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Abu Dhabi Ports experience significant cargo growth

General cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial Ports has increased by 37% this year. ADPC’s commercial ports (Musaffah, Khalifa and Zayed Ports) have handled 6.4 million FT of general cargo, compared to 4.7 million FT in the first half of 2014. This is an increase of 1.74 million FT (freight tonnes) compared with the same period in 2013. “These figures … Read More...


NSB threatens to ‘flag out’

The exploitation of loopholes to cut pay in the European shipping industry has taken yet another turn this week as another major company has threatened to flag-out its fleet in order to cut pay – arguing that meeting nationally controlled rates of pay is no longer “economically feasible”. NSB, which manages more ships under the German flag than any other … Read More...


Imtech Marine improves crew welfare by offering their local newspapers on PressReader

Imtech Marine announced today (Tuesday) that ship’s crews will have access to PressReader as a new value-added service to its satellite communications portfolio. Starting in August, Imtech Marine customers will be able to use PressReader for access to full content of more than 2,500 newspapers and magazines in 60 languages from more than 100 countries. These can be … Read More...


Reflex Marine gains LEEA development member status

Reflex Marine, which provides safe marine transfer solutions to the offshore, marine and renewables industries, is continuing to strive towards excellence in safety by being awarded with the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) development member status. LEEA is the leading authoritative representative body for the lifting industry across the globe. … Read More...


IBIA appoints new Events and Membership Manager

The International Bunkering Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed Stephen Hoare as its new Events and Membership Manager at its Southampton office. The role involves developing the association’s conferences, seminars and dinner as well as growing its global membership base. The association currently has over 650 organisations within its membership … Read More...


Swire Pacific Offshore celebrates naming of Pacific Legacy in Japan

Ship owner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (SPO) celebrated the naming of its second L Class vessel, Pacific Legacy in Japan on 17th July 2014. The naming ceremony was held at Maizuru Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU). Over 30 people attended the naming ceremony. Jeanne Sumantri, the wife of Michael P. Ellsworth, Chief Executive Officer … Read More...


Bureau Veritas kick-starts LNG bunkering

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published a comprehensive set of guidelines on LNG Bunkering, with the aim of speeding adoption of LNG as a ship’s fuel by kick-starting the LNG bunker chain. Jean-Francois Segretain, Technical Director, Marine and Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas said: “We really believe that LNG has great potential as a … Read More...

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Stanford Bateleur secures long term charter in Mexico

Stanford Marine, a leading regional offshore marine business, announced today from its Dubai headquarters that it has secured a three-year contract for one of its 87m Platform Supply Vessels, Stanford Bateleur, in Mexico. Stanford Bateleur was awarded a long term contract with Mexiship in Mexico. Before commencing her long term charter in Mexico, Stanford Bateleur … Read More...


Singapore Approves Danelec Marine’s New-Generation VDR

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry. The Singapore approval follows on the type approval and European Union Wheelmark certification for the Danelec DM100 issued by the German authority Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) June … Read More...


World offshore labour body opposes Australian visa move

The chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s offshore task force group today (Friday) condemned the Australian government’s move to override a Senate vote and allow the use of a maritime crew visa that will undermine working conditions in the country’s offshore oil and gas industry. His comments came after the Australian government was said to … Read More...


American Club extends E-Learning assistance to ship operators and crew

The American P&I Club has added to its library of e-learning modules released in co-operation with IDESS IT in the Philippines. The new module covers compliance with The Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code). The aim is to familiarise members and their crews with the code’s requirements for bulk carriers, terminal … Read More...


New Shipping Minister announced

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has announced that John Hayes will become the new Shipping Minister, following the most thorough government reshuffle of this parliament. The move sees Stephen Hammond leave government after nearly two years at the Department for Transport. UK Chamber Chief Executive, Guy Platten said: “Stephen Hammond has been one of the most … Read More...

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