Dubai: Hub at the centre of east and west

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London leads the way

London International Shipping Week (LISW) will return in … >>


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First Person: Evangelos Pistiolis, Chief Executive Officer, Top Ships

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DGS Marine launches new operation in Poland

  DGS Marine, a global P&I management provider, and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I facility, has announced the further expansion of its network with the opening of a new office in Poland. The launch of DGS Marine’s new office in Gdynia, Poland, extends its network to ten locations around the globe and provides … Read More...


Majority of global tanker fleet yet to adopt ECDIS ahead of 2015 deadline

The majority of ships in the global tanker fleet have yet to adopt ECDIS, according to data published for the first time by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). The SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of ECDIS will come into force from 1 July 2015 for all tankers over 3,000 gross tonnes, apart from permitted exemptions. Over 8,500 tankers will be … Read More...

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Burgess Marine acquires Meercat Workboats

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer, Burgess Marine, has successfully acquired 100% of the share capital in Meercat Workboats. Meercat, based in Portchester, near Portsmouth in Hampshire, currently builds custom road transportable multi-role workboats up to 18m in length. With plans to expand into both Class-approved vessels and aluminium wind farm support … Read More...

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European Shipping Week 2015 date announced

The week of March 2-6, 2015 has been chosen as the date for the inaugural European Shipping Week when shipping industry leaders from Europe and around the world will descend on Brussels to meet and network with top legislators from the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The week-long series of high level events will bring … Read More...

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Cruise Industry Continues Global Growth

In the last decade, demand for cruising across the globe has increased 77%, from 12 million to 21.3 million passengers. New data released by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) show that worldwide, cruise industry expenditures generated $117 billion in total economic contributions, supporting the employment of 891,009 full-time equivalent employees … Read More...


IMRF makes lifejacket donation to fire and rescue team

A total of 250 life jackets donated by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have been sent worldwide through an initiative coordinated by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). Distribution was supported by the Airbus Helicopters Corporate Foundation and the lifejackets were stored by the RNLI Lifeguards, before being dispatched to Search and Rescue … Read More...


Focus on present and future seafarers- the impact of MLC

Seafarers play a vital role in the global economy of the future as well as in the global maritime industry. A healthy and safe work environment must secure a continuous stable influx to the industry. Ship owners are employing people from all over the world in an industry that operates globally and does not know the concept of country borders. The global nature … Read More...


London International Shipping Week unveils theme for 2015

‘The shape of shipping in 10 years’ time’, will be one of the key themes for London International Shipping Week 2015 with the focus being on the important role industry, government and supranational authorities can play in helping shipping propel world trade. Addressing an official LISW2015 launch event in London, Jeremy Penn, CEO of The Baltic Exchange and … Read More...

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Russian-Japanese seminar outcomes

The fourth Russian-Japanese seminar Development of Cooperation in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, organised by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association (JSMEA), was held recently in St Petersburg. Over 30 representatives from 11 leading Japanese suppliers of ship equipment and components took part in the … Read More...

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Bibby Ship Management supports the ICS

Delegates attending this year’s International Shipping Conference, organised this week in London by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), were also able to continue their high-level debates and discussions over drinks and canapés during a post-conference reception, sponsored by Bibby Ship Management. Guests included key maritime leaders such as International … Read More...


ABS selected to class the world’s first VLEC

Classification society ABS has been chosen to class the world's first contracted series of very large ethane carriers (VLECs). The class contract for the ships, which will be built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an Asian ship owner, represents another gas ship milestone for ABS. “We are delighted to have received the class contract for the … Read More...

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The next big social network

The shipping industry is largely based on networking. Surprisingly, it has not had its own social media platform - until now. Brokers, owners, crews, agents, educational institutions and others confined to Google to locate businesses, services and people within their industry, have something to get excited about, says Eirik Fosse, CEO and founder behind the … Read More...

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