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Secure VGP compliance with new DNV GL verification service

Recent updates to the US Vessel General Permit (VGP) have brought new technical and reporting requirements for vessels operating in US waters, including the need for the preparation of a detailed annual report. DNV GL’s newly introduced VGP verification service helps to ensure compliance by providing a comprehensive review of both VGP procedures and … Read More...

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Rise in car exports though the Port of Gothenburg

During 2014 the Port of Gothenburg reported a rise in car exports and a fall in oil volumes. This can be seen in the Port of Gothenburg volume report which is released today. One-third of Sweden's foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg, which is the largest port in Scandinavia. Car and passenger volumes rose during 2014 while container traffic and … Read More...


Videotel launches energy management training course

Videotel has developed a training course designed to guide maritime personnel in addressing one of the industry’s most important issues: energy management. Experts agree that effective energy management is not just good business practice but also demonstrates a company’s commitment to help reduce its carbon footprint and world energy use. Called “ISO 50001 Energy … Read More...

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The Council of the European Union backs European Shipping Week

The Presidency of the Council of the European Union has granted official patronage to the forthcoming European Shipping Week (ESW) which will be held in Brussels during March 2‐6, 2015. This support joins the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Martin Schulz, and that of the European Commission. In a letter to Patrick Verhoeven (pictured), … Read More...


East Asia action begins Monday

Teams of International Transport Workers’ Federation inspectors, along with dockers’ and seafarers’ union members, will begin the first East Asian maritime action week of 2015 on Monday across ports in Japan, Korea, Russia and Taiwan. The action week will run from 26th to 30th January. The teams will check and enforce decent pay and working conditions onboard … Read More...

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Seafarers Awareness Week – ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’

‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ will be the theme for this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week (20th-28th June), aiming to not only raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers but also to highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people. The focus of the campaign will be the promotion of education, training and recruitment services … Read More...


Hoegh Osaka towed to Port of Southampton

The stricken car carrier Höegh Osaka, stranded in the Solent for 19 days, was finally towed to the Port of Southampton yesterday (Thursday). The vessel, carrying millions of pounds worth of vehicles, was deliberately grounded on Bramble Bank after developing a list while on her way to Germany. A statement from owner Höegh Autonliners today, said: “We are … Read More...

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UKHO launches enhanced coverage of Brazil

As Brazilian waters grow busier, many of Brazil’s port facilities are being modernised and expanded and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has produced new and updated charts and Port Approach Guides for Brazilian waters so customers of Admiralty Nautical Product & Services have access to the most up-to-date and accurate information. The upgraded … Read More...


Imtech Marine/Radio Holland equips the largest purpose-built floatel to date

Last month, POSH Xanadu, the largest purpose-built floatel to date was delivered at PaxOcean in Zhoushan. The first of its kind, it is a ship-shaped column stabilised semi-submersible accommodation platform, housing 750 passengers and crew in 390 spacious cabins. Imtech Marine, through its Service and Nav/Com brand Radio Holland, is technology partner of PaxOcean … Read More...


Louis Cruises announces new brand

Louis Cruises, the only home porting cruise line in Greece, has launched a new brand – Celestyal Cruises. The company says that as the brand is built, it will continue, as Louis Cruises, to operate in the chartering and shipmanagement segments of the industry. It  was awarded three awards at the Greek Tourism Awards, a Gold for Contribution to Local and Social … Read More...


KNRM sails to Heybridge to say a special “thank you” to Servowatch Systems

Servowatch Systems’ Head of R&D Stafford Williams received a special thank you yesterday for his “exceptional” work on KNRM’s new, award-winning lifeboat, Nh 1816. Roemer Boorgaard, Chief Executive Officer of KNRM, the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution, sailed across a wintery North Sea specifically to extend his gratitude and present Stafford and his … Read More...

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Inmarsat confirms launch date for second Global Xpress satellite

Global mobile satellite communications service provider Inmarsat will complete another significant milestone in the delivery of its transformational Global Xpress (GX) service with the scheduled launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12.31pm (GMT) on Sunday (1st February). Inmarsat is investing $1.6bn in the delivery of … Read More...

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