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Hunter Group chooses OSM for technical management of newbuild VLCC fleet

OSM Maritime has announced that it has secured a contract for the full technical management of Hunter Group’s state-of-the-art fleet of eco design SMART VLCCs, currently under construction at DSME in Korea. Hunter Group has eight identical 336m vessels, set to be delivered towards the end of 2019 and into 2020. The Hunter vessels will be managed from OSM’s base in Arendal, Norway, which offers an established strength in specialist Read More…

Palau is approved by IMO as STCW White List member state

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has been recognised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as to fully comply with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

At the IMO headquarters in London on Monday Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s proposal was approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) giving PISR’s white list status under STCW Convention 1978.

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Oshima Shipbuilding and DNV GL sign strategic cooperation

Spurred by the IMO strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Oshima Shipbuilding and classification society DNV GL have signed a long-term strategic cooperation to conduct research and development together on new bulk carrier designs. The first design to result from the cooperation, the Oshima Ultramax 2030, leading to a 50% reduction in EEDI, was launched at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo.

The partners aim to continue the strategic Read More…

LISCR appoints Humera Ahmed as VP of Legal and Business Development

F Humera Ahmed has been appointed Vice-President of Legal and Business Development of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry.

Mrs Ahmed brings to her new role at LISCR nine years of experience as an attorney at Blank Rome LLP where she focused on maritime transactions, finance issues and business development. She holds a law degree from the School of Law at Read More…

Port of Hamburg moves more cargo by rail and is well equipped for further growth

In Germany’s largest universal Port of Hamburg more than 135 million tons of seaborne cargo traffic are cleared annually. A major share of this freight reaches or leaves the port by rail. If you look at the shares of various modes of transport on the overland seaport-hinterland routes, then rail is in pole position in Hamburg with 48.2%, ahead of trucking with 41.4% and inland waterway with 10.2%.

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ShipMoney extends Agreement with Helikon Shipping

ShipMoney has extended its Maritime Payment Services Agreement with Helikon Shipping into a long-term multi-year relationship.

Welcoming the extension, Michael Papaioannou, Managing Director of Helikon said: “The ShipMoney Program is very well received by our crew members, providing them with a range of remittance options while onboard saving them time and money while in port.  For our company, the Program has streamlined our onboard crew payment process, reduced our costs Read More…

The Shipowners’ Club announces charity partnership with The Mission to Seafarers

The Shipowners’ Club, the mutual P&I insurer in the small and specialist vessel sector, has announced a strategic partnership agreement with international seafarer welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers.

As part of the agreement, the Shipowners’ Club has been named 2019 Gold Sponsor for the Mission’s ongoing Seafarers Happiness Index, bringing greater scale to the programme and allowing the Mission to reach more seafarers across the globe.

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Gulf of Guinea piracy continues to threaten seafarers

Members of the shipping community, flag states and agencies from Gulf of Guinea gathered at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a day-long symposium on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea.

The event, co-sponsored by BIMCO, IMCA, ICS, ITF and OCIMF, featured speakers from regional maritime agencies as well as shipping officials, academics and military staff.  The shipping industry, along with seafarer groups, organized the event Read More…

North P&I Club named ‘Legal Department of The Year’ At Northern Law Awards

North P&I Club’s in-house Corporate & Legal Team has been named ‘Legal Department of the Year’ at the recent Northern Law Awards. The award recognises their outstanding work in delivering a solution to ensure that all business divisions within the North Group can continue to successfully operate in a post-Brexit landscape. The complex legal solution was delivered on time and within budget across multiple jurisdictions.

The team were also recognised Read More…

Palfinger signs joint venture with Chinese lifeboat manufacturer Neptune

Palfinger Marine, headquartered in Salzburg (Austria), and Jiangyin Neptune Marine Appliance Co, headquartered in Jiangyin (People’s Republic of China), have entered into a global sales and service cooperation agreement.

One of the main pillars of the agreement is the establishment of a joint venture in China. The joint venture will be named Palfinger Neptune Marine Shanghai Co Ltd with registered offices in Shanghai and Jiangyin. Each party will own 50%.

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Marine engineering schools project receives charity funding boost

Seafarers UK in partnership with Sea Cadets have launched the next phase of their joint Marine Engineering Pathway schools project. This aims to reach 37,500 school children across the UK over the next three years with STEM-linked taster sessions and workshops in marine engineering.

Since the launch of this project in 2016, Seafarers UK and its co-sponsor and delivery partner, Sea Cadets, have been working together to inspire and engage Read More…

Shippers demand efficiency and technology brings that, says Cogoport President Flemming Frost

Digital practices and technology adoption are bringing greater productivity, effectiveness and profitability in the shipping and logistics industry, Cogoport President Flemming Frost told industry leaders yesterday (Wednesday) at a major shipping conference in the Netherlands.

Speaking at the Evofenedex SCM Summit in Zoetermeer, Mr Frost said the time is now ripe for technology to play a much bigger role in shipping, in order to drive efficiencies for all concerned.

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