Cover Story: Turkey innovates to ward off recession

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How I Work: Özgür Aksoy, General Manager and Board Member, Akmar Shipping of Istanbul

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Norway: Meeting the challenge head on

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Harnessing the true potential

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New demands in communications

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IRS first non-IACS classification society to introduce goal-based standards for new ship construction

The International Register of Shipping has submitted goal-based new ship construction standards for verification audit by the International Maritime Organization. IRS is the only Recognised Organisation outside the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to have developed and submitted MSC 296(87)-compliant structural rules for bulk carriers … Read More...

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V. Group inaugurates new centre in Manila

V. Group, the global provider of maritime services, together with its third party shipmanagement arm, V.Ships, are celebrating the inauguration of a major new office and training centre in Manila, Philippines. The recently opened centre is located in the burgeoning Aseana City district which is set to become the next business capital of the Philippines. Occupying … Read More...


Q88 LLC opens new London office

Q88 LLC has opened a new office in London, UK. Located in Soho, the cultural centre of London's West End district, the office will serve as a key hub for business development and client relations. The office will be headed by Q88's VP of Sales & Marketing, Peter Andersen (pictured), and VP of Research, Richard Abrahams, both having significant business development … Read More...


Masterbulk signs with SeaSafe Marine

SeaSafe Marine, the expert life boat maintenance service company of the Wallem Group, has entered into a five-year global sole service supplier agreement with Masterbulk Singapore. The agreement is for lifeboat services on Masterbulk’s fleet of 20 open hatch gantry crane vessels. Andrew Lemmis, Managing Director of SeaSafe Marine, said: “This is the first fleet … Read More...


Remi Eriksen appointed new Group CEO at DNV GL

The Board of Directors of DNV GL Group has appointed Remi Eriksen as the company’s new Group President & CEO. He is succeeding Henrik O Madsen, who is retiring on 1st August. Since October 2014, the Board of Directors has undertaken an extensive executive search and selection process to find and appoint the new DNV GL Group President & CEO, due to the … Read More...

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StealthGas Inc announces first quarter results

StealthGas Inc, the ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, has announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the first quarter ended 31st March, 2015. Revenues for the three months ended 31st March, 2015 amounted to $35.7 million, an increase of $1.8 million, or 5.3%, … Read More...

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RINA launches major ferry safety initiative

Italy-based classification society RINA has launched a major ferry safety initiative. The Asset Integrity Management scheme for ro-pax ferries covers fire risk mitigation, single-failure risk assessment, enhanced planned maintenance and condition-based monitoring and also food and bacteriological risk management. The initiative also covers specific training for … Read More...

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ISS teams up with Brightwell Payments to offer innovative payment system for ‘cash free vessels’

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, has teamed up with Brightwell Payments to introduce an innovative payment system for ship owners and managers to simplify cross-border crew payments, cut onboard cash and enhance crew and vessel safety. The new payments platform, Brightwell Navigator, will significantly reduce … Read More...

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Lacking port infrastructure hampers Greece’s cruise tourism potential

Greece has failed to benefit from the exponential growth of Europe's cruise market as investment in port infrastructure required to cater to cruise liners has declined by a whopping 80% over the course of the last 10 years according to experts debating the potential of sea tourism for Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean during the 3rd Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum that … Read More...


ESPO ports policy debate shows willingness to land with port regulation

The port industry has discussed the state of play of the port regulation with Parliament and Commission. One year after EU elections, work seems to move forward with the new Transport Committee. In the debate held at the ESPO conference last week, all speakers - Commission, Members of the EU Parliament and ports - generally expressed the wish to find an agreement … Read More...


European Commission’s decision on beaching needs to be based upon up-to-date information warns GMS

GMS has called upon the European Commission to think carefully before banning beaching as an option for recycling European ships following the very positive study visits by a Japanese delegation and representatives from the Danish Shipping Association (DSA) to shipyards in Alang. The improvements made by some of the yards have led to a rise in standards to ensure … Read More...

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HRH Crown Prince Frederik to attend the Danish Maritime Forum

Maritime key leaders, ministers and leading experts from all around the world will be accompanied by the Danish Crown Prince (pictured) when they meet for the Danish Maritime Forum on 7th to 8th October 2015. “We are very proud to announce that the Danish Crown Prince will attend the Danish Maritime Forum. It emphasises his great interest in the maritime industry … Read More...

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