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First operational STM ship systems installed onboard

The STM Validation project has successfully installed the first Sea Traffic Management (STM) compatible bridge systems, connecting ships with shore based services and actors.

All available functions are working flawlessly, including route optimisation and synchronised port calls, as well as sending and receiving route segments ship to ship. The ships equipped are Stena Germanica and two rescue units from Swedish Sea Rescue Society ( SSRS), Rescue Märta Collin and Rescue Read More…

A&P Tyne’s Hebburn Yard hits construction milestone for new polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough

A major feat of engineering took place yesterday (Monday) as the stern section of the new polar research ship for Britain, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, left A&P Tyne’s Hebburn shipyard, part of A&P Group, for Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.

The stern will form part of the new ship RRS Sir David Attenborough, which is a major UK Government investment in frontier science.  Commissioned by NERC, and built by marine Read More…

German ship agent wins ITIC-sponsored FONASBA Award

The FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Broker Award 2017, co-sponsored by International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC), has been awarded to Niklas Soltow of SCA Logistics of Kiel, Germany.

Katy Aldrick of Seaforth (Kenya) also received a special ‘highly commended’ award for her paper on the threats and opportunities facing small independent shipping agents in East Africa.

The award was introduced in 2015 and entries were reviewed and judged by a Read More…

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 City Hall in London to focus on the growing concerns in the logistic 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 Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) takes the debate to 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 & sea). It introduced Cloud Fleet Manager as it recognised that sustainable competitive advantage in the future could among other 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 pressure in Africa and MENA.

Resolute focus on cost control across the organisation has 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 savings in mind, DNV GL has developed a solution for remote surveillance 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, with over 500 units ordered. The 334 m3 capacity system onboard the SX130 Ulstein design Larissa was 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 the highest grade in the academy’s transportation security class.

Mark Marien, Manager, Regulatory Training for Crowley, presented the 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 Janet Ang, VP Industry Solutions & Smarter Cities of IBM Asia Pacific.

Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s Minister 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 Honorary QC, will question the legalities of the changing face of global Read More…