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Sovcomflot’s new LNG carrier is named SCF Melampus

Russia’s largest shipping company is continuing to develop its potential in the LNG transportation segment, by entering into a new long-term agreement with Royal Dutch Shell. On Tuesday, a naming ceremony was held for the LNG carrier SCF Melampus, the third tanker in a series of state-of-the-art vessels to be built under a partnership agreement between Sovcomflot … Read More...


Transas installs ECDIS simulator class at Constanța Maritime University

Transas Marine has successfully completed the project of installation of the ECDIS simulator class at the Constanța Maritime University (CMU). CMU is one of the first maritime schools in Romania to launch simulator-based courses to train bridge watchkeeping officers and other personnel in safe and efficient use of ECDIS in full compliance with the STCW 2010. The … Read More...

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Grant helps Mass Rescue Operations library project

The Corporation of Trinity House is supporting a Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) project with a grant to help completion of a comprehensive online reference library to be used as a source of best practice by maritime professionals across the world. The material in the library has been compiled by experts from all over the globe and is the culmination of five years’ … Read More...


TITAN Salvage successfully refloats and scuttles bow of wrecked Smart bulk carrier

TITAN Salvage, Crowley Maritime's Houston-based marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company, has successfully refloated and scuttled the largest and most challenging section of the wrecked bulk carrier, Smart. The vessel was carrying a load of coal when it went aground in August 2013 in heavy seas in Richards Bay, South Africa. Complications ensued … Read More...

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Norwegian coastal administration signs off first ShipArrestor system

Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine. As a result Norway will become the first country in the world with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting oil tankers and from the disastrous … Read More...

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ICS changes position on ratification by governments of IMO Ballast Water Management Convention

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has modified its stance towards the ratification by governments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention, which has still not yet entered into force having been adopted more than 10 years ago. The ICS Board of Directors has agreed that the position of ICS is now as follows: … Read More...

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Sharma at number 40 in Lloyd’s List Top 100

Dr Anil Sharma, President and Chief Executive of Global Marketing Systems (GMS), is listed at number 40 in the annual Lloyd’s List top 100 of the most influential people in shipping 2014. As head of the cash buyer of ships for recycling, Dr Sharma is not afraid to be at the forefront of pushing the industry to move to responsible recycling. At a time when the … Read More...

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Leadership change at BSM

Rajaish Bajpaee will hand over CEO responsibility of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) to his current deputy, Capt Norbert Aschmann, through planned succession at the end of December 2014 after more than 27 years of loyal service to the Schulte Group. He will then take up the position of Chairman in a non-executive capacity, with effect from 1st January 2015, … Read More...

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INTERTANKO Documentary Committee launches bunker surcharge clauses for ECAs

Rising bunker prices due to rising oil prices and volatility in global politics can have a dramatic effect on trade as they fluctuate not just day to day, but also port to port. Bunker fuel costs today form the largest part of owners’ expenses, being anything from 40-60% of the overall operating costs of a ship. The tightening of regulations in Emission Control … Read More...


A.M. Best awards Swedish Club ‘excellent’ rating

A.M. Best Ratings Services has awarded a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of "a-". to The Swedish Club with a stable outlook, claiming the Club is expected to maintain an excellent risk-adjusted capitalisation throughout 2015. As a mutual association, the Club accepts some volatility in underwriting performance, it said, but, … Read More...


Inchcape Shipping Services announces new Vice President Africa Operations

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a provider of maritime, cargo and supply chain solutions provider has announced the appointment of Peter Nielsen to the position of Vice President Africa. Peter joined the team this month and will support Mombasa-based SVP David Mackay with operations activity across the region. Peter joins ISS with extensive agency experience in … Read More...

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ClassNK register tops 230m GT

ClassNK has confirmed it has topped two 30 million gross tons for the first time. The announcement was made following a meeting of the Society ’s Classification Committee, which certified that the NK Register listed 8,826 vessels totaling 231.34 million gross tons at the end of November 2014. As ClassNK finished 2013 with some 220.9 million gross tons on its … Read More...

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