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UKHO navigates a partnership with leading electronic chart suppliers

The UKHO (United Kingdom Hydrographic Office) has underlined its commitment to the future of safe shipping navigation by teaming up with navigational chart suppliers Kelvin Hughes and Transas.

Fully pre-loaded with the UKHO’s Admiral Vector Chart Services (AVCS), both suppliers’ Electronic Chart Display Systems (ECDIS) will comply with the future mandatory implementation of AVCS by the IMO in 2012.

The robust partnerships not only pave the way for shipping Read More…

McMahon Named as Deputy Associate Administrator for Environment and Compliance

The Maritime Administration has appointed Christopher McMahon as the next Deputy Associate Administrator for Environment and Compliance and Director of the Office of Safety.

McMahon has worked for the Maritime Administration for many years including time as an Associate Professor and Director of Waterfront Activities at the US Merchant Marine Academy. Most recently, he served as the Academy’s Deputy Superintendent, and was the founding Director of the Academy’s Read More…

SingTel-Chunghwa joint venture to launch ST-2 satellite in 2010

Singapore Telecommunications has signed a shareholders agreement to form a joint venture with Chunghwa Telecom to build the ST-2 satellite. This satellite is targeted to be delivered in 2010 and will replace the ST-1 satellite, which will be retired in 2011. Under the deal, SingTel will have approximately 62% share in the joint venture while Chunghwa Telecom will own the remaining 38%.

Bill Chang, SingTel’s Executive Vice President Read More…

Recycling Goes Green at Port of Liverpool

A 1964 Ministry of Defence warship has been contracted by the Port of Liverpool for ‘green’ recycling, the first vessel to be recycled in the UK for over a decade.

Falklands War veteran HMS Intrepid will see the last stage of its life unfolded over the course of five months, as a skilled workforce of 50 will carry out the recycling project under the DEFRA Guidance Notes Read More…

UK shipping needs a stable and ‘safe’ tax regime

London is under serious threat unless tax regime supports the industry, the UK Chamber of Shipping has warned as the government issued new statistics showing sustained shipping growth.

While the UK registered fleet is almost five times its size since the introduction of tonnage tax in 2000, the Chamber of Shipping has warned that its continued strength is dependent upon the UK’s ability to offer shipping businesses a Read More…

Maersk upgrades to Inmarsat Fleet Broadband

Maersk, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, has signed a contract with Marlink for a large-scale retrofit of Inmarsat FleetBroadband across its Maersk Supply Service and Maersk Tankers Fleet. The two-year retrofit programme is believed to be the largest in the history of maritime satellite communications, with over 150 vessels being converted to FleetBroadband in the first phase. The vessels will be equipped with Thrane & Thrane Read More…

Owners turn to green technologies to cut fuel costs

Shipowners are turning to green technologies in an effort to save on bunker costs, according to a new report by European bank HypoVereinsbank.

The international survey questioned both German and international shipowners andshowed that two thirds had already introduced environmental management procedures into their companies. Of those questioned, 94% considered hull design improvements and better engine efficiency as a way of helping them increase their mileage.

About 86% Read More…

Gard warns Masters against increased mooring incidents

Masters are being advised to take into account critical aspects of each port’s design and their own vessel’s characteristics to avoid their ship’s breaking their mooring lines.

The warning came after investigations by the leading Scandinavian P&I Club, Gard into several P&I and hull and machinery incidents involving an increase in the number of moored vessels breaking away from their berths.

Gard urged Masters to carry out appropriate Read More…

Seafarer certificate fraud ‘getting worse’

An EU-sponsored pilot project to combat seafarer certificate forgery has highlighted shocking worldwide concern over the degree of fraudulence permeating the marine industry.

The project, branded ‘Get Quality’, revealed that “nearly every tenth seaman worldwide has had direct or indirect experience of fraudulent certificates,” and this pressing issue takes on a distinctly international dimension given that the majority of seafarers serve on board vessels under foreign flag.

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Shipping needs to sell itself rather than ‘opt for the cheapest option’

The shipping industry needs to break the ‘vicious circle’ of trying to find the cheapest workforce available and start to compete with other comparable industries for the available manpower by making the seagoing profession an interesting option for a potential career, according to Anglo-Eastern Chief Executive Officer Peter Cremers.

Speaking to SMI, he said the industry needed to attract better people, especially when you consider the salary levels Read More…

IG members to issue Bunker Convention ‘blue cards’

The International Group of P&I Clubs is to issue Bunker Convention ‘blue cards’ to enable those governments that have ratified the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001 (The ‘Bunkers Convention’) to issue Bunker Convention certificates.

The move follows the entering into force on November 21st of the Bunker Convention. Ships registered in a country which is not party to the Convention and Read More…

Chennai port optsfor mega container terminal

Chennai port has long harboured ambitions of becoming a major regional container hub port for southern Indian ports, as also for Chittagong in Bangladesh and ports in Myanmar, by setting up the largest box-handling capacity among Indian ports, writes Shirish Nadkarni, Mumbai.

In the short term, in addition to the Chennai Container Terminal that is being run by DP World, the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) will have a Read More…