime industry with the opening of its latest office in Hamburg. This strategic expansion not only reinforces MARPRO’s commitment to growth but also underscores its dedication to becoming a talent broking powerhouse in the global maritime industry.

Presenting 21 Rising Stars

The MARPRO Group and Europort present the 21 startups who will exhibit on the 2nd edition of the Rising Stars Pavilion at the Europort Exhibition 2023. It is now reported that at Europort 2023, a considerable array of global maritime startups will be unveiling their innovative solutions and platforms. Nestled in a corner of Hall 4, the Rising Stars Pavilion at the Europort exhibition is set to shine a spotlight on 21 promising startups that are pushing the boundaries of maritime technology. Let’s take a closer at these supreme Rising Stars, each with a unique offering poised to disrupt and elevate the maritime sector.

How Autonomous ships are revolutionizing the maritime industry?

The maritime industry has seen a lot of changes and advancements over the years. The latest development in autonomous shipping technology is set to change the face of shipping forever. Navigating the high seas. Shankar Nishant a researcher at Next Move Strategy Consulting investigates how Autonomous ships are revolutionizing the maritime industry. This is an exclusive article for the readers of Maritime Professionals on Autonomous Ships.

What is SIRE 2.0?

One of the most discussed topics in the maritime industry today is how to adapt to the new SIRE 2.0 regime and ensure a smooth transition. As tanker operators strive to comply with the changes, they need effective tools and strategies to navigate the new inspection regime. Kaiko Systems recently held a live webinar on SIRE 2.0, attended by hundreds of industry professionals from more than 20 countries.

No one washes a rental car – but why you should with ships

We think this saying encapsulates an important idea. There is little incentive to wash or maintain a car that one does not own. For example, the renter does not benefit from the resale of the rental car. In fact, the renter may never see the car again. However, a person who owns something has a strong incentive to take care of it.


    In the hustle and bustle of 2023, MARPRO Maritime Professionals has experienced a whirlwind of activity. As the year just ended, we express our gratitude for your continued preference—making our platform and newsletter the go-to for numerous maritime professionals. It’s truly an honor to be recognized on trusted platforms like LinkedIn, where our group stands out as one of the most engaging.

    Above all, our heartfelt thanks go to you for being an integral part of this thriving community. Looking ahead to 2024, we anticipate a year brimming with exciting activities. Rest assured, we’ll be here to keep you informed about the latest maritime news, enticing job opportunities, and relevant events.

    Warmest wishes,


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