Cover Story: Manpower Report – raising concerns over shorter sea service

Concern over seafarers’ short sea service David Dearsley, … >>


First Person: The Sheth brothers

By Shirish Nadkarni During the course of the last seven … >>

First Person

New VSAT broadband solutions tackle seafarer ‘comms’ concerns

One of the hardest challenges seafarers face while at sea – … >>

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UK set for flag rebirth

Plans are being put in place for a “rebirth” of the UK Ship … >>


LISW15: The week that was

Government highlights its support for the UK maritime sector … >>


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Sustainable Marine Biofuel initiative is launched in Rotterdam

Three companies have joined forces to create the first marine biofuel company focussed on the global commercial fleet. Netherlands-based GoodFuel Marine, along with dredging and marine company Boskalis and Wärtsilä, which produces complete lifecycle solutions for the marine, oil and gas markets, have come together to make up the consortium. At a launch event … Read More...


Leading UK maritime intelligence company supports BMP 4 High Risk Area revision

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the world’s largest international shipping association, has advised that the co-sponsors of Best Management Practice for Protection against Somali Piracy, version 4, (BMP 4) have agreed to a revised definition of the High Risk Area (HRA). The changes, detailed below, shall take effect formally from 1st December … Read More...


Wear your woolly hat tomorrow for The Mission to Seafarers

With only a day to go, global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers is calling upon the maritime industry to wear a woolly hat tomorrow (Friday) and celebrate their annual Woolly Hat Day. The Mission is encouraging supporters to donate money, and ‘Join the crew!’ by wearing a woolly hat, taking a photo and sharing via Twitter, Facebook and other social … Read More...

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Ports of Le Havre and Nantes-Saint-Nazaire receive high environmental recognition

During the official dinner at the GreenPort Congress in Copenhagen yesterday (Wednesday), ESPO was delighted to congratulate the ports of Le Havre (France) and Nantes-Saint-Nazaire (France) for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification. ESPO Secretary General Isabelle Ryckbost presented the PERS certificates to the port representatives, … Read More...

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Port of Gothenburg freezes port charges

The Gothenburg Port Authority has decided to leave the port tariff unchanged from the 2015 level for next year. Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive, said: “Our aim behind this move is to reinforce the growth of industry, shipping and the port.” All ships calling at the Port of Gothenburg pay a port charge based on the ship’s gross weight and … Read More...

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ClassNK begins verification tests of its next-generation condition-based monitoring system

Classification society ClassNK has commenced actual verification tests of its next-generation condition-based monitoring (CBM) system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX for Mitsui’s MAN B&W engines. The system is being jointly developed by ClassNK, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co and MES Technoservice Co and the verification test is being conducted on a MOL-managed … Read More...

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Vigilance still crucial as piracy High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean reduced

Organisations representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the size of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean has been reduced and issued new advice to merchant ship operators. This reduction to the High Risk Area is in response to the on-going containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean, but a group of shipping and oil … Read More...

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The Liberian Registry appoints new Vice-Presidents of its Investigations Division

The Liberian Registry has appointed Dodge Kenyon as Vice-President of its Investigations Division. Mr Kenyon joins the Registry having come from Holland America Group, where he was Manager of Technical Operations, Auditing and Compliance and Chairman of the Fleet Health, Environmental, Safety and Security Committee. His previous experience includes 12 years as a … Read More...

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Coast Guard continues search for El Faro survivors

The US Coast Guard has said last night (Tuesday) that its crews were still searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin last week with 33 crew members onboard. Coast Guard crews have searched a total of just over 172,000 square nautical miles while searching in the vicinity of the Tote … Read More...

ICTSI receives new container handling equipment for launch of terminal

International  Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) unit Sociedad Puerto Iindustrial de Aguadulce (SPIA) has received four super post quay cranes (QC) and five rubber tired gantries (RTG) as it enters the final stage of preparation for the operational launch of the Aguaduice Multi-User Container Terminal (AMCT) Manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry … Read More...

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Autonomous ships: what does the future hold?

Unmanned vessels are already a reality in today’s shipping industry, and will play a larger role in future, delegates to The Nautical Institute’s latest seminar were told. More than 70 people attended London Branch’s two-day event in Bristol “Autonomous ships; what does the future hold?”, where a wide range of speakers from class, regulatory authorities, developers … Read More...

Paper boats

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion acquires Dutch repair yard D van de Wetering

With the aim of further improving the quality of the service towards its customers, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has taken over Dutch repair yard D van de Wetering in Rotterdam, one of the oldest ship repair companies in North West Europe having been operational since 1880. D van de Wetering specialises in all types of above-the-waterline repairs to … Read More...

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