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Chance to watch ICS International Shipping Conference

Emissions, green shipping, manpower – the debate at the International Chamber of Shipping’s (ICS) conference last month was fast paced and at times controversial. With a capacity crowd, and a full London International Shipping Week schedule there were some who were disappointed when they found this annual highlight clashing with other commitments.

Those who couldn’t make the event can experience what they missed, as ICS has published a video of Read More…

Southampton-based charity opens new seafarers’ centre in the city

International maritime charity Sailors’ Society opened the doors to its new Southampton Seafarers’ Centre on Friday.

The centre gives seafarers docking in the city’s port, which handles around 14 million tonnes of cargo annually, the opportunity to access support services and free Wi-Fi.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, who officially opened the centre, said: “Southampton is the gateway to the world and I’m sure that this centre will Read More…

The end of the paper chase: DNV GL rolls out electronic certificates across entire fleet

In a historic first for the ship classification industry, DNV GL has commenced the roll out of IMO compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across its entire fleet.

The widespread use of electronic certificates will result in significant efficiency gains for ship owners, charterers, regulators and crew, cutting down administrative burdens, processing time and document handling costs.

For the past few years, DNV GL has been working on pilot projects Read More…

Cork Command Seminar looks to future of shipping industry

The latest in The Nautical Institute’s 2017 series of Command Seminars continues to focus on Navigation Accidents and their Causes, but also looks beyond that to wider issues affecting the future development of the shipping industry.

“Human factors are the real cause of many accidents. We can’t get rid of human error so it is important to put up defences against those mistakes by establishing good practice,” said past president Read More…

Rickmers-Line and RZ Carrier certified according to latest ISO standards

RZ Carrier and Rickmers-Line, both companies of Zeaborn Group, have successfully undergone the process of certification of their integrated management system for Quality, Health and Safety and Environment (QHSE) according to the latest standards of ISO 9001:2015 for the Quality- and Process-Management ,OHSAS 18001:2007 for the Health & Safety Management System, and ISO 14001:2015 for the Environmental Management System.

Audits by DNV GL took place in Hamburg on 9th and Read More…

Port of Felixstowe rail improvements receive go-ahead

The latest enhancements to Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe’s rail connections have been given the green light by the Secretary of State for Transport.

The £60.4 million scheme, jointly funded by Network Rail and Hutchison Ports, will allow up to 47 freight trains to run per day in each direction between Ipswich and Felixstowe.

Commenting on the scheme, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director Hutchison Ports and CEO of the Port of Read More…

ExxonMobil survey reveals no clear route to compliance with 2020 global sulphur cap

A marine industry survey conducted by ExxonMobil finds that the route to compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 0.5% global sulphur cap is unclear for many vessel operators.

Results highlight an ongoing sense of confusion and lack of preparedness, with 70% of respondents saying that they do not believe the industry is ready for the deadline. The makeup of the marine fuel mix in 2020 and beyond is Read More…

MP calls Chennai 6 case “scandalous” as supporters lobby to secure guards’ release

Families, friends, supporters and politicians came together at the House of Commons this morning (Thursday) in a parliamentary lobby to publicise the plight of the ‘Chennai 6’.

The six British men were part of the 35-strong crew convicted of carrying firearms without permits on an anti-piracy vessel, the US-owned Seaman Guard Ohio, in Indian Waters four years ago.

The lobby was chaired by Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck in Northumberland, Read More…

No tariff increases at Port of Gothenburg for third year in row

Gothenburg Port Authority has opted to keep the Port Tariff unchanged for the third year in succession. The charges for 2018 will thus be on the same level as 2015.

Port charges are levied on all vessels that call at the Port of Gothenburg. The charges are based on vessel type and gross tonnage, and are used to finance a range of activities, including fairway maintenance, traffic information and port Read More…

Wärtsilä uses start-up mindset to accelerate Intelligent Vessel outcomes

The technology group Wärtsilä is changing the clock speed of the company by using Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC) to accelerate new business ideas.

The first Digital Acceleration Centre has launched today (Wednesday) in Helsinki, Finland; the second will open in December in Singapore and two further acceleration centres, one in Central Europe and one in North America, are anticipated during 2018. In addition “pop-up” DACs will be tested with customers Read More…

Former Seven Seas CIO joins ShipServ to develop new ventures

Maritime e-procurement platform ShipServ has announced the appointment of Henrik Hyldahn to the position of Senior Vice President, Business Development. Based in ShipServ’s Copenhagen office, he will focus on developing the business’ new ventures.

Mr Hyldahn joins ShipServ with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the marine business, gleaned through previous roles from both the supplier and buyer sides. Before joining ShipServ, he was Chief Information Officer at global Read More…

ABS shapes new norm through digital and data leadership

Christopher J Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, reinstated the World Maritime University’s Kinney Lecture Series yesterday (Tuesday) by outlining how the marine and offshore industries are evolving rapidly into new operating models and how this ‘new norm’ is shaped by unprecedented and disruptive changes in technology, skill sets and leadership.

“Digital is our new norm and is here to stay. It is characterised by rapid and disruptive change Read More…