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

The Yildirim Group’s interests are certainly diverse, but … >>

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Turkey: Competitive advantage

By Sandra Speares The Turkish maritime industry has … >>


Regulatory headache?

By Felicity Landon Regulation, more regulation, … >>

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Japanese approval signals first for class

After many years of hard work, ABS says it has become the … >>


Cover Story: Isolating the Ebola impact

Ebola impacts on Mercy Ships Following the Ebola outbreak, … >>


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Moore Stephens expects vessel operating costs to rise over the next two years

Vessel operating costs are expected to rise by almost 3% in both 2014 and 2015, according to a new survey by international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. The survey is based on responses from key players in the international shipping industry, predominantly ship owners and managers in Europe and Asia. Those responses revealed that vessel … Read More...

Paper boats in different colors

Globalstar creates opportunities for resellers

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services has shown how value added resellers (VARs) in the freight management and logistics sector can boost their business by integrating satellite communications for tracking and monitoring cargo on land and at sea. Satellite communications delivers new commercial opportunities for VAR’s by extending the reach of services to those areas … Read More...

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Danish Shipowners’ Association praises BWM Convention progress

The Danish Shipowners' Association views the handling of the ballast-water convention at the meeting of the IMO’s environment committee, the MEPC, last week with satisfaction. The IMO’s environment committee, the MEPC, held its 67th meeting last week. One of the key points on the agenda was ballast water. The convention has now been ratified by 43 countries … Read More...

Ecoships management increases ship efficiency by more than 15%

Ecoships, a fully owned subsidiary of Newport Shipping Group, has introduced a customised version of the Six Sigma DMAIC approach to process and performance evaluation in order to optimise the energy-efficiency of the vessels under its management. The technique has already resulted in Ecoships’ managed ships benefiting from up to 15% greater fuel efficiency, … Read More...

Kenneth Vareide, Executive Vice President and Director of Offshore Classification at DNV GL

DNV GL for UK Catcher FPSO

BW Offshore has chosen DNV GL to provide classification, verification and certification services for the Catcher FPSO being deployed in the UK North Sea. DNV GL is already providing similar services to 70% of the FPSOs on the UK shelf and has delivered all the newbuild FPSOs to the sector since 2000. BW Offshore’s scope of supply includes the delivery of an FPSO … Read More...

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ABB Turbocharging celebrates 25th anniversary in Dubai

ABB Turbocharging is celebrating its 25th anniversary in UAE today (Friday). Established in 1989 in Dubai, ABB has grown to become a fully-fledged service station capable of carrying out all repair works with 27 employees in three locations. ABB Turbocharging Dubai provides customers with turbocharging solutions for land-based diesel power plants with a strong … Read More...


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...

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