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Patrick Verhoeven
Secretary General, ECSA

African States, the European Union and European ship owners endorse maritime security

African Heads of State and Government met in Lomé, Togo, on 15th October for a high level summit on maritime security. As the outcome of the summit they agreed on the ‘Lomé Charter’ that should be a next step in ensuring maritime security in Africa. European ship owners strongly welcome this summit and the interest African states take in the topic. ECSA was pleased … Read More...


MEPC must implement changes to MARPOL Annex VI in line with Kigali Agreement on HFCs

Oceanic Technical Solutions has welcomed the decision by the United Nations to amend the Montreal Protocol to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioning and refrigeration systems, but has warned the shipping industry could be left in the cold if the International Maritime Organisation fails to implement similar measures. Speaking prior to the … Read More...

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Standard Club extends reach in Nordic market through managing general agency joint venture with Hydor

The Standard Club, has increased its footprint in Scandinavia by launching a Managing General Agency joint venture with Hydor, a well-established Oslo-based marine insurance provider.  Standard Hydor as has been authorised by Lloyd’s as an approved coverholder to write business on behalf of The Standard Syndicate The new joint venture will build on the coverholder … Read More...


Liberia provides lead with BWMS proposal to IMO meeting

The Liberian Maritime Administration is to introduce a proposal to the meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC70) in London on 24th October to allow certain ships additional time beyond 2020 to install adequate ballast water management systems as required under the Ballast Water Management Convention, which comes into force in September … Read More...


World union meeting commences today in Panama

The global union federation for the world’s transport workers begins a top-level meeting in Panama today. The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has chosen the country as venue for the meeting in recognition of the nation’s status as a key global transport hub and component of the Federation’s plans for building the future of work. The ITF meeting … Read More...


ATPI Griffinstone to showcase latest duty of care solutions at Danish Maritime Fair

ATPI Griffinstone, part of the ATPI Group, the travel management company for the shipping, energy, and offshore sector, will be attending the Danish Maritime Fair (25th to 27th October) taking place in Copenhagen to demonstrate the latest enhancements to its duty of care service including the Employee Tracking System (ETS). ATPI Griffinstone has developed new … Read More...


ClassNK issues Approval in Principle for LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

Classification society ClassNK has issued Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 7,500cbm LNG bunkering vessel designed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. This revolutionary design is the result of joint research carried out by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co and ClassNK to improve the efficiency of LNG bunkering vessels. The choice of LNG … Read More...


Shipping Minister visits Liverpool to launch innovative graduate talent programme as part of £5m investment in maritime skills

Shipping Minister John Hayes will today (Thursday) launch a unique maritime graduate talent programme that has been developed in partnership with UK industry body Mersey Maritime. During his visit Mr Hayes will also officially open one of the most advanced Maritime Bridge and Engine Simulator training facilities in Europe. The Maritime Bridge and Engine … Read More...


Support for container ship crew vital to sustain supply chain

Seafarers working on container ships need the support of port chaplains more than ever, a leading seafarers’ charity has said. In the wake of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy and the challenges facing the container sector, the presence of a global network of chaplains providing practical and pastoral support to crew is vital, says Apostleship of the Sea (AoS). “2016 … Read More...


Celestyal Cruises’ CEO Takes up CLIA Europe’s Helm

The CLIA Europe General Assembly, has voted to appoint Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises, as the next CLIA Europe Chairman. First appointed to the European Executive Committee of the Cruise Lines International Association three years ago, Mr Anastassiadis takes over the role from Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, who has been the … Read More...

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Inmarsat’s London International Shipping Week events set stage for the digital future of maritime

Inmarsat, the provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced plans in support of its diamond sponsor commitment for London International Shipping Week, 11th to 15th September 2017 (LISW17) by staging three key events focusing on the maritime industry’s digital future. To coincide with the official launch of LISW17 yesteday (Wednesday), … Read More...


Norsafe concerned at spate of LSA drill accidents

Lifeboat design, manufacture, and training company Norsafe is concerned about a recent spate of lifeboat drill accidents which have seriously injured or even led to fatalities among crew. A report in April 2016 by academics at the Seafarers International Research Centre found that tight vessel schedules often did not allow sufficient time for drills and crew were … Read More...

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