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MVS helps cadets get life at sea with a good CV

A group of young nautical cadets keen to improve their chances of a career at sea have teamed up with the Fleetwood unit of a national maritime charity for real work experience opportunities.

The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has 24 active units around the coasts, estuaries and waterways of the United Kingdom. The organisation’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical Read More…

Being among the best takes hard work

Felicity Landon reports on Singapore’s strengths in an increasingly competitive region

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) describes Singapore as ‘the Asian gateway for global leaders in ship financing, ship broking, risk management and marine insurance’.

Singapore is the fifth largest ship registry in the world. It is home to more than 130 international shipping groups, as well as leading players in shipmanagement, Read More…

Epic Gas announces end-of-year results

Singapore-based Epic Gas today (Thursday) announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the year ended 31st December, 2015. The year 2015 shows revenue of $130.3 million, up 11% on the previous year. Vessel calendar days were up 19% over the year and adjusted EBITDA of $29.8 million was up 25% over year. Adjusted general and administrative expenses of $1,150 per vessel per calendar day were down 22% over year Read More…

Cover Story: Marine & Offshore Travel Debate

Six crew travel representatives give SMI their views on the latest developments and issues facing the Marine & Offshore travel market. With questions from SMI Editorial Director Sean Moloney, participants included: John Harding, Managing Director, V.Travel; Nikos Gazelidis, Head of Shipping Sales and Managing Director, Greece & Cyprus, ATPI Group; Brian Potter, Managing Director, Clyde Travel Management; Jason Barreto, Managing Director, G Travel UK; Dave Thompson, Managing Director, Marine Travel; Read More…

The smart way for owners and managers to cut down their costs

As a flurry of big data and high-speed bandwidth technology is fitted to the global fleet, a group of internet specialists has produced a series of cutting edge platforms and portals to improve performance and combat fraud

Frustrated owners and managers struggling to find foolproof formulas and canny ways to shave their start-of-the-year costs, improve their vessels’ ship-to-shore connectivity and protect their online networks from cyber fraud Read More…

Vancouver: City of a thousand causes

The vibrant Canadian city is a versatile mixture of the dynamic, the pioneering, the progressive, the sustainable and the environmental. Its movie set style scenery has earned it the nickname ‘Hollywood North’

If the Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was asked to make a movie about Vancouver he would set it among the city’s sumptuous mountain scenery, feature shots of its striking Aboriginal carvings and totem parks, Read More…

First Person: Mark Jackson CEO of The Baltic Exchange

The Baltic Exchange is entering a new era in its 270 plus year history. New owners in the Singapore Exchange (SGX); new price discovery opportunities in established as well as new markets as a result of the acquisition; an opportunity to build on important synergies in the products offered by the Baltic and by SGX; as well as a new way of working that will see Read More…

ClassNK establishes Global Research and Innovation Centre in Singapore

ClassNK used last week’s Singapore Maritime Week to promote the activities of its new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC).

Joined by representatives from Nanyang Technological University, ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita explained the rationale behind GRIC and the current goals for the centre.

In addition to research and development into creating new technologies and improving existing technologies in the fields of safe/smart ships and eco-technology, it is also Read More…

Mediterranean crisis – shipping industry comments on EU 10 point plan

Following the meeting of EU Foreign and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg yesterday (20th April) the European and global shipping industries have welcomed the increased attention that all EU Member States are giving to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. This includes the ’10 point plan’ adopted as a result of the impetus provided by the terrible tragedy involving the loss of hundreds of lives at the weekend.

The European Community Read More…

Suezmax shuttle tankers benefit from MacGregor’s Pusnes bow loading systems

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured contracts to supply Pusnes bow loading systems for three newbuild shuttle tankers intended for operations in Brazilian waters. The order was booked into first quarter 2015 order intake.

South Korean shipyard Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd will install a Pusnes bow loading system on a 157,000 dwt Suezmax DP2 shuttle tanker under construction for tanker specialist Tsakos Energy and Navigation. The Greek Read More…

Ship manager fined for breach of US sulphur emissions regulations

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has confirmed that a shipmanagement company has been fined over a quarter of a million dollars in connection with a breach of clean air regulations in the US.

ITIC reports that an inspector of the California Air Resources Board, the clean air agency of the state of California, boarded a ship in July 2011 at a terminal in Los Angeles. The chief engineer was asked Read More…

Judiciousness needed to promote sustainable recycling of ships worldwide

In a position paper published earlier this week, European ship owners call for a swift ratification of the 2009 IMO Hong Kong Convention (HKC), which is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.

European ship owners also call for a smart application of the 2013 EU Read More…