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Port Community Fund celebrates community giving

The ‘inspirational’ achievements of the unique Felixstowe-based Port Community Fund have been highlighted at a special awards ceremony. The event, at Felixstowe Town Hall, brought together members of the Port Community Fund with business, charity and community representatives, including the Mayor of Felixstowe, Doreen Savage, who presented PCF plaques to several … Read More...

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Seafarers invited to help manufacturers improve onboard design

The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today (Thursday) launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology onboard ships. Speaking at the International e-Navigation Underway Conference today, David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical … Read More...

Tugboats Attentive (prevention and response tug) and Tanerliq (Prince William Sound tug), provide tanker assist and escort services for a VLCC (very large crude carrier) Polar tanker at the Valdez Marine Terminal. These aerial photos are stunningly beautiful with nice sunshine and snow capped mountains. 

The Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS) was created in 1989 to prevent oil spills and provide oil spill response and preparedness capabilities for AlyeskaPipeline Service Company and Alaska crude oil shipping companies.

Working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, SERVS personnel monitor vessel traffic so tankers can safely travel through the Sound. Five state-of-the-art tugboats guide tankers through the Valdez Narrows and Hinchinbrook Entrance. Two tugs depart with every tanker, loaded with oil spill response equipment such as boom, skimmers and smaller work boats.

SERVS maintains a constant state of readiness. Crews are available to respond to an oil spill 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Oil spill response equipment and crews stage in key areas around Prince William Sound. Personnel participate in various drills and exercises to practice spill response tactics.

Crowley celebrates over seven million man hours without a Lost Time Injury in Valdez operations

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez is celebrating over seven million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI). In addition to this remarkable number, the company announced that it had not had an OSHA recordable case in over two million man hours while performing tanker assist and … Read More...

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Mr Elevator launches customer workshop for elevator safety norms

Mr Elevator, part of the Mr Marine Group, has announced a new customer workshop focused on key safety regulations in the EN81-20 for new elevators and the EN81-80 for existing elevators. According to CEO Nick van Bosch Rosenthal: ”Many vessel owners and shipmanagement companies came to us with questions about the norms, and with questions about authorised service … Read More...

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BSM and Bernhard Schulte engage with shipping community in Japan

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) yesterday (Wednesday) underpinned its reputation as a global player in the shipping industry when it joined with parent company, Bernhard Schulte, in hosting a reception in Tokyo to engage with the shipping community and recognise the long-standing relationships that have been developed with Japanese partners over a 40-year … Read More...

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Taiwan President honours Evergreen founder Dr Chang Yung-Fa

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou honored Evergreen Group founder Dr Chang Yung-Fa with a posthumous commendation in recognition of his contributions to international transportation and social welfare during the memorial service today (Thursday). Taiwan’s Education Minister and the Minister of Transportation and Communications also offered homage to Dr Chang with the … Read More...

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Videotel and Safebridge conclude ground-breaking agreement to facilitate onboard ECDIS type-specific certification

E-Learning maritime training provider Videotel has joined forces with online maritime training business Safebridge, which specialises in ECDIS training, to provide shipping companies with the unique ability to certify their seafarers on ECDIS type-specific training while serving onboard. More than 30 ECDIS type-specific training courses will be available, which is … Read More...

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UN Secretary-General visits IMO

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday (Wednesday) visited the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization, where he met Secretary-General Kitack Lim and the IMO’s Senior Management Committee. He also addressed representatives of IMO Member States and IMO staff. Secretary-General Ban highlighted the major role that IMO and the maritime … Read More...

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BBC presenter Louise Minchin to host Mersey Maritime’s annual awards ceremony

Television presenter Louise Minchin will be welcomed back as the host of the second Mersey Maritime Industry Awards. British journalist and BBC news reader Louise will present the ceremony that celebrates the best of maritime businesses in the North West and Isle of Man. The event is organised by Mersey Maritime – the maritime cluster organisation that … Read More...

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Port of Rotterdam innovation starting to bear fruit

It has been six months since the port of Rotterdam’s innovative new website Rotterdam Port Connector went live. Some 25,000 individuals, employed by a range of international firms, have joined the network – and benefit from the tools offered by Rotterdam Port Connector almost every day. The website was set up to bring potential international clients in touch with … Read More...

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Contship Italia Group appoints Marco Simonetti VP of Developments & Reorganisation

Marco Simonetti has assumed the position of Vice President for Developments and Reorganisation at Contship Italia Group. The internal reorganisation is in line with Contship’s response to evolving challenges of the container business and the Group’s commitment to deliver new opportunities in all its national and international activities. “The need for constant … Read More...


Bureau Veritas classes world’s largest specially-built asphalt carrier

Classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the 37,000dwt asphalt carrier Asphalt Splendor, recently delivered to US-based Sargeant Marine. The vessel was built at Avic Dingheng, China and is one of a series of two designed by Chinese design institute SDARI in co-operation with Sargeant. The hot asphalt can be carried liquid at temperatures up to 170°C in … Read More...

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