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RINA co-ordinates EU information highway development

International classification society RINA is co-ordinating, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Transport, a €16m EU-funded project to develop a new information highway for shipping and logistics. The Multimodal Interoperability E-services for Logistics and Environment sustainability (MIELE) project falls under the TEN-T EA Trans European Transport Network Executive Agency and brings together authorities, ports, terminals and shipping and logistics operators in five countries with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Read More…

Regulatory search engine could save the industry ‘millions’

FLAGSHIP, a Pan-European maritime transport project part funded by the EU, has successfully developed the first intelligent regulatory search and automated form filling system known as FLAGSHIP-RCS (Regulatory Compliance Support). The system could significantly reduce the regulatory compliance and administrative burden ship owners and operators currently experience with estimates indicating a 50% time saving, compared with conventional text based search methods. If every European ship adopted automated form filling this Read More…

IMO COMMENDS KPI PROJECT

The International Maritime Organisation has commended InterManager for its work to introduce an industry-wide standard measurement tool, known as the KPI Project.

In a letter to the InterManager Secretary General, the IMO’s head of Policy and Planning, Ms A Rothwell, congratulated InterManager on the progress made through its “continued commitment and hard work”.

“I commend you on the project objective to raise the quality of shipping standards globally,” she wrote. Read More…

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London Club warning over fire-fighting preparedness

The London P&I Club has highlighted the response to two recent onboard cargo fires to illustrate the value of both fire-fighting training and realistic shipboard drills for ships’ crews.

In its StopLoss Bulletin, the club describes a case where smoke was seen by the crew of a containership to be escaping from a container stuffed with bone meal in bulk. The crew tackled the fire by flooding the container Read More…

SMITV talks to Maersk CEO Eivind Kolding about the massive ‘Triple-E’ order

DNV confirms the benefits of supply chain optimisation

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has developed a supply chain performance tool to calculate the environmental impact and energy efficiency of maritime logistics chains, with case studies suggesting the increased use of shipping can yield financial and environmental benefits for the supply chain as a whole.

Created in partnership with the Maritime Logistics Chains and the Environment project (MARLEN), the tool maps the environmental performance of a logistics chain (‘As-Is’) Read More…

UAESA Committed to Reducing Global Sea Freight Emissions

The United Arab Emirates Shipping Association (UAESA), a representative body for UAE-based commercial shipping, is taking a lead position regionally and globally regarding the shipping industry’s response to climate change by supporting the efforts of the UN, IMO and UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) in advocating for a global and open verifiable emissions trading programme.

Ahmed Al Ghurair, President of the UAE Shipping Read More…

UASC secures $302 million for A13 vessels

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has secured a $302 million term loan facility on a club deal basis, as finance for three A13 (13,100 TEU) vessels ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea, marking the conclusion of financing for nine A13s with a combined total value of $1.5 billion.

The loan facility is financed at 70% by the Export Import Bank of Korea and 30% by three financial institutions Read More…

Telemar and Vizada strike PIL broadband deal

Telemar, in partnership with Vizada, has signed a deal with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL) to provide broadband communications for their container vessel fleet.

PIL, a major ship owner in Singapore, has concluded this deal for the Inmarsat FleetBroadband service on 88 vessels and 27 new builds. As one of the largest ship owners in Asia, PIL needs reliable communication technology at sea to run their supply chain management, consolidation Read More…

Drydocks World launches leading edge offshore support vessel

Drydocks World has recently completed the launch of the Anchor Handling Offshore Support Vessel Olympus Crest at its shipbuilding yard in Nanindah, Indonesia. The vessel is being built for Singapore based Pacific Crest Pte Ltd at a contract value of $20.4 million, excluding owner furnished equipment.

The company has a wealth of experience in building support vessels for the offshore industry for a number of clients from all over Read More…

ClassNK holds first technical committee meeting for 2011

Classification society ClassNK has held the first meeting of its Technical Committee in 2011, which includes experts from industry and maritime universities, at the Industry Club of Japan, Tokyo, where 39 amendments to the ClassNK rules have been successfully approved.

Following an extensive review, the Committee approved all revisions proposed by ClassNK, which will now be submitted for final review by the ClassNK Board of Directors and Japan’s Minister of Read More…