Cover Story: Manpower Report – raising concerns over shorter sea service

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First Person: The Sheth brothers

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UK set for flag rebirth

Plans are being put in place for a “rebirth” of the UK Ship … >>


New VSAT broadband solutions tackle seafarer ‘comms’ concerns

One of the hardest challenges seafarers face while at sea – … >>

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LISW15: The week that was

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KTN produces short film highlighting opportunities in the maritime sector

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has produced a five-minute film highlighting opportunities presented by the UK’s strong maritime industry. The film includes comment from senior industry figures and the UK government, including the Minister for Small Businesses, Industry and Enterprise Anna Soubry. The maritime sector presents many opportunities, detailed in … Read More...

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EBRD to support expansion of Interorient Shipmanagement

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing Interorient Shipmanagement with a $11,374,000 million loan for the expansion of the company’s business. Interorient Shipmanagement, based in Cyprus, is planning to expand its fleet under management through a series of investments the scope of which is to enhance the company’s capabilities in … Read More...

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Russian Maritime Register at Marintec China 2015

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is due to take part in Marintec China 2015 - the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition, to be held IN December 2015 in Shanghai New International Expo Centre. An authoritative Maritime Forum in Asia-Pacific region, Marintec China biennale attracts the leading experts from different countries to discuss challenging … Read More...

In a symbolic act of transition and succession, Mr. Sekimizu handed over to Mr. Lim a comprehensive briefing paper on IMO’s recent achievements and ongoing objectives, the Secretariat’s structure and support work, the Organization’s financial arrangements and other relevant topics.

Kitack Lin is appointed new Secretary-General of the IMO

The IMO Assembly has unanimously endorsed the appointment of Kitack Lim as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1st January 2016 for an initial term of four years. Mr Lim was President of Busan Port Authority. He served as the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO from 2006 to 2009 and was … Read More...

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International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards 2016 launched

The International Seafarers' Welfare Awards 2016 are being launched today (Friday). For seafarers, welfare services and facilities can be a lifeline when working away from home for long periods of time. These awards, generously funded by the ITF Seafarers' Trust, recognise excellence in the provision of welfare services, acknowledging shipping companies, welfare … Read More...

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Sailors’ Society supporters rally to raise funds for seafarers in need

Sailors’ Society’s Singapore Gala Shipping Dinner has raised SG$140,000 for the maritime welfare charity’s global work, including SG$40,000 to build five homes for seafaring families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. More than 260 industry guests attended the event, which was held at the Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday 19th November. The charity dinner was sponsored by … Read More...

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SSA welcome Singapore’s decision to to extend the Block Exemption Order for liner shipping

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has welcomed the decision by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry to extend the Competition Block Exemption for Liner Shipping Agreements Order (BEO) for another five years until December 31st, 2020 - in line with a recommendation made to the Ministry by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS). The BEO, which … Read More...


UK P&I Club advises on the hazards in shipping coal from Indonesia

There are various hazards associated with the trade in coal and the UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Team has highlighted the risks involved, and advised on the relevant actions to take in order to reduce accidents. Self-heating incidents involving coal cargoes loaded at Indonesian ports have become increasingly frequent in recent years. The problem appears to be … Read More...

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Moore Stephens highlights potential tax issues for shipping in UK Autumn Statement

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens has highlighted a number of  issues arising from the UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2015 which may be of interest to the shipping industry. Sue Bill, Moore Stephens tax partner, said: “The government is to invest £1.3 billion to transform HMRC into ‘one of the most digitally advanced tax … Read More...

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Rickmers-Linie successfully completes recertification

The Hamburg-based specialist in worldwide liner services for heavy lifts and project cargoes Rickmers-Linie has successfully completed audits by DNV-GL. Following the audits earlier this month the company, which belongs to Rickmers Group, received new certificates for its integrated management system which covers the three segments of quality (ISO 9001: 2008), … Read More...

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New Danish Maritime Forum report: Frontrunners should take the lead

A new report from the Danish Maritime Forum sets out new ideas to address five of the most important challenges the global maritime industry is facing. The report is a product of the discussions which took place at the maritime summit in Copenhagen last month. Frontrunners in the industry should take the lead to proactively address the most important challenges the … Read More...


ICTSI opens MICT Yard 7

International Container Terminal Services, inaugurated today (Thursday), Yard 7 of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) including the commissioning of four new rubber tired gantries (RTG). Part of MICT’s PhP5 billion expansion project, Yard 7 adds substantial capacity to the terminal now at 2.75 million TEUs from 2.5 million TEUs.  This not only … Read More...

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