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Luxury French cruiseship launched at Ancona

L’Austral, the first of two luxury cruiseships ordered from Fincantieri by French owner Compagnie du Ponant, the CMA-CGM Group subsidiary, has been launched at the Italian shipbuilder’s Ancona yard.

The 10,700 tons gross ship, which will operate under the French flag, is 142m long and 20m wide. It can accommodate some 260 guests, in 132 cabins and suites, all with a sea view, of which 94% have a private balcony.

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Drydocks World contracts signal green shoots

First quarter newbuilding and conversion orders worth more than $200m have fuelled the first signs of recovery, according to Drydocks World – Southeast Asia Pte Limited.

The Drydocks World subsidiary landed two major contracts in January, the first to upgrade a crane barge to an accommodation barge for Leighton Offshore and the second to convert a container ship to livestock carrier for Saudi Arabia’s Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf Trading Read More…

Pirates held as Dutch rescue hijacked German vessel

TEN suspected pirates have been held after commandos from the Dutch frigate Tromp recaptured the 12,612 dwt German flag Taipan, some 560 miles east of the Somali coast.

The German flag Taipan, built in 2007, has resumed its voyage from Djibouti to Mombasa with a crew of eight Sri Lankan nationals, three Russians and two Germans.One Dutch commando is understood to have been wounded during an exchange of gunfire as Read More…

Total marine losses down by 10% last year

Total marine losses were down by 10% in 2009, with the lowest number of vessels ever – 67 – declared to date, according to preliminary statistics from the International Union of Marine Insurance’s spring meeting in Hong Kong.

The decline, however, did not extend to actual gross tonnage lost and accounted for some 463,000 tons gross, an increase of 25% on the corresponding period in 2008.

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Shipping confidence hits 15-month high as freight market optimism rises

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry have risen to their highest levels for fifteen months, according to the latest Shipping Confidence survey by Moore Stephens. The survey revealed that owners, managers and charterers were all more confident of making a major investment over the next 12 months, while there was a noticeable rise in the numbers of respondents expecting to see an increase in freight rates in the tanker Read More…


Ocean business leaders from a diverse range of industries are distinguishing themselves as “Founding Members” of the World Ocean Council – an unprecedented international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on stewardship of the seas. World Ocean Council members call on other responsible companies and industries to engage in this innovative partnership for “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” and participate in the Sustainable Ocean Summit (Belfast, 15-17 June, 2010).

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InterManager speaks out against seafarer criminalisation

InterManager, the international trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, has spoken of its concern at the ‘discriminatory attitude’ displayed towards seafarers during cases of criminalisation.

Addressing delegates at today’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting at the IMO in London, InterManager Secretary General Elect Kuba Szymanski demanded to know: “Why should a seafarer be treated differently and penalised for acts that have nothing to do with Read More…

Cyprus tonnage tax gets go-ahead

Ten years’ of coordinated effort and close collaboration between industry and government has resulted in Cyprus finally winning European Commission approval for a tonnage tax system aimed at boosting the island’s maritime cluster.

“The model here will try to attract European companies who have set up [operations] outside Europe and tempt them back to Cyprus. The more owners and manager who come, the more will follow,” Serghiou Serghiou, Director at Read More…

Liberian Registry develops pilot scheme for extended drydocking

The Liberian Registry has developed a pilot scheme to extend compulsory drydocking intervals to seven-and-a-half-year intervals to help provide the flexibility urgently required by shipowners and operators in the current difficult economic climate.

The intervals or periods between external inspection of ships’ bottoms which are specified in SOLAS and in classification society regulations provide that a minimum of two exterior inspections of the ship’s bottom should be held during the Read More…


Seafarer health must be made a priority to tackle the rising tide of obesity among seafarers warns the International Maritime Medical Association (IMMA), which represents health professionals from throughout the shipping industry.

“The ocean is a very dangerous place and only truly fit Able Bodied Seamen should be allowed on board,” warns Michael van Hall, IMMA President.

Concern is growing at the rise of obesity levels among crew. Read More…

Gothenburg cuts its port tariff

The Port of Gothenburg has decided to adjust the port tariff for a period of 12 months as a result of a number of factors, including an economy that is under severe pressure.

“We are aware that the new pricing model was introduced in the midst of a difficult recession and by temporarily adjusting the current tariff we aim to create better conditions for our customers,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Port Read More…

Wilhelmsen in e-commerce move

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has taken its latest step in the process of refining its e-commerce solution in order to provide further cost efficiencies to the market and speed up the adoption of e-commerce.

The company has moved its e-commerce service to ErgoGroup. ErgoGroup is a major operator in the e-commerce industry and will provide significant advantages to customers and the market in general.

ErgoGroup is a $1bn turnover company with over Read More…