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Videotel engineering expert honoured

Rod Beams, creator of the COBALT engineering modules which are distributed by Videotel Marine International, has been recognised for outstanding learning and teaching practices in engineering education through the Higher Education Academy’s Engineering Subject Centre Teaching Awards 2010.

Mr Beams has been appointed one of only seven finalists in this year’s Teaching Awards which are supported by the Engineering Council. Finalists demonstrated their work to the Engineering Subject Centre team Read More…

INTERTANKO to appoint Joe Angelo as managing director

INTERTANKO’s Council will be invited at its October meeting in Singapore to appoint Joe Angelo, deputy managing director to succeed Peter Swift as managing director on his retirement on 31 December, 2010. In addition, Katharina ‘Kathi’ Stanzel has been appointed Deputy managing director. INTERTANKO had an overwhelming level of interest in the position and some highly qualified and capable individuals were shortlisted.

“We are grateful and flattered by some of Read More…

Wind power planning process threatens UK trade, says UK Chamber of Shipping

The absurd process for allocating wind farm sites around the UK coast is wasting time and money according to the Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for UK shipowners and managers. The flawed process also threatens the nation’s trade routes and the safety of the seafarers. It could even mean that the environmental benefits of wind generation are lost due to the lengthy diversions forced on traditionally powered ships.

“All Read More…

d’Amico Group announces successful training initiative with Irish Naval Service

The successful completion by four Irish Navy officers of a period of secondment to international shipowning group d’Amico, marks an important milestone in new and close training co-operation between the Irish Naval Service and the Italian shipping company, which manages vessels under the Irish Tonnage Tax regime, from its Dublin office.

“We are delighted that this first step in training co-operation has gone so well,” commented Capt. John Dolan, General Read More…

UTT links up with Belgian firm for maritime training

The University of Trinidad and Tobago has introduced a diploma in maritime operations to assist in filling the void which existed for local students wishing to pursue careers in the maritime industry. This course of study prepares students for a career as shipboard officers in either the navigation or engineering disciplines. Classroom theory, simulator-room teaching and mandatory sea training are all aspects of this programme, which has attracted the likes of Read More…


Videotel Marine International, the world’s major producer of training videos, DVDs and computer based training programmes for the global maritime industry, has received approval for a number of its products from two of the industry’s leading players.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has approved a series of Videotel programmes for the value it believes they contribute to an individual IMarEST member’s professional development requirements.

While the Read More…

MTN system for Beluga newbuilding

MTN Satellite Communications has been selected by German heavylift carrier Beluga Shipping to install a broadband VSAT system on its P-class super newbuilding Beluga Shanghai.

Beluga Shanghai has a loading capacity of up to 20,000dwt and crane capacities of between 800 and 1,400 tons.

MTN’s Ku-band network will provide global coverage of the majority of the world’s sea lanes while Inmarsat Fleet Broadband 500 satellite terminals will be used as Read More…

Smile please!

Cardiac issues onboard ship are a big concern but how healthy are your crew’s teeth? Research has shown that the poor state of your second mate’s rotten molar could be doing more damage to his health than just a nasty toothache and a bad bout of halitosis!

Dental health is believed to have an impact on coronary health and there have been studies done that suggest clean and healthy teeth Read More…

AET purchases two newbuild product tankers

Malaysian petroleum shipping company AET has purchased two newbuild 6,600 dwt product tankers, continuing its efforts towards a clean fleet.

The vessels AET Sanjar and AET Nissa were built by the Okskaya Sudoverf Joint Stock Company in Russia and are sister vessels to AET Gala which was delivered earlier this year. All three vessels are operating under the Marshall Islands flag.

The two newbuilds were formally accepted during a naming Read More…

Bibby launches English courses for crew

Bibby Ship Management has joined forces with English language experts from the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) to provide English proficiency training for crew.

The new initiative, which has been launched by its Philippines office, will help maritime professionals on all of its vessels develop a clear set of language and communications skills.

Recognised by the British Council, the courses offer training in conversational and technical English to help Read More…

Erck Rickmers celebrates Beckenbauer-Bayern link

HAMBURG owner ER Schiffahrt’s tenth and final vessel in its series of capesize newbuildings, ER Bayern, has been christened at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Gusan, South Korea ahead of its maiden voyage to Port Hedland on long-term charter to Sanko.

The 180,000dwt, 292m long, 45m wide vessel has a draught of 18.2m and can reach a speed of 15.3 knots.

The ER Bayern was christened by its godmother, Heidi Read More…

Telaurus awarded Gold standard for Inmarsat service

New Jersey-based marine communications company Telaurus has been awarded Inmarsat Gold Service Provider status.

Founded in 1999, the company specialises in distributing Inmarsat services and providing its se@COMM services, allowing for internet access onboard in addition to communication via fax, email, SMS and telex.

Chris Moore, senior account director, channel partners at Inmarsat said: “Inmarsat would like to welcome Telaurus as a Gold Service Provider within our channel Accreditation Programme. Read More…