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VIKING Life-Saving Equipment is providing aid to residents in Thailand as the country faces the worst flooding in more than 50 years which so far has killed over 300 people, displaced another 100,000 and caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure.

Henrik Uhd Christensen, Chief Executive Officer of VIKING – which has production facilities in Laem Chabang, Thailand – said: “We are of course deeply touched by the situation Read More…

ITF reaction to relaxation of arms rules on British flagged ships

Reacting to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to more effectively protect ships against pirates, including by relaxing rules on carrying arms, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has criticised the UK Government’s cuts to the defence budget as a move likely to compromise the Royal Navy’s ability to fight piracy.

ITF general secretary David Cockroft said: “Somali-based piracy has been allowed to become so successful, savage and wide-ranging Read More…

StealthGas: Vafias introduces latest vessels

Harry Vafias has added a further two vessels to his group’s portfolio this past month, the Greek owner has confirmed.

Delivered by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co (DSME), the STEALTH SKYROS is a new generation, 116,000dwt prototype crude aframax tanker with fuel efficient engine and environmental upgrades. The vessel is to begin a lengthy charter to American Eagle Tankers (AET).

The second vessel, the GAS MYTH is a 5000cbm Read More…


InterManager has announced, after months of campaigning, it is delighted to hear the public vilification of piracy issued by the UK Government. The SOS campaign, of which InterManager has been an active member, has strived to bring recognition of the horrific and detrimental effect of Somali piracy to both governmental and public awareness, campaigning for the freedom of owners and managers to choose to deploy armed guards onboard ships they Read More…

Panama Approves First Specialised Vessel for Carriage of Nickel Ore

A new vessel being built at Japanese shipyard Naikai Zosen Corporation for ship owner Nissho Shipping Co. has become the first ship to receive approval from the Panama Maritime Authority for the carriage of nickel ore, in accordance with part of the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) code governing carriage of cargoes which may liquefy.

The approval certifies that the vessel makes use of special construction features Read More…

Vessel operating costs expected to rise

Vessel operating costs will rise by 3.7% in 2012, with lube expenditure and crew costs identified as the categories most likely to produce the highest levels of increase, according to a new survey by international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens.

Based on responses from key players in the international shipping industry, the survey focused predominantly on ship owners and managers in Europe and Asia. As was the case Read More…

Security Association Supports UK Approval on Armed Guards

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that ships sailing under the UK flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates.

SAMI, an independent regulatory trade association for the maritime security industry, confirmed its member companies were pleased to have played an important role in supporting this “significant government decision”. SAMI worked with UK government departments Read More…


Amendments to the STCW Convention have been made at the right time to make it relevant for today’s and future needs, according to Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica.

Officially opening a regional seminar in Jamaica entitled “Familiarisation With The Manila Amendments To The STCW Convention And Code”, Admiral Brady told delegates: “The Convention and the Code had to provide for the needs of Read More…


Logistics expert Cory Brothers has just completed a pilot boat manoeuvre from Pembrokeshire to Kenya for commercial boat builder Mustang Marine.

The boat was loaded directly from water onto a OXL heavylift vessel with 300te lifting capacity.

Cory logistics project managed the full spectrum of services for the client including heavylift vessel agency, customs documentation, warranty surveying, insurance and managing technical issues.

Mike Bryant of Cory Logistics said: Read More…

Tanker company selects new systems provider in bid to improve operations

Norwegian shipping company Odfjell has chosen Veson Nautical to provide its entire fleet of tankers with its Integrated Maritime Operations System and Veslink, the automated system for ship to shore communication.

The Boston-based provider of maritime commercial management and trading software solutions was selected when Odfjell looked for a firm which could address its biggest “pain points”. It wanted to automate routine tasks, streamline communications between departments, increase productivity, and Read More…

Nautilus warns as Cunard flags out of the UK

 The maritime professionals’ union Nautilus International has urged the government to come up with a clear shipping policy – or run the risk of more companies joining Cunard Line in flagging out of the UK.

The union – which represents some 23,000 ship masters, officers and other shipping industry staff – has written to shipping minister Mike Penning expressing alarm at Cunard’s decision to switch its three ships from the Read More…

ITF welcomes Admiral’s anti-piracy commitment

The latest statement of determination to prevent piracy, from the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, US Navy Admiral James Stavridis, has been welcomed by the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

In a response letter to ITF seafarers’ section chair Dave Heindel, Admiral Stavridis reiterated the NATO task force’s determination to ‘use all its means to limit the freedom of movement to the Pirate Action Groups in the area.’

In his letter to Read More…