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Marasco Marine receives two awards for its social values and community contribution

Cyprus-headquartered marine insurance and risk managers Marasco Marine received two special awards on the 15th February 2020 by the Cyprus Rotary Club of Nicosia and the Rotary Club of Famagusta as an appreciation, honouring the company and its management’s  social values and contribution to the community. The donation was made to the Rotary’s Club foundation, … Read More...

Wärtsilä LPG Fuel Supply System the first ever to undergo engine testing

The technology group Wärtsilä’s LPG Fuel Supply System (LFSS) has successfully completed full scale testing with a full sized 2-stroke marine engine burning liquid petroleum gas (LPG) as fuel. This was the world’s first such testing protocol. It was initially decided to retrofit the Wärtsilä LFSS to four very large gas carrier (VLGC) vessels owned by Oslo-listed BW … Read More...

West P&I to acquire stake in Nordic Marine Insurance

The West of England P&I Club has announced that it will acquire a significant stake in specialist marine insurance provider Nordic Marine Insurance (NMI). Founded in 2012 and based in Stockholm, NMI is a provider of specialist marine products for ship owners and charterers which includes fixed premium primary delay cover. The agreement, which is subject to … Read More...

Some perspectives during European Shipping Week from Tom Boardley, Secretary General, Cruise Lines International Association

European Shipping Week is always a great occasion to meet up with colleagues and friends from across the industry, exchange views and catch up on latest trends. This year was no exception and, with the European Green Deal now tabled, the timing was a good opportunity to discuss the Commission’s proposed roadmap to a carbon neutral future. Whilst not so many years ago, … Read More...

KVH to support seafarers’ wellbeing with free VoIP Calls to ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp hotline

KVH has announced that seafarers on vessels with KVH VSAT service may place free VoIP calls to ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp hotline while at sea. SeafarerHelp is an important initiative by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to support mental wellbeing for seafarers around the world. The hotline is confidential, multilingual, and available 24 … Read More...

ABS to class world’s largest TYPE-B VLECs by Jiangnan

Two of the largest VLECs ever ordered are now under construction to ABS class at Jiangnan Shipyard following a successful joint development effort. The two 99,000cbm dual fuel B-Tank VLECs ordered by Pacific Gas are the world’s largest VLEC vessel type. Designed to be efficient and more environmentally friendly, the vessels feature the Type B Cargo Containment … Read More...

North P&I Club breaks 230M GT Barrier in 160th anniversary year

Following the conclusion of the 2020 renewal, early projections suggest that North P&I Club increased its total entered tonnage to over 230 million gross tonnes, further strengthening its position as a leading member of the International Group of P&I Clubs. North, celebrating the 160th anniversary of its foundation in Newcastle upon Tyne, also saw owned … Read More...

Palau onboard with Liberia, Marshall Islands and Panama

Vessels which violate the current United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) on trading with North Korea will not be registered with the Palau International Ship Registry (PISR). Both the Government of Palau and PISR have instigated strong measures to ensure the due diligence in screening vessels before they are registered under the Palau flag, including … Read More...

Coronavirus increases demand for Eastern European crew

As global restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak begin to impact the shipping industry, crewing specialist Danica reports an increase in enquiries from shipping companies seeking to employ Eastern European crew but says, as yet, salaries have not been affected by any shortages. Danica, which has manning recruitment offices across Eastern Europe, advises that … Read More...

Union calls for new UK shipping minister to safeguard home-grown maritime expertise

Nautilus International has welcomed Kelly Tolhurst MP as the new UK shipping minister and called on the government to take urgent action to safeguard the future of British shipping and avert a forecast shortage of home-grown maritime expertise. The trade union, representing 20,000 maritime professionals working at sea and ashore, wrote to Ms Tolhurst requesting a … Read More...

Republic of the Marshall Islands moved to EU White List

At the European Union (EU) Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting in Brussels yesterday (Tuesday), it was announced that the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is now considered “white-listed” by the ECOFIN. The RMI moved to the white list after receiving a largely compliant rating following adoption of the RMI’s second round Peer Review Report … Read More...

European shipping industry publishes position paper on the EU Green Deal

On the occasion of the European Shipping Week, ECSA - the European Community Shipowners' Associations - has launched its position paper in response to the EU Green Deal proposed by the new European Commission. "The shipping industry is fully committed to eradicating its GHG emissions completely as soon as possible in this century," said Claes Berglund, ECSA's … Read More...

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