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Don’t fight IT, be flexible says WISTA UK

The human element in new technology will be just as important as IT developments in the shipping world but how will they come together to harmonise this increasingly complex world of automation. Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association UK (WISTA UK) is to host a major conference during London International Shipping Week on 11th  September 2017 at Ci … Read More...

The thing with catfines

Earlier this year the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a revised edition of its ISO 8217 specifications for marine fuels, which still maintains a 60 mg/kg limit for catfines (catalytic fines). It’s not a rare thing to hear comments about this threshold being on the high side. A test conducted just a few days ago by the Fuel Oil B … Read More...

Cloud-technology revolutionises fleet and crew management at Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt

Cloud-technology is transforming the business and management processes at shipping company Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt which has been using Cloud Fleet Manager (CFM), developed by maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft. Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt is a 150-year-old shipping company with a modern fleet of 51 vessels and around 1,200 employees (ashore … Read More...

Topaz Energy and Marine announces half-year results

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine has announced its results for the six months ended 30th June 2017. Highlights include a  boost to long-term utilisation with $100 million Dragon Oil five-year contract won for six vessels in Turkmenistan; overall core fleet utilisation at 62%; and robust EBITDA margin of 50%, despite utilisation and rate … Read More...

DNV GL delivers solution for subsea surveillance equipment

The oil price collapse of 2014 triggered a wave of cost reduction among upstream businesses. The oil and gas companies slashed capital expenditures by about 40% between 2014 and 2016. This delivered a clear message: everyone in the supply chain must advance cost reduction strategies for the offshore industry in order to remain competitive. With innovation and cost … Read More...

Optimarin demonstrates total system reliability in market beset by technical issues

In the same week that a report from ABS revealed problems with almost half of installed ballast water treatment (BWT) systems, Optimarin gave a demonstration of its long-term system reliability onboard Neptune Subsea’s IMR vessel Larissa. Environmentally friendly and compliant BWT technology company Optimarin has installed more than 300 of its systems worldwide, w … Read More...

Crowley honours USMMA Midshipman with the company’s Maritime Security Enhancement Award

Crowley Maritime recently presented US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Midshipman Sara Pisarski with the company’s Maritime Security Enhancement Award. The Maritime Security Enhancement Award, established in 2003, gives a one-time $500 award to a USMMA student who demonstrates a strong interest in a port, maritime or transportation security career and who achieves t … Read More...

PIL, PSA and IBM collaborate to trial blockchain-based supply chain business networking innovations

Pacific International Lines (PIL), PSA International (PSA) and IBM Singapore (IBM), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore and trial proof of concept (POC) blockchain-based supply chain business network innovations. The MOU was signed by Lisa Teo, Executive Director (Corporate Development) of PIL; Oh Bee Lock, Head of Group Technology, PSA; and … Read More...

LISW17 welcomes Joshua Rozenberg and Microsoft to its flagship conference

As part of its pledge to deliver debate of the highest quality, London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) has announced two world class speakers destined to crank up the thought leadership stakes at the flagship LISW17 conference to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, on Thursday 14th September Joshua Rozenberg, Legal Commentator and H … Read More...

LR joins project to build world’s biggest sailing cargo ship

Lloyd's Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship. The project outlines a plan to build a 170-metre car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hyb … Read More...

IMarEST’s Guild of Benevolence helps stranded Seccadi crew, now returned home

A group of nine seafarers from the Panama-flagged cargo ship Seccadi, who were left stranded on UK’s Mersey River for almost three weeks, have now returned home. The IMarEST’s Guild of Benevolence made funds available to support the crew of both this vessel and MV Toba, also under detention. The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency detained the ship on 20th June at a b … Read More...

UKHO’s specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise support safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth Harbour

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth today by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities. Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch H … Read More...

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