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MOL Group provides support to Japanese earthquake victims

Koichi Muto, President of Mitsui OSK Lines, has confirmed his company has embarked on a number of support activities to assist victims of the devastating earthquake which struck on 11th March off the coast of Japan, creating tsunami waves of up to 10 metres.

In addition to a charity donation program within the MOL Group, the company will donate ¥50 million to aid support and rescue of victims. Mr Muto Read More…

Ship owners successfully trial One Maritime

Trials of a unique online catalogue which transforms the way ship owners, ship managers and ship suppliers select and order their onboard and onshore stores are proving a great success with more than 3,000 vessels already taking part.

One Maritime, the revolutionary new way to select and order ship stores from both onboard ship and ashore became available to the shipping industry from January 1st 2011. Already live trials of Read More…

ImarEST appoints new president

The Institute of Marine, Engineering, Science and Technology has appointed Professor John Carlton as its 109th president.

The Professor of Marine Engineering at City University was, until his retirement last year, the Lloyd’s Register Global Head of Marine Technology and Investigation.

He takes over from Rear Admiral Nigel Guild with Malcolm Vincent being appointed President Elect.

IMarEst currently has 50 branches and 15,000 members in over 100 countries and is Read More…

Port of Antwerp launches pilot phase of Inland AIS

Antwerp Port Authority has launched the pilot phase of the Inland Automatic Identification System (AIS) for barges throughout the port area. Use of Inland AIS by barges will not become obligatory until 1 January 2012. but in the meantime, the pilot phase will make it possible to prepare properly for the full-scale introduction and to fine-tune the system.

AIS automatically transmits information concerning the name, position, speed and direction of Read More…

PSA reports profit increase and record volume

Profits at global port group PSA increased by over a fifth in 2010, with the company also reporting a record container volume.

Figures posted this week show the group’s net profit grew by 20.8% to S$1.8bn last year, compared to S$976m in 2009. Revenue also rose to S$4.08bn, up by 6.3% on the previous year and the total group volume from port projects around the world totalled 65.12m teu.

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Call for greener to mean leaner

Eight out of 10 port owners, consultants and contractors claim to be faced by some pressure to use sustainable or ‘green’ materials when specifying port equipment.

The findings of the independent survey, revealed by Trelleborg Marine Systems in its freely available Barometer Report, highlight the growing pressure on major transport hubs to lower carbon emissions throughout the supply chain.

The Report indicates that consultants acting on behalf of ports, terminals and Read More…

Wilhelmsen Ships Service acquires Eurokor Logistics

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Eurokor Logistics, a ships agency, logistics and forwarding company based in The Netherlands and Belgium. This acquisition will further strengthen Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s logistics and agency operations in Central Europe, specifically by adding freight forwarding and barging to the customer offer in this area. The deal is set to close by 1 April.

“Acquiring Eurokor Logistics is another step towards Read More…

Danish Green Ship of the Future initiative launches ECA study

The Danish industry initiative, Green Ship of the Future, has devised a new study to discover technologies in order to meet the International Maritime Organization’s emission levels for ships sailing in Emission Controlled Areas (ECA) – in which vessels must reduce sulphur levels in fuel oil to 0.1% or clean the exhaust gas to an equivalent level by 2015, in a move designed to create practical solutions to the legislation.

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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…


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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