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Inmarsat Maritime secures Fleet Xpress commitment from Hapag-Lloyd

Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the mobile satellite communications services specialist, has signed a five-year contract with Hapag-Lloyd to migrate all ships directly managed by the shipping line to services enabled for Fleet Xpress.

Hapag-Lloyd, the sixth largest container shipping operator in the world by TEU capacity, will transition all existing ships that it manages in-house from Inmarsat FleetBroadband services to Fleet Xpress. The agreement also covers five 10,500teu vessels as latest Read More…

BSM Germany to manage first ice class container feeder vessels

Following the recent acquisition of four ice class container feeder vessels by an investor group represented by the Schulte Group, BSM has taken the first vessel, Eilbek, into management with the remaining three, Barmbek, Reinbek and Flottbek, to follow by mid-April, 2017.

The Eilbek class feeder vessels are the first ships constructed and adapted for operation in ice class conditions to be managed by BSM Germany.

Jan Warmke, Managing Director Read More…

$3bln of fuel and 32mln tons of CO2 saved as AkzoNobel marks Intersleek’s 21st anniversary

Ship owners and operators using the Intersleek range of biocide-free marine coatings supplied by AkzoNobel have achieved fuel savings worth a combined total of $3 billion* since the technology was first introduced 21 years ago.

More than 5,500 vessels have been coated with the company’s multi-award-winning Intersleek products – part of the International range of coatings – helping ship owners and operators to save 10 million tons of fuel and Read More…

Crowley and Penn Terminals sign multi-year stevedoring and terminal services agreement for Puerto Rico – North Atlantic Service

Crowley Maritime Corporation has signed a multi-year stevedoring and terminal services agreement with Penn Terminals in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, to accommodate the company’s weekly Northeast container shipping service to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Crowley, which has served the Northeast market from Petty Island in Pennsauken, N.J., continuously since 1983, will begin service from Penn Terminals on 1st January, 2018.

“We are very pleased to find a new home for Read More…

VIKING gaining ground in continued difficult market

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is experiencing a moderate slowdown following several years of continuous growth. In a market affected by continued decline in two important segments, cargo vessels and offshore, revenue for 2016 totaled DKK 1.858 billion, compared to DKK 1.891 billion in 2015. Profit before tax for the financial year totaled DKK 183.5 million, compared to DKK 200.5 million in 2015.

“We want to continue developing and delivering growth in Read More…

Aderco opens Singapore office

Responding to growing demand for fuel treatment solutions that save costs, maximise uptime and reduce emissions in the maritime sector, fuel treatment manufacturer Aderco has opened an operational base in Singapore.

Strategically located, the new office forms a mission-critical hub from which to drive the company’s growth in this key region as well as combine optimum customer service with closer proximity.

“With Philippe Lecloux at the helm, we are hitting Read More…

London P&I Club supports appointment of warranty surveyors for deck cargo loads

The London P&I Club has highlighted a recent increase in the incidence of deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather, and supported a recommendation to appoint a warranty surveyor to supervise high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations where appropriate.

In an article in the club’s latest StopLoss Bulletin, Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC (Hong Kong), said, “In the past year, LOC has seen many deck cargoes shifting Read More…

Maritime Growth Study inquiry: extended deadline for written submissions

On 21st December, the Transport Committee announced an inquiry into the Maritime Growth Study (MGS), a report on the UK’s maritime sector, published by the Department for Transport in September 2015.

The inquiry will examine progress towards implementation of the Study’s recommendations since publication and consider the Government and industry’s overall plan for the maritime and marine sector, including in the context of Brexit negotiations. It received a number of Read More…

Alfa Laval methanol booster systems excel in over 4500 hours of operation

Alfa Laval FCM One Low-Flashpoint (LF) booster systems have been a clear success on methanol-fuelled tankers with ME-LGI engines. Now Alfa Laval is supporting MAN Diesel & Turbo as the engine series is further developed to work with LPG.

In late 2013, Alfa Laval was selected by MAN Diesel & Turbo to deliver Low-Flashpoint Supply Systems (LFSS) for the world’s first methanol-fuelled tankers. Since 2012, the two companies had been Read More…

Safety of hazardous materials tackled in latest Videotel training release

Videotel, part of KVH Industries, offers a comprehensive training package designed to enable crew and shipping office staff to become familiar with the rules governing the carriage of hazardous materials.

These rules are specified in the US Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter C of 49 CFR; in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code produced by the IMO; and, in the relevant parts of Section B-V/c of the STCW Code.

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EU Parliament Arctic resolution vote calls for Heavy Fuel Oil ban

Responding to yesterday’s (Thursday’s) European Parliament 483/100 plenary vote to pass its Resolution on the Arctic, including a call “on the Commission and the Member States to actively facilitate the ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) and carriage as ship fuel in vessels navigating the Arctic seas through MARPOL of IMO”, Dr Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, said: “Today, the elected representatives of Read More…

29th Interim Meeting of Asian Shipowners’ Association Shipping Economics Review Committee

The 29th Interim Meeting of ASA SERC was held in Fukuoka, Japan on 10th March 2017.  The meeting was attended by 21 delegates from ASA member associations of ASEAN, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.

ASA SERC members were firmly committed to ensure full compliance with all applicable competition laws throughout the entire programme under careful observation of their counsel, as in previous meetings.

The outline of the Read More…