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Captain Kuba Szymanski InterManager Secretary General

InterManager welcomes new protection for seafarers

The adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment has been welcomed by InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva last week, will ensure the provision of financial security systems to … Read More...


New West Africa guard contract is welcomed

Mutual insurance association The Standard Club has welcomed the new GUARDCON West Africa contract for use by ship owners when putting in place security arrangements for trading in the high risk areas off the West African coast.  Sam Kendall-Marsden, Director of the Club’s Atlantic Syndicate, one of the team that drafted the contract, said: “The International Group … Read More...

Footballer David Beckham

Shippers protest against Beckham’s soccer stadium port plan

An alliance of shipping businesses is protesting against world famous footballer David Beckham’s plans for a 25,000-seater soccer stadium to be built at PortMiami in Florida. The Miami Seaport Alliance says that while it does support the idea of a stadium in Miami, it believes siting it at the port would pose risks to jobs, cruise and cargo operations and the port’s … Read More...


Intesa Sanpaolo and VEI Capital take a stake in RINA

Intesa Sanpaolo – through the Merchant Banking Management of its Corporate and Investment Banking Division – and VEI Capital  - investment company of Palladio Finanziaria in the Private Equity Mid-Cap segment – have agreed to buy a stake in RINA, parent company of the RINA Group, Italy’s E-TIC (Engineering, Testing, Inspection, Certification) service provider. The … Read More...

Managing Director Thomas Brown

Seacurus calls for speedy implementation of MLC amendments

Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus has welcomed the agreement to include in the Maritime Labour Convention unpaid crew wages in the event of abandonment, and has called for the earliest possible implementation of draft proposals to amend the Convention accordingly. Agreement was reached between ship owners, governments, seafarers, NGOs and other … Read More...

EU ship owners applaud European Parliament’s change of heart on monitoring of CO2 emissions

The plenary of the European Parliament (EP) adopted today (Wednesday) its report on the Commission proposal for a Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation of CO2 emissions from ships calling at EU ports. Previously, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of the EP had endorsed the decision of Greek Rapporteur MEP Theodoros … Read More...

Seafarers’ charity to bring Easter joy to crew

Apostleship of the Sea port chaplains and ship visitors are increasing their efforts to support the lives of seafarers at Easter with practical help and also at this time the chance to celebrate their faith at the height of the liturgical year. The port chaplains and volunteers of the Apostleship of the Sea up and down Britain are aware that for seafarers any festive … Read More...

Peter Swift

Programme calls for hostages to be remembered

The Chairman of a programme which offers support to seafarers and their families affected by maritime piracy, asked for those still being held hostage to be remembered when picking up an award this week. The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) was presented with an annual Seatrade award on Monday for ‘Support and assistance to seafarers and their … Read More...

Aldo Limongelli

Inchcape Shipping Services opens in Venezuela

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has expanded its network in Central and South America with the opening of ISS Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz, to satisfy strong customer demand. Port Manager Aldo M Limongelli, who has 38 years’ experience in maritime operations such as chartering, bunkering, stevedoring, transportation, project cargo, logistics and green energies, will … Read More...

Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of SRI

SRI welcomes MLC amendments to provide greater security for crew

Seafarers Rights International has welcomed the strengthening of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to give greater protection to crew against abandonment and in cases of claims for workplace death or long-term disability. Commenting on the amendments, adopted at the first meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the MLC which concluded on Friday, Deirdre … Read More...

Hans Jensen

Hans Jensen Lubricators moving closer to customers

Based on a desire to bring its technology closer to customers, Denmark-based cylinder lubrication equipment manufacturer Hans Jensen Lubricators is opening a new office in Singapore’s shipping hub. The company says that customers and shipping companies from around the world will be able to benefit from being closer to spare parts supply, professional guidance and … Read More...

Simon Potts

ISP strengthens team with Regional Sales Manager

Inflatable lifejacket manufacturer International Safety Products is looking to capitalise on recent overseas growth after recruiting a new Regional Sales Manager. The firm, based in Bootle, UK, has appointed Simon Potts, former Sales Manager for Essex-based Allen Brothers – an international manufacturer and distributor of dinghy and keelboat fittings ­­­- to drive … Read More...

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