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The West of England P&I Club celebrates 50 years in Greece

Mutual marine insurer The West of England was this week celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Greek office.

To mark the event, an evening reception was held at Balux, Glyfada and was attended by current and previous Club Members along with representatives from the West of England Board of Directors.

From relatively small beginnings, the Greek office grew steadily and began offering claims handling services in the late 1970s. Today, Read More…

Videotel wins Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at Safety at Sea Awards

Leading maritime training provider Videotel has won the Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at the Safety at Sea Awards held during London International Shipping Week.

The category was for the best standout wellbeing initiative which, in the judges’ opinion, has helped protect crew mental health and wellbeing.

Launched during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London last year, the programme was produced in association with the International Seafarers Read More…

Autonomous vessels showcased during London International Shipping Week

The team which oversees work around autonomous ships has been showing people how they will work in practice, including how they communicate with each other.

People from the Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab, which was set up to look at how the Maritime & Coastguard Agency will regulate autonomous surface ships and support the wider UK industry say it’s about exploring how to keep regulation up to speed with new technologies.

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S&P Global Ratings affirms Britannia’s rating as ‘A’ (stable)

Britannia P&I Club’s overall credit rating has been re-affirmed as ‘A’ (stable) by S&P Global Ratings, the world’s leading independent credit ratings provider.  S&P added that Britannia’s outlook remains stable over the next two years, based on its view that the Club’s current capital buffer well exceeds S&P’s ‘AAA’ level requirement.

S&P based its findings on Britannia’s continued high level of capitalisation and its technical profitability over the past five Read More…

Fourth Propulsion Revolution: ICS Reaches Beyond the Shipping Community

A packed house of delegates was confronted yesterday with the reality of powering global trade without the use of fossil fuels. At the International Chamber of Shipping’s 2019 Conference – Setting Course for 2050 : Powering Global Trade, more than 30 influential speakers from around the world challenged the shipping community to fully explore the options open to the industry and the decisions it faces – decisions which will have Read More…

Digital shoppers must understand the vital role shipping plays in delivering their goods, Princess Royal tells industry leaders

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of Maritime UK, demonstrated the importance of London International Shipping Week (LISW) by attending a VIP reception at Banqueting House on Tuesday evening (September 10).

With her usual wit, charm and insight, Princess Anne spoke knowledgeably about the international maritime sector, the role of the seafarer, and modern global trade.

Addressing those among the 500 guests “with real faith in the digital world,” Read More…

Horizon Technologies and the Satellite Applications Catapult to supply satellite data to the UK National Maritime Information Centre

Horizon Technologies and the Satellite Applications Catapult have signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC) to supply satellite data from their new IOD-3 AMBER satellite. This data will provide government end-users with crucial maritime information allowing law enforcement agencies to pinpoint and potentially intercept law breakers at sea.

 Horizon Technologies already has a proven track record of working with national governments, international and regional organizations, Read More…

More Needs to be Done to Address Maritime Skills Gap

Global research recently conducted by Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the experts in life-long learning for maritime professionals, has revealed that over 67% of people surveyed believe that there is a skills gap within the sector with over 20% specifically indicating a gap within technology and IT.

The research was conducted last month and featured over 500 responses from professionals around the world and from different sectors of the maritime industry.  Ted Read More…

Young professionals say London shipping must continue to adapt

A new survey by The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) has found  that London must continue to adapt if it is to maintain its competitive edge and remain a relevant global maritime centre, particularly in view of Brexit. Respondents to the survey also identified freedom of movement as the most important issue in negotiations for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The survey, organised in conjunction with Read More…


The Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with ABP’s Port of Southampton, today launches the UK’s first Port Economic Partnership (PEP), an innovative initiative to create stronger links between ports and Government, to maximise long-term trade and economic growth. The Partnership will be launched at an event at London International Shipping Week, on board the NLV Pharos lightship.

As part of its strategy, ‘Maritime 2050 – Navigating the Future’, launched Read More…

ABS Brings Together Industry Leaders to Discuss the Journey to 2050

London International Shipping Week Event Looks Beyond Today’s State-of-the-Art to Meet Decarbonization Challenges 

(LONDON) Shipping industry leaders debated the industry’s decarbonization challenge at a high-profile ABS panel at London International Shipping Week today.

CEO of JP Morgan Global Transport Andrian Dacy; Global Head of Wet Freight at Trafigura Rasmus Bach Nielsen and CTM CEO John Radziwill joined ABS Chairman, President and CEOChristopher J. Wiernicki for a discussion on the Journey Read More…


£2.3m grant to support the development of trailblazing maritime technology.

Government to work with the investment community to help finance zero-emission shipping projects.

Latest step in Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Plan.

Britain is set to become a global hub for low-carbon maritime technology, thanks to new government funding.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has today (Tuesday 10 September) committed a further £1m to fund Read More…