First Person: Robert Yuksel Yildirim, President and CEO, The Yildirim Group

The Yildirim Group’s interests are certainly diverse, but … >>

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Turkey: Competitive advantage

By Sandra Speares The Turkish maritime industry has … >>


Regulatory headache?

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Japanese approval signals first for class

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Cover Story: Isolating the Ebola impact

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Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee

A key step on the way to a mandatory Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters has been reached with the approval by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the environmental provisions in the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code), together with … Read More...

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Navico acquires MARIS

Navico Holding, parent company to the Simrad brand of navigational marine electronics, has reached an agreement to acquire MARIS (Maritime Information Systems) from The Grieg Group. MARIS is a supplier of data solutions to the commercial maritime sector related to navigation, voyage optimisation, and voyage monitoring. With well over 10,000 navigation systems … Read More...

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Female maritime executives from four countries launch WISTA Nordic collaboration

Executives from a key group of shipping nations - Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland - have launched a Nordic collaboration of the respective national associations of the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). The WISTA Nordic collaboration brings together female leaders from the four nations involved in the global maritime industry, … Read More...

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Largest ship ever on the Thames

The largest ship ever to enter the Thames is due to call at DP World London Gateway at the weekend, with estimated time of arrival in the early hours of Sunday. The 397m-long, 56m-wide Edith Maersk – one of the largest containerships in the world - has a draught of 16 metres and can carry up to 15,500 standard containers. … Read More...


MOL launches Ship Management/Crew Training businesses in partnership with Synergy Group

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced today that the company has established MOL Synergy Marine (Singapore) (“MOL Synergy”) jointly with Synergy Group*1, a shipmanagement services group in Chennai, India, to provide shipmanagement and crew training services. MOL Synergy has already started managing five MOL-operated vessels but it has also established a crew training … Read More...

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ICS welcomes dramatic IMO progress on ballast water issues

Governments attending the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) this week have made real progress towards agreeing solutions to major issues that have previously impeded ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association … Read More...


Port of Dover will support Government Ebola measures

The recent decision by the Government to screen for Ebola at certain major UK gateways is a direct response to the current crisis in West Africa and while the Government says the risk to the UK is very low, the Port of Dover has said it will support whatever measures the Government deems appropriate for the port to ensure it remains a secure place for everyone … Read More...

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Poole Harbour Commissioners simulate oil spill to test contingency plan

As part of its on-going commitment to manage incidents in the harbour, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) simulated a major oil spill to test the current capability and processes for response to a tier two hydrocarbon spill. The major emergency exercise, which PHC carries out every three years, staged a scenario whereby a ferry and a cargo vessel collided, causing … Read More...


MSX dons walking boots to fund vital cancer research

Travel retail specialist Macintyre Scott Xtra (MSX) is on target to raise £3000 for a head and neck cancer charity. MSX, which specialises in bonded warehousing and bespoke services for the travel retail industry, assembled a team of 100 walkers to take on the Test Way in Hampshire to fundraise for Oracle Cancer Trust. The charity is close to MSX, after its … Read More...

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ClassNK releases new guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems

Classification society ClassNK has released Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems. These guidelines cover class safety requirements as well as safety requirements stipulated in the IMO guidelines. The MARPOL Convention Annex VI ha s placed phased limit s on the maximum allowable amount of sulphur in fuel oils used by vessels globally, as well as stricter … Read More...

ITF Acting General Secretary Stephen Cotton

ITF complains to Jordanian Government over Aqaba port arrests

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has contacted the government of Jordan over the arrests on Tuesday of around 150 trade unionists at the Aqaba Container Terminals facility run by APM Terminals. The port workers had begun a strike on Monday which the police action appears to have been designed to break. Strikebreakers are reportedly being brought in … Read More...

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European Commission Vice President welcomes launch of European Shipping Week

European Transport Commissioner and Vice President of the European Commission Siim Kallas (pictured) has voiced his strong support for the launch of European Shipping Week, claiming it will help to raise the profile of shipping in Brussels “and allow for a good interaction between its multiple players and decision makers”. In a letter to Patrick Verhoeven, … Read More...

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