Cover Story: Peering into the heart of seafarer demand

Opinion BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 by David Dearsley, … >>


How I Work: Simon Bird, CEO of Bristol Port, and Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group

Which words would Simon Bird use to sum up the UK ports … >>

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Dubai: Why growth and expansion is very much par of the course

As Rory McIlroy hit the final shot on the 18th of the … >>


Cyprus: Returning to a period of calm

Cyprus is emerging well after the 2013 banking upheaval in … >>


Round table debate: Crew travel

A move to stricter payment terms for IATA-accredited agents … >>

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ITF joins US Coast Guard shore leave debate

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has submitted a deposition to the US Coast Guard’s consultation on seafarers’ access to maritime facilities – the Notice of Proposed Rule Making. The submission supports the USCG’s efforts to improve the shore leave/access situation for seafarers while upholding the nation’s security needs. Submissions have been … Read More...

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Hostages released after nearly five years

The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme has welcomed the news that after nearly five years in captivity by Somali pirates the four Thai crew of the fishing vessel Prantalay 12 have been released and are on their way home. The vessel was taken on 18th April 2010 and, according to the International Maritime Bureau, at 1776 days makes them the longest held … Read More...

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Popular cruise chaplain dies

A popular Apostleship of the Sea chaplain who spent more than two decades serving on cruise ships,  has died, it was announced today (Friday). Before being ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Father John Seddon (pictured) worked for the Inland Revenue and was in the Royal Navy Reserve. He became AoS port chaplain to Liverpool in 1989 and undertook … Read More...


COMPIT 2015 showcases smarter ships, systems and solutions

The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany. First held in the year 2000, COMPIT has established itself as a key conference in information technology (IT) for the maritime industries, bringing together software developers and users. Most … Read More...

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Hutton’s opens new depot in Luba Freeport

Ship supplier the Hutton’s Group’s has opened a new depot in Luba Freeport, Equatorial Guinea. Serving maritime and offshore customers in West Africa, the Luba depot provides a comprehensive range of frozen and dry provisions and a wide selection of cabin stores. Operated by Hutton’s Remote Site Services, part of the Hutton’s Group, the Luba depot is fully … Read More...

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ClassNK updates its Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities

ClassNK announced that it has released the latest version of its Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage, Offloading, and Regasification (Second Edition). In February 2011, the leading classification society released its Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage, and Offloading in response to a … Read More...

Crowley Catamaran

Crowley-managed Ocean Crescent provides at-sea assistance to stricken catamaran

The crew of the Crowley-managed, 393ft, heavy lift vessel Ocean Crescent recently provided assistance to five people aboard the damaged and drifting catamaran Rainmaker during a routine transit from Progresso, Mexico, to Halifax, Canada. Following a message from the US Coast Guard to render assistance, if possible, the Crowley crew onboard diverted the Ocean … Read More...

Ship Efficiency Awards 2015

Nominations sought for Ship Efficiency Awards

Fathom, the specialist provider of market intelligence publications and events for the maritime industry, has announced that nominations for the 2nd annual Ship Efficiency Awards are officially open. The Ship Efficiency Awards were launched by Fathom to give recognition to excellence in efficient operations, technological innovation and energy efficiency in the … Read More...


NATO Maritime Commander visits IMO training in Greece

Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CBE Royal Navy, NATO Maritime Commander, has visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place at NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC), in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. The course is being conducted under the auspices of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) and the … Read More...


Sinwa reports big profit increase

Singapore-based ship supplier Sinwa has released its full year results for 2014 which show earnings up 41% from the previous year, from S$6.4million to S$9.1million. The Group reported an increase of 10.7% in total revenue to S$154.3million last year, largely due to growth in customer base and sales volume for the marine, offshore supply and logistics … Read More...

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Keel laying ceremony for Offshore Support Vessels

UAE-based Triangle Marine Services, which provides shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion services, has today achieved a significant milestone with the keel laying of two new Aluminium Fast Offshore Support Vessels, awarded in November 2014 by UAE-based client Marine Core & Charter. These new builds mark the company’s first shipbuilding project to signify their … Read More...


Right to strike upheld

Following a worldwide trade union campaign to defend it, the right to strike has been re-affirmed at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) General Secretary Steve Cotton explained: “Unions and employers meeting at the ILO have upheld the general right to strike. Two critical provisions are … Read More...

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