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

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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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IMO’s MEPC progresses work on air pollution and energy efficiency

The MEPC has approved the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 providing updated estimates for greenhouse gas emissions from ships.  ​​ The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session at IMO Headquarters in London last week. The Third IMO GHG Study 2014 estimates that international shipping emitted … Read More...


MacGregor reorganises into seven operative divisions to improve customer focus

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has announced changes in its operative structure and will start a reorganisation into seven operative divisions which will become effective on 1st January 2015. The company says its six new operative divisions together with Global Lifecycle Support as the seventh one will enable MacGregor to improve customer service throughout the … Read More...

Kimberly Karlshoej

Kimberly Karlshoej is new head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust – the charity arm of the International Transport Workers’ Federation  –  has appointed leading shipping figure Kimberly Karlshoej (pictured) as its new head. Kimberly Karlshoej is well known as a founder and, until recently, director and programme officer of The TK Foundation, the trust named after her father, J Torben Karlshoej, who … Read More...

Crowley ConRo

Construction begins on Crowley’s new Commitment Class LNG-Powered ConRo Ships for use in Puerto Rico Trade

Yesterday (Wednesday) marked a historic moment for Crowley as VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of VT Systems, officially began construction on the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime’s liner services group. VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of … Read More...

ISS Mombasa

Inchcape Shipping Services manages heavy-lift project in the Port of Mombasa

Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has successfully completed another complex heavy lift project in Africa, this time at the Port of Mombasa in Kenya. ISS were appointed as port and discharging agents for the COSCO-owned MV Dade, which arrived at the port in September 2014 with seven RTG cranes onboard. The huge cranes which were … Read More...

The Mayor of Palaio Faliro K Hatzidakis and the Ambassador to Turkey in Athens welcome volunteers

Month-long marine clean-up attracts thousands of volunteers

The Month of Positive Action for the Marine Environment announced by HELMEPA within the framework of the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup campaign, came to a successful close on Monday. The initiative drew the participation of scores of volunteers from schools, municipal and port authorities, companies, local stakeholders and associations throughout … Read More...


New safety and health guidelines to protect seafarers

Recognising the special needs of seafarers, experts have agreed on guidelines to assist governments to implement occupational safety and health provisions previously set down in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Intended to provide supplementary practical information to be reflected in national laws and other measures, the OSH guidelines deal with … Read More...

InterManager Secretary General Captain Kuba Szymanski

InterManager welcomes Unicom to its membership

InterManager, the international trade association which represents third party and in-house ship managers, has welcomed Cyprus head-quartered shipmanagement company Unicom to its Full Membership. Unicom, which provides a full range of shipmanagement services to almost 90 vessels and specialises particularly in Arctic operations, joined InterManager as a Full Member … Read More...


KVH wins two prestigious product awards from National Marine Electronics Association

KVH Industries has announced it has been recognised for its marine electronics products in two satellite antenna categories. KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP received the National Marine Electronics Association’s (NMEA) 2014 Product Award in the satellite communications antenna category, and the TracVision TV1 received the NMEA 2014 Product Award in the satellite TV antenna … Read More...

world communications

Maritime Broadband opens Greek office to service growing international demand for C-Bird VSAT communications solution

Maritime Broadband has expanded its worldwide footprint by opening an office, Maritime Broadband Hellas, in Athens, Greece. It says the new office addresses the growing international demand for its C-Bird VSAT communications solution and spearheads sales and service support in the region. Maritime Broadband Hellas, which is headed by Managing Director, Thanasis … Read More...


AutoNaut proves herself in Atlantic storm

A revolutionary British wave propelled boat called AutoNaut has arrived back in the Isles of Scilly after a 13 day autonomous mission in which she weathered a 70 mph Atlantic storm while gathering scientific data. “This was a major test for AutoNaut” said Director David Maclean of MOST (Autonomous Vessels) which produces the AutoNaut.  “To have delivered on time, … Read More...

Ballast water sampling. Photo: Fred Haag/IMO

IMO’s environment committee addresses implementation issues as ballast water management treaty nears entry into force

Measures to assist in accelerating the entry into force and implementation of the key international convention designed to eradicate the global spread of harmful organisms in ships’ ballast water were adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it met for its 67th session. The International … Read More...

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