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THOMAS GUNN LAUNCHES NEW GENERATION VOYAGER

Thomas Gunn Navigation Services (TGNS) has launched Voyager 4, the latest incarnation of its automated chart management system.

Packed full of new applications, Voyager 4 offers the mariner an easy to use, cost effective and high quality database of navigational data neatly displayed using an interactive map interface with Admiralty information overlay which can be customised to individual voyage requirements.

Thomas Gunn, founder and Managing Director Read More…

IBIA seeks new Chief Executive

The International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) is seeking a new Chief Executive to run the organisation from its Southampton headquarters. The 600 member trade association has been run by IBIA board member and maritime arbitrator Trevor Harrison on an interim basis since the resignation of its previous Chief Executive last year.

IBIA Chairman Nigel Draffin, said: “Representing interests from across the entire marine fuels industry at the highest level represents Read More…

Korean Register and Russian Register sign service sharing agreement

The Korean Register of Shipping (KR) and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) – both International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) members – have signed an agreement enabling both societies to work more closely together.

Recognising that a closer cooperation will allow both organisations to deliver enhanced services to the maritime industry, the agreement was formally signed by Dr Oh Kong-gyun, Chairman and CEO of KR and Mikhail G Ayvazov, Read More…

DNV simulation model shows drive for energy efficiency

Class society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has predicted that by 2020, new tankers, bulkers and container vessels will be up to 30% more energy efficient than today’s new buildings.

It says one third of the reductions will be cost-effective for ship owners and the Energy Efficiency Design Index will be the driver for the remaining two-thirds of the efficiency gains.

The calculations were made after DNV developed a new simulation Read More…

Bureau Veritas launches e-learning programme for MLC training

International classification society Bureau Veritas has launched a web-based training programme to help companies in the shipping industry train their personnel for implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention.

As the deadline for implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 draws nearer, companies in the shipping industry are becoming increasingly aware of the need to make sure that they are properly prepared, and that their personnel are correctly trained. That Read More…

Liberian Registry uses vessel screening to cut detention rates

The Liberian Registry has introduced a new programme to screen advance notice of ship arrivals, in an effort to ensure the continuation of a positive safety record in future, while reducing detention rates, particularly in Australia, China, the EU and the United States.

Liberia’s Advanced Notices of Arrival and Zone Notification schemes are designed to build on the mandatory IMO Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system introduced in 2009, Read More…

CSC welcomes new Cyprus Ships “Anti-Piracy” Bill

On 31 May 2012, the House of Representatives approved the relevant Bill to combat Piracy on Cyprus ships. With the approval of this pioneering Bill, an innovative and detailed legislative framework is established for lawfully using armed escorts by specially trained and certified guards.

The Chamber, as the official representative of the Cyprus Shipping Industry, cooperated very closely with the Cyprus Maritime Administration and especially with the Department of Read More…

Class NK passes 200m grt mark

ClassNK officially announced that its register surged past the 200 million gross ton mark on 28 May 2012, making it the world’s first classification society to have achieved such a milestone.

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda said: “This achievement highlights the incredible growth of the world maritime industry over the past decade, as well as the undeniable importance of the shipping and shipbuilding industries to the continued growth and Read More…

ClassNK: First in Class to Hit 200 Million Gross Ton Record

Leading classification society ClassNK has officially announced its register has surged past the 200 million gross ton mark, representing what ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda has described as a “historic achievement”.

A party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the London office was attended by many leaders from the maritime community, including IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu and IMIF Chairman Jim Davis CBE. This achievement makes ClassNK Read More…

First official visit to Southampton by Lord Mayor of the City of London

Today, Southampton will receive its first official visit by Alderman David Wootton, Lord Mayor of the City of London, in meetings organised by Southampton Solent University on behalf of Maritime London – the promotional body for UK based companies which provide professional services to the international shipping industry. The Lord Mayor, whose role includes promoting the UK’s financial and professional services around the world, is visiting Southampton Solent University, its Read More…

United Arab Shipping Company increases its fleet

The United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has named it’s new 13,500 TEU containership Ain Snan at a ceremony in Hamburg, following a nine-month building phase. The last of a series of nine UASC newbuilds from the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in Korea, the 366-metre-long and 48 metre-wide ultra large container ship (ULCS) has a loading capacity of over 145,000 DWT, providing a capacity of more than 800 slots for refrigerated Read More…

ICS MEETS IN AUSTRALIA

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) held its Annual General Meeting in Port Douglas, Queensland, from 24 to 25 May, hosted by the Australian Shipowners’ Association. The meeting was held back-to-back with the AGM of the Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) which comprises the national shipowners’ associations of Asia.

At the ICS AGM, national shipowners’ associations from Europe, Asia and the Americas, representing all sectors and trades and 80% of the Read More…