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The Singapore Branch of The Nautical Institute returns for the third edition of its annual conference

The Singapore branch of The Nautical Institute announced today, it will be hosting its annual conference on 15th May 2019 in Singapore.

Over 150 professionals from the maritime industry will attend the third edition of the conference which will be held at the Suntec City Convention Centre.

The Guest of Honour, Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), will be gracing the event and delivering Read More…

Global alliance for low carbon shipping expands

The Panama Canal Authority and A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S are the latest entities to join the IMO-supported Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA).

The GIA now has 18 members, including leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, oil companies and ports.

The new members signed up to the GIA during the fifth meeting of the GIA Taskforce at Read More…

North P&I Club retains S&P ‘A’ rating for 15th year

Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings (formerly Standard and Poor’s) has confirmed the North of England P&I Club’s ‘A’ financial strength rating and stable outlook for the 15th consecutive year.

In reaching its decision, S&P Global Ratings noted that North P&I Club’s (NEPIA) capital adequacy remained above its ‘AAA’ requirements, as well as its leading position within the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG).

According to S&P, ‘The stable outlook reflects Read More…

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) wins five-year contract to provide Emergency Response Services for India’s largest shipping company

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a five-year contract from India’s largest shipping company, The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) – to undertake Emergency Response Service (ERS) for 33 vessels.

The classification society’s ERS is aimed at providing round-the-clock technical support by way of speedy assessment of the intact/damage stability as well as longitudinal strength of any vessel involved in a major incident e.g. grounding, collision or fire. Issues Read More…

VIKING’s 2018 shaped by renewed growth and a major acquisition

After two years of slightly declining revenue, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is seeing growth once more.

In 2018, VIKING acquired Norwegian lifeboat manufacturer Norsafe and, adjusting for the costs of integrating this business and the impact on revenue in the last quarter of the year, the results show growth in both revenue and earnings.

“We were able to deliver growth in activities and earnings in the original VIKING business, and we Read More…

Wärtsilä successfully tests remote guidance service capabilities

The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully tested its remote guidance service, thereby creating an entirely new dimension in vessel repair and maintenance operations. Through real-time communication using voice-controlled Augmented Reality (AR) wearables and remote guidance software, ship crew members, field service engineers and shipyard personnel can communicate with shore-based experts anywhere in the world. The tests were carried out onboard the Huckleberry Finn, a RoRo ferry operated by TT-Lines, while Read More…

Blue Economy in focus as Jamaica hosts high level IMO meeting

The importance of the Blue Economy to Jamaica and the measures being taken by its Government to support its maritime sector were highlighted by the Hon Robert Montague, Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining, during an IMO High Level Symposium, hosted in Montego Bay and attended by IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim.

“The Blue Economy is of particular importance to the Caribbean in light of our dependence on it for Read More…

High-level appointments strengthen Hill Dickinson’s maritime services

International maritime law practice Hill Dickinson is sailing confidently into the future with a series of important, high-level appointments.

Joining Hill Dickinson are Master Mariner Kevin Austin, Korean market specialist Beth Bradley, and transactional lawyer Sung Hwan Choi.

Announcing the appointments, Julian Clark, Hill Dickinson Global Head of Shipping, said: “As a full service, legal marine practice, Hill Dickinson is committed to providing the best team able to operate throughout Read More…

Wilhelmsen and Airbus trial world’s first commercial drone deliveries to vessels at anchorage

Launching this week in partnership with Airbus, Wilhelmsen’s shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marks the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of small, time-critical items to working vessels at anchorage.

Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial-corridors’ in its 1.5km flight to Eastern Working Anchorage. Read More…

BDO says UK Chancellor’s Spring Statement contains no unwelcome surprises for shipping

Accountant and shipping adviser BDO says that, while the Spring Statement by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer did not contain any shipping-specific initiatives, it did include some measures which could be of interest to the maritime sector.

Of particular interest to the offshore sector, the Government called for evidence to identify what should be done in order to further strengthen the position of Scotland and of the UK in Read More…

KVH Videotel and Nautical Institute online course collaboration a resounding success

A successful collaboration between maritime e-learning provider KVH Videotel and The Nautical Institute (NI), an international organisation for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships, has resulted in more than 100 NI members enrolling in online courses to further their knowledge and skills.

The interactive courses cover a wide range of subjects from ECDIS training, cyber security, and Maritime Labour Convention for ship masters, to enclosed space entry Read More…

Totem Plus systems supplied with Naval Dome SL4 cyber protection

Totem Plus has signed a licence agreement with Naval Dome for use of its award-winning maritime cyber security software across a range of its advanced automation and navigation solutions.

Under the agreement, Totem Plus is licensed to integrate the Naval Dome software with the hard drives across several hundred systems in the Totem Plus portfolio, providing the highest level of cyber protection at the system build stage, prior to shipment Read More…