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Industry-wide survey highlights shipping’s diversity challenges

The first results from a ground-breaking new study into diversity and inclusion in shipping reveal the progress still to be made, particularly in gender balance, pay gap, and workplace environments, but also signs of progress, including a growing female talent pool. The survey, conducted by the Diversity Study Group, aims to act as a barometer for diversity and … Read More...

New ICS research a ‘ray of light’ among COVID-19 clouds

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant challenges for ship operators and seafarers, but new research from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has highlighted that, for users of its ISF Watchkeeper software, incidents of non-conformities continue to drop to increasingly lower levels over the past year. The ICS software, which tracks over 25 million … Read More...

Port of Gothenburg container traffic increases as European ports falter amid Covid-19 crisis

The Port of Gothenburg is reporting high container volumes despite the COVID-19 pandemic which is having a huge impact on ports elsewhere. Ports throughout Europe have been hit hard by the current crisis and this can be seen clearly in the recently published volume statistics from Europe’s largest ports. They are also feeling the knock-on effect of cancelled calls … Read More...

‘Champions League’ table shows companies repatriating crew during COVID-19

A ‘Champions League’ style table has been set up to show the companies which have managed to repatriate seafarers and carry out crew changes during the COVID-19 crisis. The league was discussed by InterManager Secretary General Capt Kuba Szymanski, when he met with other representatives of the cross-party COVID-19 Seafarers’ Welfare group for a digital press round … Read More...

BIMCO, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Videotel partner in unprecedented online education collaboration

BIMCO, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Ocean Technologies Group subsidiary Videotel have partnered to create a high-quality, accessible educational resource to help maritime students across the globe to continue their studies remotely during the coronavirus pandemic BIMCO, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Ocean Technologies Group maritime eLearning … Read More...

Wilhelmsen Ship Management crowdfunds to help COVID-19 relief efforts

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) is appealing to the shipping industry to get behind its crowdfunding campaign to help Mission to Seafarers support seafarers through the COVID-19 crisis. The maritime charity will use the funds raised by Wilhelmsen employees, supporters, friends and the wider industry to amplify its existing programmes that have been helping … Read More...

ShipMoney Digital Payment Solutions for Cash-to-Master

Virtual Payments for Seafarers Maritime Payment Solutions, LLC (d/b/a ShipMoney), a global, industry-leading provider of payment solutions for maritime companies, announced today the introduction of ShipMoney Virtual Cards and the Transfer Marketplace, two new services designed to expedite payments to crew members and their families while providing a broad range of … Read More...

Government invests £35m to protect critical freight routes

The UK Government is providing an estimated £35 million to help protect critical freight routes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has signed agreements with six operators to provide money  to ensure there is enough freight capacity to prevent disruption to the flow of goods. The decision has been made to protect 16 of the most important routes - covering the … Read More...

Marshall Islands recognised as top performing flag state in Asia-Pacific Region

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has been recognised as a top performing major flag State in the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding’s (MoU’s) Annual Report on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region. Covering port State control performance in 2019, the Report finds that the rolling average detention ratio for RMI vessels over the past three years was … Read More...

Specialist travel company helping to repatriate seafarers during COVID-19

Specialist travel management company ATPI Marine & Energy is working with the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) to help seafarers return home, or continue to travel to ships, during the COVID-19 outbreak. The initiative sees ATPI Marine & Energy work alongside IMEC members, industry bodies and regulators in an example of the unprecedented … Read More...

University invests in major KONGSBERG simulation upgrade

Kongsberg Digital has been contracted by the Aaland University of Applied Sciences in Aaland, Finland to deliver a comprehensive upgrade of the institution’s simulator training capabilities. This large-scale overhaul will update the university’s existing K-Sim Engine simulators to the newest technology and models, while the faculty’s ship’s bridge simulators will in … Read More...

Drydocks World commences Offshore Installation Vessel Conversion Project

Drydocks World, the service provider to the marine, offshore, oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, held a steel-cutting ceremony today to mark the start of production on a conversion project for Boskalis B.V. The Dubai facility will convert a drill ship YAN into an offshore installation vessel named BOKALIFT 2. This vessel is designed to carry out offshore … Read More...

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