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LR leading drive to maintain critical global supply chains during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Lloyd’s Register (LR) is driving proactive collaboration with key shipping stakeholders to support the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Coronavirus (COVID-19) recommendations for facilitating maritime trade – including the movement on food and medical supplies – during the pandemic.

Following the publication of the circular on 27th March to all IMO member states, as well as governmental and intergovernmental agencies, where IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim stressed it was “crucially important that Read More…

IMO Secretary-General seeks UN support over “keyworker” designation for seafarers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has asked the United Nations system agencies to support IMO in its request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel. Mr Lim made the plea during a virtual meeting yesterday (1st April) with other UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting addressed the impact of COVID-19 on, among other things, disruption and restrictions to travel, trade flows, Read More…

New Dry Bulk Management Standard launched to improve dry bulk vessel and fleet safety

The new Dry Bulk Management Standard (DBMS) to support the improvement of safety and risk management standards within dry bulk ship management has been officially launched today (Thursday).

The Dry Bulk Management Standard was kickstarted by RightShip, the maritime risk management and environmental assessment organisation, to help drive collaboration, conversation and increased standards in the dry bulk sector.

The concept of a set of safety and risk management standards for Read More…

Linking of Cyprus’ Wärtsilä Vessel Traffic Service solution with other regional systems will deliver multiple benefits

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to upgrade its 11-year old Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System (VTMIS) serving ports in Cyprus. The order was placed in November 2019 by the Shipping Deputy Ministry to the President of Cyprus, and includes a five-year equipment maintenance agreement.The upgrading will enable the Cyprus VTMIS to become a central point of contact and exchange information with other such systems in the region. Read More…

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) classes its first vessel under Lebanese Flag

International ship classification society IRClass, has classed its first vessel under Lebanese flag.

The vessel is named Jouri and was converted from a vehicle carrier to a livestock carrier under the survey of IRClass which included structural modification, plan approval and reapproval of stability conditions.

The modification process was complicated and was carried out under the close supervision of its surveyors to the complete satisfaction of owner – Etab Shipping Read More…

KVH works to support seafarer connectivity during Covid-19 pandemic

KVH Industries, a leader in mobile connectivity and inertial navigation systems, is working around the clock throughout the Covid-19 pandemic  to support the connectivity needs of the thousands of vessels and seafarers worldwide that rely on KVH VSAT services.

Aware of the importance of VSAT services to vessels and seafarers at this time, KVH last week began a program of reduced costs to customers requesting data plan upgrades and reduced Read More…

ChartWorld International acquires Maritime Services in Vancouver

ChartWorld, the digital chart agent and ECDIS manufacturer, has today announced the acquisition of Maritime Services Ltd. as the latest addition to the ChartWorld Group.

Steven van de Schootbrugge, ChartWorld’s CEO, commented: “We have seen double-digit growth in the North American region in recent years due to our navigation solutions that cover everything from hardware as a service, SAAS, electronic charts, support and service. Our customers can ensure their ECDIS Read More…

Breakbulk Europe Moves to September

31 March 2020, LONDON—Breakbulk Europe, the world’s largest event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry, has been postponed until September in light of the global novel coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place at Messe Bremen in Bremen, Germany, from 29 September to 1 October 2020.

“We have been closely monitoring the impact of Covid-19 not only in Germany, but across the world, and have decided to move Read More…


As the impact of the Coronavirus tightens its grip on everyday life across Europe, ferry company Stena Line has moved to reassure freight and travel customers that it is taking every precaution possible to help ensure the safety of customers and employees, whilst maintaining the supply lines for vital medical goods and food supplies.

In the last few weeks Stena Line’s European business has been impacted significantly by COVID-19, but Read More…

Stream Marine Training donates to National Emergencies Trust  

Glasgow based Stream Marine Training (SMT) has made a donation to the National Emergencies Trust which will go to help to front line charities to help those most in need.

The National Emergencies Trust works with local charities and distribution partners to ensure financial support is delivered where it is needed most.

The money donated by SMT forms part of an initial allocation of nearly £2.5m that will be distributed Read More…

Sailors’ Society launches COVID-19 resources and appeal

 International maritime welfare charity Sailors’ Society has launched a suite of practical resources including advice, contacts and podcasts to help seafarers during the coronavirus crisis.

The organisation, which has stood beside seafarers through many dark times during its 202-year history, including two world wars, has also set up an appeal to fund urgent support for our key workers of the sea.

In the past few days, seafarers from all over Read More…

V.Group formally announces appointment of Petter Traaholt as CFO

London, 30 March: V.Group has today formally announced the appointment of Petter Traaholt as Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the V.Group Board.

Petter joined V.Group from Eltel Group, a leading provider of technical services for power and communication networks, where he was Group CFO, based in Stockholm.

Prior to joining Eltel in 2017, Petter held a number of senior operations and finance roles in Wilhelmsen Holding ASA; Read More…