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1,000 vessels protected with AkzoNobel’s sustainable coatings

AkzoNobel’s ongoing efforts to make shipping more sustainable reached another landmark recently with the 1,000th application of Intersleek 1100SR, the biocide-free fouling control coating, part of the International® range. The milestone was achieved with the Al Gattara LNG (liquefied natural gas) tanker operated by Nakilat Shipping Qatar.

Delivering outstanding macro and micro fouling control with improved static resistance, even in warm waters, the product enables vessels to reduce drag and Read More…

LISW17 announces speaker line-up for flagship conference

Thought leaders from the worlds of government, finance, international trade, ship owning and insurance as well as artificial intelligence, innovation and technology will headline the speaker line-up at the flagship London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) conference to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, on Thursday, 14th September.

Discussion during Session One of the conference, held under the opening theme of ‘Tomorrow’s Maritime World’, will Read More…

WinGD technology to be fitted to first gas-powered Aframax tankers

Extending the benefits of its dual-fuel technology beyond LNG carriers, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has announced that its low-speed dual-fuel engines with X-DF low-pressure gas admission will propel the first-ever gas-fuelled Aframax crude oil tankers.

Under a contract signed in March 2017, SCF Group, Russia’s largest shipping company, has chosen seven-cylinder, 62cm bore type 7X62DF engines from WinGD’s X-generation to propel a series of four LNG-fuelled Aframax class tankers. Read More…

Wilson Sons shipyard wins contract to build two azimuth tugs

Wilson Sons Limited has announced to shareholders that its shipyard subsidiary, Wilson Sons Estaleiros, has signed a contract to construct two azimuth tugboats (see artist’s impression left) for Saam Smit Towage do Brasil, to be delivered within 20 months of payment of the first instalment for each vessel.

The vessels are 24m-long, 11m-wide and have a bollard pull of 70 tonnes. Damen Gorinchem Shipyards, who designed the projects, have been Read More…

Wartsila’s LNG-operating fleet concept wins approval in principle

The technology group Wärtsilä and COSCO shipping Heavy Industry Co (CHI) have announced the joint development of a natural gas operating fleet concept, and the design has now obtained a Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate. The development project was carried out under the terms of an MoU (memorandum of understanding) cooperation signed in June 2016 between the three companies.

The aim of Read More…

Eurotunnel welcomes UK’s Lower Thames Crossing announcement

Eurotunnel today welcomed the announcement by the UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling that the route for the UK’s Lower Thames Crossing has been selected.

The Crossing is part of the vital trade route through the Channel Tunnel to Europe that provides supply chain access for the UK’s industries, the shortest and fastest route to markets in Continental Europe for exports, and the critical fast and reliable entry Read More…

American Hellenic Hull sponsors Greek Shipping Hall of Fame 2017

American Hellenic Hull this week sponsored one of the most prestigious events in the shipping calendar to celebrate Greek shipping heritage.

At its annual Induction Ceremony & Dinner for 600 guests, the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame announced that George L Daniolos (1903-1994) and Nicolaos D Lykiardopulo (1866-1963) have been elected as its two latest inductees.

In his Hall of Fame keynote speech, American Hellenic Hull CEO Ilias Tsakiris urged Read More…

MPC Capital initiates new container ship investment company with $100 million in equity

MPC Capital AG, an international asset and investment manager, has initiated an investment company with a focus on small-size container ships between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU.

Yesterday (Tuesday) the newly formed MPC Container Ships AS raised $100 million in equity in a private placement towards international institutional investors and family offices in the Norwegian capital market. Following its corporate investment strategy, MPC Capital is a co-investor.

Based on the current Read More…

TridentGLOBAL brings two-decades of export management experience to essDOCS

essDOCS has announced its acquisition of TridentGLOBAL, an export management solution with a customer-base across Australia and the US.

TridentGLOBAL provides exporters and traders with a comprehensive solution to the challenges they encounter in managing complex international trade processes. The platform offers modules for contract management, shipment management, bookings management, compliance, document management, as well as supply chain management for the metals and minerals, agribusiness, seafood and manufacturing industries.

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KVH announces new Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) offering

KVH Industries has announced the immediate availability of AgilePlans by KVH, its all-inclusive Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) offering for the maritime industry.

For a single monthly fee, AgilePlans by KVH brings an advanced satellite communications solution onboard without a costly capital expenditure or long-term commitment. The subscription fee is as low as $499/month for a complete package including hardware, connectivity, installation at select ports, entertainment and training content, and Read More…

Damen and Keppel agree on the acquisition of Keppel Verolme

Damen Shipyards Group has entered into an agreement with Keppel Offshore & Marine for the acquisition of the Keppel Verolme shipyard in the Rotterdam Botlek area.

With the acquisition of the Verolme shipyard, Damen takes the next step in strengthening its repair and conversion activities within the regional ship repair and conversion market. Since 1957 the Verolme yard has been active in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam Read More…

Topaz Energy and Marine announces senior executive appointments

Topaz Energy and Marine has announced the appointments of Martin Helweg (pictured) as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Hicham Hachkal as Human Resources Director as well as the appointment of Robert Desai as Chief Commercial Officer.

Mr Helweg takes over the role of COO from Geoffrey Taylor who is retiring with the company’s sincere appreciation after a long and distinguished career. Mr Helweg joins Topaz from Svitzer, with almost 20 Read More…