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ABS Issues Industry – Leading Guide for Firefighting for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers

ABS publishes broad range of notations to tackle cargo hold fires

(HOUSTON) The ABS Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers has just been published, in an industry first. The guide is the first of its kind to address firefighting and safety systems of cargo holds of container vessels, the location of a series of high-profile fires onboard. “Container Carriers have grown much larger in recent years Read More…

Shell Marine signs fleet-wide lubricants and technical service contract in China

Shell Marine has today (Friday) signed a framework agreement with CCCC Dredging (Group) of China to supply marine lubricants and provide technical services across the Chinese company’s fleet. The strategic cooperation demonstrates Shell Marine’s ability to provide a comprehensive all-in-one service, reliably supplying lubricants and technical services around the clock wherever they are needed.

In addition to the supply of Shell Marine’s comprehensive range of lubricating oils designed for every Read More…

New joint guidelines from ICS and OCIMF to improve safety in polar waters

Maritime trade between Arctic destinations and the rest of the world is expected to expand and an increasing number of ships are now undertaking voyages in polar waters. Technical developments in ship design and equipment continue to facilitate more and more ship operations in remote polar areas, despite challenging and unpredictable sea and weather conditions.

The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), adopted by the UN Read More…

London to host Global Maritime Forum’s 2020 Annual Summit

Maritime decision-makers from around the world will convene for the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit in London from 13th-14th October 2020.

UK Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, welcomed the announcement saying: “The UK’s maritime industry is thriving, which is why I am so delighted to welcome global leaders to the UK for the Global Maritime Forum Annual Summit next year. We are championing industry through our flagship Maritime 2050 strategy and Read More…

Autonomous harbour tug takes big step towards reality

The technology group Wärtsilä, in collaboration with PSA Marine, has achieved a breakthrough in its IntelliTug project. Following the successful installation of a first-of-its-kind Dynamic Positioning (DP) system onboard the harbour tug PSA Polaris, trials are now being carried out in the Port of Singapore under real-world conditions. This phase of the project implementation, which has been approved by Lloyd’s Register, moves the bar higher on safety standards for vessel Read More…

ABS achieves new international safety standard

ABS has received the ISO 45001:2018 certificate, which demonstrates compliance with the new global standard recognising the management system for a safe and healthy workplace.

“This is a significant accomplishment that places ABS at the forefront of maritime safety practice and underlines our continued commitment to our 157-year safety mission,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “When you factor in our own industry-leading safety performance it is Read More…

Ocean Network Express upskills global workforce with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy’s distance learning

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy has announced that Ocean Network Express (ONE), a global container shipping company, has selected Lloyd’s Maritime Academy’s portfolio of distance learning courses for its workforce based in 23 countries within Europe and Africa.

Joost Brower, Head of Training & Development at Ocean Network Express comments: “Established in 2018, ONE was created from a merger of three Japanese liner companies, bringing together a really diverse group of people Read More…

Mexico Joins WISTA International

November 5, 2019 – The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) International officially welcomed Mexico to the global network of women in shipping at the 2019 WISTA International AGM & Conference in Grand Cayman last week. WISTA Mexico joins 48 other National WISTA Associations (NWAs) around the world. WISTA International has expanded significantly in the Americas in the last two years. “As a significant player in the shipping, trading Read More…

UK Government to support safe maritime trade and sustainable development across the Pacific and Caribbean

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched a five-day capacity building conference to help islands across the Pacific and Caribbean support trade and develop sustainable marine economies.

Led by government experts in maritime safety, seabed mapping and ocean science, the conference will help representatives to achieve these outcomes by developing legislation and regulations that support the safe use of our oceans.

Legislation and regulations that guide the sharing of maritime Read More…

ITIC reminds agents to beware of bankruptcies

ITIC, the International Transport Intermediaries Club, is seeing an increasing number of ship agents becoming exposed to the fall-out from the bankruptcy of their principal.

In the normal course of business, the ship agent will settle a range of suppliers’ invoices on behalf of the principal and then recover these costs from the principal once the port call is complete. However, if the principal enters bankruptcy, trustees are increasingly demanding Read More…

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) opens office in the Netherlands and announces participation at Europort

To further strengthen its presence in Europe, classification society the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has opened an office in the Netherlands.

The office is located in Leiden and has been operational for a while, being managed by IRClass’ London office.

“Opening an office in the Netherlands is important for IRClass,” said Mr PK Mishra IRClass’ Vice President and Regional Manager for the EU, “especially as we have recently been Read More…

Latest seafarers happiness report paints optimistic picture

After concerning reports earlier in the year, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report has shown a marked improvement in happiness levels amongst seafarers across all sectors of the industry.

The index, undertaken by The Mission to Seafarers and supported by P&I insurer the Shipowners’ Club, is a gauge for measuring the feelings and experiences of seafarers across the global maritime industry. Conducted every quarter, in the latest report overall seafarer Read More…