Cover Story: Hailing London’s maritime cluster

A cursory glance at the schedule for this year’s London … >>


First Person: His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

When a brand new port complex as exciting at DP World’s … >>

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Greece: Doing what is needed to stay competitive

News that the Greek government looks set to strike a deal on … >>


Balancing budgets and securing the approvals

What do ship owners want? David Furnival, COO at Bernhard … >>


Dispatches: The industry prepares for an Arctic bonanza

The shipping industry is to introduce comprehensive new … >>


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“London is at the heart of global shipping”

London holds the key to the global shipping industry – is the message that came out of the press conference held a week before London International Shipping Week (LISW) kicks off. Chief Executive of the Baltic Exchange Jeremy Penn, Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping Guy Platten, Managing Director of Elaborate Communications and Ship Management … Read More...

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Pole Star to feature in ‘A Maritime Nation’ news programme

Pole Star is to feature in ‘A Maritime Nation’, a news-style programme examining the role and value of the maritime industry to the UK. The programme will be launched shortly before the bi-ennial London International Shipping Week 2015, at an exclusive event to be held at the UK Chamber of Shipping on 3rd September, 2015. ‘A Maritime Nation’, which is being … Read More...


“Casualties in enclosed spaces continue to blight the shipping industry”, warns UK P&I Club

Accidents relating to entry into enclosed spaces have resulted in a large number of deaths of both ship and shore personnel so far this year. David Nichol, UK P&I Club risk assessor, reviews enclosed space incidents and his suggestions for safer working practices. “The dangers associated with enclosed spaces are well known in the shipping industry yet each year … Read More...


PAO Sovcomflot reveals strong performance in first half of the year

Russia's largest shipping company PAO Sovcomflot has announced its financial and operating results for first six months of the year - revealing a strong increase in revenues. The seaborne energy transportation and offshore services firm has revealed that gross revenue for both freight and hire has increased by 11.8 per cent to US$753.9million and time charter … Read More...


31st daily rail service for Port of Felixstowe

The 31st daily rail freight service commenced today (Wednesday) from the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. The new service is operated by GB Railfreight, its seventh daily service from the port.  It runs between Felixstowe and Birch Coppice, Birmingham. Commenting on the new service, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and … Read More...


BIMCO launches award nominations in search of shipping industry excellence

BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, is now calling for nominations for its prestigious awards, to be presented in Hamburg in November 2015. Angus Frew, Secretary General at BIMCO, said: “We are looking forward to receiving nominations from across the industry for the BIMCO Awards this year. “The awards are focused on the quality and … Read More...

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Philippines launches special edition of ICS training records books

In co-operation with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) and the Maritime Industry Authority of the Philippines (MARINA) have launched a special new Philippines edition of the widely used ICS/ISF Training Record Books. The four existing ICS/ISF books (for deck officer cadets, engine officer cadets, deck rating … Read More...

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Sailors’ Society urges the industry to Signal their Support for seafarers

Sailors’ Society, one of the largest seafarer support charities, will celebrate the work of seafarers around the world on 24th September with its Signal Your Support event for World Maritime Day. World Maritime Day is a dedicated day in the last week of September when the International Maritime Organization celebrates the maritime sector. This year’s theme is … Read More...

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IMO Secretary-General issues fresh condemnation of Mediterranean people smugglers

Recent incidents in which hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have lost their lives, including dozens found dead in the holds of the ships that were carrying them, have prompted strong condemnation and refreshed calls for concerted action to tackle people smugglers from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu. Mr Sekimizu said that … Read More...


Britain and the Sea conference to examine opportunities and risks of international trade at London International Shipping Week

Leading maritime experts and senior members of the Royal Navy will be exploring the balance between commercial opportunity, security and defence in a globalised trading economy at the Britain and the Sea conference being held during London International Shipping Week 2015. The conference, organised by the Maritime Foundation in cooperation with Plymouth University, … Read More...


BIMCO offers two free events on key security issues during London International Shipping Week

BIMCO’s breakfast brief, titled ‘The Future Of Maritime Security’ is aimed at CEOs and Directors who will have an opportunity to hear more on the latest threats facing merchant vessels operating in risk prone areas, how this threat is calculated by the military, and what the industry should be doing to ensure their fleets are best equipped to face any future … Read More...

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Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) opens office in Abu Dhabi

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading Classification Society, has opened offices in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the second office location for IRClass in the Middle East, following Dubai, and reflects the society’s strong commitment to the region. It also represents the latest stage of IRClass’ strategic expansion in key global territories. “Oil & Gas … Read More...

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