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

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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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East Coast India and Sri Lanka seafarers and dockers unions target FOC ships during ITF Action Week

Seafarers and dock workers unions in designated ports of Chennai, Tuticorin, Paradip, Kolkata and Haldia along the east coast of India and neighboring Colombo in Sri Lanka are, this week, holding a week-long industrial campaign against `Flags of Convenience’ (FOC) shipping. ITF Inspectors and union activists inspected 16 ships on the first day of action week - … Read More...

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ICS addresses OECD Shipbuilding Working Party

The OECD should be cautious about becoming involved in the question of what constitutes an ‘eco-ship’, was the message delivered to governments in Paris by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) at a meeting of the OECD Working Party on Shipbuilding yesterday (Tuesday). ICS believes that this subject is best left to the International Maritime Organization … Read More...


BIMCO to develop standard term sheet for ship finance

BIMCO has now announced its intention to develop a standard term sheet to assist the shipping industry in the creation of ship financing documentation. The aim of developing this document would be to offer lenders and borrowers a comprehensive and simple standard which would become well-known – and could replace the many individually drafted term sheets developed … Read More...

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HELMEPA presents its latest contemporary training initiatives

On Monday, in a setting entrenched in rich history, indeed in what is a symbol of the evolution of Greek shipping, aboard the SS HELLAS Liberty, and more specifically, in the Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos Hall, HELMEPA presented its contemporary training initiatives to the broader shipping community. Among those who honoured the event with their presence were … Read More...


SRI concerned about reduced resources for seach and rescue in Mediterranean Sea

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has raised concerns about the implications for masters of the recent reports of the launch of the new EU Frontex operation ‘Triton’ which will apparently have a reduced budget and focus on border control in place of the Italian ‘Mare Nostrum’ that is credited with saving more than 150,000 migrants in the Mediterranean. Deirdre … Read More...

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ITF slams Panama Canal Authority’s attack on union

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today branded moves by the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) an open attack on trade unions which is in clear breach of the country’s international commitments. The global union federation’s condemnation came as the PCA sought to use the courts to close down the ITF-affiliated Unión de Capitanes y Oficiales de … Read More...

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AVEVA opens office in Aberdeen to meet needs of North Sea oil and gas market

AVEVA today announced the opening of its new office in Aberdeen, further strengthening its growing global network. The office will offer sales and support for all of AVEVA’s solutions and services with a strategic focus on the region’s globally recognised oil and gas sector. ‘We have worked with our customers in Aberdeen for many decades,’ said Richard Longdon … Read More...

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Videotel prepares seafarers for man overboard response

Falling overboard is a life-threatening emergency, not only for the person in question but also for those involved in their rescue. Every step in the rescue process has its own associated hazards and in such a fraught and potentially distressing situation a well-structured rescue plan is essential. Since 1st July 2014, the International Convention for the Safety of … Read More...


IMO adopts mandatory Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory, marking an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and … Read More...

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DGS Marine highlights benefits of fixed premium P& I cover for Middle East ship owners

DGS Marine, a global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I facility, has highlighted the benefits of fixed premium P&I cover for ship owners and operators in the Middle East. Speaking at a maritime conference in Dubai, David Skinner, Managing Director of DGS Marine Group, discussed the growing … Read More...

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Finnish and South Korean leaders celebrate landmark deal for shipping collaboration

South Korean and Finnish Prime Ministers, Jung Hong-won and Alexander Stubb, today (Thursday) highlighted a landmark 50th deal for the collaboration between Finland’s NAPA Group and Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), as an illustration of the importance of the maritime industry to both nations. At a ceremony in Seoul held during a visit by … Read More...

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International Windship Association is launched

An international association has been created to facilitate and promote wind propulsion for commercial shipping worldwide. The founding members of a new association for the shipping industry have announced the establishment of the ‘International Windship Association’ (IWSA), an association that will encourage, advise and advocate for the use of wind propulsion … Read More...

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