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Marine Catering trainees hold baking competition to celebrate Day of the Seafarer

Trainees currently participating in a catering training programme in The Philippines marked Day of the Seafarer with a baking competition.

Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC) marked the special occasion by encouraging students to bake and decorate their own cakes under the IMO theme for the day of Seafarers Matter.

The students are partway through the three-month Maritime Culinary Development Programme at the MCTC Far East training establishment, based in Makati, Read More…

Focus on GHG emissions

Nearly 300 delegates from IMO Member States, international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations have gathered at IMO Headquarters in London for the first meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships (26th to 30th June).

The group, which is meeting in a closed session, will provide a report to next week’s session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71). The working group report Read More…

Earl of Wessex opens new Nautilus International retirement home

A new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art retirement home at Nautilus International’s Wallasey-based Mariners’ Park Estate welcomed its first residents last week following its royal unveiling.

The £2.7m Seafarers UK Centenary Wing, which includes £1.17m of funding from Seafarers UK, was formally opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex (pictured), who is also the President of Seafarers UK, and is an extension to the existing Trinity House Hub.

The Wing has seen Read More…

Norway Institute of Marine Research takes up NaviTab

Norway’s Havforskningsinstituttet (Institute of Marine Research) has announced that it will use NaviTab across its’ fleet.

NaviTab from Nautisk is the industry’s fastest growing online library system, taking hundreds of vital maritime publications and putting them onto one hand-held device.

Odd Jarle Pollen from the Institute said: “NaviTab will significantly improve our front and back of bridge management, leaving us to focus on important research work. As well as being Read More…

Damen prepares Columbus for summer cruise season

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has completed maintenance and repair works on the newest member of CMV’s fleet, the cruise ship Columbus.

The full scope of works was concluded within a tight timescale, thus ensuring that the vessel could sail to the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, UK in time for her naming ceremony and inaugural cruise.

Several CMV vessels – the Astor, Marco Polo Read More…

Dry cargo demand rises and the future looks bright, says Drewry report

Many key drivers for dry cargo demand have reported a significant uptick in 2017, resulting in better conditions for vessels in the multipurpose shipping sector, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecast report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

This year started out well with most demand drivers for the breakbulk sector strengthening from the lowest levels seen in 2016 with the trend forecast to continue in Read More…

International workshop champions fair treatment of seafarers

Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Director Generals, Ambassadors and other government representatives as well as non-governmental organisations and professional individuals from over 50 States around the world, near and far, crowded into the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday to honour seafarers in the run up to the annual Day of the Seafarer (on 25th June) and to mark their commitment to the fair treatment of seafarers.

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Survey finds only 6% of seafarers can video call family when at sea

A survey of nearly 2,000 seafarers and shipping industry leaders by the maritime professionals’ trade union, Nautilus International has found that fewer than one in ten (6%) seafarers has sufficient internet connectivity for video calls when at sea, despite often being away from their families for months on end.

By comparison statistics show 91% of UK homes and 85% of European homes[i] have broadband access, with the United Nations recently Read More…

Abu Dhabi Ports signs concession agreement to develop, manage and operate Fujairah Port

H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, witnessed in his palace yesterday (Thursday) the signing of a 35-year concession agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah.

As part of the agreement, the entities have announced the establishment of Fujairah Terminals, a new operational arm wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Ports.

The agreement was signed in the presence of H.H Sheikh Read More…

Can the can test, advises ABTO

The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators has called for a complete overhaul of the cargo sampling and liquefaction testing protocols for raw ores and less common cargoes, such as nickel ore, fine wet coal and bauxite.

Professor Mike Bradley, a member of the advisory panel to the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) and head of Greenwich University’s Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, said the current measures in Read More…

Djibouti opens key port project at Lake Assal

Djibouti yesterday (Thursday) opened the Port of Ghoubet as a key terminal for the export of salt from the world-famous Lake Assal.

The $64 million facilities, which took two years to complete, were officially inaugurated by the country’s President, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh.

The facility will be able to accommodate ships up to 100,000dwt, with the potential capacity to export over five million tonnes of salt throughout the world.

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Statoil and AET extend partnership in North Sea shuttle sector

Petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET and the Norwegian energy company Statoil ASA have announced they are extending their partnership in the North Sea shuttle tanker sector.

Statoil has been awarded a long-term contract to AET, a subsidiary of Malaysian energy shipping group, MISC Berhad, to own and operate two specialist DP2 Offshore Loading Shuttle Tankers (OLSTs).

These new vessels are in addition to the two AET DP2 Read More…