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Ebola – no need for travel or trade ban

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Cover Story: Is shipping ‘smart’ about the internet?

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Damen Shipyards Galati wins prestigious Dutch Romanian Business Award

Damen Shipyards Galati has been presented with the Dutch Romanian Business Award for its Corporate Social Responsibility plan, particularly the Group’s community investment initiatives. The Award was presented by Ben Jager of the Dutch Romanian Network to Peter de Kiewit, Damen Sales Manager for Romania (pictured) at the PSV Eindhoven football club stadium. The … Read More...

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Seafarers’ charity and shipping industry raises the roof with carols to support seafarers

Seafarers’ welfare charity Apostleship of the Sea surprised commuters with carol singing in London’s Pimlico underground station reminding them of the lives of seafarers during the festive season. Charity staff, trustees and volunteers and those involved in the maritime industry such as Nautilus International, Tindall Riley and The Nautical Institute took over the … Read More...


Optimarin and Goltens sign worldwide agreement ahead of ratification of BWM convention

Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin and Goltens, a leading provider of engineering and installation solutions for the shipping industry, have signed a non-exclusive worldwide agreement for retrofitting Optimarin’s Ballast System (OBS). The deal provides shipowners with a complete BWT package, offering them proven BWT technology, alongside first-class … Read More...

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MSC reaps fuel efficiency gains with Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions

Jotun, provider of anti-fouling technology, has formed an agreement with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to apply Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) on a number of existing and new vessels. With almost 500 vessels, MSC has one of the world’s largest fleets of containerships. To help the company manage rising bunkering costs and comply with increasingly … Read More...

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InterManager President acknowledges achievements and reaffirms commitment to be a strong voice for shipmanagement

InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo (pictured) has reaffirmed that his association will continue to serve as the strong voice for the shipmanagement sector during 2015. In his New Year Message to InterManager members and the wider shipping industry, Mr Borromeo said: “In this age of international legislation and with the increasing requirements for monitoring … Read More...

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Wärtsilä receives full notice to proceed for its first LNG terminal

Wärtsilä has been given full notice to proceed (NTP) from Manga LNG for the supply of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Tornio, Northern Finland. Wärtsilä will commence construction on the site near the port of Tornio in January. Manga LNG is a joint venture of Outokumpu Group, Svenskt Stål AB (SSAB), Skangass and EPV Energy. Wärtsilä initially … Read More...

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WSS appoints HR Director in Singapore to drive long-term investment in training

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has appointed Adrian Lau as Regional Human Resources and Organisation Development Director, Asia Pacific, with a focus on driving the company’s performance culture, talent management, and training and development. Singapore is one of the world’s leading maritime industry centres but is facing challenges in attracting and retaining the … Read More...

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Videotel programmes help ship owners prepare for Marpol Annex VI Deadline

Videotel, a KVH company, has recently produced two new programmes designed to help ship owners meet progressively tighter fuel and emission controls including a limit that will go into effect from  January 1st 2015. Ship owners and ship managers need to be aware that the MARPOL Annex VI limits applicable in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) for sulphur oxides (SOx) and … Read More...

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US Obamacare affects international marine industry

Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the recent healthcare plan in the USA, is affecting the superyacht industry, according to yacht insurance expert Eva Maria Karlsson of Superyacht Insurance Group (SYIG). Eva Maria, who is president/broker at SYIG commented: “The biggest challenge presently is “Obamacare”. Interestingly enough, it’s … Read More...


Sovcomflot’s new LNG carrier is named SCF Melampus

Russia’s largest shipping company is continuing to develop its potential in the LNG transportation segment, by entering into a new long-term agreement with Royal Dutch Shell. On Tuesday, a naming ceremony was held for the LNG carrier SCF Melampus, the third tanker in a series of state-of-the-art vessels to be built under a partnership agreement between Sovcomflot … Read More...


Transas installs ECDIS simulator class at Constanța Maritime University

Transas Marine has successfully completed the project of installation of the ECDIS simulator class at the Constanța Maritime University (CMU). CMU is one of the first maritime schools in Romania to launch simulator-based courses to train bridge watchkeeping officers and other personnel in safe and efficient use of ECDIS in full compliance with the STCW 2010. The … Read More...

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Grant helps Mass Rescue Operations library project

The Corporation of Trinity House is supporting a Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) project with a grant to help completion of a comprehensive online reference library to be used as a source of best practice by maritime professionals across the world. The material in the library has been compiled by experts from all over the globe and is the culmination of five years’ … Read More...

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