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Jamaicaʹs flag is flying high in China with the launch of two new container ships which will operate in the Chinese coastal trade.

Jamaican ambassador to China, His Excellency Wayne McCook and Calvin Chen, deputy registrar for China, are pictured beside one of the new Jamaican‐registered ships: the newly named, 7,545 gross tonne container ship CCL Moji (ex‐Panjang).

The CCL Moji and its sister ship the CCL Osaka Read More…

A&P Tyne completes Nordcape refit

A&P Tyne, part of the A&P Group, has completed the annual refit of the 14,087gt ro/ro cargo ferry Norcape for P&O Ferries. She arrived at the Hebburn yard on March 26th and left today (May 23rd).

At peak times, over 100 personnel were employed with all contract work completed in line with the original schedule. She will return to service between Tilbury and Zeebrugge.

A significant part of Read More…

Dubai Maritime City – One year ahead of schedule

Construction of Dubai Maritime City, the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre and a member of the Dubai World Group of companies, is one year ahead of schedule.

More than half the warehouses and workshops are operational as is the 3,000 tonne ship lift while the the larger 6,000 tonne ship lift is standing at more than 70% completion.

According to Nawfal Al Jourani, Chief Marketing Officer, Dubai Maritime City, Read More…

Long Beach $750m redevelopment project could cut air pollution

Air pollution would be cut in half on the west coast of the US following a proposed $750 million, 10-year project, to redevelop the Middle Harbour in Long Beach Port, California.

According to a draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement (EIR/EIS) released by the Board of Harbour Commissioners, the Middle Harbour Redevelopment Project would cut air pollution at two port terminals by 50% or more from existing levels Read More…

Sekkesaeter leaves ‘Barber’ in favour of Teekay


Geir Sekkesaeter, the highly vocal President of Wilhelmsen’s former Barber Ship Management arm, is to trade Oslo for Glasgow and leave the company to head up shipmanagement operations at Teekay.

The news, which is still under public wraps at Wilhelmsen Ship Management, was broken to staff at the end of last week. It is not known when he will leave but sources close to the company hinted at him Read More…

Brussels calls on ‘wise men’ to help protect European shipping

The European Commission has invited a think tank of industry ‘wise men’ to help it come up with ideas to protect Europe’s maritime cluster and to ensure a future flow of European seafarers.

It is part of a planned strategy to improve and maintain the strength of European shipping over the next 10 years.

The personally invited group, which is composed of high ranking executives from a wide Read More…

Vanuatu warns against excessive PSC in Gabon

Vanuatu has warned ship owners to be on the look out for port state control officials in Gabon who it claims continue to “harass” vessels for the smallest deficiencies and to ensure that all forms of paperwork onboard ship are in order.

Such deficiencies, it claims, include a failure to have copies of seafarer documentation applications stamped with the flag state stamp confirming receipt, a misdemeanour that can Read More…

EMSA chief claims the crew shortage is already affecting ship safety

The shortage of crew coupled with the rapid promotion of unsuitable officers is already having repercussions on the safety side and it is up to the shipping industry to do more and to change its thinking on the issue, according to Willem de Ruiter, Executive Director of The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

In an exclusive interview published in the latest issue of Ship Management International, Willem de Read More…

US slowdown hits Panama Canal transits

 The decline in the US economy has taken its toll on Panama Canal transits in the second quarter of the year but movements of passenger and dry bulk vessels increased significantly, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). These metrics are based on operations from January to March 2008, the second quarter of the ACP’s 2008 fiscal year, and are compared with Q2 of FY 2007.

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Biggi steps down from UK P&I board

UK P&I Club chairman Tullio Biggi is to retire from the Club’s board at its AGM in October.

It follows his decision to retire from V.Ships, the company he has represented on the board since first being elected a director of the Club in 1998.

He served as a Deputy Chairman from 2001 and was elected by his fellow directors as Chairman in October 2005.

The Board has Read More…

Pool claims’ heavy impact on UK Club results

Continued high claims levels and a turbulent investment environment shaped the outcome of the UK P&I Club’s financial results for the policy year 2007 with an increase in the claims retained by the Club and a slight reduction in those covered by the International Group Pool. However, the latter again had a huge impact on the Club’s results.

According to the Club, total funds were $992 million with net claims Read More…

Videotel launches ECDIS course

Videotel Marine International, a leading supplier of training software solutions to the maritime industry, has responded to the growing importance of Electronic Charts Display Information Systems (ECDIS) by launching a brand new course designed to explain current international law and clarify the differences between various the types of electronic charts.

According to Captain Milind Karkhanis, Videotel Vice President, the course includes exercises that simulate some of the key functions of using Read More…