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London leads the way

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Top Ships Chief Executive Evangelos Pistiolis firmly … >>

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MOL announces merger of group companies

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced the merger of MOL Marine Consulting (MOLMC) and MOL Cable Ship effective October 1st, 2014. The new company, called MOL Marine Co. will continue to develop the businesses pioneered by its two predecessors. The merger will integrate both companies’ extensive expertise in marine technology and ship management, enabling the … Read More...


Concerns over ECA compliance under spotlight at IBIA 2014 convention

The bunkering industry and its shipping industry customers will gather in Hamburg from 3rd-7th November for the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) annual convention and forum. Taking place just weeks ahead of the implementation of  European laws on the sulphur content of marine fuels, the event features over 30 expert speakers who will be looking at … Read More...


Mandatory electronic information exchange on horizon

The Facilitation Committee (FAL) of the IMO, meeting for its 39th session, approved a revised annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), 1965, as amended, following a comprehensive five-year review aimed at modernising the Convention. To be circulated with a view to adoption at the Committee’s next session (FAL 40, scheduled … Read More...


Crowley receives first two heavy-lift deck barges in Singapore for Asia-Pacific market

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s solutions group has announced it has received the first two of potentially four, new heavy-lift, ballastable deck barges (HDBs) for use by clients in the Asia-Pacific region. These new barges, which will be contracted and managed from the company’s recently opened Singapore office, allow Crowley to better support regional customers in … Read More...

Estonia disaster anniversary – what have we learned?

By David Jardine-Smith, IMRF Twenty years ago the MS Estonia turned on her side and sank in the Baltic sea with 803 passengers and 186 crew aboard – 989 people in all - who needed to be rescued quickly in dangerous and dark conditions. The end of this month marks the anniversary of the tragedy and is an appropriate time to assess what progress has been in … Read More...

SCF Yamalmax Steel Cutting 29 Sep 14

Steel-cutting for Project Yamal LNG lead tanker takes place in South Korea

A steel-cutting ceremony for the lead gas tanker ordered by SCF Group for transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Yamal LNG project was held on 29th September. The prototype vessel will be operated under a long-term time charter between OAO Sovcomflot and JSC Yamal LNG. The steel-cutting ceremony, marking the formal start of a ship’s construction … Read More...

Paper boats in different colors

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping type approves Danelec Marine VDR

Danelec Marine, a leading supplier of Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), today announced that its new-generation DM100 VDR has been type approved by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) under the new IMO standard, which came into force July 1st. The type approval certifies that the Danelec DM100 VDR meets all the revised performance standards and technical … Read More...


Superyachts turn to global fuel companies

There has been an increase in superyachts using global fuel companies for their fuelling needs, according to leading yacht services company Guadeloupe Yacht Concierge. Instead of using local yacht agents or fuel companies when cruising the world’s most inspiring destinations, superyachts are more frequently using global fuel companies to follow them around the world, … Read More...

fighting fire

Fire at Sicily’s Milazzo Oil Refinery hampers vessel operations

Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services is advising of extensive disruption after a fire broke out Friday afternoon (27th September) at Italy’s energy giant Eni and Kuwait Petroleum’s jointly owned Milazzo oil refinery, near the northeast coast of Sicily. The incident is thought to have been caused by flames that broke out on the roof of a 5,000 litre … Read More...

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GARD wins YoungShip Young Corporation Award 2014

For its efforts to promote young employee development, marine insurer GARD has been awarded the first annual YoungShip Young Corporation Award. The shipping industry is acknowledged as one of Norway’s key strategic industries. If shipping is to stay ahead in global competition, and solve tomorrow’s challenges, we are fully dependant on attracting the brightest brains … Read More...


Evergreen expands Asia – South Africa network

In order to offer a more comprehensive service on the Asia-South Africa trade, Evergreen Line is to adjust its existing joint service with COSCO as well as contribute vessels to the service currently operated by K Line, MOL and PIL. Both moves will take effect in October. Evergreen will deploy two 4,200 TEU vessels on both the FAX service operated by COSCO and … Read More...


Gibdock consolidates relationship with Grimaldi Group

The Grande Angola left Gibdock on Tuesday following the on-time completion of a scheduled package of repair works. The project covered work on the second vessel in a two-vessel contract between Gibdock and Grimaldi Group, the multinational logistics group specialised in the operation of roll-on/roll-off vessels, car carriers and ferries. Commenting on its decision … Read More...

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